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17 Jan 2019

NAMM 2019: Akai introduces Force standalone production instrument with Ableton workflow

17 Jan 2019
producer/hardware NAMM 2019: Akai introduces Force standalone production instrument with Ableton workflow


Akai Professional announced the release of the new standalone Force music production/DJ performance device, with clip launching, step sequencing, sampling, synths and a 7-inch multi-touch display. Force is designed for the user who wants a standalone product with modern workflow techniques, free from being connected to the computer. Force is the first standalone music production device that truly captures the modern clip-based workflow.

Force features an 8x8 RGB clip launch matrix, a 7-inch full-colour touch-capacitive multitouch display, 8 touch-sensitive knobs with graphical OLED displays, two audio inputs, four audio outputs, MIDI and CV I/O. Together, this comprehensive versatility affords the user an unprecedented degree of creative freedom and expression, while remaining totally free of the constraints of being tethered to a computer.

Additional features include time stretching/pitch-shifting in real time, a comprehensive set of onboard effects by AIR Music Technology, plus the TubeSynth, Bassline and Electric synth engines. It also boasts an additional synth called Hype, a preset and macro-based synth combining several different synth engines into a single easy-to-use package. Force also has the ability to record eight stereo tracks.                   

Features/Details                                   

  • Standalone - no computer required                        
  • 8x8 clip-launch matrix with RGB LEDs     
  • 7"colour capacitive multitouch display
  • Mic/Instrument/Line Inputs, 4 outputs                        
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru via 1/8" TRS inputs (5-pin DIN adapters included)
  • (8) touch-sensitive knobs with graphical OLED displays     
  • Time stretch/pitch shift in real time
  • A comprehensive set of AIR effects and Hype, TubeSynth, Bassline and Electric synth engines                       
  • Ability to record 8 stereo tracks
  • 16GB of onboard storage (over 10 gigs of sound content included)
  • 2GBofRAM
  • Full-Size SD Card Slot
  • User-expandable 2.5" SATA drive connector (SATA or HDD)
  • (2) USB 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers

Integrations

In March 2019, Force’s development program includes in-depth Ableton Live integration. This functionality will include total visibility and command of Ableton’s clip matrix, tactile control of core mixer parameters including crossfader assignments, and control of device parameters instantiated in Ableton Live’s workspace via the touch user interface and Force’s rotary encoders / OLED displays.

Additionally, March 2019 will also see Splice integration within Force. Splice Sounds fuels the creativity of producers around the world with millions of high-quality, royalty-free samples, sounds, presets and loops, covering nearly ever musical style. With Splice integration in Force, users will have immediate wi-fi access to their own Splice library directly from the touch user interface – perfect for ultra-fast auditioning of sounds for implementation within their Force project.

In the U.S. Force has a coordinated availability date of the 5th February 2019. In International markets Force is slated for availability in February 2019.
U.S. retail will be $1499.00.

More information soon!

                                   


    

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