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Winter NAMM 2010: AKAI iPK25 and SynthStation Studio

AKAI Professional presents the new iPK25 USB controller keyboard, which includes the SynthStation Studio app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The iPK25 is a fully featured 25-key controller that works great with... Read more »

Summer NAMM and More: AKAI LPK25 and LPD8

Akai Professional introduces the laptop-friendly LPK25 keyboard controller and the LPD8 pad controller - two super-compact controllers that let you take them wherever your inspiration takes you. The LPK25 keyboard... Read more »

Summer NAMM and More: AKAI RPM8

Specially designed for use with Akai Professional's MPC music-production products, these RPM8 studio reference monitors are made to bring the bass! These 2-way nearfield monitors feature 8" LF drivers and deliver... Read more »

Summer NAMM and More: AKAI MPK61

The Akai Professional MPK61 USB MIDI keyboard controller includes 61 keys with aftertouch to make your virtual instruments as expressive as you want them to be. You also get 16 MPC-style velocity- and... Read more »

Summer NAMM and More: AKAI MINIAK

Akai Professional's MINIAK is a 37-key synthesizer/vocoder packed with more than 600 presets, a step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and a bunch of onboard effects. The MINIAK is ready to serve a wide range of musical... Read more »

Summer NAMM and More: AKAI MPD18

Sporting 16 MPC-style pads, the MPD18 from Akai Professional makes it easy to program patterns and trigger beats on your desktop. The MPD18 features a USB connection for convenient MIDI control of Mac or PC software... Read more »

UPdates & UPgrades

Ableton has updated Live 7 to version 7.0.16. The new version improves support for the AKAI APC40 and adds support for Ableton Live Lite 7 Zoom Edition.

Musikmesse: AKAI Miniak

The Miniak from AKAI combines a 37-key semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keyboard with a powerful 8-voice (each with three oscillators) DSP sound generator. More than 600 presets are included with the unit; a... Read more »

Musikmesse: AKAI MPD18

AKAI announced the MPD18, a "MIDI-over-USB" pad controller with 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive MPC pads, three pad banks, and assignable fader and button. The MPD18 can be powered over USB or using an optional... Read more »

Updates and Upgrades

AKAI has announced version 2.0 operating system software for the MPC5000. The new OS features more than 25 improvements to the MPC, many of which were based on user requests and feedback. The update is a free... Read more »

Enter Sweetwater’s 24-Day Holiday Giveaway!

By popular demand, Sweetwater's 24-day Holiday Giveaway is back and it's better than ever! Every day from December 1 to December 24, we're going to give away a special gift of some of the most popular audio and... Read more »

Updates and Upgrades

Akai has announced the release of new Operating System firmware for all its current MPCs, including the MPC5000, MPC2500, MPC1000, and MPC500. MPC5000 OS update: OS version 1.02 for MPC5000 resolves 14 issues, most... Read more »

Booting the Akai MPC2000 from a SCSI Drive

Most users keep the latest version of the MPC2000's operating system on a 3.5-inch diskette inserted into the onboard reader, so that it will automatically load as soon as the unit is powered up. But did you know... Read more »

New in Stock at Sweetwater

AKAI XR20 - It's finally here! The ultra-portable XR20 is loaded with a ton of drum, percussion, bass, synth, sound effects, vocal, and instrument hits, all ready for you to use, no matter where you are. With over... Read more »

New in Stock at Sweetwater

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 Module - This killer module continues the rebirth and evolution of a classic analog synth. The original Prophet 5 was one of the first programmable, polyphonic, analog synths, and... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2008: AKAI MPC5000

DJs, are you listening? AKAI announced the MPC5000, the new standard for music production. This music production powerhouse features 8-track streaming hard disk recording, a 20-voice, 3-oscillator analog synthesizer... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2008: AKAI XR20

The XR20 is a portable beat production center loaded with a sound set that is geared towards making hip hop and R&B beats wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. Over 700 pre-loaded sounds, and an integrated... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2008: AKAI MPD32

AKAI unveiled the MPD32, a velocity- and pressure-sensitive pad controller for musicians and DJs. The MPD32 delivers expressive software beat control with 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads. Four selectable pad... Read more »

Zero-G Unleashes New Sample-based Virtual Synth

Zero-G has just released a new, sample-based, virtual analog synth/sound module powered by Native Instruments' Kontakt Player 2 Audio Engine. Dubbed "Phaedra," this new virtual instrument features over four... Read more »

The 24-Day Holiday Giveaway Continues

This holiday season Sweetwater is giving away a very special gift every day of the month, from December 1st through the 24th. That means you have up to 24 chances to win some of the hottest gear available. We're... Read more »

The 24-Day Holiday Giveaway

This holiday season Sweetwater is giving away a special gift every day of the month, from December 1st through the 24th. That means you have 24 chances to win some of the hottest gear available. We're talking about... Read more »

New in Stock at Sweetwater

AKAI MPK49 - AKAI has been rather quiet lately, but here's the brand new MPK49 performance controller. According to the company, the controller "ushers in a new era for USB/MIDI controllers" by combining a... Read more »

AKAI MPC1000 Review

I was reluctant at first as I unpacked the MPC1000 to do a review. First, I associated it with music styles that don't interest me. Second, making music on a "groove box" was alien to me, being a guitar player. I... Read more »

AKAI MPC500 Review

Inspiration can strike anytime and anywhere. In today's fast paced world, musicians need the ability to capture ideas when they have them, and the MPC500 makes it all possible. For many musicians, carrying a laptop... Read more »