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.
Many producers will tell you that analog synthesis creates a different sound and atmosphere than their VST counterparts. Synthesizers, however, can be very costly and usually require more hardware to actually get those analog waves into a DAW. Akai is tackling that problem by creating the Rhythm Wolf, which is an authentic piece of analog gear that features a drum machine and bass synthesizer that is set to cost only $199.
The new APC40 mkII from Akai just made a début last week on the Musikmesse convention floor. Today we’re highlighting a video shot at the Ministry of Sound – it’s a performance on this new generation of the Ableton controller with controllerist/fingerdrummer Carl Rag manning the unit. Akai (and all the other inMusic brands – Numark, […]
Each year, just a few months after the NAMM show in Anaheim, California, Europe has their own industry convention where even more DJ and production gear rises to the surface. Today we're sharing the details on all the new gear that's worth noting - from new controllers to new analog drum machines. Read on for the latest from companies showing in Frankfurt this week.
Akai's APC line of Ableton Live controllers has seen a complete refresh just in time for the Musikmesse convention in Frankfurt, Germany. There are three new controllers that each target their own potential users. The original lineup was used by live performers around the world, and until Ableton's Push was released were considered the most integrated controller option available for Ableton users. Check out all of the details we have so far of each new unit below.