Akai entered the electronic music industry with one purpose: to give artist the tools they need to express and explore new musical possibilities. Now, standing at the forefront of digital technology, Akai remains one of the most influential manufacturers of music equipment in the past 20 years.
The Akai MPK range of music product keyboards caters to every producer's MIDI and triggering needs, from the tiny MPK Mini (ideal for use with a laptop on the go), through 25 and 49-key versions right up to the monster MPK 88-key edition with hammer action.
Rapper, record producer, record label executive, entrepreneur and actor, a man of many talents is Dr. Dre. The doctor has collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Missy Elliott on huge tracks like ‘The Next Episode’ and ‘I Need a Doctor’, and has produced for a number of artists including 2Pac, Nas and NWA. The entrepreneur has achieved a staggering 6 Grammy Awards throughout his career and an MTV VMA for best rap in a video for the hit ‘Forgot About Dre’ Featuring Eminem.
It was reported that Dre is a devoted customer of Akai and that his primary instrument in the studio is the Akai MPC 3000 drum machine and sampler. Dre claims that he often uses as many as four or five different MPC 3000s to produce just a single recording.
05 05 2015 06:00
The video for Giorgio Moroder's single with Sia, 'Deja Vu', offers a glimpse at the new Novation/Moroder synth - the limited-edition MoroderNova. Check our Giorgio Moroder Gear Guide.
13 01 2015 03:39
NAMM 2015: Akai is the latest major brand to announce a new range to be showcased at NAMM - the Advance series keyboards. Find out the details!
18 11 2014 04:51
Until 31/12/14 you can get full featured, pro grade plugins free with the MPK keyboard and MPD pad range of MIDI controllers. Find out more and have listen to what makes Strike, Vacuum Pro and Loom special.
17 09 2014 09:54
Liverpool - home of Dolphin Music - has a rich story in Dance Music, and a new documetary tells about the birth of its house music scene and the rise of Cream, the legendary super club.
11 03 2014 05:16
Akai have pulled it out the bag with this one. An analogue synth and drum machine inspired by some vintage classics, controlled by powerful MPC pads.
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