MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio Now More Affordable

mpc-renaissanceAkai Professional has reduced the prices of its flagship MPC Renaissance and slimline MPC Studio controllers by $300 and $200, respectively.

  • Formerly with an estimated street price of $1299, MPC Renaissance will now sell for an estimated street price of $999.
  • MPC Studio, formerly $599, will now sell for an estimated street price of $399.

Akai also has updated the MPC Software to version 1.5, adding a MIDI Control Mode and more.

MPC Software Update Adds MIDI Control Mode & More

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Akai Pro has released the latest version of the MPC software.

Key new features of version 1.5:

  • MIDI control mode: use your MPC hardware as a con?gurable MIDI control surface.
  • MPC software runs without hardware present; use MPC on the road without
  • plugging in hardware.
  • Con?gurable pulse display resolution (set this in Preferences>Sequencer)

Other improvements:

  • 6-levels now works instantly. 16-level engages as soon as you hit the button. Press and hold 16 LEVEL, then tap a pad to change pad assignment on the fly.
  • Improved project information display, including a tree-view of project contents, improved icons displaying program and sample types, and built-in sample auditioning. The sample list is context sensitive, and shows only the samples used by the current selection (i.e. the selected sequence/track/program).
  • Many UI and workflow improvements.
  • Purge samples workflow improvement.
  • Next sequence mode and song mode show sequence loop points in the timeline.
  • Improved timeline editing. You can now extend a sequence and set loop points directly in the timeline.
  • Improved stability hosting various third party plugins.
  • Improved drag and drop capabilities.
  • Plugin editor window position made persistent.
  • Improved behavior when an audio interface is removed.
  • MPC saves the master level and submix levels in project files.
  • Support for MPC Element hardware.
  • Compatibility with MPC Essentials projects.
  • Performance enhancements.
  • Many bugfixes and stability enhancements.

See the Akai Pro site for details.

Yamaha MOXF Synthesizers Offer Massive Sound Library, Sequencing & DAW Integration

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Yamaha has introduced the MOXF synthesizers – a new line of synths that offer MOTIF XF sounds, effects and the ability to add a flash board slot for further expandability options.

The MOXF synth is available in a 61-key and 88-key models. Both synths offer 741 MB Wave ROM, 3,977 waveforms, 128-note polyphony, DAW integration and more.

Here’s what Yamaha has to say about the new MOXF synths: Continue reading

ControlBLADE ES Workstation Offers “Much More, For Half The Price”

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Music Computing has released the ControlBLADE ES, described as ‘a professional music production workstation on a hobbyist budget’.

ControlBLADE ES is an all-in-one music production station, powered by high-performance computer cores utilizing an Intel Dual-Core 2.6GHz third-generation (Ivy Bridge) processor. The Windows 7 (64-bit) operating system is preconfigured for music production.

According to Music Computing’s CEO Victor Wong, the ControlBLADE ES is “far more powerful than any other traditional keyboard workstation and can do much more for half the price.” Continue reading

Akai Pro Updates MPC Software, Adds 64-bit Support

akai-pro-mpc-renaissanceAkai Professional has announced the release of a new version (v1.4) of its MPC Software for the MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio controllers.

The new software update includes the “most-requested” enhancements from MPC users, including 64-bit support in all versions: standalone, VST, and AU.

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Korg KROSS Offers Workstation Keyboard Power, Starting at $700

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Musikmesse 2013: Korg has introduced the new KROSS keyboard line – an a ‘affordable’ mobile keyboard workstation with some interesting features, including audio/MIDI recording capabilities, AC or battery operation (6xAA), an Electribe -style sequencer and a wide selection of sounds.

Here are the details. Continue reading

Roland VR-09 Stage Keyboard Overview

Here’s an overview of the Roland VR-09 stage keyboard, via Sonic State.

Roland’s Gareth Bowen offers an in-depth overview of the VR-09, which is a keyboard intended for live performance. It features dedicated piano, organ and synth sections and weighs in at just 5 Kg.

If you’ve used the Roland VR-09, let us know what you think of it!