Akai FINALLY release SynthStation 3.0 for iOS

Akai FINALLY release SynthStation 3.0 for iOS

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  • Posted on July 3, 2012 - 12:23 am
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Nearly 18 months after Akai first publicly demonstrated v3 of their iOS synth app, SynthStation, in conjunction with their (equally delayed) SynthStation49 iPad based controller, it has finally hit the app store in a blaze of strange silence and “anti-marketing” from Akai. No fanfare, no announcement on Twitter of Facebook, which is most unusual as […]

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The TNR-i Tenori-On for iOS (and other Yamaha iOS apps)

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  • Posted on June 20, 2011 - 10:19 pm
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From the moment I got my iPad earlier this year, one of the first things I said would be awesome to have on it was a Tenori-On app. In fact, I was staggered that it hadn’t already been done, especially as there were other Tenori-On-esque apps available, such as Beatwave. Well, in a massive splurge […]

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Mark King jamming with…. Mark King!

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  • Posted on May 20, 2011 - 9:22 pm
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Hey there! Yeah, been a while and for that I apologise…. AGAIN! Been a busy/stressful time of late, with much preventing me from posting on here as frequently as I should. Most of it has been for quite personal reasons and maybe one day soon I can tell you all about that. But for now, […]

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And another Fairlight Video from NAMM 2011 (and other videos worth noting….)

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  • Posted on January 18, 2011 - 3:02 pm
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This time, courtesy of the guys (and presumably, gals) at ProAudioStar of Brooklyn, New York… (also available in HD, just select the option on the player transport bar) Check out their YouTube Channel for other excellent videos, including these featuring the Dave Smith/Roger Linn Tempest & the Akai SynthStation49

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New from Akai

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  • Posted on January 14, 2011 - 12:43 am
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Akai have been busy bees over the last few months and have presented a slew of new gear at Winter NAMM today. Besides a shed load of guitar FX pedals, all of which look the business, two particular bits of kit grabbed my attention. First up, the SynthStation49, an MPK like controller with iPad dock […]

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A little synth geekery for Sunday afternoon….

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  • Posted on October 3, 2010 - 12:51 pm
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I am sure you have all seen the series of shorts made by Channel 4 called “The Shape of Things That Hum”, where musical luminaries (and some twats from Q Magazine) reminisce and share their recollections of classic pieces of synth history. Here are my two favourites. The Fairlight (natch) and the Akai S1000… A […]

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New Akai MPK Mini

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  • Posted on October 1, 2010 - 9:46 pm
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Just announced by Akai, and to be unveiled at the BPM Expo in Birmingham tomorrow. The blurb says…. Akai Professional, the name synonymous with music production, announces the MPK mini, USB keyboard and pad controller. MPK mini will be unveiled at the 2010 BPM EXPO in Birmingham, England on October 2nd. MPK mini strikes the […]

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Awesome Akai S900 Video Manual!!

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  • Posted on April 24, 2010 - 10:27 pm
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Discovered by Mike Goins on the Akai Mailing List, this is an incredibly cheesy and very 80’s instructional video for the Akai S900 sampler!! Steve Howell recalls how him and his fellow UK based Akai employees recoiled with horror at the sight of this!! Whilst it is instructional, it’s also laden with naffness, but that […]

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Indiginus Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer for Kontakt & Akai

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  • Posted on April 15, 2010 - 4:50 pm
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I buried mention of this on my earlier post about the Indiginus Acoustic Guitar Collection and felt that it deserved a post of it’s own. I often, due to nothing more than laziness I guess, refer to Tracy’s work as “sample libraries” but in all honesty, they are WAY more than that. Whilst they are […]

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Indiginus Acoustic Guitar Collection updated for 2010

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  • Posted on April 15, 2010 - 11:03 am
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I’ve long been a fan of the Indiginus sample libraries and their amazing attention to detail and authenticity. The guitar is a very difficult instrument to recreate in an electronic environment in an authentic fashion, but Tracy Collins, the man behind Indiginus has used very clever sampling techniques, namely detailed velocity switching and multisamples, to […]

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