Akai EWI 5000 Electronic Wind Instrument Offers Wireless Connectivity

EWI-5000

At Musikmesse 2014Akai Professional is showing the EWI 5000, their new electronic wind instrument.

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

Akai Pro Debuts Rhythm Wolf: Drum Machine & Bass Synth, With “Howl”

Akai_Pro_RhythmWolfMusikmesse 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.
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Akai Unveils New Studio Reference Monitors

Akai_RPM500Akai 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.

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Akai Pro Intros MPC Element

mpc_elementToday 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.

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Akai Pro SynthStation49 Overview

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This video, via AkaiProVideo, offers an introduction and overview of the Akai Pro SynthStation49.

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Akai APC40 + Monomulator + Ableton Live 8

This video demos using the Akai APC40 like a monome:

Blinken Park on the APC40 sending midi through the IAC driver to Ableton Live 8. We don’t need no stinking Monome.

Advanced Akai APC40 Controller Programming With Ableton Live

This set of videos, by Darren Cowley, demonstrates some advanced programming techniques with the Akai APC40 & Ableton Live.

APC40 Customization (above):

This is a quick Vimeo about how i’ve used Bomes to modify the behaviour of the APC40 within Ableton Live.

Because of the high demand for the support of this template head over to thestudiosessions.co.uk to find details of how to get hold of a copy…..

This short film is mainly to act as inspiration to others as to what can be achieved with the APC with a little bit of effort and without Max for Live….

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