Studio and Synth legends Akai Professional launch a host of new products aimed at the studio producer and DJ. PMT Online get the low down from MusikMesse 2014!
Akai have re-designed their flagship Ableton Controller, the original APC40, which revolutionized how we perform and produce with Ableton Live, with a sleek new design scheme and cool new features. The MKII version features a revised knob layout with in-line controls for a smoother workflow, assignable A-B Crossfader and utilises multiple Send output routing in Ableton. Dedicated record/track arm buttons also make for a much more hands-on experience when recording and mixing.
PMT Online Price - £299 - Due Summer 2014
Following in the same vein as their popular MPK Mini and MPK25 USB MIDI keyboards, the APC Key 25 leans toward the Ableton Live user with a 8x5 LED clip matrix to launch loops and samples, 8 rotary control knobs and a highly playable synth-action keyboard. A great little portable keyboard for writing music and rehearsing your set whilst on the move.
PMT Online Price - £99 - Due Summer 2014
Serving as a lightweight, portable version of the acclaimed APC20, the APC Mini utilises Akai's new styling (based on the Ableton Push) with a sleek 8x8 LED button matrix, 8 assignable faders (with 1 master fader) alongside a range of transport controls to help workflow around Ableton.
PMT Online Price - £79 - Due Summer 2014
Akai extend their popular MPX8 sampler with a total 16 velocity-sensitive drum pads, USB MIDI controller mode, SD card sampling and a built-in microphone for field recording. 4 rotary control knobs also provide access to sample tweaking and editing functions with a backlit LCD display and easy-to-use navigation section.
PMT Online Price: £139
Saving the best till last - the Rhythm Wolf is a revolutionary drum groove machine which incorporates the feel and rugged build of Akai's legendary MPC drum machines. Thick analogue drum sounds combined with a 32-step sequencer and velocity-sensitive drum pads make this the perfect performance and production tool for making beats quickly with great results. Also features a Gate trigger In/Out for triggering your sequences via modular synths, vintage sequencers, or external sound sources.
PMT Online Price: £159
All new Akai controllers come with free bonus Music production content, including Toolroom artist launch packs, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech & SONiVOX Twist production tools.