Akai Pro Debuts Wireless, Streaming BT-500 Turntable at 2016 NAMM Show

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Akai Professional debuted its new BT-500 audiophile belt- drive turntable today at the 2016 NAMM Show.

Company officials say the turntable is their response “to the rapidly growing demand for high-performance turntables in the resurgent vinyl market.” They tout the BT-500 as a good match for the record enthusiast who wants “a unit with no-compromise audiophile performance and luxurious, elegant styling.”
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AKAI Intros MPC Touch Touchscreen Music Production Controller

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Akai Professional today officially introduced the MPC Touch, a new MPC design that incorporates a touch screen interface, in addition to the traditional drum pads.

Like the MPC Renaissance, the MPC Touch is designed to be used in tandem with your computer.

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The touch screen is designed to streamline tasks like sample editing, shown above, step sequencing, browsing samples, adjusting envelopes and more. According to Akai, ‘the result is the most capable and user-friendly music production controllers Akai Professional has developed to date.’ Continue reading

AKAI Timbre Wolf Analog Synthesizer (Video Preview)

This video, via perfectcircuitaudio, previews the Akai Timbre Wolf – a new analog 4-voice polyphonic synthesizer.

The Timbre Wolf is unusual in that it can be configured in multiple different modes:

  • You can use the Timbre Wolf as four individual monophonic synthesizers;
  • A 4-voice unison monophonic synthesizer, or
  • As a 4-voice polyphonic synthesizer.

Because it has separate controls for each synth voice, you can independently customize the sound of each voice as you play. Continue reading

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

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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

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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