Akai Force Standalone Music Production/DJ Performance System

Akai Force Standalone Music Production/DJ Performance System

Akai Force Standalone Music Production/DJ Performance System

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Redefine your expectations. Force blurs—no, eliminates!—the lines between contemporary music production solutions and next-generation DJ performance technology, setting the precedence for a new industry standard. Fusing clip-launching, step sequencing, sampling, synth engines and tactile touch screen control into a standalone, performance-driven device, Force combines must-have modern functionality with an ultra-intuitive workflow that harnesses your creativity for maximum expressive capability.

The ultimate side-cart and a solo centrepiece in its own right, Force provides the pinnacle of liberated performance capability that roots your focus on delivering the ultimate performance, whatever your next set demands.

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. 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. 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. 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, select outputs or tracks.

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

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 allow you to create your own with samples loaded from USB thumb drives or SD cards, or browse the expansive factory library kits. 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 utilise the four premium synth engines hard-coded into the Force Architecture, 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. Additionally the Keygroup Tracks allow loading of 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.

Additionally Force gives you MIDI and CV tracks to allow you to send data/signal to external devices. Take control of your modular gear with four independent cv/gate outputs and unite your peripheral MIDI equipment courtesy of MIDI In/Out/Through ports.

Out-the-box, Force comes preloaded with 10GB+ of must-have sounds from industry leading sample content providers including SampleTools by CR2, MSX Aud io 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 inspire your creativity from the get-go.

Attention all Ableton Live enthusiasts! Shortly after its international release, Force’s development program includes a pivotal update that guarantees one-for-one control of all core production and performance functionality within Ableton Live. From total visibility and command of Ableton’s clip matrix to tactile control of core mixer and device parameters instantiated in Ableton Live’s workspace, Force forms the beating heard of your creativity, guaranteeing immediate, effortless integration within your existing setup.

  • 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