Akai Professional: MPC Studio Black Music Production Controller
Music’s evolution is intrinsically linked to the legendary Akai Professional MPC line – Full-featured production and performance powerhouses that have spawned multiple genres and advanced countless existing ones. With a design often replicated but never surpassed, the Music Production Centre empowers users with an unrivalled workflow and a tangible, intuitive interface coupled with forward thinking, in-demand functionality that sets the precedence for the industry standard. Don’t settle for an imitation, take control of your creative output with MPC Studio Black.
Portable Powerhouse – Produce-Perform-Create
At under 1 Inch thin, with low-profile controls and a brushed aluminium body, MPC Studio Black is made to move. MPC Studio Black merges real MPC pads, iconic workflow and the same MPC Software used by the legendary MPC Renaissance to give you a fully integrated portable production solution. Welcome to production anywhere. The world is now your studio.
Redefining the creative vista and driving MPC Studio Black is Akai Professional’s reimagined MPC Software 2, a cutting-edge production suite combining 128-track sequencing capability, real-time time stretching, advanced MIDI editing capability, VST compatibility, operation as a standalone application on Mac and PC, advanced sampling and audio editing/recording functionality and much more.
With the MPC Studio Black, keep your production on point with core MPC functionality. Four touch sensitive controls and a large data encoder seamlessly map to critical parameters. 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive RBG pads provide the full expressive range. MPC mainstays including Note Repeat, Full Level, 16 Levels and dedicated transport controls complete the control arsenal.
MPC Studio Black fuses all beat making essentials with reimagined aesthetics, engineered with the mobile producer in mind. Its compact design is less than 1 Inch thick and fits easily into a laptop bag or backpack. It’s USB-powered with low-profile knobs and features a new brushed aluminium body – Plus, a large LCD screen focuses your attention on what’s important, your production.
Infinite Sounds, Unlimited Inspiration
Seven Gigabytes. 300 Instruments. The Bank is an MPC Expansion workstation exploding with in-demand essential sounds spanning basses, leads, effects, keyboards and much, much more. You also get The 809, an MPC Expansion for punchy analogue drums—A full collection of classic drum machine sounds, each with its own controls for maximum tweak-ability.
Designed in collaboration with dozens of working producers and musicians, MPC Studio Black maintains the workflow that has made the Akai Pro MPC the industry standard. Its power, style and portability gives you the full MPC experience anywhere, plus with the included custom neoprene sleeve, you’re safe in the knowledge the heart of your beat making stays secure when producing on-the-go.
Arturia KeyLab Essential 49
USB MIDI Keyboard
- 49 Velocity-sensitive keys
- 8 Velocity-sensitive pads with Aftertouch
- 1 Clickable encoder
- 9 Encoders
- 9 Faders
- 13 Buttons
- Transport section
- 4 Command buttons
- LCD display
- Pitch bend- and modulation wheel
- Chord Play mode
- Mackie/HUI control compatibility
- Connections: USB, MIDI output, sustain pedal input, input for an optional power supply (not included, must be ordered separately)
- USB class compliant
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 784 x 76 x 248 mm
- Weight: 3 kg
- Includes Arturia’s Analog Lab software, a license for Ableton Live Lite, and a license for UVI Grand Piano.
Arturia MicroFreak Hybrid Synthesizer
A synthesizer like no other, MicroFreak is a peculiar, exceptional instrument that rewards the curious musician. It blends wavetable and digital oscillators with analog filters. It features a unique poly-aftertouch flat keyboard. It adds controlled randomness to sequences. This isn’t a revolution, it’s a mutiny. This out-there little music machine features a versatile digital oscillator so you can create rare and interesting sounds with ease. Modes like Texturer, KarplusStrong, Harmonic OSC, and Superwave give adventurous musicians the chance to explore totally new, unheard possibilities. Like having dozens of synths in just one instrument, both wild-eyed newcomers and seasoned professionals will fall in love with MicroFreak’s flexible, powerful synth engine. Physical modelling, wavetable synthesis, virtual analog, there is nothing as complete and exciting as the MicroFreak oscillator on the market. It’s hard to believe from such a small synth, but here it is, ready for you to explore. Excite your creativity and reward your curiosity with a large, diverse sound palette. MicroFreak features 11 awesome oscillators, 4 bespoke Arturia engines, and 7 modes from our friends at Mutable Instruments. Inspired by the trailblazing 12-dB Oberheim SEM filter, you can make MicroFreak’s filter scream or whisper to taste. The filter is state-variable, and can even auto-oscillate! You can use this is any way you like, from taking the edge of the razor-sharp wavetable sounds, or automating the cutoff by modulating it with keyboard pressure or the in-built sequencer. Record up to four automations, edit notes per step or use the innovative Spice and Dice sequencer functions to find happy accidents. Add randomization to create evolving, original patterns, and virtually rewire and reconfigure its signal chain and controls with the 5×7 modulation matrix..
Korg microKEY 49 MkII
49-Key MIDI Keyboard
- Compact Natural Touch mini keys
- Pitch bend wheel
- Modulation wheel
- Octave shift button
- Power via USB
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 709 x 139 x 54 mm
- Weight: 1.4 kg
- Incl. KORG Software Bundle Code and USB cable
- Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion or later
- iOS8 or later (Apple Camera Kit optionally available)
- Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or later (32-bit / 64-bit).