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Akai iMPC Pro App and MPC Element Controller Demo – Sweetwater’s iOS Update, Vol. 80

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2ko0RtttFo Check out iMPC Pro and other apps here: https://www.sweetwater.com/shop/ios/apps.php Get the MPC Element here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MPCElement Mitch... 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 »

Musikmesse News: Akai

Akai unveiled a long list of new products at Musikmesse this year. Among the highlights: APC40 mkII — The latest generation Ableton Performance Controller from Akai, the APC40 mkII has a 5x8 clip launch... Read more »

Musikmesse 2014: Akai Rhythm Wolf

The Rhythm Wolf by Akai is an analog drum machine and bass synthesizer that's easy to integrate into any modern DJ or production rig. Create fat, punchy beats with five analog drum parts, including kick, snare... Read more »

Musikmesse 2014: Akai APC Mini

Get essential hands-on control over Ableton Live with an Akai APC Mini control surface. This USB-powered Ableton Live controller serves up 64 clip-launch controls arranged into an 8 x 8 matrix that's perfect for... Read more »

Musikmesse 2014: Akai MPX16

Akai's MPX16 sampler builds on the capabilities of the original MPX8, offering not only more pads but an expanded set of sound-shaping possibilities as well. Sampling with the MPX16 is easy, thanks to the onboard... Read more »

Musikmesse 2014: Akai APC Key 25

If you enjoy creating music in Ableton Live, then the APC Key 25 from Akai is the portable keyboard for you. This 25-key controller keyboard combines 25 great-feeling synth-action keys with the same powerful 5 x 8... Read more »

Musikmesse 2014: Akai APC40 MKII

The Akai APC40 MKII is a major update to their original flagship controller for Ableton Live. Slimmer, lighter, and easier than ever to navigate, the APC40 MKII provides seamless integration with Ableton Live... Read more »

Akai MPK Mini mk2 USB Keyboard Controller Overview – Sweetwater at Winter NAMM 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF6cm0DcvJw Get the MPK Mini mk2 at Sweetwater here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MPKmini2/ Make music anywhere with the MPK Mini mk2. You get 25-keys of synth-action fun... Read more »

M.I.P.A. Winners Announced

Each year, at the Musikmesse trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany, the world's journalists get together and present awards to the best products in a wide range of categories — the Musikmesse International Press... Read more »

Akai MPC Studio Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g_OTCbO2eU See the MPC Studio in detail right here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MPCStudio Josh Cuadra from Akai Professional presents the MPC Studio hardware/software... Read more »

iOS Update – Vol. 33, Akai iMPC Groove Workstation App

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siXQSnFZ02o Check out iMPC and other music-related apps: https://www.sweetwater.com/shop/ios/apps.php Mitch takes a deep look at Akai's iMPC app, which brings the MPC beat-making... Read more »

NAMM News: Akai Professional MPX8

Perhaps the most compact sample player we've seen, the Akai MPX8 has eight velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads. You can load sounds under each pad from a standard SD card (up to 32GB) or from the large built-in... Read more »

Akai MPX8 Sample Pad Controller Overview – Sweetwater at Winter NAMM 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzU3kUVQ7IA Drew Hollis from Akai Professional presents the sweet MPX8 sample controller at Winter NAMM 2013 - https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MPX8 Simplicity is the key to... Read more »

Akai MPC Headphones Overview – Sweetwater at Winter NAMM 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT7WWM13Kh4 Drew Hollis from Akai presents the MPC Series of headphones at Winter NAMM 2013. See them and other NAMM products at Sweetwater's Winter NAMM 2013 Show Report: The... Read more »

Akai MAX25 USB/MIDI/CV Keyboard Controller Overview – Sweetwater Sound at Winter NAMM 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLNaRsXhnwc Drew Hollis from Akai Professional gives an overview of the MAX25 keyboard controller. See the MAX25 and other NAMM products at Sweetwater's Winter NAMM 2013 Show Report:... Read more »

A New Generation of MPC Workstations

Akai Professional announced the next stage in the evolution of their MPC workstations, introducing a pair of hybrid hardware/software workstations as well as an iPad 2 music production system called the MPC Fly. If... Read more »

Akai Pro MPC Studio

Akai was showing all three of their new MPCs, which take advantage of the awesome power available in today's computers. The MPC Studio is a slimline design with real MPC pads, four touch-sensitive knobs, an 8-gig... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2011: AKAI SynthStation49

Following close on the heels of the hugely successful SynthStation25 iPhone/iPod Touch keyboard controller, Akai Professional's back with something new, and they've seriously upped the ante. The SynthStation49 is... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2011: AKAI Analog Custom Shop Series Pedals

Heads up, guitarists! There's a new stompbox-maker in town, as Akai Professional has just unveiled their Analog Custom Shop line. These 10 effects pedals cover the range of essential tones, textures, and characters... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2011: AKAI EIE

Taking a new spin on the audio interface, Akai Professional has introduced the EIE. This 4x4 interface offers a fresh look and approach to desktop or on-the-go production, putting high-quality 24-bit recording in a... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2011: AKAI RPM3

Akai Professional has introduced a set of studio monitors, complete with a built-in USB audio interface for simultaneous recording and plyback via USB. The RPM3 monitors feature a full-range frequency response, with... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2010: AKAI APC20

AKAI Professional's APC20 USB controller makes performing with Ableton Live incredibly intuitive, and its streamlined, compact size makes this controller very portable. The APC20 features multi-function faders, a 5"... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2010: AKAI MPD26

AKAI Professional brings us the new MPD26 pad controller, which meshes USB controller capability with the feel and performance of an MPC unit. You get a bank of 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads plus... Read more »