Akai Professional, the name synonymous with music production, announces the release of a new sample library for its iconic MPC series of music production workstations: the Loopmasters Soul and R&B Sample Pack for MPC. The sample pack is available now from the company's website. The Loopmasters Soul and R&B Sample Pack for MPC is a sound set specifically designed for creating soul and R&B music. It features an extensive selection of premium drum, bass, keys, hits and other samples and loops for musical production. The Soul and R&B Sample Pack features a unique collection of one-shot samples, hits and loops. The collection has 57 ready-to-play programs for use with the MPC5000, MPC2500, MPC1000 or MPC500. It includes a total of 333 individual samples and 76 loops. More than 160 drum samples are included in the 10 MPC drum kits, along with 19 track-ready drum loops and 5 percussion loops, 13 bass samples, four pad hits, eight Rhodes chords, 12 stab and FX samples, eight synth hits and 14 vocal samples fill out the melodic and harmonic sections of the package. The sample library also contains six bass-groove MPC programs made up of 94 bass-groove slices and 82 music groove slices arranged into eight MPC programs. "With so many soul and R&B hits being produced with MPCs, we felt that the time had come for a dedicated MPC sample pack developed specifically for those genres," said Adam Cohen, Director of Business Development, Akai Professional. Akai Professional has partnered with Loopmasters, a collective of world-class producers, to develop a unique and innovative series of sound sets for the MPC. The Soul and R&B release is the sixth installment in the set, each containing samples of top-quality playing from seasoned professionals. The other titles are Latin and World, House, Drum and Bass, Trance and Techno and Hip-Hop. Each sample pack including Soul and R&B is available for download at akaipro.com/samplepacks for $49.95.