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Akai Professional announces MAX25 keyboard & MPX8 sample launcher with MPC pads

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Akai Professional has announced the MAX25 USB/MIDI/CV keyboard controller and MPX8, a standalone SD sample launcher with MPC pads.

Akai MPX8

MPX8 is one of Akai Professional’s most innovative pad instruments yet. Using a standard SD card, users can load virtually any sample onto MPX8 and then assign it to any of the unit’s eight backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads. MPX8 also comes with a large library of standard samples built in, which can be used for live performance in front of a crowd, on a radio show, or for in-studio production. Its bright blue backlit display and intuitive interface make for easy operation in any amount of light. A 1/8-inch headphone output, two balanced 1/4-inch outputs, and five-pin MIDI and USB MIDI inputs and outputs are onboard.

“With MPX8, we’re giving musicians a quick and convenient way to have one-touch access to a virtually unlimited number of sounds, shots, stabs, and drops,” said Dan Gill, Akai Professional Product Manager. MPX8 comes with a drag-and-drop sample editor for Mac® and PC for easy sample conversion. Users can also save sample sets together as kits for easy recall and even tune and add reverb to samples.

MPX8 features

  • Add sound samples via standard SD card (sold separately).
  • 8 velocity-sensitive and pressure-sensitive pads.
  • Drag-and-drop sample editor for Mac and PC included.
  • Built-in library of popular sounds, samples, and bumps.
  • Tune, add reverb, save sample sets for easy recall.
  • USB MIDI plus standard MIDI inputs and outputs.
  • 1/8” headphone output and balanced 1/4” outputs.

Akai Professional will also exhibit MAX25, a compact version of the innovative MAX49 USB/MIDI/CV keyboard controller that was released in 2012.

Akai MAX25

MAX25 has all of the same cutting-edge features as MAX49, including CV/Gate output, semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, a built-in step sequencer, expanded arpeggiator, and revolutionary LED touch faders for gradual or instant parameter value changes. The difference between MAX49 and MAX25 only lies in the number of onboard controls. Where MAX49 has 49 keys, 8 faders, and 12 pads, MAX25 has 25, 4, and 8, respectively. Like MAX49, MAX25 will come with AkaiConnect automatic-mapping software and Mackie Control® and HUI® modes for instant compatibility with many DAWs. “This is a controller that’s made to be in front of a crowd,” said Gill. “It’s everything people love about MAX49 but in a compact package that will fit perfectly in front of a laptop on stage.”

MAX25 features

  • 25 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 4 LED touch faders.
  • Included AkaiConnect software automatically maps to VSTs.
  • 8 MPC pads, MPC Note Repeat, and MPC Swing.
  • 4 pad banks, 4 fader banks: 64 assignable pads, faders, and buttons.
  • Step sequencer and expanded arpeggiator.
  • CV & Gate outputs (1V/Oct), Mackie Control® and HUI® modes.

Akai Professional will unveil MPX8 and MAX25 at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Akai Professional

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Boxed Ear releases free Tempest vs MPC60 sample pack

Boxed Ear Tempest vs MPC60

Boxed Ear has announced the release of Tempest vs MPC60, a free sample pack made with two of Roger Linn’s most coveted drum machines, the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest and the Akai MPC60.

Two classic drum machines, both designed by “the father of the drum machine” Roger Linn. The MPC60 is a sampler first released in 1988 and is considered one of the major contributors to the development of hip hop music. The Tempest is a modern analogue/digital hybrid drum machine released in 2011.

We thought it would be fun to bring them both together by synthesizing pure analog drum sounds on the Tempest and sampling them into the MPC60 for that tasty 12bit digital crunch.

Tempest vs MPC60 is free and is available now from the Boxed Ear website.

More information: Boxed Ear / Tempest vs MPC60

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Akai intros iMPC music production app for iPad

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Akai iMPC

Akai Professional has announced the iMPC music production app for iPad.

Turn your iPad into an MPC. With more than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, 80 editable sequences, and iconic MPC workflow, iMPC is the first app to bring all the functionality of a classic Akai Pro MPC to your iPad.

Developed in partnership with Retronyms, iMPC includes everything you need to create a beat quickly and easily, including built-in effects, plus the ability to create new sequences and record and overdub beats. Time correction from 1/8 note to 1/32T with variable swing, and Note Repeat from 1/8 note to 1/32T with latch control are also built in. The app’s built-in sampler can record samples three different ways: using the mic on the iPad, using the line input on the iPad, or using the multi-touch turntable interface in iMPC to record samples directly from iTunes or other music libraries.

iMPC features

  • More than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, and 80 editable sequences.
  • Exclusive iMPC sound set and classic Akai Professional sound library.
  • Sample from iPad mic, line-in, or music library using multi-touch turntable interface.
  • Export tracks to MPC Software for use with MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio.
  • In-app SoundCloud community, powered by CloudSeeder.
  • Share on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or export to your computer.
  • 16 Levels mode: 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning.
  • Note Variation slider: adjust attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play.
  • Trim and categorize samples, undo takes and erase samples.
  • Create new sequences, record and overdub beats.
  • Live Sequence queuing for real-time performance and playback.
  • Simple drag and drop program creation.
  • Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter.
  • Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable swing.
  • Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing, with latch.
  • Supports WIST, wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg.
  • AudioCopy beats and sequences to compatible apps.
  • AudioPaste samples from compatible apps.
  • Tabletop Ready iMPC is free for for iMPC owners.
  • Route to and use with your favorite Tabletop Effects and devices.
  • Line-in allows you to resample Tabletop devices.
  • Use with Tabletop’s Timeline Editor.

The iMPC is available to purchase for $6.99 USD.

More information: Akai Professional / iMPC

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Drum Sample Broker Grit Kit sample pack—Rare drums from the MPC60

The Drum Sample Broker Grit Kit

The Drum Sample Broker’s Grit Kit is a collection of rare drums from the MPC60, featuring sounds with an analog 12bit flavor.

If you are looking for gritty, raw, unprocessed, 12-Bit drum samples. This is your kit!

The Grit kit features over 100 rare kicks and snares chopped right from rare Vinyl breaks to a MPC 60 for raw, gritty, analog flavor! The pre-amps and D/A converters on the hardware used to create this kit cannot be emulated using software.

These drum samples are perfect for layering or stand alone use.

Grit Kit features

  • 56 Gritty Kicks.
  • 48 Snappy & Dirty Snares.
  • 4 Dirty Hats & a Clap.

The sample pack is available to purchase for $14.99 USD.

More information: Drum Sample Broker / Grit Kit

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Hello Samples releases Raw Vermona sample pack

Hello Samples Raw Vermona

Hello Samples has released Raw Vermona, a sample library featuring the sounds of the Vermona Syncussion DRM-1 analog drum synthesizer.

Raw Vermona inaugurates a new concept in sample library development.

Most contemporary sample packs focus on highly undynamic samples. Audio-destructive processes like normalization and digital compression are the norm rather than the exception. There is a loudness war going on in the sample world and everybody is on the same one-way-only train: my library has to sound louder than yours.

Here at HelloSamples we think the public (you) knows better, and that there should be a market for more dynamic sounding samplepacks. That’s why we decided to start our “Raw” analog library series.

Raw Vermona features

  • 1700+ painstakingly handcut samples, organized by type and descriptively labelled.
  • About 200 different sounds, 7x round robin hits + 300+ single one-shots.
  • 45 Maschine kits.
  • 25 MPC kits (1000/2500).
  • 154 Kontakt patches.
  • Recorded with Great River and API 512 preamps, using mastering grade converters (Black Lion Audio, Mytek).

The Raw Vermona sample pack is available to purchase for $10 USD.

More information: Hello Samples / Raw Vermona

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One Glove Apps releases Drum Machine Legends v1.1 for iOS

One Glove Apps has released version 1.1 of Drum Machine Legends, adding a sequencer with grid view, and copy and paste to the music app for iOS.

Drum Machine Legends brings you six kits from the most legendary drum machines of all time. The Lin Drum, SP1200, TR 808, Obrhm DX, MPC 60 and the TR 707.

DML is easy to use for full production with sounds that One Glove Apps has handpicked and processed to get the most out of their original machines. Quantize your beats, mix, choose tempo and layer sounds from different kits. One Glove has also added some new original sounds for the sampler kits (MPC and SP1200). Save your beats, share, and email as wav files. It’s simple to set your loop length, tempo and quantize your beats. Just open up Drum Machine Legends and begin producing now!


One Glove Apps Drum Machine Legends.

Drum Machine Legends features

  • 6 drum kits (Lin Drum, SP 1200, Roland TR 808, Oberhm DX, MPC 60 and the Roland TR 707).
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Quantizer with 1/4, 1/8, or 1/16 setting.
  • Mixer to adjust the levels of each pad.
  • Tempo adjust in real time.
  • Save/Open beats.
  • Share beats by emailing a wav file.
  • Custom high quality and processed sounds.
  • Metronome in record mode.
  • Count in 1 bar or 2 bars.
  • Interchangeable skins to correspond to each kit.
  • Set your loop length to 1, 2, 4, or 8 bars.
  • Sounds created by Producer/DJ Oligee.

The Drum Machine Legends app costs $0.99 USD.

More information: One Glove Apps

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Beatsurfing Organic MIDI Controller Builder app for iPad by VLEK

Herrmutt Lobby and Yaniv De Ridder have released Beatsurfing, a new app for iPad that allows you to draw a 3-dimensional controller and use it in two different and complementary ways.

VLEK Beatsurfing
Beatsurfing lets you create your own controller layout & use your fingers to “surf” controls.

You can tap it like you would with your regular MPC or any other beatmaking device, but the best and most innovative use you can make of it is definitely by surfing your fingers along routes, colliding with objects, triggering samples or effects. It’s all about movement, and bringing back this intuitive way to make music.

It can control any MIDI-enabled device (Software, Hardware, or even selected iPad apps through Virtual MIDI), features a very intuitive in-app editing system and integrates seemlessly in any existing Studio or Live setup.

Objects Behaviours can be set to link objects together and multiply the available commands on the surface of the iPad.


Official Teaser for Beatsurfing – The Organic MIDI Controller Builder.

Beatsurfing features

  • Draw your own controller – Work with the Controller you need, not the one you were given. Simply draw it on the screen with lines, polygons, circles and faders. Size, color, orientation and 3-Dimensional location are all yours to choose.
  • Surf! – Use the full potential of the iPad touchscreen: You can tap on the screen, but you better add the Surfing to your production and performance skills to integrate more of that human feel in your music.
  • Link any MIDI device – Dj, VJ, Production softwares, Hardware devices, and even selected iPad apps: you can route BEATSURFING to anything that allows for MIDI.
  • Objects Behaviours – Each object of your controller can be set to control the others. It creates a system of objects that allow you to add much more to a controller than what meets the eye.
  • Intuitive In-App editing – Forget about separated editing software, lenghty changes and whatnot. You can swap between the EDIT and PLAY modes at the tap of a finger. All your objects even remain playable when they’re be re-arranged!

The app is available to purchase for $11.99 USD / 9.99 EUR.

More information: Beatsurfing

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