AKAI Force Standalone Music Production System

Akai Force is a standalone music production and live performance system fusing clip-launching, step sequencing, sampling, synth engines and touch screen control into a powerful unit.

Key Features:

  • 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
  • 4 configurable CV/Gate outputs
  • 8 touch-sensitive knobs with graphical
  • Remix, mash-up, DJ and produce with 6 Track types for complete audio / MIDI / CV sequencing and performance capability
  • Performance Modes including 16-Pad Drums, Notes, Smart Scales, Chords & Progressions
  • MPC Sample Editing
  • Automatic BPM detection, real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting OLED displays
  • 4 powerful, fully-editable synth engines
  • 16GB of on-board storage (over 10GB of sound content included)
  • Full-Size SD card slot & 2 USB 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers
  • User-expandable 2.5” SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)
  • Auto-sync’ing of Splice sample folder

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    Product Code: 100300416

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    £1,175.00

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    From 04.04.19 through to 04.07.19 new and existing users of Akai Professional's Force, MPC Live and MPC X will receive a full 3-month free-trial to Splice, giving full access to over 2 million samples, loops, FX, and pre-sets.
     
    Discover a limitless world of class-leading, in-demand sound content at your fingertips with the availability of Splice integration in Force, MPC Live and MPC X - a pivotal series of updates that offer musicians, performers, producers and DJs with immediate wi-fi access to their own Splice library directly from the touch user interface - perfect for ultra-fast auditioning of sounds for use within Force and MPC projects. 
     
    Simplify your sample browsing and auditioning with on-board Splice integration in Force, MPC Live and MPC X. 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. 
     
    To celebrate Splice integration in Force, MPC Live and MPC X, Splice Sounds is offering all new and existing users a free 3-month subscription to Splice with access to millions of royalty-free samples, loops, and presets.
     
    Feature Updates
    • NEW | On-board Splice integration - immediate wi-fi access to your Splice library directly from the touch user interface
    • NEW | Includes a FREE 3-month subscription to Splice with access to millions of royalty-free samples, loops, and presets.
    Splice integration is included as part of update 3.0.2 for Force and update 2.5 for MPC Live/X; both updates are available immediately.

    Akai Force pushes music creation to the next level, blurring the lines between music production and live performance. Force fuses clip-launching, step sequencing, sampling, synth engines and touch screen control into a powerful standalone unit, combining modern functionality with an ultra intuitive workflow that unlocks your maximum expressive capability.

    Akai Force is the perfect standalone device for using live and in the studio. DJs can use this as a standalone clip launching solution to enhance their sets and musicians can benefit from adding live sampling and backing tracks to their performances. It's also the ideal tool for Producers to lay down ideas and create entire tracks taking advantage of it's many standalone features.

    At the heart of Force is a 7-inch full colour capacitive multi-touch display for launching clips, browsing sounds, editing MIDI, manipulating samples and more. Creative flow is endless with tactile controls to trigger scenes/clips, step sequence, finger drum in MPC 16 Pad Mode and play note data with an expandable 8x8 clip launch matrix with radiant RGB backlighting. 8 touch sensitive 360-degree rotary encoders with OLED feedback provide immediate real-time access to all core controls or link to any assignable parameter for a truly customised experience.

    Force features ergonomically-positioned controls to easily navigate your project, control clip/scene playback and access critical mix control (mute/solo/cue). There are USB and SD slots for loading your samples and there is also a dedicated SATA drive bay for internal storage expansion. Capture audio with (2) XLR/¼-inch combo inputs with phantom power, switchable to line/instrument level.

    There is plenty of connectivity in terms of outputs and routing. Route your audio to two stereo ¼-inch outputs, selectable per track within Force’s UI. Use the headphone out as a cue bus to audition clips / scenes. Take control of your modular gear with four independent CV/ Gate outputs and unite your other MIDI equipment via the MIDI In/Out/Through ports.

    10GB+ of Sounds Preloaded
    Out-the-box, Force comes preloaded with 10GB+ of must-have sounds from industry leading sample content providers including SampleTools by CR2, MSX Audio and Sample Magic. With 248 Kits, 16 Demo Projects, 2500+ Loops and 500+ Patterns, Force’s core library provides immediate access to the most sought-after sounds to get you inspired from the get-go.

    Main features of the Akai Force include:

  • 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
  • 4 configurable CV/Gate outputs
  • 8 touch-sensitive knobs with graphical
  • Remix, mash-up, DJ and produce with 6 Track types for complete audio / MIDI / CV sequencing and performance capability
  • Performance Modes including 16-Pad Drums, Notes, Smart Scales, Chords & Progressions
  • MPC Sample Editing
  • Automatic BPM detection, real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting OLED displays
  • 4 powerful, fully-editable synth engines
  • 16GB of on-board storage (over 10GB of sound content included)
  • Full-Size SD card slot & 2 USB 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers
  • User-expandable 2.5” SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)
  • Auto-sync’ing of Splice sample folder 
  • PLAY
    The ultimate side-cart and a solo centrepiece in its own right. Force provides the pinnacle in liberated performance capability that roots your focus on delivering the ultimate performance, whatever your next set demands. 

    Remix 
    Seamlessly import stems, loops and one-shots into Force’s 8x8 clip matrix and set playback modes including loop and trigger settings to remix and reimagine your tracks on the fly.

    Mashup
    Import multiple stems, then tune and time-stretch your content for immense mash-up potential – all content syncs to your master BPM so you never miss a beat.

    DJ
    Seamlessly assign tracks to Force’s crossfader, load full tracks, stems or loops to Force’s 8x8 matrix - fuse with scene/clip payback for an unrestricted DJ experience.

    XYFX
    Add impressive flair to your sets by harnessing the power of Force’s multi-touch display and on-board XYFX. Apply filter, modulation and beat repeat effects in real time to individual tracks or select outputs.

    Ableton Link
    Connect Force to your wireless network and sync your project with any Ableton Link compatible application or hardware device, including our iconic MPC Series.

    Warp
    Never miss a beat, thanks to Force’s dual custom real-time time stretch algorithms and auto BPM detection for effortless syncing of all audio within your project to your master BPM.

    Cue Mix
    The perfect drop! Prep your mix with dedicated cue assign controls and a cue mixer for all audio assigned to outputs 3/4 or via the cue-blend control on the headphone out.

    PERFORM
    At the heart of Force is an intuitive clip-centric workflow that forms the creative core of your performance. Combine multiple Modes with Plugin Tracks, MPC-Style Drum tracks, Audio tracks, Keygroup tracks, MIDI tracks and CV tracks to define clip types, then sculpt clips via step sequencing, drum pad performances and note data.

    Audio Tracks
    Capture Audio from the dedicated combo inputs, load/sequence samples from Force’s browser or resample from another track.

    Drum Tracks
    Browse the expansive factory kit library or create your own with samples loaded from USB thumb drives or SD cards. With full MPC Sample Editing functionality fused with 16-Pad or Step-Sequencing performance Modes, it’s simple to create your perfect groove.

    Plugin Tracks
    Hard-coded into the Force Architecture are four premium synth engines, each with full editing capability for immersive sound sculpting potential. Sequence via a traditional piano roll, apply the onboard Arpeggiator or switch up to Note Mode for instant access to intelligent chord, progression and scale options.

    Meet the Synth Engines
    Break out of a sample-based workflow with four synth engines from leading developer AIR Music Technology

    • Hype | Cover everything from hard-hitting plucks to sultry melodic leads with this preset and macrobased synth combining multiple synth engines (wavetable, FM, subtractive, sampling) and a giant preset library into a single easy-to-use package

    • Tubesynth | Emulate the sound of classic vintage analogue poly-synths with an advanced analogue modelling algorithm, packaged with five integrated AIR effects

    • Bassline | Access the sounds of a classic mono synth with variable oscillator waveshapes, sub/fifth oscillators, LPF & HPF options and four integrated AIR effects

    • Electric | The ultimate in classic e-piano emulation with Pickup, Envelope, Bell and Noise parameter sections, five AIR effects and dozens of pre-sets to get you started

    Keygroup Tracks
    Load multi-sampled instrument keygroups and playback samples chromatically via a MIDI keyboard or Force’s pads. Using the on-board autosampler, create your own keygroups from your outboard synth gear and sound modules for instant recall within your project.

    MIDI Tracks
    Send your track’s MIDI data to an external MIDI device including synths and drum machines. Connect your peripheral studio outboard to Force and sample your gear to an Audio track.

    CV Tracks
    Get the most out of your modular rig. With CV tracks, send your track’s MIDI data to external devices via Force’s 4 CV/Gate outputs.

    PRODUCE
    The ultimate creative sketchpad. Under the hood, Force provides musicians of all disciplines DAW-centric capability for an immersive, creative experience without limitation.

    Realtime Sampling
    Using Force’s sampler, capture audio from combo inputs or resample from within the Force project. Add up to four real-time insert effects while recording and assign captured audio immediately to Tracks and Programs all in a truly effortless live workflow environment.

    MPC Sample Editing
    Without doubt, Akai Professional’s MPC series cements the most advanced sample editing capability modern production demands. With Force, trim, crop, chop, process and manipulate samples with all the power our iconic MPC series provides. Seamlessly assign and layer samples and sequence via Force’s RGB pads or the touch display.

    The Perfect Groove
    When it comes to capturing your performance, Force instantly adapts to your needs with all the critical tools modern DAWs provide. With an on-board step sequencer, MPC pad modes, legendary MPC Swing and a touch grid editor, capturing and honing your MIDI data for the perfect groove is just a touch away.

    Looper
    Resample your clips or capture audio from Force’s collection of inputs and discover the endless creative possibilities of looping. Backed by an intuitive Touch User interface and full audio routing capability, Force’s Looping capability is perfect for studio-centric inspiration or adding something truly original to your performance.

    Mix
    Using Force’s Track and Pad Mixers, set levels, pan, assign, insert FX and send source audio to any one of four internal sends for all program pads, project tracks and the master output. With dozens of processors and effects from the AIR FX suite (made famous by ProTools), all controllable via smart assignments on the rotary encoders or the displays on the touch user interface, discover a fluid, immersive mixing experience without compromise.

    Pads  (64) velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit
    Knobs

    (8) 360° touch-sensitive knobs
    (1) 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push
    (5) 270° knobs for gain, mix & level adjustment 

    Buttons (56) dedicated function buttons; red-, amber-, or green-backlit 
    Display 6.9”/176mm (diagonal) 5.9” x 3.7”/150 x 93mm (width x height) Full-colour LED-backlit display with touch interface 
    Connections (2) XLR+1/4” (6.35mm) TRS inputs (Input 1/2)
    (4) 1/4” (6.35mm) TRS outputs (2 stereo pairs)
    (1) 1/4” (6.35mm) stereo headphone output
    (1) 1/8” (3.5mm) MIDI input
    (1) 1/8” (3.5mm) MIDI output
    (1) 1/8” (3.5mm) MIDI thru port
    (4) 1/8” (3.5mm) CV/Gate outputs
    (1) Ethernet link port
    (2) USB Type-A ports
    (1) USB Type-B port
    (1) SD card slot
    (1) power adapter input
    Power via power adapter: 19V, 3.42A, centre-positive, included 
    Dimensions (width x depth x height) 13.8” x 15.3” x 2.85” 350 x 389 x 72.5mm
    Weight 8.53 lbs. 3.87kg

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