AIR Music Tech: 7 new plug-ins with sounds from the AKAI Force and MPC
AIR Music Tech has released seven new plug-ins in one go: Hype, Solina, Odyssey, Mellotron, Electric, TubeSynth, and Bassline. If those names sound familiar, it’s not just because some of them emulate classic synths. Their sound engines were pulled straight from the newer AKAI MPCs and Force. The new virtual instruments make them available on macOS and Windows for the first time.
AIR Music Tech releases seven new plug-ins
AIR Music Tech is bringing seven instruments originally developed for the current AKAI MPC and Force series to the desktop platform. All of them are available as plug-ins and as stand-alone versions, so you can play them without a DAW using a USB or Bluetooth controller. AIR Music Tech says that the plug-ins are compatible with the MPC and Force versions, so exchanging presets shouldn’t be a problem.
Hype Hybrid Synthesizer
Without a doubt, the most interesting instrument among the new releases is Hype, a hybrid synth with four sound engines. In addition to FM synthesis and wavetables, Hype offers sample-based and virtual analog synthesis. It comes with 1500 presets and offers six macro controls for easy editing and control. Needless to say, Hype also includes a bunch of different effects.
Classic synths and keyboards
Solina is of course based on the iconic string machine and includes six instruments with independent controls. Odyssey was created in collaboration with WayOutWare and delivers the sounds of the ARP Odyssey. Mellotron offers six tape sets with classic Mellotron sounds such as flute, choir or strings. And Electric includes a selection of classic electric piano sounds like Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and an FM variant.
TubeSynth is a VA synth with three oscillators, unison, ring modulation, two LFOs and a filter that’s an evolution of Vacuum Pro. It offers polyphonic glide, integrated effects and 300 presets.
Bassline emulates the sounds of classic monophonic synths. According to AIR Music Tech, it uses an evolution of the Vacuum engine to emulate the warm sounds of the analog era.
While most of these emulations have been done before by other manufacturers, the new plug-ins by AIR Music Tech focus on easy-to-use interfaces and quick results. On the whole, I’d say they’re definitely worth a look, especially if you already use their MPC and Force counterparts and would like to use those sounds in your DAW, as well.
Prices and compatibility of the AIR Music Tech plug-ins
The new AIR Music Tech plug-ins run on macOS 10.10 or higher and Windows 7 or higher. They’re available in VST, VST3, AU, AAX and stand-alone versions. The introductory prices range from €39.99 to €99.99. AIR says that the regular prices will be €49.99 to €124.99.
- Hype Hybrid Synthesizer: AIR Music Tech
- TubeSynth is a virtual analog synthesizer: AIR Music Tech
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Over a decade ago I used Pro Tools and Air’s plugins, and found them to be really good. May get the Mellotron VST as I’ve always loved the instrument. That choir, it never fails!
Why must they stoop to catering to the lowest of the barely human, with all the kill-the-cashier-for-crack-money disco-duck music “demos” of the gear? It’s hard for me to take this dev seriously.