Friday, January 15, 2010

I Need A Beat: Akai Introduces iPhone App + Compatible Controller

There's an app for that! No Doubt.
I left the iPhone infantry before the App Store came about, but I must say that i've been meaning to head back. @ least an iPod Touch or something.
Adding to the allure is Akai's new iPhone app: SynthStation Studio.

There are many production apps out as we speak, but his is Akai's 1st one and although they're not so much renown for s/w apps, they do have some history in production they can draw from, would you not say?
Dude sometime this month (@ current publishing time, I saw nothing @ the App Store), SynthStation Studio users can create and save sequences and complete songs. The app contains three different three-oscillator synths, and drum kits, which musicians can sequence and mix right in the SynthStation Studio. For creating melodic and accompaniment parts, the SynthStation Studio contains an arpeggiator with preset patterns, built-in effects and filters and an XY control interface for expressive control of key parameters.

The SynthStation Studio features an on-screen keyboard for use on the go. But is also designed for use with its companion keyboard, the iPK25.

This 25-key MIDI keyboard features a built-in dock for the iPhone or iPod Touch. It gives users two octaves of velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys, pitch and modulation wheels, and physical buttons for the most commonly used controls including octave up and down and sound-bank selections. The iPK25 also features a stereo pair of RCA line outputs and a headphone output for connection to recording and sound reinforcement systems. The iPK25 also has a USB/MIDI output for use as a controller for other MIDI software on Mac or PC and MIDI hardware devices.

I just love the idea of banging away @ a beat/keys on a flight, or train to a gig. But i'm waiting for the 1st full EP that will be done entirely on this this unit. There's been no indication of sampling capabilities, but despite that, I still dig this whole outfit - on paper. School spares may look tons more attractive now.
Though there's been no mention of the cost for the app, look for the supporting controller to run you something like $149 @ retail.

Who's gonna be 1st to submit a beat??



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