Firmware Update 3.0.1 for Akai Pro’s New Standalone Production Device, Force
Not long after the official introduction of Akai Pro’s new standalone production device, Force, a firmware update has been announced. The 3.0.1 update introduces a number of new features and workflow refinements. Keep reading for more.
Force is a hybrid production/DJ performance device that eliminates the need for a computer. It’s the first standalone music production device that captures a clip-based workflow with clip launching, step sequencing, sampling, synths, and a 7-inch multi-touch display.
Expanding on the already notable features, the 3.0.1 update adds the following:
- Launch/Note mode – simultaneously harness the creative power of Force’s Note mode while launching clips on a split, single pad layout
- Mother Ducker and Mother Ducker input effects plugins – create side-chain effects effortlessly via inserts within Force’s mixer window
- Updated recording preferences for fixed length clip recording
- Improved auditioning of sample and loops within Force’s browser – now files with embedded tempo information will audition in sync with Force’s master BPM
- Drum program enhancements –users can mute or solo pads in a drum program using Force’s hardware control surface
- Force can now load FLAC and OGG files
- AIR dynamics plugins Compressor, Channel Strip, Maximizer, Transient, and Noise Gate now have metering to clearly indicate the input/output levels and the amount of gain reduction applied
The Akai Force will be available this month for $1,499 USD and the 3.0.1 update will be available as a free update. To learn more, visit Akai’s website or check out their YouTube page for helpful tutorials.
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