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Akai MPK88 keyboard

mpk88_web_angle_largeAkai is now shipping one of its latest products the MPK88 keyboard.

The Akai Professional MPK88 is a professional performance keyboard controller with MPC production controls. The MPK88 draws on the design of the popular MPK49, the first keyboard ever to feature MPC pads. This first-of-its-kind keyboard is ideal for performance, starting with a premium, fully weighted, hammer-action keyboard, adding MPC pads, Q-Link controls, and a selection of MPC technologies. The MPK88 is born for the stage and is equally at home in the studio.

It features an 88-key keyboard and 16 genuine MPC pads. The hammer-action keyboard is fully weighted and features aftertouch for expressive melodic control. The MPC pads are pressure and velocity-sensitive to capture every nuance of your creative concepts. The pads can access four banks of sounds, so you have 64 samples at your fingertips with the touch of a button.

The MPK88 places dedicated transport controls within your reach for easy control of some of the most important tracking and editing controls. The MPK88 has modulation and pitch-bend wheels for expressive musicality, and two assignable footswitch inputs enable you to connect an expression pedal or other continuous controller and a footswitch for momentary controls like patch change or start/stop.

One of the most important input devices on an MPC is its Q-Link assignable control section. Akai Pro built a massive collection of Q-Links into the MPK series. The MPK88 gives you eight virtual knobs that are assignable to control nearly any software parameter. You can control three different parameters per knob thanks to the knobs’ three-bank selection, totaling 24 parameters of instant, hands-on control. Like the virtual knobs, eight virtual faders and eight virtual buttons also control three banks of parameters each, so you get 24 virtual faders and 24 virtual buttons. That’s 72 Q-Link controls!

The MPK88 is a MIDI controller that sends its MIDI values over USB. It is bus powered, so all you need to connect and power the MPK88 is the supplied USB cable. Because it is MIDI compliant, the MPK88 works with most MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software for musical performers from keyboard players to producers to DJs and even VJs!

The MPK88 comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition, one of the most popular and powerful performance and production programs in the world. Ableton Live Lite enables musicians to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment.

More information about the product: Akai Professional

Akai XR20 Beat Production Station

Akai XR20 Beat Production Station

Akai takes care of those who may need any where they are a device to record or practice some lines, specially drummers who can’t carry the drum kit everywhere, with the Akai XR20 Beat Production Station that can produce almost any instrument or vocal sound using only its controls, you also have a jog wheel to make easier the changes (tempo, pattern, sound, …).

The main features of the Akai XR20 Beat Production Station are over 700 sounds (including drums, bass, synth, vocal, …), built-in effects (reverb, EQ and compression), patterns (that can be triggered with one pad), drum roll and note repeat functions, backlit pads (that bright with the music rhythm) and blue LCD display and mic input and headphones output.

This station can save you in some situations when you need a quick melody or drum track, you can dot it just in seconds. The Akai XR20 Beat Production Station will be released very soon and its msrp will be $499.

Akai MPD32 Pad Controller

Akai MPD32 Pad ControllerAkai has released some new products early this year, this new product is a MIDI controller that is specially designed for working precisely with a music software, the Akai MPD32 Pad Controller is fully programmable and works with any DAW software, this and the high quality pads will make this device very successful.

The Akai MPD32 Pad Controller features 16 pads with velocity and pressure response, 8 swtiches, 8 faders and 8 endless knobs assignable controls, tap tempo, preset adjusting and transport controls, 2 footswitch and 1 expression pedal inputs, 4 banks, 30 user presets, LCD display and MIDI connection.

The transport controls allow us to control the DAW or the sequencer software in both Mac or Windows. The Akai MPD32 Pad Controller is now available and its price is $300.

Akai MPC5000 Music Production Center [Winter NAMM 2008]

Akai MPC5000 Music Production Center [Winter NAMM 2008]

After the success and the noise made by the release of the MPC500 Akai has released its bigger brother, the Akai MPC5000 Music Production Center that comes with some improvements like eliminating the need of external synths, expandable sampler memory (up to 192 MB) or 4 effect buses, among others.

The Akai MPC5000 Music Production Center features 8 tracks, direct to hard disk recording, 3-oscillator analog synth engine, 300 virtual analog synth sounds, 64-voice drum/phrase sampler, over 40 built-in effects, compressor and EQ, multi-mode filter, 4 faders, 16 pads, 12 level knobs and transport controls and backlit LCD. Connections of this device include phono (with RIAA preamp), XLR & 1/4″ combo (with level control), stereo S/PDIF and 2 MIDI inputs, 10 analog 8 ADAT-optical, stereo S/PDIF and 4 MIDI outputs and USB connection.

Besides the internal hard disk you can save your music into a compact flash card or you can optionally add to this device a CD burner/DVD unit to add new sounds or to store your creations. The Akai MPC5000 Music Production Center will be available in Q2 2008 and its MSRP price is $3,500.

Akai XR20 Beat Production Station [Winter NAMM 2008]

Akai XR20 Beat Production Station [Winter NAMM 2008]Akai introduced at Winter NAMM some interesting products, one of them is this drum machine specially designed for hip hop and R&B musicians, the Akai XR20 Beat Production Station. This device has the classic features of a drum machine but includes Chronic Music sounds, effects to improve your patterns and some more interesting options.

The specifications of the Akai XR20 Beat Production Station include about 700 sound of drums, percussion, synth and many more, built-in effect engine (EQ, reverb and compression), 99 factory patterns, 99 user patterns, pattern play (you can launch a pattern from one pad), drum roll and note repeat functions and backlit LCD. This beat machine can be controlled with 12 backlit pads, transport controls, real volume control, 1 jog wheel among other, and its connection include mic input, headphones, aux, main left and main right outputs, MIDI connections and footswitches inputs.

This drum machine can be powered with batteries or AC power adapter. The Akai XR20 Beat Production Station will be available this summer and its MRSP price is $500.

Akai Professional MPK49 USB/MIDI Controller

Akai Professional MPK49 USB/MIDI Controller

Another MusikMeese release, Akai MPK49 USB/MIDI Controller, the “new generation” of USB/MIDI controllers. Perfect for DAW user who want to control your plugins or virtual instruments.

The Akai MPK49 USB/MIDI Controller is a semi-weighted keyboard that features 49 keys with aftertouch, 12 MPC drum-style pads (48 virtual pads with 4 bank selection buttons), note repeat and arpeggiator (to create riffs at the moment) functions (with tap tempo and time-division buttons), expression pedal, footswitch, pitch bend, modulation wheel, 8 sliders, 8 backlit switches and 8 rotation pots (with 3 bank buttons each), MMC/MIDI transport controls and backlit LCD display.

This controller offers 72 assignable controls for working with your studio or improving creativity on stage. The price and availability of the Akai MPK49 USB/MIDI Controller has to be announced yet.

MPC500, official announcement

MPC500Today Akai made the official introduction of MPC500, so we must say last photos from Music Thing were totally correct. Besides the features of the product, I’d like to talk about the product’s concept itself. Is this kind of product really necessary? Will producers, DJ’s and general musicians buy the MPC500?

Taking a first look, I’d say: yes, people will buy the MPC500, having a portable music production center allows people to create or play music anywhere. But then, after knowing its price I thought that people can be afraid of carrying a $1,300 device around, so maybe they leave it at home or studio. But if it acts as a fixed music production center, there can be more affordable and maybe higher quality options (I must check the device to say anything about the quality, but it’s a possibility).

At last, maybe people is not afraid of carrying the MPC500 around, I’d be, and they love the MPC500 and they use it as a really portable music production center, but we will see.

UPDATE: It seems the MPC price will be around $1,000.