Akai MPD32 Software Pad Controller Now Shipping

Akai Professional is now shipping the MPD32 pad controller. MPD32 is Akai Professional’s flagship pad controller for musicians and DJs. Using a USB cable to connect to a Mac or PC, MPD32 is designed for hardware control of apps like Reason, Ableton Live and GarageBand. MPD32 also features transport controls for interfacing with DAW/sequencing applications… Read More Akai MPD32 Software Pad Controller Now Shipping

The Akai MPC 5000

Akai has announced that they are now shipping the MPC5000. Akai’s MPC5000 is the first MPC to permit eight-track streaming hard disk recording for real-time capture of individual tracks or even entire songs. A 20-voice, three-oscillator analog synthesizer with arpeggiator, a new sequencing engine with 960 PPQ resolution, pad and track muting and mixing, 64… Read More The Akai MPC 5000

Sibelius Introduces “First”, Simple Music Notation Software

2008 Summer NAMM Show: Sibelius announced Sibelius First, a new notation and composition tool for singer/songwriters, keyboard players and guitarists.  “Sibelius First is that great first step into the world of professional score writing for aspiring composers,” said Jeremy Silver, Sibelius Software’s managing director. “If you’re more comfortable composing while playing a guitar or a keyboard,… Read More Sibelius Introduces “First”, Simple Music Notation Software

NUMark DDS80 “Future-Proof” CD Player

2008 Summer NAMM Show: Numark intro’d the DDS80, aka “the world’s only future-proof CD player for the DJ.” “The world’s only future-proof CD player for the DJ” features USB ports for connection of thumb and hard drives, iPods, MP3 players; and an included 80GB removable/upgradeable hard drive. While Numark’s marketing catch-phrase may be a little over-the-top,… Read More NUMark DDS80 “Future-Proof” CD Player

Roland Intros GW-8 Synth Workstation

2008 Summer NAMM Show: Roland announced the new GW-8 workstation, an entry-level arranger-workstation.  Description: The GW-8 features a wide variety of pre-programmed styles, focusing on the musical styles of South America and the southwest United States. Choose from four style variations for each song progression. In addition to onboard styles, the GW-8 allows for seamless playback… Read More Roland Intros GW-8 Synth Workstation

Summer NAMM: Mackie Announces New Powered Mixer Line

2008 Summer NAMM Show: Mackie announced a new line of powered mixers — the PPM608, the PPM1008, and the PPM1012.  “While they may be lightweight, the new Mackie PPMs deliver mad power,” said Gilbert Perales, Mackie product manager. “You won’t see smoke when driving dual S225 15″ towers from our mixer.” Description: A complete set of… Read More Summer NAMM: Mackie Announces New Powered Mixer Line