Recently, the product design company Alquemy, presented in a Nintendo Switch Concept competition, the MPC Switch device.
Sydney, Australia-based company Alquemy released a prototype for a hybrid unit that merges the design and functionality of the Nintendo Switch and the Akai MPC.
The prototype, titled MPC Switch, was designed based on recent Akai MPC models, and coming in two separate modules, it can be fitted into the ends of the stand-alone Switch display.
The device features two snap-on modules that bring nine touch-sensitive pads, 8 banks in which can be stored preset arrangements. 5 assignable control knobs and quick access keys such as edit, play, stop, record, overdub, etc. Turning the Switch into a classic multi-functional controller with a modern and innovative approach.
It also features built-in speakers on each side of the MPC Switch, with serial audio and MIDI connection on the back. Furthermore, it has SD card input, to store and load files (sample packs, one shots, loops, etc).
Alquemy is adding MIDI and RC ports on the top of the device, which will allow connection with other instruments, microphones, gadgets, pedals, etc. This prototype comes with Wifi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C cable and a 3.5 mm headphone port.
We’ve seen a lot of ingenious uses for the Nintendo Switch, most notably from Nintendo itself with its series of cardboard controllers called LABO, but this new music production concept from design house Alquemy goes further and presents a different and edgy approach.
So you know “When the kids head off to bed, flip their Nintendo Switch into a fully functioning MPC.”