Akai Pro, in partnership with music production brand AIR, has released Flex Beat which they describe as the ultimate rhythmic tool, giving you complete control over the timing and groove of your music. A spokesperson told us, "Flex Beat lets you create beat chops, DJ-style scratches, Trance gates and reverse or half-time your audio with ease. Producers of any genre can twist samples beyond recognition or add extra flavor to any loop in your sample collection."
Here's more details from Akai Pro...
Take Control of your Sound
- 16 performance pads for pattern presets
- Pad play modes for Loop, One Shot and Hold behavior
- Pads are MIDI controllable using MIDI sidechain input
- Preset banks for instant inspiration
- Ability to launch quantized patterns, so your music never skips a beat
- Large library of pad presets with a preview function
- Detailed pattern editor with snap, adjustable curve types and envelope tools.
- Export or import pattern presets in .fnv format compatible with Gross Beat ™
- Dry / Wet mix
Sound Mangling at your Fingertips
Flex Beat enables you to add rhythm and movement to your music. With a library of hundreds of presets, you can add anything from simple scratches to full-fledged pitch-shifting automation with just a few clicks. You can even change existing presets or create your own patterns to use in your projects.
The pattern editor helps you compose beats and songs with effortless control over pitch, velocity and steps. With the pattern editor, you can easily edit values in the sequencer like you would in a DAW, adjust curve types and envelope tools, snap notes to the grid, randomize values and save presets.
Run it Back
Select a mode to play the pads in loop, one shot or hold behaviour and move through the patterns available to you.
- One Shot: Plays the selected pad pattern through to completion then reverts back to previous pad
- Loop: Default behaviour, the pad pattern is always looping
- Hold: Plays the selected pad pattern while the pad is held then reverts back to previous pad
Pricing and Availability:
Launch price: £41.01 (Regular price:£83.00)
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