Akai Premiers New Miniak Micro Synth
Akai has unveiled the MINIAK, a new synthesizer that looks like it fell off a Korg Truck and somehow landed in an Alesis R&D brainstorming session.
The MINIAK is the first synthesizer from Akai Professional developed in partnership with the Alesis synthesis team. The MINIAK is a perfect synthesizer for producers in the studio and live performers on stage because, while it is extremely compact and portable, it is also a powerful instrument for creating sounds for performance and production.
The MINIAK enables users to create programs with up to eight multi-timbral voices, each with three oscillators. The user can create interesting and unique sounds and take advantage of the synthesizer’s more-than-600 preset sounds. Users can create complex and refined sounds using the MINIAK’s two multimode filters, three envelope generators, two LFOs, stereo effects and 40-band vocoder with gooseneck microphone. The MINIAK also has a comprehensive sequencer with step and dynamic real time phrase sequencing, a drum machine/rhythm sequencer and an arpeggiator.
The MINIAK also contains high-resolution, 24-bit balanced quarter-inch inputs and outputs and a 37-key semi-weighted keyboard with velocity sensitivity. It can also be used as a sound source for MPCs, computer software and keyboards via MIDI.
The Akai MINIAK will be available from musical instrument and professional audio retailers Q3, 2009. No pricing has been announced.