Roger Linn and the history of the Akai MPC60

October 21, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Akai MPC60 VHS training video featuring Roger Linn

Akai Professional Rhythm Wolf – In the Studio with Big Black Delta

October 10, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Jonathan Bates, aka Big Black Delta, takes you inside the studio for an up-close look at how he uses Rhythm Wolf’s sounds, pads, and sequencer in his work.
Music by Big Black Delta, available on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/bbdalbumitunes

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Analog Bite

Rhythm Wolf combines a drum machine, bass synthesizer, and step sequencer into one rugged device with a fierce, 100% analog signal path.

Take the beat off the leash with fully tweakable kick, snare, open and closed hi-hat, and accent percussion sounds. Use the oscillator with selectable waveforms – sawtooth/square wave – and analog filter to create bass sequences that squelch and growl. Gate Trigger In/Out, USB MIDI, and 5-pin MIDI In/Out enable Rhythm Wolf to join your inner-circle of vintage and modern gear to integrate with hardware synthesizers, sound modules, DAWs, and more.

Into the Wild

A 32-step standalone sequencer and six custom-calibrated MPC-style pads are onboard for extensive programming and finger drumming. Mute/solo, intro/fill and sequence A/B switches give you the space to roam with complete control over your beat.

Torn into Parts

Carve out the perfect drum textures with continuously variable volume and tuning for each part. The kick drum attack and decay are adjustable for transients that hang, bang, and crush. Snare and open hi-hat also feature decay controls for unique sound design while the adjustable accent percussion can be modulated to click, punch, knock, “shush” and more.

The Face of Bass

Make menacing basslines with a tweakable, onboard bass synth. Envelope, filter and waveform controls let you design low-end that goes from liquid-smooth to bone-crushing and everywhere in between. Filter Resonance and Cutoff add distinction and movement to live or studio performances, while the step-sequencer keys let you program parts across a 3-octave scale.

Trigger Happy

Rhythm Wolf mates with your collection of synths that support Gate Triggers to create exclusive sonic offspring. Use it with supported homebrew hardware, classics or modern machines and infuse Rhythm Wolf DNA into all of your creations.

Let it Howl

Get your hands dirty with a custom noise, grit and distortion effect completely unique to this breed of instrument. The Howl knob lets you mangle the music into all-new textures, transitions and progressions that snarl, bark and howl. Use it as an effect or a part of your signature sound that stands alone on the food chain.

Outputs:

5-Pin MIDI Out/Thru
USB MIDI
1⁄8-inch Gate Trigger Out
1⁄4-inch Bass Synth Out
1⁄4-inch Main Out

Inputs:

5-Pin MIDI In
USB MIDI
1⁄8-inch Gate Trigger In
DC power In

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Akai Professional Rhythm Wolf – A Richard Devine Performance

September 6, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This Rhythm Wolf performance video features Richard Devine – acclaimed sound design guru, synth aficionado, and artist. Watch as he integrates two Rhythm Wolf drum machine/bass synthesizers into his sci-fi grade synth rig to create a brooding, hypnotic soundscape.

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Analog Bite

Rhythm Wolf combines a drum machine, bass synthesizer, and step sequencer into one rugged device with a fierce, 100% analog signal path.

Take the beat off the leash with fully tweakable kick, snare, open and closed hi-hat, and accent percussion sounds. Use the oscillator with selectable waveforms – sawtooth/square wave – and analog filter to create bass sequences that squelch and growl. Gate Trigger In/Out, USB MIDI, and 5-pin MIDI In/Out enable Rhythm Wolf to join your inner-circle of vintage and modern gear to integrate with hardware synthesizers, sound modules, DAWs, and more.

Into the Wild

A 32-step standalone sequencer and six custom-calibrated MPC-style pads are onboard for extensive programming and finger drumming. Mute/solo, intro/fill and sequence A/B switches give you the space to roam with complete control over your beat.

Torn into Parts

Carve out the perfect drum textures with continuously variable volume and tuning for each part. The kick drum attack and decay are adjustable for transients that hang, bang, and crush. Snare and open hi-hat also feature decay controls for unique sound design while the adjustable accent percussion can be modulated to click, punch, knock, “shush” and more.

The Face of Bass

Make menacing basslines with a tweakable, onboard bass synth. Envelope, filter and waveform controls let you design low-end that goes from liquid-smooth to bone-crushing and everywhere in between. Filter Resonance and Cutoff add distinction and movement to live or studio performances, while the step-sequencer keys let you program parts across a 3-octave scale.

Trigger Happy

Rhythm Wolf mates with your collection of synths that support Gate Triggers to create exclusive sonic offspring. Use it with supported homebrew hardware, classics or modern machines and infuse Rhythm Wolf DNA into all of your creations.

Let it Howl

Get your hands dirty with a custom noise, grit and distortion effect completely unique to this breed of instrument. The Howl knob lets you mangle the music into all-new textures, transitions and progressions that snarl, bark and howl. Use it as an effect or a part of your signature sound that stands alone on the food chain.

Outputs:

5-Pin MIDI Out/Thru
USB MIDI
1⁄8-inch Gate Trigger Out
1⁄4-inch Bass Synth Out
1⁄4-inch Main Out

Inputs:

5-Pin MIDI In
USB MIDI
1⁄8-inch Gate Trigger In
DC power In

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Testing the Akai rhythm wolf

July 23, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

more footage from 6/17 shoot in video studio. use headphones as with v1. RW hardware and step sequencer test 2. pls review.

Rhythm Wolf Highlights:

  • 5-voice analog drum machine and synth, with analog design that references classic rhythm machines and synthesizers
  • Analog drum sounds: kick, snare, open and closed hi-hat, and metallic percussion
  • Synth bass module: selectable square or sawtooth wave
  • Onboard 32-step sequencer
  • Six genuine MPC pads for sequencing and finger drumming
  • “Howl” knob: custom distortion circuit for additional sound design
  • MIDI connectivity: USB-MIDI and MIDI In/Out
  • Gate Trigger: for triggering via modular synths, vintage sequencers, or external sound sources
  • Dedicated outputs for the drum machine and synth-bass

Pricing and Availability

Akai Pro’s Rhythm Wolf is expected to be available in the Fall with a street price of US $199.99. For more information, check out the Akai Professional website.

One minute twenty seconds – Sampler contest

July 21, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This was for a contest. The challenge was to create a piece of music using only a sampler and it had to be under 90 seconds. This used the Akai S1000 as the sampler, and the samples were mostly from an Indian dilruba, heavily mutated. Other samples were created n Digidesign’s Turbosynth program

8 Minutes with an Akai AX-80

July 14, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

All video and music by c.2014 G-Storm Electro
http://gstormelectronica.blogspot.com/

There are quite a few good demos of the AX-80 out there already. I wanted to program a few basic sounds and some unique aspects of the AX-80. Some parts I use the Beatstep sequencer, chord memory, and the Big Sky reverb.

Shock-HRz – Tactical Shadow [Access, Elektron, Korg, Yamaha & Akai Live Set]

June 16, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Shock-HRz, captures a live performance, Tactical Shadow

Technical details below. 

Simone Ciacci a.k.a. “Storm 3003″:

  • Access Virus TI
  • Elektron Analog Four
  • Korg Kaoss Pad 3
  • Korg Kaossilator Pro

Gabriele Marini a.k.a. “ReD”:

  • Akai Miniak
  • Yamaha RM1X
  • Korg Volca Bass

Francesco Salvatici a.k.a. “4TeK”:

  • Korg Electribe MX
  • Korg Mini-KP
  • Korg Monotron
  • Korg Monotron Duo

Precision Knob — iMPC Pro Log

May 13, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Retronym teaser for the upcoming Akai iMPC Pro music production center for iPad takes a look at their approach to making precision editing adjustments.

Every knob in iMPC Pro has a Precision Mode for fine tune editing and easy gestural access to advanced features.

iMPC Pro Log showcases the latest features from the freshest development build of iMPC Pro, the upcoming beat production iPad app from Akai Professional and Retronyms. A new video drops every week until we launch!

[Note: iMPC Pro is currently in development. All features are subject to change]

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A bunch of new controllers from Akai

March 11, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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APC40 mkII
Ableton Performance Controller
Provides hands-on control of Ableton Live with visual feedback
Seamlessly integrates 1 to 1 with Ableton Live
5×8 clip-launch matrix with RGB feedback for clip status, color coding, and more
8 channel faders, 1 master fader, and 8 device controls map to Ableton directly
Send button cycles through all 8 send busses for advanced routing options
USB-powered and plug-and-play setup for maximum portability
A/B crossfader can be assigned on the fly for dynamic mixing
Revised knob layout with in-line controls for smarter workflow
Includes Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist, Prime Loops & Toolroom Records launch packs (downloads)
– See more at: http://www.akaipro…

APC Key 25
Ableton Performance Controller with Keyboard
The first Ableton Live controller with keyboard for enhanced control
Seamlessly integrates 1 to 1 with Ableton Live
5×8 clip-launch matrix with tri-color lighting displays current clip status
25 synth-action mini keys for conventional composing and performing
8 knobs auto-map to Ableton Live to control volume, sends, and more
USB-powered and plug-and-play setup for maximum portability
Compact design for mobile performers and producers
Includes Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist, and Toolroom Records artist launch packs (downloads)
– See more at:http://www.akaipro…

APC Mini
Ableton Performance Controller
Ultra-portable all-in-one Ableton Live controller
Seamlessly integrates 1 to 1 with Ableton Live
8×8 clip-launch matrix with tri-color lighting displays current clip status
8 assignable faders + 1 master fader for hands-on control of Ableton Live
USB-powered and plug-in-play setup for maximum portability
Compact design for mobile performers and producers
Includes Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech and Toolroom Records artist launch packs (downloads)
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MPK261
Performance USB/MIDI Pad & Keyboard Controller
61 semi-weighted, full-size keys
16 MPC pads with RGB illuminated feedback; 4 pad banks
8 assignable control knobs; 3 knob banks
8 assignable faders; 3 fader banks
Able to send computer keyboard commands for pad assignable shortcuts
Updated control layout with backlit LCD screen
USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input & output
Comprehensive transport & parameter controls for hands-on DAW integration
Pitch bend, modulation and octave controls for dynamic performances
Expression & sustain pedal jack inputs
Comprehensive production software package included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist 2.0, SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials
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Akai releases Rhythm Wolf drum machine and bass synth

March 11, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Akai is the latest brand to get in on the vintage-inspired groovebox action with the announcement of the Rhythm Wolf – an analogue unit combining a five-voice drum machine and single-ocsillator bass synth.

The drum machine section of the Rhythm Wolf comprises kick, snare, metallic percussion, and open and closed hi-hat sounds, all of which are tuneable. The bass synth, meanwhile, can be switched between saw and square waveshapes, and features a filter with resonance control and a basic envelope shaper. Akai describes Rhythm Wolf as having an “authentic analog design that references classic rhythm machines and synthesizers” – no prizes for guessing which instruments the company is alluding to.

The whole unit is built around a 32-step sequencer, and also features six MPC pads for live performance. There’s also a ‘Howl’ distortion circuit for adding a bit of dirt to the sounds. Additionally, the Rhythm Wolf features a USB MIDI connection and has both MIDI and gate in and out ports, so can be triggered via a DAW or external hardware. It packs a swing control on its front panel, and the unit also appears to have a built-in preset bank.

Arguably the most interesting aspect of the Rhythm Wolf, however, is its price. At an estimated street price of $199, the unit comes in at slightly cheaper than the combined price of the Volca Beats and Bass, and cheaper than either the Roland TR-8 or TB-3.

The Rhythm Wolf is due to arrive summer 2014. Visit Akai Professional for more details.

Rhythm Wolf highlights (from the official press release)

  • 5-voice analog drum machine and synth—authentic analog design that references classic rhythm machines and synthesizers
  • Legendary analog drum sounds—kick, snare, open & closed hi-hat, and metallic percussion
  • Synth-bass module—selectable square or sawtooth wave with classic filter design for warm, deep basses and squelchy leads.
  • Onboard 32-step sequencer—classic drum machine workflow for quickly laying down grooves and melodies
  • Six genuine MPC pads—responsive controls for sequencing and finger drumming
  • Howl knob—custom distortion circuit for additional sound design
  • USB-MIDI and MIDI In/Out—flexible MIDI connectivity for easy integration into modern studios
  • Gate Trigger—triggering via modular synths, vintage sequencers, or external sound sources
  • Independent audio outputs—dedicated outputs for the drum machine and synth-bass module for precise mixing

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