Akai(26 items found.)
- Master Keyboard Akai MPK Mini MK32 469 Kč
- DJ Sampler Akai MPC Live II32 398 Kč
- Master Keyboard Akai MPK Mini MK3 White2 469 Kč
- DJ Sampler Akai MPC X44 120 Kč
- Master Keyboard Akai APC Key 251 846 Kč
- Master Keyboard Akai LPK251 123 Kč
- MIDI Controller Akai MPD2264 714 Kč
- Master Keyboard Akai MPK 2498 954 Kč
- MIDI Controller Akai APC40 MKII8 705 Kč
- MIDI Controller Akai Fire4 714 Kč
- DJ Sampler Akai MPX82 469 Kč
- Master Keyboard Akai LPK25 Wireless1 422 Kč
- MIDI Controller Akai Fire4 215 Kč
- DJ Sampler Akai Force B-Stock23 918 Kč
- DJ Sampler Akai MPC Studio6 709 Kč
- DJ Sampler Akai MPC X42 374 Kč
- MIDI Controller Akai MPD2325 462 Kč
- Master Keyboard Akai MPK 2256 210 Kč
- Master Keyboard Akai MPK 26111 024 Kč
- DJ Sampler Akai MPX82 370 Kč
- DJ Sampler Akai MPC One17 184 Kč
- Master Keyboard Akai MPK Mini MK3 Black2 469 Kč
- Master Keyboard Akai MPK Mini MK3 Red2 469 Kč
- MIDI Controller Akai MPD2182 469 Kč
- MIDI Controller Akai APC mini1 746 Kč
- MIDI Controller Akai Midimix2 469 Kč
AkaiAkai is a Japanese company named after the company’s founder Masukichi Akai. It gained international reputation throughout the 60´s and 70´s especially for its reel to reel machines. The company’s roots lie in a cotton wool spinnery founded in 1929, soon electronics were being produced, followed by turntable motors and eventually the Hi-Fi components that are still in production today.
The upcoming sales activities in the USA during the 1950´s resulted in the American company Roberts outsourcing its reel to reel electro motor production to Akai. Shortly after they had received the first reference model, Akai started building thier own reel to reel machines. Roberts and Akai were on the US market together until the mid 60´s when Roberts disappeared from the market, and the machines were marketed under the Akai brand.
In the following years Akai was very successful in Europe and the US, making it one of the largest manufacturers of reel-to-reel machines worldwide, many technologies were introduced to the mass-market; all of which were not developed by Akai. The best known innovations are the crossfield-pre-magnetising, the low-wear-glass-ferrite heads (GX heads) and auto-reverse.
In the late 70´s Akai positioned its self as a full Hi-Fi provider, with a large range of amplifiers, receivers, tape-decks, recordplayers and speakers and also started business in the young field of video. After some financial problems in 1984, Akai was repositioned. Like many other company’s of that time Akai stopped producing reel to reel in favour of the tape deck. Also the growing field of video-recorders and the new CD format were the new target for Akai.
Akai also started a subsidiary to produce electronic instruments, the Akai Electronic Musical Instruments Corporation, that later became Akai Professional. The debut instrument was the audio sampler Akai S612 and was seen as the first affordable sampler ever. In the second half of the 80´s Akai´s US sales dropped dramatically, the company reacted and by 1988 had with-drawn from these markets.
Financial problems ended as the Taiwanese Grand Group saved Akai from bankruptcy. All Akai products today are made by Profilo-Telra. Akai still has production plants in Japan, France and Taiwan and employs around 1500 people. Some products like the Remix 16 and the MPC 2000 are manufactured in China.