Akai Professional: MPC Live

In 1984, Akai Professional began producing professional electronic instruments and equipment. In 1987, Akai released first Music Production Center called the MPC60, which combined a 16-bit sampler with 16 velocity-sensitive pads, and an integrated sequencer, which was co-designed by Roger Linn, the producer of the highly regarded Linn Drum (LM-1 & Linn 9000). Over the past 30 years, Akai have been redesigning and updating the original concept.

2017 NAMM Show: Akai Announces MPC X and MPC Live

Akai is updating its iconic MPC line of sequencers by going back to the roots: Freshly announced at the 2017 NAMM show, the MPC X and MPC Live, unlike many similar sampler/sequencers of late, can operate without a computer—or alongside dedicated software; the decision is yours.

Gift Ideas for Parents of Millennial Musicians

When your son told you that he wanted to make “Progressive House,” you thought he was saying he wanted to become a homebuilder and a registered Democrat. Sound familiar?  Keep reading.

Music has changed a lot in the last decade, and so has the gear used to make it. When occasions come around, parents of millennial musicians are more susceptible to feeling the generation gap than ever. If you're the parent of beginner millennial musician, there's a good chance your kid falls into one of the categories below.

NAMM 2015: Meet the Tom Cat, from Akai Professional

Continuing a new tradition started with the Rhythm Wolf, Akai has just announced a second analog drum machine, the TOM CAT. 

Musikmesse 2014: Early Announcements

The 2014 Musikmesse International Music Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, begins today and with it comes a wealth of exciting new product announcements for making music. Several major manufacturers have already unveiled updates and additions to their product lines of instruments, microphones, mixers, DJ controllers, audio interfaces, and more. As this week progresses, B&H Explora will provide more highlights from the show.   

MPX8 SD Sample Pad Controller

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, enlightens us on how to  play audio samples using the Akai MPX8 Mobile SD Sample Pad Controller.

NAMM 2013 Wrap-Up: New Products from Akai, M-Audio and Alesis

This year at NAMM, three industry heavyweights released full product lines of fresh gear. Akai, M-Audio and Alesis have all come forth with new and interesting products for 2013, ranging from a tiny 2-channel USB interface to full-featured electronic drum sets and microphones.

Hands-On Review: AKAI MPC Renaissance

The Akai MPC Renaissance follows a long tradition of electronic excellence. The new twist? It utilizes your computer’s processing power and a unique software application to create sound, while the hardware serves as a controller and a USB audio interface.

New Akai MAX49 USB / MIDI Keyboard Controller

As the music industry hastens its march into the digital age of home-audio production, Akai Professional continues to deliver more flexible and affordable USB/MIDI keyboard controllers that work intuitively with your favorite music software.

The Akai MPC Lives On

The Akai MPC line of drum machines is legendary, beginning with the original MPC60 through its numerous hardware incarnations. Produced in collaboration with designer Roger Linn, the MPC line combines MIDI sequencing and audio sampling into a complete drum production environment.


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