Akai iMPC Pro 1.5 Promises MIDI Learn, Ableton Link & More

Developer Retronyms released this sneak preview of Akai iMPC Pro, promising MIDI Learn, Ableton Link support and more.

Here’s what’s new in iMPC Pro version 1.5:

  • MIDI Learn so you can map your controller more easily.
  • Slice Loop Auto mode, which automatically detects all transient markers.
  • Improvements to MPC Desktop Export. You can now export slice loops as patch phrases, among other things.
  • Latest version of the Ableton Link SDK.
  • Latest version of AudioCopy (3.2), which improves workflow.
  • Bonus feature: Bit-Crusher in the pad effects, which has a digital distortion effect on your sounds, adding some crunch and fuzz.

They’ve also announced a new Public Beta Program, which allows users to participate in pre-release testing of iMPC Pro. Contact support@retronyms.com if you’re interested in applying as a Beta Tester.

iMPC Pro 1.5 is expected to be in review with Apple in the next week.

SoniVox Debuts ‘Singles’ Virtual Instruments at 2016 NAMM Show

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Virtual instrument developer SONiVOX announced at The 2016 NAMM Show that they have released the first five of its series of virtual instruments called Singles. SoniVox describe Singles as “bite-sized downloadable virtual instruments” which provide producers “a single high-quality instrument at an outstanding value.” With Singles, artists can choose the specific instrument they need, complete with a powerful synthesizer and effects to customize the instrument for a range of production situations.

Each Singles instrument is self-contained and comes with its own player. Each Singles instrument is optimized for its specific task, and each player differs slightly from the others in functionality and aesthetic, but Sonivox staff assure that all share “the same essential traits of sonic realism, intuitive operation and unexpected low cost.”
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Akai Pro Announces MIDImix Portable MIDI Mixer

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Akai Professional
 announced today, at the 2015 Musikmesse, the introduction of its new MIDImix, a portable compact high-performance mixer.

The MIDImix combines a “high-performance” mixer with 8 individual line faders and a master fader, 24 control knobs (arranged 3 per channel), and 1-to-1 mapping with Ableton Live (Ableton Live Lite is included).

MIDImix users can send all the mixer’s settings to their DAW with a single press of a button, for management and control over the DAW’s functionality. In this way, artists can mix, modify and manipulate projects concurrently in real time, affording a wider array of creative options. Continue reading