The EWI 5000 includes an array of advanced features, including digital 2.4GHz ultra-low-latency wireless connectivity, a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 12 hours, and more than 3GB of built-in traditional and progressive sounds from SONiVOX. Continue reading →
Musikmesse 2014: Akai Professional today announced the Rhythm Wolf, an analog drum machine and bass synthesizer module with built-in sequencing.
The Rhythm Wolf is an authentic analog instrument that incorporates the sounds of early electronic and hip-hop music into the Akai Professional workflow, enabling musicians to harness “iconic” analog sounds for music production and performance.
The drum machine consists of five “tweakable” drum sounds and includes a kick, snare, open and closed hi-hat, and metallic percussion. On-board controls allow users to separately customize the tuning, amplitude envelopes, and volume of each drum voice for precise real-time adjustment.
The bass synthesizer features a selectable oscillator (sawtooth or square wave), classic filter design, a filter envelope with variable decay, and is capable of creating powerful bass sounds and “squelchy” leads.
The Rhythm Wolf is also outfitted with six MPC pads and a built-in 32-step sequencer, for a responsive interface with a familiar drum machine layout. Drum patterns can be fine-tuned with Swing function, pattern select, and tempo control knobs. A custom distortion signal path is activated by the Rhythm Wolf’s whimsically named “Howl” knob. It also has USB-MIDI, MIDI In/Out, a gate trigger, and the Rhythm Wolf integrates easily with both modern and vintage equipment. Continue reading →
Akai Professional has introduced two new studio reference monitors, the RPM500 and RPM800.
Both monitors offer distributed Class A/B amplification, with ultra-efficient power while ensuring minimal distortion. RPM500 provides 90 watts total, with 50 watts dedicated to its 5-1/4 inch woofer and 40 watts to its silk-dome tweeter; RPM800 offers 120 watts total, with 80 and 40 going to the woofer and tweeter, respectively.
Today Akai Pro announced the latest addition to their MPC controller line with the introduction of the MPC Element, along with its new software platform, MPC Essentials.
With a slim profile and surface dimensions similar to many tablet computers, the new MPC Element is the most portable MPC to date, and is being touted as the “most affordable” with a suggested retail price of $149.99 USD.
Akai Pro MPC Element Features:
The new MPC Element includes, um, popular elements from previous MPC models, including “classic” MPC Note Repeat, Swing, Full Level, 16 Level, and Tap Tempo technologies. In addition, like its predecessors MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio, MPC Element pads are multicolored as well as pressure- and velocity-sensitive.