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Akai Professional intros SynthStation49, controller for iPad

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Akai SynthStation49

Akai Professional has introduced the SynthStation49, the most advanced, intuitive music controller designed specifically for use with the iPad and the first true iPad performance tool for musicians.

Working seamlessly with Akai Professional’s heralded SynthStation software, SynthStation49 provides unparalleled music creation capabilities, including direct in-app MIDI recording from its velocity-sensitive keyboard, nine MPC-style drum pads and array of transport controls.

In addition to its integration with the SynthStation app, SynthStation49 is also completely iOS CoreMIDI compatible, making it instantly compatible with dozens of music apps already in the App Store and hundreds more on the way.

SynthStation49 features

  • Portable, velocity-sensitive keyboard with pitch and modulation wheels.
  • Nine velocity-sensitive MPC-style drum pads which light when triggered.
  • Dedicated transport control buttons including Play, Pause and Record.
  • Play MIDI keyboard and drum pad performances into an iPad via CoreMIDI or AkaiConnect apps.
  • Built-in, adjustable dock charges your iPad while positioning the screen at the perfect angle.
  • USB port for connecting to a Mac or PC, receiving power and controlling MIDI music software.
  • Professional ¼” stereo outputs with volume control to connect mixers, speakers and recording equipment.
  • Headphone output to practice and compose in private.

More information: Akai Pro / SynthStation49

Akai Professional announces Analog Custom Shop line of guitar products

Akai Pro Analog Custom Shop - Aalog Delay

Akai Professional has announced the Analog Custom Shop line of guitar products, bringing ‘Boutique’ sound to all with a collection of ten premium guitar pedals.

As with previous Akai Professional guitar pedals like the E2 Headrush and SB1 Deep Impact Bass Synth, the Analog Custom Shop line is a collection of pedal effects designed to exacting standards, using the highest quality components. Analog Custom Shop pedals provide rich tone, texture and character to immediately enhance and inspire players of any musical style.

The Analog Custom Shop line uses all-analog design to deliver the sound quality of boutique pedals, and does so at an extremely affordable price . No matter the desired guitar sound or musical genre, the Analog Custom Shop line has the right pedal, or combination thereof, to achieve the best tone possible, from the studios of Nashville to the Blues clubs of Chicago to the heaviest of metal bands.

The Analog Custom Shop consists of these ten pedals: Phase Shifter, Analog Delay, Blues Overdrive, Chorus, Compressor, Tri Mode Overdrive, Deluxe Distortion, Flanger, Tri Mode Fuzz, and Tri Mode Distortion.

Akai Pro will unveil the collection of ten pedals at booth #6400 of the 2011 NAMM Show from January 13-16, Anaheim, CA.

More information: Akai Professional / Analog Custom Shop

Akai Professional announces EIE I/O audio interface

Akai Professional has announced the EIE I/O, a premium audio interface which provides simultaneous 4-channel recording, dual stereo output pairs and three additional USB ports for peripherals.

The EIE I/O is a tabletop USB audio interface perfectly tailored for project and portable studio setups. This four-in, four-out (4×4) device enables users on Mac and PC-based systems to record up to 24-bit resolution into virtually any DAW, recording or performance software.

The EIE I/O also houses three convenient USB inputs, in addition to its main USB port, enabling users to connect controllers, hard drives or any other peripheral when native ports on a computer may be limited. The compact recording interface contains high-quality components including nickel-plated input jacks, analog-style VU meters and a rugged aluminum casing for a powerful, professional, portable audio solution.

Akai EIE I/O

EIE I/O features

  • USB audio interface with up to 24-bit recording resolution.
  • Four XLR-¼” combo jacks with phantom power and gain control.
  • Four nickle-plated ¼” outputs for two separate monitoring systems.
  • Two classic, high-quality VU level meters with switchable sources.
  • Three additional USB ports for connecting other devices through to a computer.
  • 5 Pin DIN MIDI Interface.
  • Headphone output with switchable source and direct monitoring dial.
  • Table-top, solid construction with a great-looking, classic design.

The EIE I/O will be unveiled at booth #6400 of the 2011 NAMM Show from January 13-16, Anaheim, CA.

More information: Akai Professional / EIE I/O

Akai Professional SynthStation25, keyboard controller for use with the iPhone and iPod Touch now shipping

Akai SynthStation25

Akai Professional is now shipping the SynthStation25, a musical keyboard controller for use with the iPhone and iPod Touch.

If you are really serious about making music on your iPhone or iPod Touch, you might be interested in getting a dedicated keyboard controller such as the Akai Professional SynthStation25 for your handheld unit. According to Akai, the new SynthStation25 is the first-ever musical keyboard controller designed exclusively for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The SynthStation25 is a portable, 25-note mini keyboard with a built-in dock for that iPhone or iPod Touch. The mini keyboard provides two octaves of Velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys, pitch and modulation wheels, and physical buttons for the most commonly used controls: octave up / down, part-select, and patch-select. With the SynthStation25, you can play on real, physical keys rather than a tiny touchscreen keyboard. For monitoring and recording audio, the SynthStation25 has a RCA stereo-line output and a headphone output, and for controlling MIDI music software (Mac / Win), the SynthStation25 has a USB MIDI output.

SynthStation25 features

  • 25-key MIDI keyboard controller for iPhone and iPod touch.
  • Velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys for expressive performance.
  • Pitch and modulation wheels, octave +/-, and sound-bank buttons.
  • Stereo RCA line outputs and headphone jack.
  • USB/MIDI for virtually any MIDI music software or MIDI hardware devices.
  • Seamlessly compatible with Akai SynthStation app.

The SynthStation25 is now shipping for $299 USD (MSRP) with an estimated street price of $99 USD.

More information: Akai Professional / SynthStation25

Akai updates SynthStation to v1.2.1

Akai SynthStation (iPhone/iPad)

Akai has released version 1.2.1 of SynthStation, a music production app for iOS.

SynthStation transforms iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a portable music production studio for mobile music creation.

SynthStation gives you three powerful synthesizers for creating and modifying sonic textures used for melodies, chords, and bass lines.

Built around Akai Professional’s history in synthesis and drawing on the newest MINIAK synth, SynthStation sounds great and offers wide-ranging sonic flexibility with its virtual analog synthesis.

Changes in SynthStation v1.2.1

  • SynthStation25 hardware compatibility.
  • iPad and iPhone 4 Retina Display support.
  • iOS 4 compatibility.
  • Improved performance.

SynthStation is available to purchase from the iTunes App Store for $9.99 USD.

More information: Akai / SynthStation

Akai Professional releases SynthStation

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Akai Professional SynthStation

Akai Professional has released SynthStation, a music production app for iPhone and iPod touch.

Transform your iPhone into a music production studio. SynthStation transforms your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a portable music production studio for mobile music creation. SynthStation gives you three powerful synthesizers for creating and modifying sonic textures used for melodies, chords, and bass lines. Built around Akai Professional’s history in synthesis and drawing on the newest MINIAK synth, SynthStation sounds great and offers wide-ranging sonic flexibility with its virtual analog synthesis.

From the moment you start SynthStation, you’ll know your way around. It is jam-packed with tools to help you create music with the convenience of your touch screen and each section works the way you work. With SynthStation, you can create and save sequences and complete songs. The app contains three different three-oscillator synths and a range of drum kits you can sequence and mix right in the SynthStation. For creating melodic and accompaniment parts, the SynthStation contains an arpeggiator with preset patterns, built-in effects and filters, and an XY touch control interface for expressive control of key parameters.

SynthStation features

  • Three virtual-analog synthesizers, each with three oscillators.
  • Range of drum kits and sequencer.
  • Create melodic and accompaniment parts using arpeggiator with preset patterns.
  • Unlimited creativity with effects and filters.

SynthStation is now available to purchase from the iTunes App Store, priced at $9.99 USD.

More information: Akai Professional / SynthStation

Arturia releases Brass v2.0 + Akai Pro EWI-USB Bundle

Arturia Brass 2

Arturia has released version 2.0 of Brass, a new kind of virtual instrument based on a physical modeling technology.

It emulates a Trumpet, a Trombone and a Saxophone. All the characteristics of the real instruments have been analyzed and modeled through extensive research at world-renowned IRCAM institute. Arturia has partnered with this highly skilled team of researchers to bring this groundbreaking technology to the musician, in the form of a software instrument. BRASS is an extremely expressive, flexible and controllable instrument, and thus a fantastic alternative to loops or music libraries.

Changes in Brass v2.0

  • New physical modelling of the saxophone.
  • Two new Saxophone mouthpieces.
  • Possibility to play four instruments at a time using a new Harmonization module.
  • Advanced spatialization possibilities.
  • Improved MIDI control.
  • Better integration into DAW software.
  • Entirely redesigned interface.

Brass is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone), priced at $229 USD / 229 EUR.

A new bundle of the Arturia Brass 2 software and has been releasedAkai Pro EWI-USB wind-controller is available as well in limited edition for the price of $449 USD / 399 EUR MSRP.

The Akai Professional EWI-USB enables wind players to enjoy the same expressive control as in an acoustic instrument. While EWI-USB is easy and fun to use, it is also powerful, flexible, and most importantly reliable enough for use on stage and in the studio by professional musicians.

Its USB interface means that all you need is nearly any computer (Mac / Win) and the included EWI-USB software, and you’re ready to practice, perform, create, and record with a full collection of wind instrument sounds.

The Brass 2 + EWI-USB Bundle will start shipping on January 25th, 2010.

More information: Arturia / Brass 2

Akai Professional announces iPK25 and SynthStation Studio

Akai SynthStation Studio

Akai Professional has announced the iPK25 keyboard controller and the SynthStation Studio music production app, both for iPhone and iPod Touch.

The iPK25 and SynthStation Studio transform a musician’s iPhone or iPod Touch into a portable music production studio for mobile music creation. While the SynthStation Studio app is powerful enough for professional musicians, virtually anyone can use it to easily create music. The app gives musicians three synthesizers for creating and modifying sonic textures used for melodies, chords and bass lines. Built around Akai Professional’s history in synthesis and drawing on the company’s newest MINIAK synth, the SynthStation Studio app sounds great and offers wide-ranging sonic flexibility with its virtual analog synthesis.

SynthStation Studio users can create and save sequences and complete songs. The app contains three different three-oscillator synths, and drum kits, which musicians can sequence and mix right in the SynthStation Studio. For creating melodic and accompaniment parts, the SynthStation Studio contains an arpeggiator with preset patterns, built-in effects and filters and an XY control interface for expressive control of key parameters.

Akai iPK25

The SynthStation Studio features an on-screen keyboard for use on the go. It is also designed for use with its companion keyboard, the iPK25.

This 25-key MIDI keyboard features a built-in dock for the iPhone or iPod Touch. It gives users two octaves of velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys, pitch and modulation wheels, and physical buttons for the most commonly used controls including octave up and down and sound-bank selections.

iPK25 features

  • 25-key MIDI keyboard controller for iPhone and iPod touch.
  • Velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys for expressive performance.
  • Pitch and modulation wheels, octave +/-, and sound-bank buttons.
  • Stereo RCA line outputs and headphone jack.
  • USB/MIDI for virtually any MIDI music software or MIDI hardware devices.
  • Seamlessly compatible with Akai SynthStation Studio app.

The iPK25 will be available from pro audio and musical instrument retailers in March 2010. It has a U.S. Retail Price of $199 USD and an estimated street price of $149 USD. The SynthStation Studio app will be available from the iTunes App Store in January 2010.

More information: Akai Professional / iPK25