M-Audio, Way Out Ware Intro KikAxxe Synthesizer

KikAxxe Arp Axxe virtual synthesizer

2007 Winter NAMM Show: M-Audio announced the KikAxxe virtual vintage synthesizer, developed by partner Way Out Ware.

Way Out Ware previously created the highly regarded virtual version of the ARP 2600, the TimewARP 2600.

The KikAxxe brings together a faithful emulation of the classic ARP Axxe synthesizer, an analog-style 16-step sequencer, programmable drum machine and emulation of the vintage Echoplex tape delay device.

The KikAxxe virtual instrument is an emulation of the vintage ARP Axxe analog synthesizer that descended from the venerable ARP 2600 in the mid ’70s. KikAxxe also includes the integral Sequencer +, an emulation of the ARP step sequencer that contributed to the signature sound of artists like The Who, Depeche Mode, 808 State, Vince Clarke, Jean-Michel Jarre, Billy Currie of Ultravox and Visage, and filmmaker John Carpenter.

The KikAxxe instrument’s Sequencer + sequencer also includes a complementary staple from the same era—a dedicated step-sequenced drum machine. With five sample-based drum kits, it delivers the sounds responsible for many hit songs across several decades—and then some. This feature gives KikAxxe the rare ability to create great bass and drum backing tracks in a single unit.

KikAxxe also incorporates an emulation of the unique sound of the MAESTRO Echoplex—the original tape delay device that preceded digital delay units. The KikAxxe instrument’s Tape Delay feature is especially useful for enhancing lead lines and special effects.

KikAxxe ships with a vast array of presets. From there, it’s easy to explore and modify parameters to start customizing the presets. Synth aficionados can switch to advanced mode for access to every accurate parameter—including mapping MIDI controllers to KikAxxe controls for a truly hands-on experience.

KikAxxe works with popular host applications on Mac and PC thanks to RTAS, VST and Audio Units implementation. Under MIDI control, the internal clock can synchronize to MIDI Beat Clock for LFO and beat-sync triggered effects.

The KikAxxe is currently expected to ship in early 2007 and carries an MSRP of $69.95 USD.

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