Today, Akai Professional announced their Force Beta testing program. To support the upcoming integration of the Arranger and Ableton Live Control, they are assembling a Beta Tester team, along with a private forum to allow beta testers a private community feedback resource and direct line of communication to the development team at Akai Professional.
With Ableton Control integration, Force bridges the two worlds of for greater creative power. Force and its plugin instruments Hype and Tube Synth, plus the controller’s sound processing FX and sample manipulation algorithms, pairs with Ableton to ready musicians for new musical adventures.
The Arranger feature enables users to build complete compositions in a more structured, long-form manner. This new development expands the capabilities of Force as a performance and composition tool. Force now has complete independence to create a full, dynamic song composition from intro to grand finale, followed by standalone mixing and mastering.
- Wireless control and launching of Ableton clips in Session View simultaneously with Force standalone over WiFi.
- Instantly switch between Force in standalone mode and Live Control mode without ever stopping playback.
- Control the Ableton Live mixer, effects, instruments and VSTs using Force’s Touchscreen and knobs.
- Create an arrangement of a song against a linear timeline.
- Record a clip performance or live input (MIDI or Audio) into a linear timeline.
- Edit and arrange the song using Force’s powerful Arrange Edit commands.
- Mixdown the song to a stereo audio file or stem it as separate tracks.
- Experiment with different song ideas by launching clips against the linear arrangement.
- Edit a single track from your arrangement in the Grid and List editors.
- Undo History – Quickly backtrack and reverse up to nine actions.
Dan Gill, Senior Product Manager for Akai Professional said, “Force is a transcendent music compostition and performance tool. On its own, it provides more intuitive creative ability than any product we’ve ever created. With the addition of the Arranger and Ableton Live Control we’ve again opened up an even greater world of possibilities, making our greatest stride to advance music creation for everyone.”
To be eligible for the Force beta testing program, users are asked to sign an non-disclosure agreement [NDA], join the forum by creating a user profile, and downloading the Beta build to a qualified computer system. Force Beta is closed to the general public, but users interested in joining the beta team can apply here.
Akai Professional will also offer an MPC Beta program for Ableton Live Control integration. Those applying for that program will be notified once it has opened.
For more information, visit akaipro.com.