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Akai Professional, the name synonymous with innovation in electronic musical instruments, announces a new tool for creating beats on-the-go — the XR20 Beat Production Station.

The XR20 is a portable beat production station loaded with a sound set that is geared towards making Hip-Hop and R&B beats wherever and whenever inspiration strikes.

More than 700 pre-loaded sounds cover a range of drums, percussion, effects and instrument samples, while an integrated effects engine includes Reverb, EQ and Compression, enabling musicians to make complete backing tracks. A microphone input is included for mixing vocals over patterns. Bright, backlit pads provide visual cues for added beat precision.

The XR20 features sounds of standard and electronic drums, single (one-shot) hits, bass and synth sounds to easily create the maximum mix in minimal time.

Key features of the XR20 include:

  • More than 700 sounds produced by Chronic Music
  • Ninety-nine Preset Patterns and 99 User Patterns.
  • Backlit LCD
  • Bright, glowing, backlit pads that follow the beat
  • Microphone input and Headphone output
  • Pattern Play Mode different patterns can be triggered from individual pads
  • Drum Roll/Note Repeat feature
  • Battery Power capability and AC Adapter

The Akai XR20 is coming Q2 2008 to musical instrument retailers with an MSRP of $499.

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