M-Audio and Way Out Ware Announce KikAxxe

M-Audio, a leading manufacturer of creative tools for computer-centric musicians, 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.

“KikAxxe reinforces M-Audio’s commitment to delivering top-quality virtual instruments,” says Adam Castillo, marketing director at M-Audio. “Way Out Ware is known for making state-of-the-art emulations and KikAxxe follows suit. The combination of vintage monophonic synth, step sequencer, drum machine and tape echo yields a single inexpensive software instrument that can deliver unique bass and drum line combinations for many different types of music.”

The KikAxxe is currently expected to ship in early 2007 and carries an MSRP of $69.95 USD.

About M-Audio

M-Audio, a part of Avid Technology, Inc., is a leading provider of innovative tools for today's computer musicians and audio professionals.

Founded on the belief that cost should never stand in the way of creativity, the company's products deliver the latest production and performance technology at accessible price points. M-Audio has received numerous industry accolades, including Music Trades' "Company of the Year" and "Fastest Growing Company" distinctions. The company's award-winning and comprehensive product line includes PCI-, FireWire- and USB-based audio interfaces; USB/MIDI keyboard controllers, stage pianos, microphones and preamps, reference monitors; and DJ tools. M-Audio was acquired by Avid Technology Inc. in August 2004 and is now part of the Avid audio division along with Digidesign and Sibelius.