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M-Audio is proud to announce the KikAxxe virtual vintage synthesizer developed by partner Way Out Ware. The KikAxxe brings together a faithful emulation of the classic ARP Axxe synthesizer, analog-style 16-step sequencer, programmable drum machine and emulation of the vintage Echoplex tape delay device.
The KikAxxe virtual instrument is an accurate emulation of the vintage ARP Axxe analog synthesizer that descended from the venerable ARP 2600 in the mid '70s. It uses the same technology that has garnered developer Way Out Ware significant critical acclaim as one of the most faithful analog synth emulators on the market. KikAxxe also includes the integral Sequencer +, an emulation of the ARP step sequencer that contributed to the signature sound of artists like The Who, Depeche Mode, 808 State, Vince Clarke, Jean-Michel Jarre, Billy Currie of Ultravox and Visage, and filmmaker John Carpenter. This combo delivers a powerful tool for creating distinctive synth bass lines.
The KikAxxe instrument's Sequencer + sequencer also includes a complementary staple from the same era—a dedicated step-sequenced drum machine. With five sample-based drum kits, it delivers the sounds responsible for many hit songs across several decades—and then some. This feature gives KikAxxe the rare ability to create great bass and drum backing tracks in a single unit.
KikAxxe also incorporates an emulation of the unique sound of the MAESTRO Echoplex—the original tape delay device that preceded digital delay units. The KikAxxe instrument's Tape Delay feature is especially useful for enhancing lead lines and special effects.
KikAxxe ships with a vast array of presets that provides novices with access to the unit's incredible vintage sound without any knowledge of synthesis or programming. From there, it's easy to explore and modify parameters to start customizing the presets. Synth aficionados can switch to advanced mode for access to every accurate parameter—including mapping MIDI controllers to KikAxxe controls for a truly hands-on experience.
KikAxxe is designed to complement a vast array of electronic music environments. It works with popular host applications on Mac and PC thanks to RTAS, VST and Audio Units implementation. Under MIDI control, the internal clock can synchronize to MIDI Beat Clock for LFO and beat-sync triggered effects.
The KikAxxe is currently expected to ship in early 2007 and carries an MSRP of $69.95 USD.
For more information, visit their web site at www.m-audio.com