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A Quick First Look at The Electrix Tweaker

Tweaker – Live Performance Controller for Ableton, Traktor and Serato.

Today at Scan we were given an exclusive chance to quickly have a bash with the new Tweaker by Electrix, a Live Performance Controller for Ableton, Traktor and Serato.

As three of us on the Pro Audio team use each one of those programs we were all keen to have a go.

Firstly I tried setting it up with the Ableton overlay and to make this change  you lift off the fader pots and switch the overlay which can then be quickly put in place.

The first most noticeable aspect of the controller is its build quality. It’s clearly aimed at the live user in clubs/on stage, the casing is very robust and will definitely take some wear and tear expected from regular gigging.

For installation, all I needed to do was to download the Ableton script/template from the Electrix website. The device is plug and play for both Windows and Mac and on starting up Ableton, Tweaker could be seen in the Midi device list and was ready to use.

Have a look at the video to see Simons first impressions and look out for a more function and feature based video soon.

Electrix TweakerAll Electrix Hardware At Scan

Scan Pro Audio Day, Bolton – 25th Febuary

Scan Audio DayYup, its that time agin to hold another audio day in our Bolton showroom. It’s on from 11am till 3pm and is, as always free to attend.

This time we’ve got a masterclass from Mashup king and Foreign Beggars & Beardyman producer Stereo:Type with loads of trade secrets, as well as your chance to get hands on with some of the latest kit and of course a prize draw, which at the last audio day in November ended up being a Native Instruments Traktor S2!

Please click here to sign up as places are limited.
Please click here to sign up as places are limited.

Full lineup as follows….

11.00am  Ableton Live
Simon Lyon aka The Ruthless Producer introduces Ableton Live. During this session, Simon will take you on a tour of Abletons features and show how easy it is to build tracks from scratch including live recording.
12.00pm  Soundcards & Audio Interfaces
Tom from “The Autobots” talks about soundcards. Which is the best for you? And How do we go about testing them? How do you know how good they are?
1.00pm  Guitar Rig 5 session
Steve Fairclough recreating ‘Classic’ guitar tones with Guitar Rig 5
2.00pm  Ableton Live Master class
Stereo: Type presents a Producers masterclass with Ableton Live.
3.00pm  Prize Draw !

Akai MPC on the Fly

Following on from yesterdays posts about the first two of three new units coming from AKAI we have the third and certainly most interesting piece… The AKAI MPC Fly.

Designed as a “on the fly” tool for your iPad, the MPC Akai Fly means you can take the classic MPC controllability with you in an easy to carry package.

 

The Akai Fly
The Akai Fly

 

MPC Akai Fly  Product Features
MPC Akai Fly Hardware

The first MPC designed specifically for iPad 2
Fitted compartment for iPad 2 provides fully integrated portable MPC solution
16 backlit genuine MPC pads with MPC Note Repeat & MPC Swing
Works seamlessly with the MPC App: sequence & sample editing, effects, EQ and more
Create beats on the go and transfer to a Mac or PC for further mastering
Double-hinged case sits upright, lies flat or closes for transport
Compatible with virtually any Core MIDI app
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Charges iPad when plugged into wall power

MPC Akai Fly Technical Specifications
General

Pads: 16 velocity sensitive with aftertouch. backlit by velocity
UI Buttons: Ideal performance controls available, including:
Note Repeat
Transport Controls
Mute / Solo
Track Select
Erase
Timing Correct

Height: 1.2 inches (30.5mm)
Width: 9.7 inches (246mm)
Depth: 8.0 inches (203mm)
Weight: 2.02 pounds (0.92kg)
Power: Internal Li-ion battery, 6VDC/3A AC adaptor for charging MPC Fly and iPad2
MPC App works with iPad & iPad 2 (Hardware works with iPad 2 only)

The Akai Fly Homepage

Akai announces new MPC style midi controllers.

Ahead of NAMM this year Akai has decided to announce and show off 2 out of it 3 new MPC style midi controllers.  It should be interesting to see how a company that pretty much invented the all in one workstation sampling groove box concept can go up against the modern day solutions on offer such as Maschine.

Akai MPC Studio
The Akai MPC Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akai MPC Studio Key Features:
  • Fuses iconic MPC production with the processing power of your computer
  • Compact design is less than 1” thin and fits easily into a laptop bag
  • MPC SOFTWARE for Mac & PC with 64-track sequencing capability
  • 16 backlit genuine MPC pads, legendary MPC workflow & MPC Swing
  • US B-powered with low-profile knobs and brushed aluminum body
  • Large LCD screen allows you to make tracks without having to look at your computer
  • Four touch-sensitive knobs provide enhanced MPC software control

 

Akai Renaissance
The Akai Renaissance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akai Renaissance Key Features :

  • Fuses legendary MPC production with the processing power of your computer
  • Vintage Mode changes output sound character to MPC3000, MPC60 and more…
  • 16 backlit genuine MPC pads, 16 Q-Link controls, and adjustable backlit LCD screen
  • Classic MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing and MPC transport controls
  • MPC SOFTWARE for Mac or PC with 64-track sequencing capability
  • Two XLR-1/4” combo inputs and dedicated turntable input
  • Four-channel US B 2.0 audio interface and two-port US B 2.0 hub built in
  • Up to eight pad banks—more than any other MPC ever
  • Two MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs
  • Stereo 1/4” out, stereo assignable mix 1/4” out & S/PDIF I/O

 

http://www.akaipro.com/mpc

SCAN guide to MIDI controllers

SCAN GUIDE TO MIDI CONTROLLERS:

WHAT IS A MIDI CONTROLLER KEYBOARD?
Basically a MIDI Controller Keyboard is way of communicating with a Synth or a sampler or a Computer running a VST instrument or other software based Sound generator.
It is possible to play music via a computer by simply entering data into the DAW via the QWERTY key board, but it’s not very musical.
Keyboard controllers are usually based on a standard piano keyboard. Pressing down a key allows a Note On/Note Off message to be sent to a receiving device, a sampler maybe, telling it exactly which note to sound. At the same time a velocity message is transmitted, showing  how hard the key was struck.
Compared to a real piano, most keyboard controllers have small keys and provide a playing range of just a few octaves.
They usually have no internal sounds of their own. Many units also come with various sliders, knobs and pads which can be assigned to control other MIDI functions linked to filters and Oscillators.
The Controller usually connects to the computer via a USB port, doing away with the need for a MIDI interface. Most software can recognise the USB as a MIDI Device.

OTHER MIDI CONTROLLERS…….
As well as devices based on a Piano keyboard, there are many controllers available which are based around a series of pads, or sliders and knobs, as well as dedicated controllers for software packages like Ableton Live.
They basically all work the same way, sending MIDI controller data to the computer or synth, and allowing the user to manipulate the sound in a much more tangible and intuitive way.

PERCUSSION MIDI CONTROLLERS:
These are specialised ‘Drum Kits’ or individual drum like elements that allow the user to play sampled or computer generated percussion sounds in an authentic way.