Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch Dead At 47

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, dead at 47, RIP

The Beastie Boy’s Adam Yauch, known to many as MCA, is dead at age 47.

A Beastie Boys representative has confirmed that Yauch (August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012) “passed away in his native New York City this morning, after a near-three-year battle with cancer.”

The Beastie Boys started in 1979 as a punk band, but transitioned to hip hop in the early 80’s and achieved mainstream success with their album Licensed To Ill.

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Akai Pro MPC Software (Sneak Preview)

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Product Specialist, Andy Mac, gives you a sneak preview of the new Akai Pro MCP Software – a new app that will put an MPC into your computer.

Features:

  • 128-track sequencing capability
  • Massive 6GB+ sound library, including all of the sounds of the classic MPC3000
  • Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plug-ins
  • Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program or VST plug-in
  • Works alone as your main DAW or works seamlessly with your current studio as a VST/AU/RTAS plugin
  • Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND
  • Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
  • Mac and PC-compatible

This is the platform that will drive the new MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio Music Production Controllers.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Is The Tupac Hologram The Future Of Remixing?

The strangest music technology news in a long time has to be the digital reincarnation of Tupac.

The performance that generated the most buzz at this year’s Coachella wasn’t from a rising star, but from a virtual version Tupac Shakur, who’s been dead 16 years.

Thanks to Dr. Dre and visual effects company AV Concepts, the ‘Tupac Hologram’ was able to perform with Snoop Dog at the festival, as shown in the video below.

Here’s what AV Concepts had to say about the Tupac Hologram:

After months of design, engineering, and creative consultation,  AV Concepts delivered a perceived 3-dimensional, life-sized holographic projection of Tupac to perform on stage with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, during the renowned desert festival.

Utilizing the Musion Eyeliner system, the 30′ x 13′ screen was customized by AV Concepts to descend onto the stage in mere seconds between sets of the performance to bring the infamous, deceased singer back to life.

Here’s Holographic Tupac and Snoop Dog in action:

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It’s Friday – So We’ve Got Polish Rap & A Bodacious Meat Babe

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This is almost completely off topic, but it’s Friday and we’ve busted out the strong beverages. So forgive us if the only real electronic music angle on this is a bit of a stretch.

Anyway, this video features:

  • A bodacious meat babe;
  • MC Silk unleashing a torrent of multi-lingual anti-sellout rhymes;
  • A dude in the kitchen making beats on Maschine;
  • Traditional musicians trashing Busta Rhymes in Polish; and
  • That do-it-in-one-take-or-don’t-do-it-at-all attitude.
And, if you’re thinking that they had us at ‘bodacious meat babe’, you might be right.

The Akai MPC Studio (Official Specs & Photos)

Akai MPC Studio

Akai has officially announced MPC Studio, which it will be introducing at the 2012 NAMM Show.

The MPC Studio is a software + hardware combination, pairing a minimal aluminum MPC pad controller with MPC software that offers up to 64 tracks of sequencing and VST support.

Akai is not only taking on NI’s Maschine, but positioning the MPC Studio as a mobile MPC sollution, saying “Welcome to production anywhere. The world is now your studio.”

We’ve got images, video and specs for the Akai MPC Studio below. Check them out and let us know what you think of AKai’s new MPC solution!

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Introducing The Akai MPC Renaissance (2012 NAMM Show Sneak Preview)

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Akai has introduced MPC Renaissance – a new music production controller that combines Akai’s MPC workflow with the power of your computer.

Features:

  • Fuses legendary MPC production with the processing power of your computer
  • Vintage Mode changes output sound character to MPC3000, MPC60 and more
  • 16 backlit genuine MPC pads, 16 Q-Link controls, and adjustable backlit LCD screen
  • Classic MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing and MPC transport controls
  • MPC SOFTWARE for Mac or PC with 64-track sequencing capability
  • Two XLR-1/4” combo inputs and dedicated turntable input
  • Four-channel US B 2.0 audio interface and two-port US B 2.0 hub built in
  • Up to eight pad banks?more than any other MPC ever
  • Two MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs
  • Stereo 1/4” out, stereo assignable mix 1/4” out & S/PDIF I/O

Software:

  • 64-track sequencing capability
  • Massive 6GB+ sound library, including all of the sounds of the classic MPC3000
  • Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plug-ins
  • Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program or VST plug-in
  • Runs standalone and as VST, AU or RTAS plug-in
  • Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND
  • Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
  • Mac and PC-compatible
Details to come at the 2012 Namm Show.

T-Pain Intros I Am T-Pain Mic – For All The People That Can’t Afford iPhones

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The biggest news out of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is probably T-Pain’s I Am T-Pain Mic.

It’s a microphone with build-in Auto-Tune, to make you sound like – you guessed it – T-Pain.

T-Pain realized that not everybody can afford an iPhone to run his I Am T-Pain iOS app.

“We’re milking this thing baby,” T-Pain said at the show, with his new microphone in hand. “We’re milking it.”

The I Am T-Pain Mic will sell for $39.99 and is expected to be available this summer.

Can the 2011 NAMM Show top this? We’ll find out next week.

In the meantime – let us know what you think about cheap mics with built-in Auto-Tune.

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Amp Live’s Chick Pop

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Amp Live’s Chick Pop

DJ and producer Amp Live was an early adopter of the Livid Ohm64.

Check out how he uses his custom Ohm64, upside-down.

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It’s another installment from Zion I’s Amp Live delivering a definite dose of electric funk. Coming from a history of defying all boundaries when it comes to the contemporary sounds of music, this video is evidence that the mission lives on.

Prepare yourself as Amp Live plays the role of a electro-magnetic maestro as he guides you through an electric fairytale of injected images of breaking dancing, ninjas, & chickens (that’s right I said it). This video takes you on a muscle bond journey of beats that even I have a problem NOT moving too. Damn it, for being so catchy! ‘Chick Pop’ was recently featured on MTV’s Buried Life. You can get the track off of Amp Live’s recent solo album, “Murder At The Discotech”.