MATRIXSYNTH: AKAI U400 RIFF-O-MATIC TEMPO PHRASE SAMPLER

Sunday, August 16, 2015

AKAI U400 RIFF-O-MATIC TEMPO PHRASE SAMPLER


via this auction

Here's something you don't see everyday. I don't believe I've ever seen or posted one here on MATRIXSYNTH before.

via the listing which appears to be a product description from Akai: "If you want to make beats, there's a whole world of options out there, from groove boxes to step sequencers to drum machines to computer-based programs. The choices can seem overwhelming: do you want a unit that's easy to learn, a unit that has the most features, or the unit that's the best for live performance? zZounds knows you just want to start making music, so let's keep things simple: you need an Akai MPC1000. The MPC is the one machine that has been there from the beginning of Hip-Hop and other sample-based music, and continues to be the go-to tool for today's hottest producers. The MPC, or Music Production Center, brilliantly combines real-time audio sampling, the ease of drum machine programming, and the sophistication of a multitrack studio in a one-stop groove shop. And it may just be the perfect introduction to MPC culture.

All MPCs are designed to get your basic ideas down fast, and to help you grow those ideas quickly. It's all about preserving your inspiration, and that's why the Akai MPC has remained standard-issue gear for Hip-Hop and Electronic Music producers for decades. To that legacy, the MPC1000 adds portability--with a footprint no bigger than most laptops, it still packs an impressive array of pro features. The compact size, real-time controls, and amazing sound make it the best gigging MPC ever, but it's still got the features to make it a powerful studio sampler / sequencer. Best of all, it's easy to learn, and still has enough features to make it the center of your productions for years to come.

Designed To Inspire
Simple to learn and fun to use, the Akai MPC1000 is sure to inspire greatness. The awesome, rubberized MPC pads are the centerpiece of this killer machine; they feel great, are velocity sensitive for dynamic performance, and are responsive enough to capture the craziest rhythms you can tap out. Those trademark Akai trigger pads make it more of an instrument than merely a recorder, a difference you'll notice both in the studio and during live performance. The sixteen trigger pads have four layers each, giving you access to a total of 64 different sounds in one song. Add a pair of real-time Q-Link sliders, and you'll have instant control over volume, stereo panning and effects parameters to add you own sonic signature to basic patterns. Creating complex groove patterns is easy, too. Just hit record, play a part, then hit overdub and layer another part on top, as many times as you want. For really dense patterns, record at a slower tempo, then speed it back up for playback--since it's a completely MIDI-sequence-based, you get no change in pitch, just grooves that sound like you've got the fastest hands in the west. Finally, you get that unmistakable MPC sound: big, fat, and punchy. Everything just sounds better coming out of an MPC.

Small Size, Huge Sounds
Learn your favorite riffs at your own speed! Digitally record a phrase and slow it down or loop it without changing the pitch.

The Riff-O-Matic is the perfect tool for learning a hot guitar part from a CD or transcribing a complex jazz solo.

The Riff-O-Matic takes advantage of Akai's advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology to let you digitally sample any musical phrase (up to 35.7 seconds) and slow it down without changing its pitch. With the Riff-O-Matic, you can slow a riff down to half speed and still practice along at the original pitch. As you learn it, speed it up to 2/3 speed and then back to full tempo, all at the same pitch. For figuring out those really fast solos, the Riff-O-Matic's "Note Grabber" function lets you step through a recording a single note at a time. Transcription has never been easier!

Connectors: Line In, Inst In, Line Out, Headphones Out, DC In (10.5V)

Controls: Line In Level, Output Level

Keys: Record, Play/Stop, Playback Tempo, Note Grabber x2, Set Loop-Start, Vari-Pitch

Indicators: Record Level LED x3, Tempo LED x3, Record x1, Play x1, Note Grabber x2, Vari-Pitch x1

Power Supply: Supplied AC Adapter

Power Consumption: 190mA (10.5V)

Dimensions (W x D x H): 5.5 x 1.1 x 4.25 in.

Functions:
Sampling Rate: Normal 35.7 sec

Sampling Resolution: 16-bit

Playback Tempo: Normal, 2/3, 1/2"

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