Following its public debut at NAMM 2019, Akai Professional has announced the release of a 3.0.1 firmware update for Force, introducing a number of new features and workflow refinements to the live performance and music production device.

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Force arms musicians, DJs and producers with all essential functionality for the modern clipbased workflow including clip launching, step sequencing, sampling, synths and a 7-inch multi-touch display. Force is designed for the user who wants a standalone product with the latest in modern workflow techniques, free from being connected to the computer.

Building on Force’s already-impressive capabilities, the 3.0.1 update introduces a highly innovative Launch/Note mode – now users can simultaneously harness the creative power of Force’s Note mode while launching clips on a split, single pad layout.

Also included in 3.0.1 is the inclusion of the Mother Ducker and Mother Ducker input effects plugins – recently added to the MPC platform in version 2.4, this pair of processors allows users to create side-chain effects effortlessly via inserts within Force’s mixer window.

3.0.1 also includes a number of workflow refinements including

  • Updated recording preferences allowing users to use fixed length clip recording.
  • Improved auditioning of sample and loops within Force’s browser – now, files with embedded tempo information will audition in sync with Force’s master BPM.
  • Drum program enhancements –users can mute or solo pads in a drum program using Force’s hardware control surface.
  • Force can now load FLAC and OGG files.
  • The AIR dynamics plugins Compressor, Channel Strip, Maximizer, Transient and Noise Gate now have metering to clearly indicate the input/output levels and the amount of gain reduction applied.

“At launch, Force immediately garnered unprecedented critical acclaim as a standalone device that offers all conveniences the modern clip-based workflow demands without the need for a computer,” said Dan Gill, Akai Professional Product Manager.

“3.0.1 signals our commitment to continually refine the platform, offering new devices and workflow enhancements that cement Force as the undisputed standalone creative powerhouse and an immersive natural extension of user’s creativity.”

The 3.0.1 firmware will be available as a free update early February 2019. Force will be available internationally in February 2019, priced at $1,499 USD.

More information: Akai Professsional