Big Black Delta and Akai Pro Rhythm Wolf

Jonathan Bates, aka Big Black Delta, talks about how he uses the Akai Professional Rhythm Wolf sounds, pads, and sequencer in his work.

Bates calls the Rhythm Wolf “a cool departure for Akai,” his “new favorite little box:”

“People aren’t using presets anymore; it’s all about starting from scratch as far as sound design. It used to be sample-based and now it’s more like, ‘I’m starting with a square wave’, and where do I go from there?”

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Updated APC Controllers Now Available


Akai Professional has announced that it’s now shipping three new APC controllers:

  • the flagship APC40 mkII (above);
  • the APC Key 25 with integrated keyboard, and
  • the compact APC mini.

“We are excited to announce the availability of the APC40 mkII, APC Key 25, and APC mini,” says Akai Professional Product Manager Dan Gill. According to Gill, the new controllers incorporate feedback from users of their existing APC20 & APC40 controllers and include the most commonly requested features.

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Akai Pro Ships Four New MPK MIDI Keyboard Controllers


Akai Professional is now shipping four new MPK keyboard MIDI Controllers:

  • The 25 ­key MPK225 (above)
  • the 49 ­key MPK249
  • the 61 ­key MPK261, and
  • the ultra­portable MPK mini mkII.

According to Akai Professional Product Manager Dan Gill, “The new MPK series is huge leap forward–improving on the previous series, with more capability, more features, and industry ­leading software.” Continue reading