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The Producers Choice releases Boom Bap Phonetics drum kit

Producers Choice Boom Bap Phonetics

The Producers Choice has released the Boom Bap Phonetics, a drum sample pack inspired by the sounds of J Dilla and Kev Brown.

Our sound designers painstakingly mimicked the EXACT drum sounds used by J Dilla, Kev Brown & Mad Lib.

The Boom Bap Phonetics drum kit is the ‘go to’ drum library for Boom Bap drum samples. The kit captures J Dilla’s signature styled drums by using the same filtering techniques, creative EQ & compression, and drum machines as the legendary producer.

Boom Bap Phonetics features

  • Over 170 drum samples, crafted using the following equipment: Akai MPC3000, SP-303 Sampler, P-505 Sampler, Technics Turntables w/ Dirty Vinyl Drums.
  • MPC READY – pgm files included so you can load into your unit fast and easily.
  • Each sound was recorded from vinyl record and split tested through different chains to get the perfect boom bap sound.

The sample pack is available to purchase for $29 USD.

More information: The Producers Choice / Boom Bap Phonetics

Image-Line updates FPC (Fruity Pad Controller) to v2.4.4.1

Image-Line has updated its FPC for FL Studio to version 2.4.4.1.

Image-Line FPC Fruity Pad Controller

FPC (Fruity Pad Controller) is a software plugin similar to the hardware Akai MPC™ unit, coded & optimized for the FL Studio platform.

FPC is a self-contained multi-layer/velocity drum machine that makes it easy to create, edit and swap drum kits on the fly. FPC supports 16 multi-layered patches for banks A and B.

We recently made some urgent updates to FPC that fix a number of bugs causing crashes under FL Studio 10.0.9.

Changes in FPC v2.4.4.1

  • Fixed: pad preset export doesn’t set file extension.
  • Fixed: pad preset selection results in error on deletion.
  • Fixed: pad preset default folders didn’t exist (updated paths.dat).
  • Fixed crash after clicking “Save entire kit as pad presets”.
  • Fixed crash dropping samples on pad that was already playing.
  • Fixed freeze when changing midi presets.

Registered FL Studio users can get the FPC update at the Looptalk forum.

More information: Image-Line

Akai Professional intros MPC Fly Music Production Controller

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Akai Professional MPC Fly

Akai Professional has announced the MPC Fly, a music production controller for iPad 2.

MPC Fly merges unmatched Akai Professional technology with the power of your iPad 2, embodying legendary capabilities that have made the MPC an industry standard like real MPC pads, MPC Note Repeat and MPC Swing. Its multifunctional, double-hinged design gives you the flexibility to produce tracks anywhere, while also acting as a protective case between sessions and giving you total access to your iPad 2 for normal uses.

MPC Fly features

  • Hardware
    • The first MPC designed specifically for iPad 2.
    • Fitted compartment for iPad 2 provides fully integrated portable MPC solution.
    • 16 backlit genuine MPC pads with MPC Note Repeat & MPC Swing.
    • Works seamlessly with the MPC App: sequence & sample editing, effects, EQ and more.
    • Create beats on the go and transfer to a Mac or PC for further mastering.
    • Double-hinged case sits upright, lies flat or closes for transport.
    • Compatible with virtually any Core MIDI app.
    • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
    • Charges iPad when plugged into wall power.
  • iPad App – Developed by Retronyms
    • Sequence four tracks simultaneously: four-track mixer built in.
    • Built in sound library of samples and drum kits.
    • Record and overdub sequences and create and edit your own Programs.
    • 16-Levels mode: play one sample at 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning.
    • Note variation slider allows you to manipulate attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play.
    • Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter.
    • Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable Swing setting.
    • Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing.
    • Sample using internal mic or line-in and trim and categorize samples.
    • Sample from your iPod library with turntable interface.
    • Share on SoundCloud, Facebook or twitter.
    • Supports WIST, Wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg.
    • Supports AudioPaste.

More information: Akai Professional / MPC Fly

iZotope partners with Akai Professional to provide loop slicing and time stretching technology for next generation MPCs

iZotope Radius

iZotope has announced a new partnership with Akai Professional to provide iZotope’s acclaimed Radius time-stretching algorithm and Loop Slicing Engine for future products in the MPC line, including the new MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio.

Combining MPC hardware with new MPC software, these are the first MPCs designed to harness the processing power of a user’s Mac or PC.

“The MPC is a giant in music production history.” says Alex Westner, iZotope’s Director of Business Development, “iZotope is very excited that our technology can make the MPC a more powerful and flexible hybrid of hardware and software.”

“Top-notch audio is essential when updating a beloved product line like the MPC Series,” adds Dan Gill, Akai Professional Product Manager. “iZotope’s loop-slicing and time-stretching technology were critical to making the new MPC products sound great.”

iZotope’s Loop Slicing Engine
The Loop Slicing Engine provides an extended suite of slicing tools, compatible with both Chop Shop and REX file formats. The engine’s unique algorithm maintains high quality audio throughout real-time loop manipulation while remaining lightweight in terms of processing power.

The MPC line takes advantage of additional features such as:

  • Manual and automatic loop slicing.
  • Slicing and stretching with per-slice stretching options.
  • Triggering of individual slices or the entire loop from beginning to end.
  • Transient detection.
  • Pitch shifting via cents or semitones.

Akai Professional will unveil MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio at booth #6400 at the 2012 NAMM Show from January 19—22 in Anaheim, California. Both will be available for purchase in Q3 2012. iZotope’s Loop Slicing Engine, Radius, and a host of other audio technologies are currently available for third-party licensing.

More information: iZotope

Akai Professional intros MAX49 MIDI/CV controller

Akai Professional has introduced the MAX49, a new controller which places revolutionary MIDI and CV control at your fingertips.

With an intuitive layout and included AkaiConnect automatic-mapping software, MAX49 offers an instant, fully immersive experience with your favorite music software and virtually all VST plugins.

From its 49 semi-weighted keys and 12 real MPC pads, to its groundbreaking LED touch faders and vintage CV & Gate outputs, MAX49 combines cutting-edge Akai Pro technology with classic capability to give you an unprecedented music-making experience.

Akai MAX49

MAX49 features

  • 49 semi-weighted keys with Aftertouch for complete musical expression.
  • Built-in step sequencer for detailed track construction.
  • Expanded arpeggiator with latch and time division controls.
  • Included AkaiConnect software automatically maps to VST plugins.
  • 12 backlit, real MPC pads with MPC Note Repeat and MPC swing.
  • Eight backlit LED touch faders for gradual or instant parameter value changes.
  • Four pad banks & four fader banks provide a total of 80 assignable pads & faders.
  • CV & Gate outputs for use with vintage analog synths (1V/Oct).
  • Large, centrally-positioned transport controls & rubberized pitch and modulation wheels.
  • Mackie Control & HUI modes provide instant compatibility with many DAWs.

More information: Akai Pro / MAX49

Akai Professional intros MPC Studio

Akai Professional MPC Studio

Akai Professional has introduced the MPC Studio, a music production controller.

MPC Studio offers the most streamlined MPC experience yet. At under one-inch thin, with low-profile controls and a brushed aluminum body, it’s made to move.

MPC Studio merges real MPC pads, iconic workflow, and the same MPC Software used by MPC Renaissance to give you a fully integrated portable production solution.

MPC Studio features

  • MPC Studio Hardware
    • Fuses legendary MPC production with the processing power of your computer.
    • Compact design is less than 1” thin and fits easily into a laptop bag.
    • MPC SOFTWARE for Mac & PC with 64-track sequencing capability.
    • 16 backlit genuine MPC pads, legendary MPC workflow & MPC Swing.
    • USB-powered with low-profile knobs and brushed aluminum body.
    • Large LCD screen allows you to make tracks without having to look at your computer.
    • Four touch-sensitive knobs provide enhanced MPC software control.
  • MPC Software
    • 64-track sequencing capability.
    • Massive 6GB+ sound library, including all of the sounds of the classic MPC3000.
    • Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plug-ins.
    • Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program or VST plug-in.
    • Works alone as your main DAW or works seamlessly with your current studio as a VST/AU/RTAS plugin.
    • Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND.
    • Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever madex
    • Mac and PC-compatible.

More information: Akai Pro

discoDSP updates Keypad to R4

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discoDSP KeyPad

discoDSP has updated its Keypad, a global purpose OSC iPad controller template for TouchOSC and OSCulator.

Changes in Keypad R4

  • Added a full new template called KeyPadMIDI. It has been designed to send MIDI using the freeware TouchOSC Bridge tool for Windows and Mac instead OSC messages with OSCulator (Mac only shareware).
  • KeyPadMIDI template has the following elements to be used with TouchOSC and TouchOSC Bridge:
    • 2 octaves keyboard (C3-C5 divided into two tabs).
    • Sustain button.
    • Modulation Fader.
    • XY Pad attached to Discovery Filter Cutoff and Resonance.
    • 12 button drum-pad with octave toggle.
    • 96 Key mode page + 12 drum pads.
    • MPC-style PAD with 32 pads (C1-D#3 divided into two tabs).
  • KeyPad template has the following elements to be used with TouchOSC and OSCulator:
    • 2 octaves keyboard with octave toggle.
    • Note velocity fader.
    • Sustain button.
    • Pitch Bend.
    • Modulation Fader.
    • XY Pad attached to Discovery Filter Cutoff and Resonance.
    • 9 button drum-pad with octave toggle.
    • Basic chords page with octave toggle.
    • 96 key mode page. 6 octaves.

Keypad for iPad is a free download from discoDSP.

More information: discoDSP / KeyPad

Akai intros MPC Renaissance Music Production Controller

Akai MPC Renaissance

Akai has introduced the MPC Renaissance, a new Music Production Controller.

Fusing Akai Professional’s legendary MPC layout and workflow with the power of your computer, MPC Renaissance is an unrivaled instrument for music production.

The new flagship is a fully integrated hardware/software system: MPC Renaissance allows you to create using classic hardware controls and an integrated pop-up display, while it’s exclusive MPC Software empowers you with unprecedented, expandable production capabilities on your Mac or PC.

MPC Renaissance features

  • MPC Renaissance Hardware
    • Fuses legendary MPC production with the processing power of your computer.
    • Vintage Mode changes output sound character to MPC3000, MPC60 and more.
    • 16 backlit genuine MPC pads, 16 Q-Link controls, and adjustable backlit LCD screen.
    • Classic MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing and MPC transport controls.
    • MPC SOFTWARE for Mac or PC with 64-track sequencing capability.
    • Two XLR-1/4” combo inputs and dedicated turntable input.
    • Four-channel US B 2.0 audio interface and two-port US B 2.0 hub built in.
    • Up to eight pad banks—more than any other MPC ever.
    • Two MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs.
    • Stereo 1/4” out, stereo assignable mix 1/4” out & S/PDIF I/O.
  • MPC Software
    • 64-track sequencing capability.
    • Massive 6GB+ sound library, including all of the sounds of the classic MPC3000.
    • Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plug-ins.
    • Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program or VST plug-in.
    • Runs standalone and as VST, AU or RTAS plug-in.
    • Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND.
    • Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made.
    • Mac and PC-compatible.

More information: Akai Professional