Alesis intros Coda Series digital pianos at NAMM

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Alesis has announced the introduction of its new Coda Series digital pianos, full-sized 88-key units that are ideal for a wide variety of performing and recording requirements.

Alesis Coda Pro

The Alesis Coda and Coda Pro are full-featured 88-key digital pianos that have the versatility and rich sound today’s musicians are looking for. They’re the perfect solution for any situation where a full-size keyboard is needed, but where portability and affordability are also important. They are ideal for piano students, stage and studio use, schools, theatres, and houses of worship.

Both the Coda and Coda Pro have 20 built-in piano voices (such as Grand Piano, Electric Piano, Drawbar Organ, etc.) and the versatility to split or layer two voices simultaneously. With 50 piano accompaniment styles to choose from (such as Slow Rock, Vienna Waltz, Jazz Pub, etc.), players can select the perfect style for any solo performance situation. Players can even connect the Alesis Coda and Coda Pro to their comput- er via the USB-MIDI port for full 88-key control of their virtual instrument software or plugins.

Alesis designed the Coda Series to have it all: great sound, a full-size 88-key keyboard and complete control over virtual instrument software and plugins.

Coda and Coda Pro features

  • Full 88-key keyboards cover the full piano range.
  • 20 built-in voices, with ability to split or layer two voices simultaneously.
  • Play along with 60 preset songs or record your own with the User Record mode.
  • Duet mode with 50 accompaniment patterns.
  • Exclusive built-in sounds from industry-leading virtual instrument developers AIR and SONiVOX.
  • Lesson mode divides the keyboard into two areas with the same pitch and voice.
  • Built-in DSP with adjustable EQ, Reverb, and Chorus FX.
  • Transpose control, built-in metronome.
  • USB-MIDI and MIDI DIN output.
  • Aux ¼” output; (2) ¼” headphone outputs.
  • Stereo ¼” Aux input for playing along with external equipment.
  • Sustain pedal included.

The Coda Pro adds Authentic Hammer-Action Weighted Keys to the above, giving the player a true, “real piano” feel to their playing experience.

In addition, the Alesis Coda Keyboard Stand is available as an accessory to both pianos.

Alesis Coda Keyboard Stand

The Stand connects to the Coda with just a single cable and adds three-pedal functionality: Soft, Sostenuto and Sustain. Its genuine wood finish adds a classic touch to any setting.

The Alesis Coda Series will be available in April 2015, priced at MSRPs £299.99 GBP for Coda, £379.99 GBP for Coda Pro, and £79.99 GBP for the Coda Stand.

More information: Alesis


M-Audio announces updates to Virtual Instruments included with its products

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M-Audio has announced it has teamed up with Air Music Tech and Sonivox to bring free upgraded versions of the Virtual Instruments included in Trigger Finger Pro (Hybrid 3 2.04 Update), and Oxygen 2014 Series & Keystation 2014 Series (Xpand!2, select models of Eighty Eight and Twist Update).

M-Audio Hybrid 3

A new serial number is required for these new versions. Customers will receive an email with their complimentary upgrade serial number in the next few days. If you have not yet registered your product please do so at their website to redeem your complimentary instruments.

Changes in the updates

  • Improved support for Cubase 8.
  • Improved support for Logic Pro X latest version.
  • Wide range of performance enhancements and stability optimizations.
  • Improved support for Pro Tools 11.
  • Official support for OS X 10.10.
  • Optional support for using an iLok key to store your license.
  • New license manager to allow customers to manage their own authorizations.
  • Now install on up to three seats per license (Computers or iLoks).
  • Support for new Akai Pro Virtual Instrument Player.
  • Improved support for M-Audio Arsenal.

More information: M-Audio


Akai Professional announces Advance Keyboard Series

Akai Professional has announced the introduction of its Advance Keyboard Series. Available in 25-, 49-, and 61-key sizes, the Advance 25, Advance 49, and Advance 61 provide unprecedented playability and advanced manipulation of any virtual instrument via an interactive, full-colour display complemented by performance friendly hardware controls.

Akai Pro Advance Keyboard Series

Designed to fuse the power of software instruments with the live playability of a keyboard workstation, the Advance Keyboard series transforms computer-based plugins into an entirely hands-on playing experience. The keyboard surface features an integrated highresolution full-colour 4.3-inch display, providing real-time control and feedback of any and all virtual instrument parameters. The screen instantly adapts itself to the selected plugin’s controls, delivering immediate 1:1 access to the instrument and various editable functions. Better yet, the Advance Keyboard series works with any VSTi virtual instrument. Using the Advance Keyboard’s custom designed Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software application, your entire VSTi library can be controlled in one application. VIP can operate as a plugin inside any major digital audio workstation (DAW) or as a stand-alone application on both Mac and Windows operating systems.

Dedicated physical controls are thoughtfully included, with Akai Professional’s hallmark RGB backlit, velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads integrated into each keyboard surface. Rubberised pitch and modulation wheels deliver player-preferred note manipulation with highly musical action. Large, continuously-variable endless knobs invite frequent use, letting the user make parameter adjustments with granular or dramatic effect. A custom semiweighted, velocity-sensitive keybed—another Akai Professional specialty—supports aftertouch, making it an elite keyboard for seasoned live performers and studio producers alike.

“The Advance Keyboard series represents a giant leap forward for keyboard players,” says Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Professional. “Until now, software-based instruments leaned heavily on computer interaction, which caused creative and logistical bottlenecks, especially during live performances. We’re combining the processing power of your computer, the flexibility of your virtual instrument collection, and the hands-on immediacy of a traditional keyboard workstation. The result is a powerful and inspiring user experience.”

Included with each Advance Keyboard is the Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) application. VIP gives Advance Keyboard users access any virtual instrument in their collection with or without a DAW—a powerful way to play virtual instruments live or integrate them into a recording session. VIP software users can also create setlists that provide on-demand access to usercurated instruments for stage performance and studio work. With a single button press on an Advance Keyboard, the player can adapt to song changes as the live performance progresses—without ever reaching for the computer. Performers of all types will welcome VIP’s facilities for hyper-fast instrument and patch browsing, key zone splitting, layering of up to 8 instruments per VIP instance, expansive custom mapping capabilities, and support for any VSTi plugin. Advance Keyboard users may run as many instances of the Virtual Instrument Player as their computer allows. VIP runs as a VSTi, AU, RTAS or AAX plugin, allowing you access to VSTi’s in virtually any DAW, such as Pro Tool, Logic Pro X and Ableton Live.

Gill continues, “Keyboard players have been straddling two worlds for the better part of the decade. A standalone keyboard workstation was only as current as the sounds inside of it, and similarly, virtual instruments were only as good as the best controllers. The Advance Keyboard series delivers uninhibited access to any virtual instrument in your library without losing focus of the instrument in front of you.”

Each Advance Keyboard ships with a 16GB download of over 10,000 sounds from industryleading developers at AIR Music Technology, SONiVOX, and Prime Loops. Purchased separately, this comprehensive collection of nine plugins is valued at over $1,000.00 USD and provides Advance Keyboard owners with an instant palette of contemporary and coveted sounds for live performance and studio production.

Akai Pro Advance 25

Advance Keyboard Series features

  • Keyboards for advanced virtual instrument performance.
  • Integrated 4.3-inch high-resolution full-colour screen with dedicated interface buttons.
  • Screen provides 1:1, real-time feedback of plugin parameters.
  • Available in 25-, 49-, and 61- key sizes.
  • Includes Virtual Instrument Player software for unprecedented virtual instrument preset management, control mapping and multi patch creation.
  • Premium, semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keybed with aftertouch.
  • 8 large, endless and continuously variable control knobs.
  • 8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive MPC-style pads with RGB illumination.
  • Dedicated pad bank, transport control, octave, and performance buttons.
  • Note repeat, time-division, pattern arpeggiator, and tap-tempo buttons.
  • Rubberised Pitch and Modulation wheels.
  • Expression pedal and footswitch inputs.
  • USB and 5-pin MIDI Input/Output for use with any MIDI capable software or hardware.
  • Also functions as a standalone controller.
  • Includes a 16GB download with more than 10,000 sounds from leading virtual instrument designers including AIR Music Technology, SONiVOX and Prime Loops.

Virtual Instrument Player Software features

  • Plays virtually every VSTi compatible plugin.
  • Operates as a standalone virtual instrument player for your computer.
  • Also operates as a plugin within any AU, VST, or AAX compatible DAW.
  • Organises your plugin collection with intuitive browsing by plugin, artist collection instrument type, timbre, and more.
  • Access, edit, and mix up to 8 virtual instruments at one time.
  • Setlist feature lets live performers switch between patches from any plugin instantly from the keyboard.
  • Extensive key zone splitting, custom mapping, and instrument mixing options.
  • Pre-mapped to hundreds of industry-leading virtual instruments.
  • Unlimited instances of VIP may be run in a DAW.

Advance 25, Advance 49, and Advance 61 will be available in early 2015 with an MSRP of £299.99 GBP, £389.99 GBP, and £469.99 GBP, respectively.

More information: Akai Pro / Advance Keyboard Series


Akai Pro updates MPC software to v1.7.2

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Akai Professional has released a version 1.7.2 update of its MPC software, with which Akai Pro wishes to foster a community of expansion builders.

This new update brings a number of useful bug fixes, stability enhancements and two new features.

Q-Link Assign
Streamline the way you can assign Q-Links in main mode. Now you can simply drag a pad to the pad panel straight in the Q-Link from the GUI. The Q-Link will automatically be assigned to the pad.

Expansion Files
Now available with the MPC expansion builder app. Simply drag in a directory and enter the details of your pack; the title, name, cover image, version number and some info about your creation, then hit “Do It”. The expansion builder will create an XPN file that you could share to the world. Drag that XPN file into MPC 1.7.2. No windows of Mac installers needed, just a seamless expansion installer experience.

To celebrate this update they have teamed up with Sonivox, the creators of the current MPC Expansions, to bring you a 50% discount (now $99.99 USD) on Playa Producer Pack (The discount is automatically applied in cart).

More information: Akai Professional


Sonivox releases Anatomy for Kontakt 5

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Sonivox has announced the release of Anatomy for Kontakt 5, a “re-imagination of the human form as an infinite template of sound”, now re-mastered for Kontakt 5.

Sonivox Anatomy

We invite you to delve into the different, and explore the extraordinary that is Anatomy, SONiVOX’s re-imagination of the human form as an infinite template of sound.

Anatomy offers up over eight-hundred of some of the most unique and uniquely playable instruments that twist and transform the human body into one expansive collection of physiological melody and rhythm. Anatomy sonically explores the human condition in ways never dared attempted previously, delivering you a deep, diverse & rich new palette of sonic colors and textures.

The library is available for purchase from Sonivox for $99.99 USD.

More information: Sonivox / Anatomy


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