Foster The People Talk About Their Akai MPK61
Dolphin Music on Apr 12, 2012
Foster the People and The Akai MPK61
Foster the People are a Californian indie pop/rock band, well known for their 2010 hit ‘Pumped up Kicks. The band begin most of their tracks using Logic software, and the impression we get is, they allow their imagination to run away with them, throwing in awesome pads and synth samples and not necessarily taking into account how they will perform the songs live. But let’s face it; nobody wants to sacrifice a great record just because you have to work harder to translate it on the stage.
That’s what makes these guys so brilliant, besides their music being superb, they manage to replicate the same samples and effects from their recordings for their live shows, and that deserves recognition!
Talking about their No.1 track ‘Pumped up Kicks’, Mark Foster admits,
“One of the biggest challenges for us after we completed the record was to figure out how to play it live. There were a lot of sounds that we wanted to reproduce through analog keyboards but couldn’t, because they had a charm to them, they were soft synths to begin with so we had to integrate MainStage in with Logic and then [use] Ableton to trigger samples.”
After experimenting with a few MIDI keyboards Foster the People decided on the Akai’s as the group found them “user friendly, intuitive and reliable.” They appreciated the capabilities of having the pads and faders separate from the keys.
The MPK61 is a keyboard performance MIDI controller that expands the popular MPK line. Each MPK controller combines a piano-style keybed with a bank of genuine Akai Professional MPC pads, assignable Q-Link controllers and key technologies from the iconic MPC family of music production workstations.
Akai MPK61 Key Features: