Friday, December 14, 2012

Retronyms Tabletop turns AKAI iMPC into a 32 Track Sequencer

Picture by DOM of mpc-forums
"Now, for those who don't know Tabletop. Tabletop allows you to put multiple devices together (on a tabletop)... That being said, it looks like I can put 8 iMPCs on the table (no other devices can be added, though)." -DOM

"You can edit the sequences and programs when you use iMPC with Tabletop." -Daniel Walton (Synthtopia Reader)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Akai MPC3000LE, with Homemade IB-CRT-RGB Controller (Multicolor)

"Akai MPC3000LE, with homemade VGA cable/box to enable switching the normal green only VGA output signal from the Akai MPC3000 IB-CRT VGA option to any combination of the red/green/blue signal lines into the VGA monitor. Each of the sends to the red/green/blue lines of the monitor can be switched between off/on-full/on-variable. It is just a simple homemade prototype idea with 3 switches, 3 potentiometers, a project box, a VGA cable, and a laser printed label. If anyone makes one with a nicer engraved, or similar, metal faceplate, please make me one as well."

More information on this modification here...

Loading Akai MPC programs in your DAW with Battery 3

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Magellan for iPad Tutorial 3: Virtual MIDI & MIDI Out

MPC Renaissance Review - Legacy MPC Compatibility (Part 1)

You can read the review here:

This review covers the MPC Renaissance Software support of legacy MPC projects (this one covers 'Numark Era' MPCs and JJOS).

Monday, September 10, 2012

AKAI MPC 500 Pad Fix (DIY)

This video demonstrates the difference between using perfectly cut pieces of a bicycle inner tube and electrical tape placed under each pad to get better sensitivity. The inner tube is clearly the winner here and I'll have to give this a try on my 500.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Completely Free Sample Pack: Nanoloop 1.6.3 Kicks

By: littlescale
Forty-four yummy kick sounds recorded directly from an old grey Nintendo Game Boy with Nanoloop 1.6.3 software. Royalty free, copyright free, license free, restriction free.

Download here:

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Completely Free Sample Pack: VCS3 Synthi Percussion

Published on Aug 31, 2012 by littlescale
Twenty six tasty percussive sounds recorded directly from an EMS VCS3 Synthi synthesizer. Royalty free, copyright free, license free, restriction free.

Download here:

Completely Free Sample Pack: JV-30 Ensemble Sounds

by littlescale

One hundred and twenty-four delicious ensemble sounds recorded directly from a JV-30 keyboard synthesizer. Royalty free, copyright free, license free, restriction free.

Download here:

Monday, August 13, 2012

Buying Animoog Midi Out Supports in-app purchase fuckery

Supporting the nonsense that moog is doing is not good for the iOS Music Community.

I owned a iPhone since 2007 and a iPad since 2010 and have purchased 100's of apps and the majority of them are music creation apps from The top Rated Developers like Korg to the up and coming Basement Developer that can still code a kick ass useful app. Not one of them had an optional in-app purchase to buy a midi add on. (Well there was one that failed) Midi always came standard or none at all.

There are developers who paved the way for iOS to have a perfect MIDI / CoreMIDI implementation and shared the knowledge through the developer community for FREE so everybody can be on the same page and for music apps to work together in harmony. Which helped make iOS Music Making and incorporating the iPad or iPhone into your existing hardware or software setup what it is today!

In my opinion moog is taking advantage of its loyal customers and cult followers buy 1. Charging for MIDI Out, and 2. Charging a whopping $5 bucks. Even if some picked up the app for a $1 which earned moog all those 5 Star reviews to sell @ $29.99, I feel they still have the right to boycott the MIDI Out fee especially if they know and respect the history of MIDI.

Not even the Legendary Dave Smith sells MIDI as a option on his hardware synths.

Friday, August 10, 2012

C64 MUSIC MSSIAH SEQUENCER - 64kb - Overload

BeatMaker 2 v.2.3 Update Available

New features for this version:
- Audio tracks with disk streaming support and simultaneous recording
- Support for USB class audio interfaces on iPad via Camera Connection Kit inputs/outputs
- Individual Gain and noise gate on audio inputs
- MIDI CLOCK IN support for tempo synchronization
- Sample drag'n'drop on drum machine via "Quick Load" feature
- New Pad auto-loop mode
- Layers supported in Keyboard sampler
- Revamped Keyboard sampler mapping editor
- Event recording is now allowed anywhere in the app
- Patterns can be dragged directly on the song editor
- Sample streaming in drum and keyboard samplers (samples are not loaded in RAM)
- Automatic audition of samples in browser
- Revamped iPod Library import
- Sustain pedal is now supported in the keyboard sampler and is editable in the pattern editor
- App Settings: Added OMNI and input clock
- More automatizable parameters: Effects bypass / Auto-pan sync and sync toggle / LFO sync rate / Invert ADSR / Tune, Fine-Tune / Filter key / Pads reverse and mute / Mixer track mute and solo / Sustain pedal

Improvements and bug fixes:
- Retina graphic content for the 3rd generation iPad
- Fix crash when resetting auto-scale on an empty pads
- Fix noise when looping very small samples
- Fix issue with installing BeatMaker 1 'bmkz' files
- Fix sampling rate issue with some accessories (ie. Apple Digital AV Adapter)
- Fix behavior of MIDI virtual input ports
- Install BMKZ kits when using Dropbox
- Update to Dropbox SDK v1.2.2
- Improved preset and project file format (quicker load/save)

This major update is free for BeatMaker 2 owners.

MPC 1000/2500 XLCD JJOS128 update (1.03)

JJOS128 update (1.03) for the MPC 1000/2500 XLCD now shows both stereo channels in trim mode. The update should be out to the masses shortly. via @mpc-tutor

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Iphone 4 + CCK (Camera Connection Kit) Rec 8 tracks - Tascam US-800 Jailbreak

The new 3"1/2 version of the SD HxC Floppy Emulator

The new 3"1/2 version of the SD HxC Floppy Emulator is available here:

Works with tons of Hardware Drum Machines/Samplers and Vintage computers like EMU, ensoniq, AKAI, Atari ST and Commodore Amiga.

Compatibility list :

A short Demo :

AKAI MPC Renaissance Color Scheme

The Renaissance looks real sweet dressed in black. I hope it makes the final cut!

MPC2500 XLCD Extra Large Screen With JJOS128 - MPC Scratching

MPC1000/2500 XLCD w/modified JJOS has released a X-Large LCD aka XLCD for the AKAI MPC 1000 and MPC 2500 models.
The screen works with the standard OS but works and looks even better with the custom JJOS 128. This OS has been modified specifically for the XLCD and takes advantage of the extra Real Estate.

Friday, January 20, 2012

iZotope teams with Akai to provide its time-stretching algorithm

iZotope announces a new partnership with Akai Professional to provide iZotope’s acclaimed Radius time-stretching algorithm and Loop Slicing Engine for future products in the MPC line, including the new MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio. Combining MPC hardware with new MPC software, these are the first MPCs designed to harness the processing power of a user’s Mac or PC.

Source: Gearjunkies


NAMM 2012 AKAI MPC Renaissance booth part 2

NAMM 2012 AKAI MPC Renaissance booth part 1

Quick Look at The AKAI MPC Renaissance NAMM 2012

NAMM 2012: AKAI MPC Renaissance from ICON on Vimeo.

Quick Look at The AKAI MPC STUDIO NAMM 2012

NAMM 2012: AKAI MPC Studio from ICON on Vimeo.

Quick AKAI MPC FLY iPad APP Demo NAMM 2012

NAMM 2012: AKAI MPC Fly from ICON on Vimeo.