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.
Here’s part 2 of the Keyboard’s Roland FA-08 first look: Continue reading
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
Finger drumming master Jeremy Ellis performs a live routine on the new Native Instruments Maschine Studio. Continue reading
In this video, Gaz Williams takes a deep look at the just-released Maschine Studio and Maschine 2.0: Continue reading
Native Instruments today announced that Maschine Studio and Maschine 2.0 are now available.
- Maschine Studio joins the family of Maschine products with expanded tactile control and two hi-resolution color displays.
- Maschine 2.0 delivers a new mixer page, new audio engine, dynamic drum synth plug-ins and more to all three Maschine hardware versions.
Here’s the official intro video for Maschine Studio: Continue reading
Akai 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.
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)
- 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.
This video, via DJ Tech Tools, takes a look at Maschine Studio and the new features in Maschine 2.0. Continue reading