No flash plug
There was a sort of hi-tech ghetto away from the shred-fest of the main hall at Music Live, which housed, Apple, Digidesign, M-Audio Access and a few other select stands. It was a sort of quiet haven where we managed to catch up with Joerg Huettner â€“ the main man at Access support. We talked about the new OS, those bugs (a thing of the past he assured me) and the fact the itâ€™s been ten years of Virus synths this year â€“ that makes them the same age as Sonicstate... Akai MPC500 Now in the building
There was a right rumpus surrounding the announcement of the smallest member of the MPC team, this little dude packs 12 of those classic MPC pads, 16mb of RAM, 128MB of Compact Flash, MIDI sequencing and battery powered portability, for those who really cant go anywhere without an MPC to hand. Numark's Andy Mac gave us the lowdown as Akai plan to "saturate the market" with MPCâ€™s to get everyone doing it their way. Digidesign Mbox2 Pro
Funnily enough it was almost a year to the day when we first filmed Digidesign's David Gould presenting ProTools 7 features â€“ it was nearly his first day on the job too. It therefore seemed fitting that he celebrated this anniversary with another spot in front of the camera for us as indeed he does - showing the finer ins & outs of the Mbox2 Pro. One of the interesting things about this unit is the fact that we now have a FireWire connection rather than USB, which enable it to operate at 96khz 24 bit.
Prototype alert, Karplus Strong in the house
Julian takes us through their 3 new modules