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Feature-packed units give artists unprecedented creative musical firepower with Thick Fat backlit MPC Pads, multiple controls and included software
New electronic instruments deliver authentic analog sound, giving musicians ability to create traditional ‘gutsy’ sound
Artists can now load, play and control all their virtual instrument plugins directly from their keyboard. New keyboards deliver optimum hands-on performance features with seamless software integration for playing and controlling today’s hottest VST instruments and DAWs.
APC 40 mkII, APC mini, and APC Key 25 offer dedicated hardware integration and cuttingedge production content pack with Ableton Live software.
Full-featured solutions combine exceptional DAW integration with advanced performance features, plus premium software production suite
Introduces AAX compatibility, workflow enhancements, free expansions, a built-in synthesizer from AIR Music Technology, and over 100 other enhancements.
Versatile AFX and AMX Announced for Serato Users of All Kinds
Akai Professional’s flagship iPad app is now available for download.
Leading music production equipment manufacturer debuts an analog drum machine and bass synthesizer inspired by the classics.
Leading music production equipment manufacturer debuts playable, practical solution for sample-based performers.
Leading performance controller manufacturer introduces new Ableton Live controllers for the musician, composer, and mobile performer.
With an entire orchestra of sounds built in, EWI 5000 gives wind instrumentalists a new level of expression and includes the latest in wireless connectivity plus a 12-hour rechargeable battery.
Akai Professional announces four additions to its popular MPK USB keyboard/pad controller series— the 25-key MPK225, 49-key MPK249, 61-key MPK261 and an update to the ultra-portable MPK Mini.
Akai Professional, creators of the original EWI, announce the EWI 5000, the most expressive and versatile wind instrument in the world. EWI 5000 includes an array of advanced features, including digital 2.4GHz ultra-low-latency wireless connectivity, a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 12 hours, and more than 3GB of built-in traditional and progressive sounds from SONiVOX, a leading creator of premium virtual instruments and software synthesis technologies.
New keyboard controllers from Akai Professional provide hands-on music production capabilities with modern DAW control.
Coinciding with the announcement and release of MPC Element, the most affordable MPC ever at just $149, Akai Professional has now reduced the prices of the flagship MPC Renaissance and slimline MPC Studio controllers by $300 and $200, respectively.
Adding to their industry-leading MPC line, which includes the flagship MPC Renaissance and slimline MPC Studio controllers, Akai Professional has now introduced MPC Element along with its new software platform, MPC Essentials. With dimensions similar to popular tablet computers, MPC Element is Akai Professional’s most portable MPC yet, and it’s also the most affordable with a price of just $149.99 USD.
Available in stores in October, Akai Professional’s newest studio reference monitors, RPM500 and RPM800, offer meticulous reproduction of even the most complex modern music with the perfect balance of finely tuned technologies. Both offer distributed Class A/B amplification, providing ultra-efficient power while ensuring minimal distortion. RPM500 provides 90 Watts total, with 50 Watts dedicated to its 5 ¼-inch woofer and 40 Watts to its silk-dome tweeter; RPM800 offers 120-Watts total, with 80 and 40 going to the woofer and tweeter, respectively.
Akai Professional has just released MPC Software Version 1.4, the latest in a series of updates for the software at the heart of the MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio controllers. As with previous updates, Version 1.4 includes the most-requested enhancements from MPC users all over the world, including 64-bit support in all versions: standalone, VST, and AU.
With a grand prize of $250,000 on the line, Smirnoff and VH1 premiered the new season of the hit DJ competition reality show Master of the Mix on April 1st. Master of the Mix airs Mondays at midnight/11c and Thursdays 11pm/10c on VH1. For the first time, contestants in the 10-week DJ battle are not only clashing in competition behind the decks but also in each other’s lives. This is the first season where the contestants are living together, making the competition that much more personal as rivalries get real and tempers flare. Reflecting the higher stakes and heated competition this season is the addition of Akai Professional equipment to the contestants’ arsenal of gear. Since 1984, Akai Professional has remained one of the world’s most influential manufacturers of musical performance and production gear, creating iconic instruments that have altered the landscape of music-making. Contestants will be mentored each week using the MPC Studio, MPK49, MPK25, and APC40 controllers.
Akai Professional, the name synonymous with music production, announces MPX8, a standalone SD sample launcher with MPC pads, and MAX25, an innovative USB/MIDI/CV keyboard controller, will be shown at Musikmesse 2013 in Hall 5.1 at Booth B45 on April 10th in Frankfurt, Germany.
On the heels of the just-released MPC Studio, Akai Professional has now released MPC Software v1.3, the latest iteration of the powerful DAW for MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio.
Akai Professional, the name synonymous with music production, announces the release of MPC Studio, the second of three new MPCs to become available in stores. Akai Professional will exhibit all three new MPCs—MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, and MPC Fly—at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.
AKAI PROFESSIONAL AND ABLETON ANNOUNCE EXPANDED COLLABORATION AND NEW HARDWARE INSTRUMENT FOR LIVE 9
Akai Professional, the name synonymous with music production, announces a new collaboration with Ableton, which builds upon the partnership that gave the world the acclaimed APC20 and APC40 controllers. The result of this collaboration is Ableton Push – a new hardware instrument for Live 9, designed by Ableton and engineered by Akai Professional.
Akai Professional, the name synonymous with music production, announces that MAX49, a revolutionary USB/MIDI/CV controller, is now shipping to musical instrument retailers. Akai Professional unveiled MAX49 at the 2012 NAMM Show from in Anaheim, California in January.