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M-Audio introduces updated Keystation keyboard series

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M-Audio has introduced the updated Keystation keyboard series.

Designed to be simple, powerful solutions for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments, the new Keystation series boasts even more functionality, a virtual piano instrument, music production software and a sleek new colorway.

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32
The new Keystation Mini 32.

The four new Keystation models suit a wide range of musicians needing a pure, velocity-sensitive keyboard controller. The Keystation Mini 32 features synth-action mini-keys, octave shift, and sustain and modulation buttons for the travelling musician or producer.

The Keystation 49, 61 and 88 offer an extended physical octave range and full-size keys–ideal for use with a digital audio workstation or in a live performance setup. Lightweight and durable, they travel with ease and compliment nearly any musician’s studio.

New for the Keystation 49, 61 and 88 are transport and directional controls for simple DAW operation without a mouse or trackpad. A 6.3mm (1/4-inch) sustain input jack is included on each for expressive performance capabilities.

M-Audio Keystation 49
The updated Keystation 49 controller keyboard.

Also included with the Keystation 49, 61 and 88 is a powerful software suite for creating music. The Eighty-Eight Ensemble from SONiVOX lets you play one of the most sought after pianos in the world from the comfort of your Keystation keyboard. This powerful virtual instrument is an authentic capture of a 9-foot CD327 Steinway—meticulously recorded and expertly sampled. Ableton Live Lite, flexible music creation software, is included so you can create with professional flair right out of the box.

Keystation Mini 32 features

  • 32 velocity-sensitive, synth-action mini keys.
  • USB powered; a single cable provides power and MIDI connectivity.
  • Pitch bend, sustain, and modulation buttons add expression to your performances.
  • Octave-shift controls let you access the entire range of playable notes.
  • Includes Ignite music creation software by AIR Music Tech.
  • Works with Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit for use with iOS devices.

Keystation 49, 61 and 88 features

  • 49, 61 or 88 full-size velocity-sensitive keys.
  • Transport and directional controls let you operate your DAW from the keyboard.
  • USB powered; a single cable provides power and MIDI connectivity.
  • Includes SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble virtual piano instrument.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite digital audio workstation.
  • 6.3mm (1/4-inch) sustain pedal input.
  • Works with Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit for use with iOS devices.

The new M-Audio Keystation Mini 32, Keystation 49, Keystation 61 and Keystation 88 will be available in Summer 2014 with a $49.99, $99.99, $169.99 and $219.99 street price, respectively.

M-Audio will showcase the Keystation series at Musikmesse, Hall 5.1, Booth B45, March 12-15 in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information: M-Audio

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M-Audio intros new Oxygen controller keyboards

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M-Audio has introduced the new Oxygen series of controller keyboards for musicians and producers.

M-Audio Oxygen 25

Available in 25-, 49- or 61-key models, the Oxygen series combines a velocity-sensitive keybed with a series of 8 trigger pads. Used for launching audio clips, triggering percussion sounds and more, the pads also provide velocity-sensitive response and illuminated feedback. Control capabilities expand with 8 assignable knobs – perfect for adjusting plugin parameters and mixing tasks. The Oxygen 25 features an assignable master fader while the Oxygen 49 and 61 provide 9 total faders for virtually limitless MIDI manipulation. Each keyboard in the series features an LCD screen and transport controls for seamless operation with digital audio software. A 6.3mm (1/4-inch) sustain input jack is built in for expressive performances.

Every keyboard in the Oxygen series includes a powerful software package for creating music right away, starting with Ableton Live Lite – a dynamic music creation software, that lets musicians develop songs with extensive MIDI and audio processing tools. Twist, an acclaimed spectral-morphing software synthesizer from SONiVOX, creates swirling sonic textures that come to life with inspiring depth and motion.

Oxygen Series features

  • 25, 49 or 61 full-size, synth-action velocity-sensitive keys.
  • 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads for beat production, clip launching & more.
  • 8 assignable knobs for mixing and tweaking plugins.
  • 9 assignable faders (Oxygen 49, Oxygen 61).
  • Transport controls let you operate your DAW without reaching for the mouse.
  • Auto-maps to popular DAWs: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase.
  • LCD screen provides instant parameter feedback.
  • USB powered; a single cable provides power and MIDI connectivity.
  • Works with Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) for use with iOS devices.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite for immediate and powerful music creation.
  • Includes SONiVOX Twist spectral morphing synthesizer.

The new Oxygen controller series will be available in Summer 2014 with a street price of $99 USD (25-keys) / $149 USD (49-keys) / $199 USD (61-keys).

M-Audio will showcase the Oxygen series at Musikmesse, Hall 5.1, Booth B45, March 12-15 in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information: M-Audio

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Akai Pro announces APC40 mkII, APC Key 25 & APC mini

Akai Professional has announced the APC40 mkII, APC Key 25, and APC mini, three new Ableton Live controllers.

Akai Pro APC series 2014

In 2009, Akai Professional partnered with the creators of Ableton Live, a powerful performance and production software environment, and introduced the original Ableton Performance Controller. With the debut of the APC40, Akai Pro raised the standards for controller design and revolutionized Ableton Live software and hardware integration. Akai Pro now unveils the reimagined APC40 mkII along with two compact Ableton Live controllers—APC Key 25 and APC mini.

APC40 mkII

Akai Pro’s flagship Ableton Live controller, the new APC40 mkII, incorporates five years of user feedback into its design for extended functionality, countless musical capabilities, and improved workflow. The APC40 mkII features a 5×8 RGB LED clip-launching matrix, assignable A/B crossfader, 8 rotary knobs, 8 channel faders, and a send button for quick access to send busses.

Akai Pro APC40 mkII

Included with the APC40 mkII is a suite of software, samples, and loops for out-of-thebox electronic music production: Toolroom artist launch packs, Prime Loops sample packs, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Technology, and SONiVOX Twist give users endless music production possibilities with hand-selected samples & loops and high-definition virtual synthesizers. The APC40 mkII is USB-powered and supports plug-and-play.

APC40 mkII features

  • 5×8 RGB LED clip matrix—launches clips with visual feedback.
  • 8 channel faders, 1 master fader, and 8 device controls—map to Ableton Live directly.
  • Intuitive layout—revised knob layout with in-line controls for smarter workflow.
  • A/B crossfader—can be assigned on the fly for dynamic mixing.
  • Send button—press and hold Send and use the Track Selects to choose one of 8 sends.
  • Music production content—Toolroom artist launch packs, Prime Loops sample packs, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Technology & SONiVOX Twist.

APC Key 25

APC Key 25 is the first controller designed for Ableton Live that is equipped with a highperformance keyboard. Uniting the power of a clip-launching panel with a keyboard interface, the APC Key 25 couples real-time control of Ableton Live with traditional composition tools.

Akai Pro APC Key 25

The controller includes 25 synth-action mini keys, a 5×8 clip-launch matrix with tri-color visual feedback, 8 control knobs, USB power, and plug-and-play connectivity. The APC Key 25 comes mapped to Ableton, but can also be used as an all-purpose MIDI controller.

APC Key 25 features

  • Ableton Live controller with keyboard—25 synth-action mini keys.
  • Tri-color clip matrix—launches clips and multicolor lighting displays clip status.
  • 8 assignable control knobs—hands-on-control of any Ableton Live parameter.
  • Octave Up, Octave Down, and Sustain—expands keyboard range and expression.
  • Music production content—Toolroom artist launch packs, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech & SONiVOX Twist.

APC mini

APC mini is the most portable all-in-one Ableton controller solution with Akai Pro build quality. Engineered for the mobile musician or producer, APC mini concentrates the essential features of the APC40 mkII into a space-saving design.

Akai Pro APC mini

An expanded 8×8 multicolor clip-launching grid, 8 channel faders, and a compact chassis provide unprecedented hands-on control over Ableton Live with a small footprint. The APC mini is also USB-powered and supports plug-and-play.

APC mini features

  • Tri-color clip matrix—8×8 grid launches clips and multicolor lighting displays clip status.
  • 8 channel faders & 1 master fader—provide hands-on-control of Ableton.
  • Compact construction—portable design for mobile performers and producers.
  • Music production content—Toolroom artist launch packs & Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech.

The APC40 mkII, APC Key 25, and APC mini will be available in Summer 2014, distributed worldwide with the following street prices: APC40 mkII ($399.99 USD), APC Key 25 ($129.99 USD), and APC mini ($99.99 USD).

Akai Professional will unveil the APC40 mkII, APC Key 25, and APC Mini at Musikmesse, Hall 5.1, Booth B45, March 12-15 in Frankfurt, Germany.

More information: Akai Pro

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Akai Pro announces new models in MPK line of keyboard controllers

Akai Professional has announced four additions to its 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 Pro MPK49
Akai Pro MPK249 USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard.

Housed in a slimmer, all-new design, each full-size model features RGB backlit trigger pads lifted straight from the MPC Renaissance and a 20-character LCD screen with comprehensive parameter feedback. Designed to erase the line between hardware control and software performance, the new MPK family also includes the ability to send QWERTY-style commands using soft-controls, a low-power mode for iOS connectivity via the Camera Connection Kit and enhanced response from the refined keybed.

The latest members of the full-size MPK series also come with advanced music production software titles including Ableton™ Live Lite and MPC Essentials – a powerful sample-based groove production application – and spectral morphing synth Twist from SONiVOX. Owners of the MPK249 and MPK261 will also receive AIR Music Tech’s high-definition Hybrid 3 virtual synth, while MPK261 owners also receive SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble.

MPK (full-size models) features

  • New full-size, semi-weighted keybed in 25-, 49- and 61-key models.
  • Backlit, velocity-sensitive RGB trigger pads derived from the MPC Renaissance.
  • Includes industry-leading music creation software from Ableton™, Akai Professional, AIR and SONiVOX.
  • New layout with LCD screen for faster access to essential DAW-based functions.
  • 8 assignable control knobs; 8 assignable faders on 49- and 61-key models.
  • USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input & output; sustain and expression pedal inputs.
  • Hyper-responsive pitch bend & modulation wheels; octave controls.

The refreshed MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard remains true to its name as the ultimate portable keyboard controller.

Akai Pro MPK Mini
The new MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard.

It’s comprised with an impressive array of controls in the small 25 mini-key frame including an all-new joystick control for pitch and modulation functionality, trigger pads ported from the MPC Renaissance, famed Note Repeat, a full-size USB connector, and an improved keybed.

MPK Mini features

  • Ultra-compact design lets you create anywhere; 25 synth-action mini keys.
  • 8 backlit, velocity-sensitive trigger pads derived from the MPC Renaissance.
  • New 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch/modulation control.
  • 8 assignable control knobs for mixing, tweaking plug-ins and more.
  • USB-powered; no power adapter required.

The new range of full-size MPK controllers will cost $249.99 USD (MPK225) / $399.99 USD (MPK249) / $499.99 USD (MPK261), and the MPK Mini will be $99.99 USD.

Akai Professional will unveil the MPK keyboard controllers at the 2014 NAMM Show in Hall A, Booth 6700, January 23-26 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Akai Pro

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Sonivox announces AAX & Pro Tools 11 support

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Sonivox has announced full support of the new AAX plug-in format for Avid Pro Tools 11 with the latest releases of 6 of its software instruments.

Sonivox AAX / Pro Tools 11 support

Pro Tools 11 is the latest and most powerful version of the industry-leading music and audio production platform. In addition to a new 64-bit architecture, Pro Tools 11 makes full use of the Avid Audio eXtension (AAX) plug-in format. SONiVOX has created enhanced and up-to-date versions of six popular software programs that take full advantage of both the AAX format and Pro Tools 11. The six software instruments that support the AAX plug-in format are:

  • Twist 2.1 – Spectral Morphing Synthesizer
  • Wobble 2.1 – Dubstep Grime Generator
  • Vocalizer Pro 1.1 – Vocoder Musical Instrument
  • Big Bang Universal Drums 2.1 – Flagship Drum Instrument
  • Big Bang Cinematic Percussion 2.1 – Cinematic Percussion Instrument
  • Eighty Eight Ensemble 2.1 – Flagship Piano with Splits & Layers

Version 2.0 owners (or Vocalizer Pro Version 1.0) are entitled to a free update. Current owners of earlier versions can purchase an attractively priced online upgrade.

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Sonivox introduces Big Bang Universal Drums 2.0

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Sonivox has announced the release of Big Bang Universal Drums 2.0, the latest version of its expansive percussion instrument.

Sonivox Big Bang Universal Drums 2.0
New features in Version 2.0 include an integrated patch browser, new content, plus 64-bit VST and AU support.

Few tasks in the studio are as tedious and time-consuming as getting a fantastic drum sound—finding the right drums, the right microphones, the proper placement, and effective gain control. Big Bang Universal Drums 2.0 from Sonivox solves all these issues with over 15 GB of perfectly captured drum sounds—16 kits and over 400 patches are instantly available to enhance any recording with top studio drums. Big Bang Universal Drums 2.0 was created using handcrafted SJC Custom drums, in the studio using both close and ambient mic placement, with careful attention paid to getting just the right sound. There are both stick hits and brush strokes, and all programs were meticulously sampled at multiple velocities, with multiple hits being triggered in a round-robin style for the pinnacle of realism and authenticity.

SONiVOX created their Intelligent Rhythm Control (IRC) to apply user-defined rhythmic feel and timing in real-time, as notes are played, capturing the performer’s inspired moments while eliminating the need for further editing after the fact. The stereo delay allows either the left or right channel—or both—to be synchronized to beat values of the current tempo, tying the sound, song, and effects together. The convenient Note Repeat function retriggers any sound at a pre-selected beat/tempo value for as long as the pad, key, or trigger is held down, making it easy for any player to build up complex parts quickly.

“Every song begins with a beat,” says Jason Jordan, Head of Soundware at SONiVOX. “Our Big Bang Universal Drums provides just the right sound to get the beat started and bring any track to life, regardless of style or genre. And it does it instantly. We’ve added new sounds and a new browser to find them quickly, as well 64-bit VST and AU support.”

Big Bang Universal Drums 2.0 offers a new integrated browser that makes it easy to find, sort, and view exactly the right sound. Patches are categorized into Genre, Kick Drum, Snare Drum—and of course, Name—allowing sounds to be viewed and recalled in a musically meaningful way. All sounds can be individually shaped by the player, allowing for custom control. Pitch, dynamics, pan, and filter controls are all readily available, and settings are savable per patch. Multiple output buses allow the EQ and Delay routing to be quickly configured for multi-track recording or multi-channel outputs.

The on-screen graphics mimic the layout of a traditional drumkit, making pad assignments to a controller simple. Big Bang Universal Drums 2.0 MIDI also offers a MIDI Learn Mode, allowing quick integration with any MIDI keyboard, electronic drum set, MPC, or pad controller. Plus, Big Bang Universal Drums 2.0 can save and recall MIDI Learn presets and use them with any patch, so they need only be created once.

In addition to RTAS compatibility, SONiVOX Big Bang Universal Drums 2.0 now supports 32- or 64-bit AU and VST formats.

Big Bang Universal Drums 2.0 is available to purchase for $99.99 USD. Current Big Bang Universal Drums owners can upgrade online for a special discounted price.

More information: Sonivox / Big Bang Universal Drums

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Sonivox launches Big Bang Cinematic Percussion 2.0

Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion 2.0

Sonivox has announced the release of Big Bang Cinematic Percussion 2.0, a virtual percussion instrument library for Windows and Mac.

Whether you are searching for that extra bit of rhythmic flavor, or striving to create the most epic of battle cues, Big Bang Cinematic Percussion 2.0 packs the punch you need to get the job done in minutes.

At its core, Big Bang Cinematic Percussion serves up a powerful selection of cinematic drum and percussion instruments, all painstakingly created by top SONiVOX sound designers and ready to spark some serious fire under your musical scores. Each instrument has been lavishly captured, and was played with the proper professional technique. The multi-velocity, multi-take round robin format provides the pinnacle of realism.

Big Bang Cinematic Percussion 2.0 features

  • Powerful percussion sounds with full user control.
  • MIDI Learn provides instant compatibility with any MIDI controller.
  • IRC (Intelligent Rhythm Control) for fast, user-friendly timing and feel control.
  • 200+ percussion instruments; 15+ GB of premium content.
  • Multi-velocity/multi-take round robin programs deliver the ultimate realism.
  • View patches by genre, scene, and class via the new integrated patch browser.
  • 64-bit and 32-bit VST and AU support; RTAS support.

The instrument library is available to purchase for $199.99 USD. Big Bang Cinematic Percussion users can upgrade for $29.99 USD.

More information: Sonivox / Big Bang Cinematic Percussion 2

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