Akai's original MPC revolutionized music forever by combining all of the tools a producer needs—a sampler, mixer, multi-track recorder and editor—in one device. The new ultra-portable iPad version of the hardware might do the same thing for a new generation.
I do not play the piano. But it is delightful that synth keyboards are undergoing the same miniaturization renaissance as other gadgets. The LPK 25 is velocity sensitive and USB powered. And, there's a matching drum pad. [BBG]
I like to assemble audio and video components, so I don't get these all-in-one systems, specially when they try to do it all, like this Akai AISS010. There's nothing left out of this unit:
The new Eurythmics song I've Got A Life isn't getting high marks as a pop tune, but the video is covered in retro synthesizers. Music Thing notes the "Akai S612 with the 'toast rack' disc drive." There's got to be a Roland in there someplace. Let's play name that synthesizer...