AKAI has announced a new version of their classic range – MPC One Retro. With the same functionality as the One announced last year the Retro features the same colour stylings and logo from the iconic MPC60 sampler, designed by Roger Linn. The cream case and red logo give it a retro feel while the multi-touch screen, controls and functionality on the MPC One remain.
Akai Pro has announced a new free music-making software called MPC Beats. Inspired by the functionality of their classic samplers and groove machines, MPC Beats is a free download and features the same swing and programming from the original as well as 2GB of sample content to get you started.
Akai Pro has announced an update to their MPC range; the MPC Live II. The Live II adds physical features like new built-in speakers, and builds on the first version of Live's multi-touch seven-inch screen and dedicated OS for standalone music production. The Live II also has a Lithium ION battery for portable, re-chargeable music-making, meaning you can take the unit with you on the road, and have a standalone DAW-like production solution without a computer. The new hardware also adds five new buttons for workflow improvements.
AKAI Pro are renowned for their hardware products. Over the course of history, their legendary MPC range has been used by iconic artists such as J DIlla, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Mark Ronson, Outkast, Big Boi and many more and continues to be a staple for many producers. The MPC is perfect for musicians who want to get their beats down rapidly on the fly - So in this video, Point Blank look at the AKAI Pro MPC One and show exactly how to make your first beat.
Akai have announced the MPC One, a portable, standalone production unit that costs £639. The new MPC, which features all the usual audio editing and sampling options you’d expect from the range, builds on the popularity of the MPC Live, expanding the buttons and controls on the unit, but lowering the price. The device features a seven-inch multitouch screen along with Q Link which maps whatever parameters are on screen to a set of four control knobs.
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Get the sound of the classic Akai S950 sampler in your DAW with this new plugin from MD. Made famous by the likes of Fatboy Slim, Moby, Depeche Mode and Dr. Dre, the S950 was one of the most popular samplers in the 90s and early 00s. Its 12-bit converters and Butterworth filter gave it a crunchy, vintage but warm sound, which is mimicked in the plugin. With four controls it’s a simple affair and is priced accordingly at only €19. Check out the video below for more info.
Akai Professional has released the all-new MIDImix, a high-performance MIDI mixer. Featuring an array of nine faders, 24 knobs, and eight buttons in a simple layout, the Akai Professional MIDImix provides DJs and producers with DAW control in a compact, ultra-portable design. The MIDImix is the perfect tool for incorporating into your travelling production set-up.