Akai Pro updated FORCE groovebox to firmware 3.0.5 today and introduces the long-awaited Arranger Mode, Ableton Live integration & more.
Big news from Akai Professional. The standalone music workstation FORCE has just received a major firmware update that brings a new set of tools to the table for the most intuitive creative process from song creation to completion.
The biggest news for all users: the long-awaited arrange mode for the FORCE s no longer vaporware but reality. Besides the new arrange mode, the update 3.0.5 features multi midi, for expanded device connectivity, new macros, advanced 16 levels for dynamic sample triggering, and more.
Here Are The Details
Welcome to a new era in FORCE with the premiere of the Arranger. Impromptu jams and song sketches can now be finalised into completed compositions with fast and simple recording of your clips. Navigate quickly with the effortless graphical user interface menus that make quick editing and revising possible with just a few gestures on the touch screen. Not sure of the arrangement you’ve recorded? Launch clips against your linear arrangement until you’ve assembled the perfect piece. When your song is exactly how you want it, export it to a final stereo master featuring processing from the onboard effects or as separate audio tracks.
FORCE is a formidable performer complete with CV/Gate, MIDI Din and USB 3.0 ports. Now with MIDI Multi, enjoy unprecedented control of MIDI tracks. Users have independent control of MIDI tracks for up to 32 devices via USB. Connect your class-compliant USB MIDI hub and immediately access your favourite synths, modules, MIDI-based effects and so much more. Easily modify MIDI device names, layer MIDI tracks and set device behavior with Track and Master settings. Whether in the studio or on the stage, even the most complex setups can be achieved with versatile routing and efficient labeling and categorising.
Refined Workflow, Increased Performance
The key to unleashing your greatest creative potential lies in an uninhibited process. New features and workflows on FORCE bring users one step closer to having no boundaries between their creative mind and this musical tool. Simultaneously control multiple parameters with custom knob assignments to accurately dial in effects, processing, or automation. Enjoy advanced 16-level functionality for pad performance dynamics for any style. Enhance your pad performances with real-time control of modulation, pitch bend, and more. Create and save your custom effects racks, load to a track, and control with macro knobs and visual feedback. More power right at the fingertips, giving users unprecedented creative control.
Ableton Live Integration
FORCE comes pre-mapped to control Ableton Live wirelessly or via an ethernet cable using Ableton Link. Enjoy the seamless flexibility to instantly switch FORCE between standalone operation and Live Control mode without ever stopping playback from either ecosystem. For the ultimate standalone experience, you can now bring your Ableton projects into FORCE for a workflow completely free of computer tethering usingthe new Ableton Live Project Import function.
The firmware 3.0.5 update is available now as a free download for existing users. Akai FORCE is out now and costs 999€/$999.
More information here: Akai Pro
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