AKAI Intros Next-Generation ‘Thick Fat’ MPD2 Pad Controllers


2015 Summer NAMM Show: Akai Professional has introduced three new MPD2 pad controllers – the second generation of their MPD Series of pad controllers.

Key features of the entire line include:

  • New, sensitive ‘Thick Fat’ MPC pads that deliver improved responsive user interaction;
  • Each of the controllers offers an expanded control set, to maximize the sounds and effects available to the user;
  • iOS compatibility using the Camera Connection Kit; and
  • A software package, including: Big Bang Drums and Big Bang Cinema from Sonivox, Ableton Live Lite, and Software Preset Editor.

In addition, you can edit controls right from the front panel on the MPD226 and MPD232, and all three models can be programmed via the included Preset Editor.  Continue reading

Akai Pro Announces MIDImix Portable MIDI Mixer


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