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This time next week, NAMM 2019 will be underway, and announcements are ramping up in anticipation. Today, Akai has announced their newest piece of hardware, called Force. A leak was circling around the internet, with people speculating it would be called the APC Live, but Akai has now released full details. Taking what makes the MCP Live successful, and combining it with an APC 40, the Force takes center stage as a full-fledged standalone controller and live instrument/sampler. Clip launching, step sequencing, live sampling, onboard synths, and a host of other features. Not only that, but it looks serious. 

Force features an 8x8 RGB clip launch matrix, a 7-inch full-color touch-capacitive multitouch display, 8 touch-sensitive knobs with graphical OLED displays, two audio inputs, four audio outputs, MIDI and CV I/O. Together, this comprehensive versatility affords the user an unprecedented degree of creative freedom and expression, while remaining totally free of the constraints of being tethered to a computer. Additional features include time stretching/pitch-shifting in real time, a comprehensive set of onboard effects by AIR Music Technology, plus the TubeSynth, Bassline and Electric synth engines. It also boasts an additional synth called Hype, a preset and macro-based synth combining several different synth engines into a single easy-to-use package. Force also has the ability to record eight stereo tracks. 



  • Standalone - no computer required
  • 8x8 clip launch matrix with RGB LEDs
  • 7" color capacitive multitouch display
  • Mic/Instrument/Line Inputs, 4 outputs
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru via 1/8" TRS inputs (5-pin DIN adapters included)
  • (4) configurable CV/Gate Outputs to integrate your modular setup
  • (8) touch-sensitive knobs with graphical OLED displays
  • Time stretch/pitch shift in real time
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  • Comprehensive set of AIR effects and Hype, TubeSynth, Bassline, and Electric synth engines
  • Ability to record 8 stereo tracks
  • 16GB of onboard storage (over 10 gigs of sound content included)
  • 2GBofRAM
  • Full-Size SD Card Slot
  • User-expandable 2.5" SATA drive connector (SATA or HDD)
  • (2) USB 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controller

In March 2019, Force’s development program includes in-depth Ableton Live integration. This functionality will include total visibility and command of Ableton’s clip matrix, tactile control of core mixer parameters including crossfader assignments, and control of device parameters instantiated in Ableton Live’s workspace via the touch user interface and Force’s rotary encoders / OLED displays. Additionally, March 2019 will also see Splice integration within Force. Splice Sounds fuels the creativity of producers around the world with millions of high-quality, royalty-free samples, sounds, presets and loops, covering nearly every musical style. With Splice integration in Force, users will have immediate wi-fi access to their own Splice library directly from the touch user interface – perfect for ultra-fast auditioning of sounds for implementation within their Force project. For further information and updates on this update, visit

Force will be available on February 5th for $1499

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