Akai are undoubtedly most famous for creating the MPC, the MIDI (or Music) Production Center that producers like Pete Rock, DJ Guru and DJ Shadow used to create the beats which helped define hip hop. That same DNA carries through their products today, not least the latest computer integrated MPC models. Their MIDI controllers are built to the same bullet proof standard, with touch senstive pads, faders, buttons and the APC range offer deep integration with Ableton Live.
The Advance range of keyboard controllers integrate into any computer music setup, letting you manage and control all your plugins without being glued to the laptop screen. It's not just in the digital realm that Akai like to try fresh new ideas, their range of analogue hardware offers squelching basslines and fat kick drums with a host of features that you won't find on the vintage originals.