Thursday, May 17, 2018

Artist Spotlight | Colin Yarck

Colin Yarck has recently released four packs in the Content Store, and we were lucky enough to ask him a few questions about his workflow. Read on for more inspiration.

Retronyms: Hi Colin! Tell us a little bit about yourself as a producer. Who are your biggest influences when you’re creating music?
Colin Yarck: When I’m in the middle of actually creating music I don’t think I ever have any specific influences in mind. I’d say an amalgam of all the music I’ve ever heard is operating under the hood to some degree; subconsciously pushing around my musical intuitions.

R: How did you get involved in producing music? Who got you started?
CY: I started creating music in earnest towards the end of my undergraduate studies. I was then obsessed with music but only as a fan. A friend once remarked how odd it was that I loved music so much but didn’t make any myself. I started shortly after that in one of my best friend’s studios in Chicago.

R: We believe that music has the power to connect people. How do you use your music as a tool for connection?
CY: I agree. However, I don’t think I write or produce music with that specific goal in mind. I just follow what passes through me or whatever I find interesting at the time. I think music is special. You can’t grab or hold a sound wave and if it’s good it somehow makes people want to come together. The mystery is fun.

R: How do you define your sound?
CY: Genres are necessary as communication tools. We need them to talk about music to some degree but I’ve always felt that they sell a lot of music short and they can easily mischaracterize certain songs, artists, etc. What genre is a good melody? What about a certain mood? In order not to dodge the question, I think I usually make mostly electronic or electro informed music in a pop format. Melody is king to me and I like structure. I also love microsampling, dirty textures, and incorporating some traditional instrumentations into my productions.

R: Where did you make your first beat and what was that experience like for you?
CY: I made my first beat on an MPC2000 in a friend’s basement in Chicago. It felt like magic to me. Like painting with sound. I was instantly hooked.

R: What was the last song you listened to?
CY: Donny & Joe Emerson’s “Baby” What a gem.

R: What album is on repeat right now?
CY: I pretty much have Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” on perpetual repeat.

R: If you could only use one piece of equipment, which one would you choose?
CY: This isn’t a sexy answer. I can’t choose an old, lovely sampler (even though I love them) or an analog synth with charming pitch issues because my computer is just too versatile. I can do most anything with it. Hopefully I never have to make that choice in the real world because gear is great.

R: Tell us about some of your process while creating these packs. 
CY: I make a bunch of music so these are either finished pieces or mostly fleshed out demos that I finished for the packs. I’m a very organized, tidy producer so making these loops and one shots is a fairly easy process for me. I print out loops and render one shots from within the finished session. Sometimes I’ll need to create extra FX or other elements to fill out the pack. Often I like to choose a sound source at random (sample, field recording, or FX clip) and pile on plugins to create a wholly new sound.

R: What are some of the tools that you used to create these sounds? Can you share a tip or trick with our users about your technique?
CY: I use many different tools. Hardware synths (Ensoniq ESQ1, Korg Polysix, Yamaha TG33, Roland Alpha Juno 2), multi-sampled synths through Logic’s EXS24 software sampler (Fender Chroma Polaris, Eurorack Modular, Oberheim Xpander, etc.) Kontakt 5 for pianos, bells, chimes, guitars, etc. I heavily sample drums and make custom kits. I layer extensively and will use any sound source as percussion. Also acoustics instruments such a Wurlitzer, tambourines, shakers, thumb piano, dulcimer, etc.

Great tip: Follow the simple and ancient method of the Fairlight CMI sampler: map a single one shot of kitchen sounds to your favorite software sampler. Layer the sampler patch with other one shots. Pan each sample opposite and you’ll get endless percussive fun. Oh and lastly, I love SoundToys plugs. Such a great variety and very rich sounding for software.

R: Please let us know your different channels. 
CY: Website | Instagram | SoundCloud

All of Colin Yarck's sound packs are available now in the Content Store. Do you have a question for Colin that wasn't answered here? Ask us in the comments!


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

UPDATE AVAILABLE: iMPC version 1.4.2

Here's a full list of all of the bug fixes and performance improvements included. If you're happy with this update, please leave us a review on our iMPC App Store page. :)

New In This Version:

- Tap Tempo, "Clone and Edit Sound", and sequence number labels are no longer cut off on some iPad/OS combinations
- Fixed crash in news feed when scrolling through SoundCloud Following list
- Fixed crash when disabling the Bitcrusher
- Users are no longer able to attempt a SoundCloud upload with no track name (error 422)
- Fixed bug in which sometimes tracks were uploaded to SoundCloud as Private when Public was selected
- Fixed infinite spinner over news feed button that happened sometimes
- "More Compatible Apps" menu now functions properly again
- Green SoundCloud success checkmark no longer appears when the SoundCloud upload has failed
- Fixed blank screen that could occur when going to and from the sampler in Program Editor
- MIDI is not sent out to other software running in the background on the iPad when pads are hit
- Various small tweaks here and there

If you have questions, feel free to email our support team at or comment below.

Friday, April 27, 2018

New Age Vibes. 🔥✨

A double dose for you. 

One of our favorite Retronyms producers, Colin Yarck, is back with two new Sound Packs. We think they're the perfect duo.

The Megacosm packs a synth-filled punch, exploring funk, new age, and synth sounds throughout the 100 sounds. Complimented with the smooth sounds of Hand Tac, we know you'll be set for the weekend. Grab yours in the Content Store today.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

NEW iMPC Pro Pack: Soul Provider

Warm, divine sounds. 

Akai Professional proudly presents Soul Provider, our latest iMPC Pro Pack. We have no doubt you'll like this one. We've been playing with it at the office and are enjoying the smoothness of each sound. Soul Provider is both versatile and classic, allowing you to expand across genres like Dilla-inspired boom bap and future R&B.

If you missed it last week, we updated iMPC Pro 2! iPad Pro users now have optimized pads and everyone gets access to our new Automation Editor. We're working on a tutorial for YouTube that will be up next week. Do you want to see more videos from us? Comment below with your suggestions for topics.

We're working on an update for iMPC. Want to help us test? Email to join our beta list.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

New features. New fixes.

Introducing iMPC Pro 2 – Version 2.0.8

We are excited to announce the latest version of iMPC Pro 2, version 2.0.8! We're excited to bring you this list of new features and bug fixes.

We've got a new feature for your, our Automation Editor! To access it, just tap the Timeline when you're creating an Audio Unit Track or Drum Track. When you're in the Timeline, you'll see the new Params tab in the lower right.

Here's what's included: 
- Brand new automation editor feature (Timeline -> PARAMS tab on AU or drum tracks)
- Large pads on bigger iPads!
- The mic for audio tracks can now be toggled off so that the user can record automation without overwriting the audio
- Fixed dragging sequences from one bank to another. You can now also hover any drag/droppable item over a bank number to flip to that bank, allowing for one-finger drag/drop between banks.
- Ableton Link LED in session menu now appears lit if ABL on when restoring a session
- Fixed pulldown display for 4-channel+ audio input devices (NOTE: higher channel numbers won’t work, but they won’t crash like they used to and the labeling is correct)
- Fixed pad input on AU tracks: It no longer records the pitch wheel at 0 with each hit
- Fixed crash when plugging/removing headphones then immediately adding an audio track

If you are happy with this update, please leave us a review on the App Store page! If you have any questions or need help, please email us at Thanks!

Monday, April 2, 2018

March Madness ends tonight.

We've been following along with March Madness this month. Shout out to the winning ladies at Notre Dame! We're ready to see who wins the men's tournament tonight (and we're hoping it'll be Villanova).

We originally picked Virginia to win it all, but we were bummed to report that our bracket tanked pretty early on in the tournament! We decided to put iMPC Pro 2 on sale while the tournament was going on, along with a select few sound packs. It's your last day to get iMPC Pro 2 for 50% off.

Comment below if you've been watching the tournament! Who are you rooting for?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

💥 #NewPack New Jack ThrowBack 😎 💥

We are excited to announce the latest pack from Akai Professional, New Jack Throwback. New Jack Throwback comes equipped with 128 Samples with 5 X IMPCPro, Drum Kits, Melodic Bank, Percussion Bank, and Horns/SFX Bank.
A word from Akai: "iMPC Pro users can now recreate the iconic 80's/90's sound of “New Jack Swing” directly inside your iOS device. With new artists, such as Bruno Mars bringing the Swing back into the Billboard charts, this outstanding pack delivers drums and melodic kits in the styles of Teddy Riley, Babyface, Jam & Lewis and many more."

NJT features many hits inspired from the classic drum machines of this era, including melodic chord progressions and killer horn samples. As usual, Akai provides you with only the best and most authentic sound available. Each kit provides you with an excellent selection of samples and patterns that have been expertly programmed to instantly inspire you, no matter what music making mood you’re in.

New Jack Throwback is now available now in the Content Store for $5.99.