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Importing Akai Format Sounds into Kontakt 2

Importing Akai Format Sounds into Kontakt 2 There are more sound libraries available in Akai format than any others simply because the Akai S1000 format code was the very first to be broken by manufacturers of... Read more »

New at Musikmesse

Musikmesse is Europe's version of our NAMM Show. It takes place in Frankfurt, Germany and runs from March 28th through the 31st. Here's a quick overview of just some of the items that have already been unveiled at... Read more »

AKAI MPC500 Review

When the MPC500 was introduced, my first thought was that it would be a low function, low-power unit that would not be a cost-effective way to work. After I got it out of the box and spent time with it, I realized... Read more »

New Sweetwater Forum Makes Its debut

For those of you who are using your creative resources both in the studio and up on stage to make music, you'll definitely want to check out our new forum, "Remix and Electronic Music Production." The focus of the... Read more »

New in Stock at Sweetwater

Mackie 1202-VLZ3 - This premium 12-channel compact mixer builds on the legacy of the best-selling 1202-VLZ Pro, offering the same great feature set, plus greatly enhanced sound quality. Onboard you'll find four... Read more »

New In Stock At Sweetwater

Fender GDO-300 - When you first lay eyes on the GDO 300 from Fender, you'll swear you're looking at a guitar that costs at least two or three times as much! Part of the Global Design Series, the GDO 300 has an... Read more »

New In Stock At Sweetwater

Gibson Billy Joe Armstrong Les Paul Jr. - A result of 18 months of collaboration between Green Day's Billy Joe Armstrong and Gibson, this is a single-cutaway Les Paul Junior with a custom-would dual-coil... Read more »

AKAI MPC1000 Review

The MPC1000 is really the first drum machine/sampler I've really sat down with and gotten to know. I took it home and tried to forget everything I know about audio and recording. I wanted to approach it with the... Read more »

Akai Goes Portable with the Battery-Powered MPC500

Akai Professional has introduced the battery-powered MPC500, the newest addition to the Music Production Center (MPC) family. Now everyone has the ability to take this popular compositional tool anywhere they go... Read more »

The Latest Updates and Upgrades

Native Instruments just released Traktor DJ Studio 3.1, which is a free update for registered Mac and PC users. This version improves several key aspects of the software, adds a number of enhancements and... Read more »

AKAI MPC2500 Review

AKAI has once again topped the market in sampling groove workstations. The MPC2500 has the same great quality that you have come to expect from the MPC line, but with some amazing new features. New features such as... Read more »

New In Stock At Sweetwater

Peavey PR 10P NEO - This is a rugged, lightweight 2-way speaker system for live music or speech applications with 270 watts total peak dynamic power. It utilizes a heavy-duty 10-inch woofer with a 2-inch voice coil... Read more »

MusikMesse Report Part One

Europe's version of the NAMM Show is MusikMesse, which opened its doors on Wednesday in Frankfurt, Germany. Here is a partial listing of some of the hottest new products on display, with more to come in tomorrow's... Read more »

AKAI MPC1000 Review

When first getting familiar with the MPC1000, my greatest surprise was how much you could do with this little box! From the 32 MIDI tracks, to the 64 track sequencer, backed up by the real-time processing, the... Read more »

AKAI EWI4000S Electronic Wind Controller

The Akai Professional EWI4000S features a new design incorporating several improvements in the development of MIDI/synth instrument capabilities. The EWI4000S has many of the long sought after controls and functions... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2006: AKAI EWI4000S

The Akai Professional EWI4000S features a new design incorporating several improvements in the development of MIDI/synth instrument capabilities. The EWI4000S has many of the long sought after controls and functions... Read more »

New in Stock at Sweetwater

AKAI MPC2500 - The MPC2500 Music Production Center is the new flagship of Akai's much beloved MPC Series. This newcomer clearly shows why many people swear by their MPCs. The MPC2500 combines a 64-track MIDI... Read more »

Groove On This a While!

Akai calls it the next step in the continuing evolution of its MPC Series. You might call it just what you've been looking for! For starters the MPC2500 Music Production Center combines a 64-track MIDI sequencer... Read more »

Roland Rolls Out Free MV-8000 Goodies

Have you noticed a trend in today's inSync? Yup, here's yet another freebie, this time from Roland for its MV-8000 Production Studio! The MV-8000 does it all! You can sample your own sounds or import Roland, Akai... Read more »

AKAI MPC1000 Review

As someone with little sequencing and sampling experience, I was mostly concerned with ease of use. The AKAI MPC1000 put all of my worries to rest. Within minutes of firing up the MPC1000 I had created a 6-track... Read more »

Akai MPC1000

Akai MPC1000 Behind the 'retro' cosmetic styling, the MPC1000 is a feature-packed, thoroughly modern sampling drum machine and 64-track MIDI sequencer equipped with features, functions and facilities to let you... Read more »

115th AES Convention: AKAI MPC1000

Portable with a size similar to a laptop, Akai's new MPC1000 inherits all of the features that make the MPC so recognizable: A large graphic display, MPC-style pressure and velocity drum pads, large RAM capacity... Read more »

Memory capability of the Akai Z8

"How much memory can be installed into Akai's Z8 sampler?"Currently the Z8 ships with 272MB of RAM and can be easily expanded to 512 MB using readily available 168-pin PC100 or PC133 DIMM memory. Memory can be... Read more »

AKAI MPC 4000 Review

The MPC 4000 is an excellent upgrade that in my opinion takes the MPC2000/3000 to the next level. This new MPC has all the great drum-machine qualities of the 2000, but you can also play full piano, strings, bass... Read more »