January 23, 2013
Another year, another NAMM, and we’re back at it. Today was the Media Preview Day. If you don’t know what that means- today is the day to get the first scoop on products at the show, and also a great day to go ahead and get through the whole “hey, bro, where’s my badge at?” situation. Currently, my badge is secured, and I have been and seen a few things worth mentioning.
My first stop was to meet up with Ben from Dubreq, who announced their new Stylophone S2 with a cool video from Brett Domino recently. We got to talk to Ben a bit about how he and his father (who designed the original) came to realize they needed to release this all analog, British powerhouse into the world. Having gotten my hands on one, I can self-assuredly say I am getting the hell out of one ASAP.
December 12, 2012
inMusic, the parent company that owns Numark, Alesis, and Akai, has been pretty busy this year. All three of their leading companies have been releasing much of the gear featured at Winter NAMM 2012 and teased through YouTube videos and company press releases. Gear like the Numark 4TRAK, the Alesis QX line of MIDI keyboard controllers, and the very popular Akai Synthstation 49 and MPC Renaissance. In addition to releasing tons of new gear this year they also acquired formerly AVID owned M-Audio to round out their line of professional audio equipment. We will likely see more from inMusic this year at Winter NAMM 2013 in January and we will have plenty to report from the show room floor.
We first saw the Akai MAX 49 almost a year ago at Winter NAMM 2012 and our first impression was that the MAX 49 was a collection of improvements …
November 20, 2012
We first saw the Akai Synthstation 49 at Winter NAMM 2011 and surrounding this keyboard controller was all the buzz about the future of production and the integration of iOS devices. The public has been waiting patiently, filled with questions and anticipation for the keyboard controller that looked to take the most advantage of integrating an iPad with a keyboard controller. We were finally able to get our hands on one, play around with some different apps, and take it for a test drive when performing and using it for production. For those of you that have been holding out and waiting for the Synthstation 49, here are the things you have been waiting for:
Layout and Features
As the name implies, the Akai Synthstation 49 is a 49 key controller with selections for recording and playback, selecting instruments, and selecting between sequences, octaves, and songs. There are 9 MPC style pads for …
October 29, 2012
When newer and revised versions of Akai’s MPC series are offered, users are skeptical about what to expect. The things they don’t want to see are huge changes in either the layout or the feel of the equipment. A step backwards would spell disaster for Akai, with many other cheaper software based controller options out there – and at a cheaper price. The feature that has always made the MPC stand out in a class of its own is its ability to act as a stand along device. Araabmuzik doesn’t need much to perform on stage – in fact he doesn’t even need a computer to trigger samples (although he has been doing this recently).
With the newest Akai offering, the MPC Renaissance, Akai is treating the MPC differently; in the eyes of a producer. It’s obviously a larger, less portable machine – and there are as many pots …
September 12, 2012
Akai MPC pads are notorious for their both their extreme durability and sensitivity – but the abuse on these can add up over the years and lead to a less than responsive machine. Controllerists have been known to chop up their cheaper midi controllers and even build new casings or add button to create a one-off product, but few would be willing to take apart their prized MPC.
Servando Barreiro was ballsy enough to crack open his MPC 500 and take a look inside. After a quick examination of what needed to be fixed; a little bit of tape and bike rubber was all he needed to improve the performance his drum machine.…