Today Akai Professional announced firmware updates for its Force and MPC controllers that include Ableton Live Control. The new firmware delivers control of Ableton Live’s session view, mixer, effects and devices via wi-fi for Force, MPC X and MPC Live.
This level of Ableton integration from a standalone device is noteworthy, and Ableton Live Control mode has been designed to make it possible for users to switch between standalone operation and Live Control mode without ever stopping playback from either platform.
With Ableton Control integration, Akai Pro has bridged the standalone and Ableton worlds for, in the words of Akai Pro developers, “an unprecedented amount of creative power.”
Force and MPC plugin instruments Bassline and Tube Synth, sound processing FX and sample manipulation algorithms, paired with Ableton and the power of clip launching is here.
- Matrix Tab – The Matrix tab displays an 8×8 section of Live’s Session View marked in the Live GUI by the colored session ring. Users have a complete overview of—and immediate access to—the scenes, clips, play status, recording status as well as control over playback, recording quantize functions and scene/ clip management.
- Mixer Tab – The Mixer Tab provides instant access to Live’s key mixing functions, divided into three views for control of Levels, Main mixer parameters and Sends. Using Force’s touch interface, control any slider/knob or bring up a full screen editor for precise adjustments.
- Device Control Tab – The device tab controls the device on the current track at Ableton Live’s Blue Hand position, providing control and key visual feedback on Ableton Instruments and third-party plugins.
- Control Bar – At the top of the touch user interface, users can customize the Control Bar to display preset displays for Session, Arrangement and Performance modes including BPM, Phase Nudge Down/Up, Metronome, Follow, Overdub, Automation Arm and more.
Dan Gill, Senior Product Manager for Akai Professional said, “With every update, we redefine the products and extend the scope of their capabilities. With these firmware releases for Force and MPC, our standalone platforms join with Ableton Live to provide musicians, performers and producers unparalleled creative possibilities. … We are delighted to provide the production community with a control solution for Ableton Live, while harnessing the sheer creative power of the world’s greatest standalone production and performance solutions.”
For additional details of the firmware updates, or to download the latest firmware, visit akaipro.com.