The Akai Advance 49 controller with VIP software puts all your VSTi plug-in sounds at your fingertips, at the same time in the same place. Imagine browsing many thousands of presets—every single one from your collection, including Native Instruments Komplete—narrowing them down to the perfect sound and then loading them onto a controller that’s pre-mapped for your controls. Then you load up to 8 sounds from different plug-ins to play together in one monster patch. The Advance 49 could revolutionize your music production workflow.
Akai has been crushing the small controller game with their AMX Serato hyper-portable mixer and AFX effects and cue/loop/Flip controller . At Musikmesse no surprise to see them coming out with yet another low-cost portable controller, the MIDIMix - this time focused just on multichannel mixing.
Prior to NAMM 2015 Akai announced a new line up of keyboards, the Advance Keyboard. It looks like that wasn't all from Akai, they have just announced 2 new analog products, the Timbre Wolf and Tom Cat. The Timbre Wolf is a 4 voice analog synthesizer while the Tom Cat is an analog drum machine similar to 2014's Rhythm Wolf. Keep reading to find out if this analog gear is for you.
There's some interesting movement on the DVS pricing front - mirroring a price drop on Traktor Kontrol Z2 that we saw in February, Native Instruments has resurrected the 25% off sale for all of December. Beyond pointing out that's it's a great deal at $599 (and we'll include Chroma Caps if you grab one in the DJTT webstore), there's a bit of interesting speculation to be had on what's motivating the price drop.
The ecosystem of Serato products has expanded massively in recent years, with native control solutions appearing from many manufacturers. The latest company to step into the Serato world is Akai, with their new AMX and AFX units. But do they bring anything new to the table? We tested them to find out.
Before the release of Serato DJ 1.7, DVS (digital vinyl system) options were limited. The only way to use turntables or CDJs with Serato was to have either a Rane soundcard mixer, the Pioneer DJM 900SRT, or the Pioneer DDJ-SZ. These options were all pretty expensive. With the release of 1.7, Serato has expanded their […]
Serato DJ is making major developments with their software and as of October 8th, Serato DJ 1.7.1 is out of beta and ready to download. If you have been following the developments of Serato DJ, you will know that the latest release includes Serato Flip, multiple effect commands, and extended support over a wide range […]
The original Akai APC40 is one of the rare breed of products in the computer music age to achieve iconic status. Launched in 2009, the APC40 (followed by its more compact sibling, the APC20) was, along with the Novation Launchpad, the first dedicated, plug-and-play Ableton Live controller to hit the mainstream market. Five years later, Akai are releasing a re-imagining of the original APC40, the Mk2. Will it be as widely adopted as its forebear? We spent some time with it to try to find out.