Akai Force Standalone Production and Performance System

Akai Force

The Akai Force is the next evolution of performance and production pad controllers, allowing you to ditch the computer completely! This standalone studio and production powerhouse lets you sample (with real-time time stretching and pitch shifting), loop, create and mix... all within the controller with no additional hardware or connections. Complete with over 10GB of sounds, 4 built-in synth engines, and the ability to import your own sound this is the most comprehensive standalone music production systems ever created! And of course, there is more... When coupled with Ableton Live you get deep integration and control allowing you to focus on creating while the Force takes care of your workflow.

True standalone sampling and sequencing

Force delivers a comprehensive DAW-like experience, complete with deep sampling and sequencing capabilities from the MPC series. Record your own samples and loops directly via the audio inputs, or import them via USB or SD card. You can even expand Force’s capacity with your own SATA drive. Real-time time stretch algorithms and auto bpm detection make syncing samples and loops fast and easy. You can even import multiple stems and sync them to the same bpm for instant mashups. With its highly playable 8 x 8 matrix, its vivid 7" multi-touch screen, and built-in synth engines, the Akai Force is a powerful tool whether you’re producing in your studio or performing onstage.

Four built-in synth engines from AIR Music Technology

Within Force are four impressive synth engines developed by AIR Music Technology. They offer deep editing capabilities, giving you access to everything from bass, leads, and plucks to pads, soundscapes, and effects. Play them in real time via the velocity-sensitive pads or an external MIDI controller, if you prefer. Or sequence them with the piano roll. Either way, you can apply the onboard arpeggiator at any time or switch over to Note mode to access intelligent chord, progression, and scale options.

Deep integration with Ableton Live

If you’re already producing music with Ableton Live DAW software, the Akai Force is the perfect addition to your workflow. Everything you do with Force in standalone mode can be saved as an Ableton Live Set and exported to Live for further production. And because it’s compatible with Ableton Link, you can connect Force to your wireless network and sync your project with any Ableton Link–compatible software or hardware, including Akai’s MPC series. On top of all that, Force is also a stellar controller for the drums, instruments, and clips within Ableton Live itself.

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Akai Force

The Akai Force is the next evolution of performance and production pad controllers, allowing you to ditch the computer completely! This standalone studio and production powerhouse lets you sample (with real-time time stretching and pitch shifting), loop, create and mix… all within the controller with no additional hardware or connections. Complete with over 10GB of sounds, 4 built-in synth engines, and the ability to import your own sound this is the most comprehensive standalone music production systems ever created! And of course, there is more… When coupled with Ableton Live you get deep integration and control allowing you to focus on creating while the Force takes care of your workflow.

True standalone sampling and sequencing

Force delivers a comprehensive DAW-like experience, complete with deep sampling and sequencing capabilities from the MPC series. Record your own samples and loops directly via the audio inputs, or import them via USB or SD card. You can even expand Force’s capacity with your own SATA drive. Real-time time stretch algorithms and auto bpm detection make syncing samples and loops fast and easy. You can even import multiple stems and sync them to the same bpm for instant mashups. With its highly playable 8 x 8 matrix, its vivid 7″ multi-touch screen, and built-in synth engines, the Akai Force is a powerful tool whether you’re producing in your studio or performing onstage.

Four built-in synth engines from AIR Music Technology

Within Force are four impressive synth engines developed by AIR Music Technology. They offer deep editing capabilities, giving you access to everything from bass, leads, and plucks to pads, soundscapes, and effects. Play them in real time via the velocity-sensitive pads or an external MIDI controller, if you prefer. Or sequence them with the piano roll. Either way, you can apply the onboard arpeggiator at any time or switch over to Note mode to access intelligent chord, progression, and scale options.

Deep integration with Ableton Live

If you’re already producing music with Ableton Live DAW software, the Akai Force is the perfect addition to your workflow. Everything you do with Force in standalone mode can be saved as an Ableton Live Set and exported to Live for further production. And because it’s compatible with Ableton Link, you can connect Force to your wireless network and sync your project with any Ableton Link–compatible software or hardware, including Akai’s MPC series. On top of all that, Force is also a stellar controller for the drums, instruments, and clips within Ableton Live itself.

  • Standalone – no computer required
  • 8×8 clip launch matrix with RGB LEDs
  • 7” full colour capacitive multitouch display
  • Mic/instrument/line inputs, 4 outputs
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru
  • 4 configurable CV/Gate outputs
  • 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
  • 8 touch-sensitive knobs with graphical 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)

Type: Performance Pad and Control Surface

Screen: 7″ Multi-touch display

Sequencer: Yes

Sounds: 10GB pre-installed sounds

Pads: 64 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit

Other controls: 

  • 8x 360° touch-sensitive Knobs
  • 1x 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push
  • 5x 270° knobs for gain, mix & level adjustment
  • 56x dedicated function buttons; red-, amber-, or green-backlit

Analog Inputs: 2x XLR+1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS inputs (Input 1/2)

Analog Outputs: 4x 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS outputs (2 stereo pairs)

MIDI I/O: In, Out, Thru + 4x CV/Gate outputs

Additional Media Storage: SD card, USB port, 2.5″ SATA drive connector

Pads: 16 x velocity/pressure-sensitive RGB pads

Software: Ableton Live Intro

System Requirements (controller mode):

  • Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later
  • PC Windows 8.1 or later

Power Supply: 19V DC power supply (included) / Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery

Dimensions: 350 x 389 x 72.5 mm

Weight: 3.87 kg

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