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Latest Akai Professional Articles

AKAI Professional MPX16 Sample Recorder and Player

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's in-house sample jockey, demonstrates some alternative uses for the AKAI Professional MPX16 Sample Recorder and Player, as well as a brief walk-through of its parameters and computer-based... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2017: Akai Professional MPC X

Akai's MPC X is the modern MPC all the diehards have been waiting for. With one foot in the future and one in the past, this sweet, standalone sampling powerhouse combines everything you miss about traditional beat... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2017: Akai Professional MPC Live

Akai's MPC Live completely redefines the portable sampler workstation. It includes most of the key elements that make the MPC X freakishly cool, trading a share of surface-level control, the extended I/O, and some... Read more »

Akai Professional MPC Touch Demo with Spinscott by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwrE69OFssg Electronic music artist Spinscott performs "Touch" on the Akai Professional MPC Touch. From Spinscott: ""Touch" is a 100% Loop-Free & Sequence-Free performance on the... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2016: AKAI MPC Studio Black

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7PjblfmuGs Sweetwater stops by the Akai booth at Winter NAMM 2016 to check out their MPC Studio Black. See Sweetwater's Winter NAMM 2016 Show Report to check out the latest music... Read more »

Akai Professional MPC Touch Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWVBYBtcy1Y Rich Curtis from Akai presents the MPC Touch. Equipped with classic MPC pads, essential hands-on controls, and an amazing 7" multi-touchscreen, MPC Touch lets you get your... Read more »

Akai MPC Touch Announced

Akai Professional has announced the latest member of the immensely popular MPC Music Production Center family, the MPC Touch! With the MPC Touch, Akai has reinvented the Music Production Center paradigm, using a... Read more »

Summer NAMM 2015: Akai MPD2 Pad Controllers

Akai has launched three new pad controllers, including the MPD218, the MPD226, and the MPD232. Even the most humble of these offerings, the MPD218, includes sought-after features such as thick MPC pads, multiple... Read more »

Akai Professional Advance 61 Keyboard Controller Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fibhstyEnNc Drew from Akai Professional presents the Advance 61 keyboard controller. Also available in 25-key and 49-key versions, the Advance series of keyboard controllers are... Read more »

Akai iMPC Pro Updated to v1.3

iMPC, the iPad virtual MPC from Akai and Retronyms, has been updated to version 1.3. This feature packed upgrade offers: Added a Slice Loop mode to the EditorSliced loops can be used with the padsSupport for sliced... Read more »

Musikmesse 2015: Akai MIDImix

Providing you with tactile control of your DAW's controls, the new MIDImix from Akai features eight line faders, a master fader, 24 knobs, and eight buttons in two banks to provide mute, solo, and record arm... Read more »

Akai Pro Updates MPC Renaissance to 1.8

The groundbreaking Akai Pro MPC Renaissance music production system has been updated to version 1.8. This updates both the internal software of the hardware controllers and the computer application, and includes... Read more »

How to Ratchet Notes in a Step Sequencer

Let's say you've set up your step sequencer to the tempo and the note division that you want. However as your song progresses, you find you want to add trills and note flurries that are shorter than the chosen... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2015 – House of Worship: Akai Advance Series keyboard controller eliminates the need for DAW/Computer!

The buzz at the Akai Professional booth was intense as producers and performers got their hands on the new Advance series of USB MIDI keyboard controllers. Akai's Virtual Instrument Player software is the hot story... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2015: Akai Professional Tom Cat

Following the buzz they created with the Rhythm Wolf drum machine last year, Akai Professional unveiled the Tom Cat analog drum machine at NAMM 2015. This five-voice drum machine serves up kick, snare, and clap... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2015: Akai Professional Timbre Wolf

Akai Professional had some surprises for analog synth fans at the NAMM show, including the Timbre Wolf four-voice polyphonic synthesizer. You can configure it as four mono voices, four-voice unison, or as a... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2015: Akai Professional Advance Series

The buzz at the Akai Professional booth was intense as producers and performers got their hands on the new Advance series of USB MIDI keyboard controllers. Akai's Virtual Instrument Player software is the hot story... Read more »

5 Pieces of Gear you Need to Run MultiTracks

https://youtu.be/ZRX4eZHkZkg What do you need to run MultiTracks? In this video, Will Doggett takes you through the 5 Pieces of Gear you Need to Run MultiTracks. It doesn't matter what your budget or experience is... Read more »

Controlling Video with Ableton Live featuring Bwack

https://youtu.be/0oxcpG0M6Cg In this video, Will Doggett sits down with Bwack from The Digital Age to talk about how he uses Ableton Live to control video content. You'll see how he uses Ableton Live to trigger... Read more »

Using Ableton Live on Stage featuring Bwack Part 1

https://youtu.be/hrmMr38w9zs In this video, we get a quick look at Bwack's Ableton Live Setup. He shows how he uses Ableton Live on stage with The Digital Age. You'll see how he uses Session View to create a Master... Read more »

How to Use Akai MPC Element with iPad

Q: When I downloaded the iMPC Pro app for my iPad, it says it is compatible with the Akai MPC Element. But when I connect the MPC Element to my iPad using the Apple Camera Connection Kit, it says that the MPC takes... Read more »

Akai APC40 MKII Control Surface Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1OZrBu8uIc Get the APC40 MKII here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/APC40mk2/ Rich Curtis from Akai demonstrates the APC40 MKII control surface, in this case using Ableton... Read more »

Synth Tricks: Akai Professional MPX8

Every now and then, when a cool musical gadget comes out, I have to invent a reason why I “really” need it. Sometimes my reasoning is less logical and more whimsical. Other times it’s easy to see why a gadget would... Read more »

Akai Professional MPK2 Series Keyboard Controller Overview – Sweetwater at Winter NAMM 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aK0JRuIbA0 Get an Akai MPK2 series controller here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MPK261/ Take hands-on control of your VIs and your DAW with the MPK2 Series MIDI... Read more »