Akai EIE Pro Hi Resolution Audio Interface

July 17, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The handsome big brother of the EIE – this adds 96kHz 24-bit audio to the USB audio interface. It also has a built in USB hub and MIDI too

SynthStation 3.0 – major update to the virtual studio for iOS

July 3, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Akai has released SynthStation 3.0, a major update to their virtual studio for iOS.

Here’s what Akai has to say about the update:

SynthStation v3.0 is all about streamlined workflow. You’ll find a totally refreshed user interface that’s easy to navigate and instinctual to use. Optimized for the larger screen of your iPad, the new UI spreads out the controls, dramatically reduces the need to shuffle through menus, and lays out all the synth parameters on a single screen. The leading music production app just got more powerful.

Features:

  • Three virtual-analog synthesizers, each with three oscillators
  • More than 50 drum kits, plus a built-in sequencer
  • Create melodic and accompaniment parts using arpeggiator with preset patterns
  • Core MIDI-compatible: works with any Core MIDI device as a synth module on your iOS device
  • Real-time recording
  • Unlimited creativity with effects and filters
  • Compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

Akai SynthStation 3.0 is currently $1.99 in the App Store.

Demo of the Akai MPC-60, MFB Synth II, and EMW WCS-1

July 1, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background information:

Here is a demo of the Akai MPC-60 Sampler/Sequencer, MFB Synth II Analog Synth, and EMW WCS-1 Analog Synth. The drums/sequencing were done by my MPC-60; the drums were sampled on the MPC using my Roland TR-808 as a sound source. The bassline is the EMW WCS-1 and the MFB Synth II is the sequenced melody. Both are sequenced by the MPC-60. The delay/echo effect is a really old Washburn analog delay. The mixer is an Alto AMX-220.

There is lots of cross-talk/hiss/noise in this recording. I personally like this, and I fully understand how I would go about eliminating this. But I would never want to.

Glitch Factory: APC40 Performance Template

June 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://youtu.be/8LVm_F_mRI

A collaboration between Australian producers Mr Bill and Will Marshall,  this is a stems-based template for the Akai APC40, designed to help producers get started performing their own material live on stage.

“We’ve built some awesome performance FX, as well as writing a custom script for the APC40 to streamline your live sets. Included in the template are four tracks worth of stems, to help get you started.”

More info here – http://willmarshall.me/products/glitch-factory

Akai Pro SynthStation49 – Overview and walk through

May 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s the pitch form Akai:

SynthStation49 is the most advanced, intuitive music controller designed specifically for use with the iPad and is the first true iPad performance tool for musicians. Working seamlessly with Akai Professional’s heralded SynthStation software, SynthStation49 provides unparalleled music creation capabilities, including direct in-app MIDI recording from its velocity-sensitive keyboard, nine MPC-style drum pads and array of transport controls. In addition to its integration with the SynthStation app, SynthStation49 is also completely iOS CoreMIDI compatible, making it instantly compatible with dozens of music apps already in the App Store and hundreds more on the way.

http://www.akaipro.com/synthstation49

Additional information:
Dock, power and position the iPad perfectly using the adjustable-angled cradle, or establish commanding control over your favorite computer software using SynthStation49‘s USB/MIDI port. Professional ¼” outputs and extreme portability ensure you’ll be able to take your sequences straight to the stage at a moments notice.

SynthStation49 is the only full-featured, professional keyboard controller allowing direct MIDI performance recording onto an iPad. Bridging Akai Professional’s popular MPK controllers with the previously released SynthStation25, SynthStation49 provides immense software control with forty-nine, full-size velocity-sensitive keys, nine backlit MPC-style drum pads and full transport buttons. An adjustable-angled dock for iPad allows the user to easily slide their tablet into the SynthStation49’s cradle and position the screen to their preference.

SynthStation49’s keyboard, pitch/modulation wheels and sustain pedal input provide great feel and the essential controls for musicians and producers to compose, record and perform. The nine drum pads of SynthStation49 give users immediate, intuitive beat-creation capabilities over the 50 classic and modern kits available within the SynthStation software. Program, Sequence, Song select and Transport buttons also provide quick navigation to the SynthStation App’s most used components for a seamless, efficient workflow.

SynthStation49 also contains a stereo pair of professional ¼” TRS outputs with volume knob for easy connecting to other pro audio equipment on stage or in the studio. A headphone output also lets users practice and compose in private. The SynthStation49’s USB port can be connected directly to a Mac or PC computer to receive power in addition to transmitting MIDI to and from music software – a great way to turn the SynthStation App or other CoreMIDI compatible App into a sound module. You can even use SynthStation49 as a traditional USB MIDI controller with your computer – no iPad required!

AkaiConnect SDK allows third-party developers to take advantage of all the professional controls and capabilities of Akai Pro’s SynthStation49 keyboard controller and incorporate support for those controls within their iPad applications. Software developers interested in creating programs compatible with SynthStation49 can submit an application now at SynthStationApp.com.

Closer look at the Akai MAX49 keyboard controller

May 1, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here are three brand new videos featuring the new controller from Akai, more info below:

MAX49 from Akai Professional places revolutionary MIDI and CV control at your fingertips. With an intuitive layout and included AkaiConnect automatic-mapping software, MAX49 offers an instant, fully immersive experience with your favorite music software and virtually all VST plugins. From its 49 semi-weighted keys and 12 real MPC pads, to its groundbreaking LED touch faders and vintage CV & Gate outputs, MAX49 combines cutting-edge Akai Pro technology with classic capability to give you an unprecedented music-making experience.

http://www.akaipro.com/max49

CUTTING-EDGE
MAX49 is one of the most unique controllers ever engineered. Right away you’ll notice one of its most distinguishing features: four banks of eight backlit LED touch faders, allowing you to assign up to 32 control parameters. You can use MAX49′s LED touch faders just like analog faders by simply dragging your finger along their touch strips, or you can perform instant leaps in any MIDI value from zero to maxed out and everything in between—an unprecedented, unmatched controller capability.

CLASSIC
MAX49 is also equipped with four banks of 12 backlit MPC pads, giving you a total of 48 assignable pads, allowing you to integrate legendary Akai Pro production capability into live performances and recording sessions alike. These backlit, velocity sensitive pads come with classic MPC Swing, Note Repeat, Full Level and navigation controls to give you all the tools you need to create music at your highest level.

MAX49 comes ready to command any controller hardware or software from any era: USB MIDI, traditional 5-pin DIN MIDI and even Control Voltage and Gate outputs are onboard, allowing you to control everything from today’s most advanced music software, to analog modular synths from as far back as the 1960s. Mackie Control and HUI protocols are also built in to give you instant compatibility with many industry standard DAWs.

Akai APC40 – DJ Template Pro: Walkthrough

April 23, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is a walkthrough of the DJ Template for the Akai APC40. It provides an overview of all the core features, but does not go into detail.

To download the template, visit WillMarshall.me

The new version has VU meters and a custom remote script, as well as a supported/paid version for users who need a hand getting things working.

Marshall’s DJ Template Pro for the APC40 is available now for $20. A ‘Lite’ version is also available.

Akai Pro MPC Software: Overview and Tutorial

April 21, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Akai Pro Product Specialist, Andy Mac, takes you through the new MPC Software. This is the platform that will drive the MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio.

Features:

  • 128-track sequencing capability
  • Massive 6GB+ sound library, including all of the sounds of the classic MPC3000
  • Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plug-ins
  • Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program or VST plug-in
  • Works alone as your main DAW or works seamlessly with your current studio as a VST/AU/RTAS plugin
  • Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND
  • Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
  • Mac and PC-compatible

This is the platform that will drive the new MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio Music Production Controllers.

Retronyms brings Akai MPC to Tabletop for iPad

March 13, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This ought to be a good one:

MPC in Tabletop! We’re really excited about this one! As you may know, we’re working with Akai Pro on the official MPC App for iPad. And now we can announce that the MPC will be available as a device inside Tabletop!”

The MPC on iPad is going to be a blast with classic MPC beat making features, sweet effects, and a killer sampling workflow, and now you’ll be able to work this legendary device into your Tabletop sessions!

Possibly the best part is how it works: owners of the stand alone MPC app will automatically unlock the MPC device in Tabletop for free — no need to purchase it twice!

Tabletop - Retronyms

Mike Hoska performs with Akai Pro MAX49 & APC

February 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://www.akaipro.com/max49

Mike Hoska takes the Akai Pro MAX49 out for a performance. Also in his rig, multiple APC’s. In the studio, on stage, MAX49 gets it done.

MAX49 from Akai Professional places revolutionary MIDI and CV control at your fingertips. With an intuitive layout and included AkaiConnect automatic-mapping software, MAX49 offers an instant, fully immersive experience with your favorite music software and virtually all VST plugins. From its 49 semi-weighted keys and 12 real MPC pads, to its groundbreaking LED touch faders and vintage CV & Gate outputs, MAX49 combines cutting-edge Akai Pro technology with classic capability to give you an unprecedented music-making experience.

http://soundcloud.com/mike-hoska
http://www.blindedrecords.com

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