WOW, what a NAMM – Native Instruments and Ableton, Akai and MOTU, all brought out revolutionary stuff at the Winter NAMM 2009 in Anaheim, California.
Ableton announced Live 8; well, we all awaited this, but the features are better than I ever dreamed of:
– New groove engine plus cool templates for instant mapping
– New warping engine with enhanced features
– Looper for instant audio loop recording and overdubbing
– New effects: check out vocoder, multiband dynamics, frequency shifter and more…
– Share projects with others dirctly from Live
plus the optional Max MSP integration, coming at th end of 2009… WOW WOW WOW! I can´t wait to oder my copy…check out all new features and upgrade possibilities here
NI introduced Audio4, a 4×4 Traktor Scratch Pro interface, plus a really cool goovebox named Maschine check it out here: Audio4, Maschine plus some more stuff…
Akai, the inventors of the revolutionary MPC back in the days (I still love my MPC 2k XL) came out with a completely new, unexpected and great idea: the APC (Ableton Production Center), that is a MPC style, fully digital USB-connected Ableton-Operated Groovebox/Midiinterface, THE APC40 that has some veeeery cool specials to offer: check out the presentation here
And still not enough: this must be the fare of the grooveboxes, and so said MOTU, makers of the great audio interfaces and the powerful DAW Digital Performer, we need to come up with a software groovebox that really hunts down the MPC/Electribe/MC-909 markets, and it not only looks quite interesting, it also sounds great! I must commit I am not the biggest fan of all these groovebox concepts, but this software really bites me to try it out soon, and compare it to my good old MPC 2k XL that still woks here besides me every day!
See the video MOTU BPM video
check out the details here