Will The Next Akai MPC Run Windows 8?

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The next Akai MPC workstation may run Windows 8, based on a sneak preview of a MPC prototype that Akai and Microsoft showcased at Microsoft’s Build 2014 – a developer conference held April 2-4 in San Francisco.

The new MPC hardware, above, looks like a bit like a modified MPC Renaissance, with a much larger screen. The OS it runs on is Windows Embedded Industry 8.1, a version of Windows 8.1 that’s designed for running custom hardware systems, rather than standard PCs.  Continue reading

Music Computing Intros Gen 4 StudioBlade, ControlBlade Workstations

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Music Computing has announced the Gen 4 versions of the StudioBLADE and ControlBLADE line of all-in-one music keyboard production stations.

StudioBLADEs and ControlBLADEs are all-in-on-workstations, designed to let you compose; record, mix, and master songs.

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Roland FA-08 Workstation Keyboard First Look

Here’s a look at Roland’s first new workstation since the Fantom-G, the FA series - Keyboard Magazine’s Dave Bryce takes a look at the Roland FA-08.

Roland is introducing the Roland FA workstations, the FA-06 & FA-08, at the 2014 NAMM Show.

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Roland Intros FA-06, FA-08 Workstation Keyboards

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2014 NAMM Show: Roland today introduced its new FA music workstation series, which features a sound collection inherited from their flagship INTEGRA-7, studio-quality effects, expressive real-time controls and onboard sampling for instant audio playback from the 16 backlit pads.

The sequencer features simple operation and non-stop loop recording, letting you capture songs and ideas as they come and export them as multitrack data to use with your DAW. The FA-06 also switches instantly from a standalone keyboard to become a powerful DAW tool, with USB audio/MIDI interfacing, powerful real-time controllers, DAW transport controls and more. Continue reading