Will The Next Akai MPC Run Windows 8?

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The next Akai MPC workstation may run Windows 8, based on a sneak preview of a MPC prototype that Akai and Microsoft showcased at Microsoft’s Build 2014 – a developer conference held April 2-4 in San Francisco.

The new MPC hardware, above, looks like a bit like a modified MPC Renaissance, with a much larger screen. The OS it runs on is Windows Embedded Industry 8.1, a version of Windows 8.1 that’s designed for running custom hardware systems, rather than standard PCs.  Continue reading

APC40 mkII Intro Video

Musikmesse 2014: Akai Professional just released their official intro video for the new APC40 mkII, their new ‘flagship’ controller for Ableton Live.

The APC40 mkII features a 5×8 RGB LED clip-launching matrix, assignable A/B crossfader, 8 rotary knobs, 8 channel faders, and a send button for quick access to send busses. The APC40 mkII is USB-powered and supports plug-and-play. Continue reading

Akai MPX16 Sampler Features 16 Pads, On-Board Sample-Processing, MIDI In/Out

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Musikmesse 2014: Akai Professional has introduced the MPX16, an advanced sample player with onboard sound recording. Samples are saved to an SD card, and can be played back using either the unit’s MPC-style pads or via external MIDI device, via USB-MIDI and 3.5mm (1/4-inch) MIDI inputs.

Samples are captured at CD-quality, via dual 6.3mm (1/4-inch) inputs or the on-board stereo microphone. The user may assign audio clips to the pads and apply tuning, filters, envelopes and ‘choke’ grouping for creative, dynamic performances.

An LCD screen and illuminated trigger pads provide visual feedback during use, and the MPX16 may be powered from a USB port or the included power supply. You can load existing sound files onto an SD card or use the MPX16 as an SD card reader for drag-and-drop convenience on a Mac or PC.  Continue reading

Akai MPX8 SD Sample Player Review

At the 2013 NAMM ShowAkai Professional introduced the MPX8 SD sample launcher with MPC pads. Using a standard SD card, users can load virtually samples onto MPX8 and then assign them to any of the unit’s eight backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads.

In this video review of the Akai MPX8, Nick Batt of sonicstate takes a look the new sample playback instrument.  Continue reading

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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