Akai Debuts XR20 MPC-Style Drum Machine
Akai has debuted the XR20 Beat Production Station, a portable, MPC-style drum machine with drums, percussion, FX and instrument samples for $500 bucks (ah…if only the MPC500 was $500, they would have a serious hit. â€”Ed.)
The XR20 is a portable beat production station loaded with a sound set that is geared towards making Hip-Hop and R&B beats wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. More than 700 pre-loaded sounds cover a range of drums, percussion, effects and instrument samples, while an integrated effects engine includes Reverb, EQ and Compression, enabling musicians to make complete backing tracks. A microphone input is included for mixing vocals over patterns. Bright, backlit pads provide visual cues for added beat precision.
â€¢ More than 700 sounds produced by Chronic Music
â€¢ 99 Preset Patterns and 99 User Patterns.
â€¢ Backlit LCD
â€¢ Bright, glowing, backlit pads that follow the beat
â€¢ Microphone input and Headphone output
â€¢ Pattern Play Mode â€“ different patterns can be triggered from individual pads
â€¢ Drum Roll/Note Repeat feature
â€¢ Battery Power capability and AC Adapter
The Akai XR20 will be available sometime during the Summer for $499. More information on the Akai XR20.