Akai Force Forum: Everything relating to the Akai Force, the new 64 pad, clip-based standalone sampler/groovebox from Akai. While not an MPC, it shares many similar software features to the MPC X/MPC Live including the same underlying code-base.
By DEX Sun Oct 24, 2021 7:04 pm
I can't find where to download the new Akai Force software instruments. I have installed the update I have searched my website account, the manual and every place I could think of and nothing. I guess I have missed something but could you please help me. Thanks
By pitchblender Tue Oct 26, 2021 2:13 pm
If you can't sign in or haven't got an account this is the link posted by Pink Buddha on YT for the synth plugins:

https://www.akaipro.com/amfile/file/download/file/1252/product/8366/

Just make sure you have the 'Synths' directory in the root of your SSD and transfer the contents over using the Force in External drive mode. If you use the SDCard to do this I think the new plugins will only work if you keep the SD card in the slot on the Force...

Here's his YT page in case you have problems. Lots to read in the comments...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oYcqSHCcGc&t=0s
By gab3s Tue Oct 26, 2021 4:16 pm
pitchblender wrote:If you can't sign in or haven't got an account this is the link posted by Pink Buddha on YT for the synth plugins:

https://www.akaipro.com/amfile/file/download/file/1252/product/8366/

Just make sure you have the 'Synths' directory in the root of your SSD and transfer the contents over using the Force in External drive mode. If you use the SDCard to do this I think the new plugins will only work if you keep the SD card in the slot on the Force...

Here's his YT page in case you have problems. Lots to read in the comments...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oYcqSHCcGc&t=0s


this link is not working, it keeps restarting the download from the top and it doesn't finish it
does anybody have another link?
By J-Fly Tue Oct 26, 2021 11:05 pm
gab3s wrote:
pitchblender wrote:If you can't sign in or haven't got an account this is the link posted by Pink Buddha on YT for the synth plugins:

https://www.akaipro.com/amfile/file/download/file/1252/product/8366/

Just make sure you have the 'Synths' directory in the root of your SSD and transfer the contents over using the Force in External drive mode. If you use the SDCard to do this I think the new plugins will only work if you keep the SD card in the slot on the Force...

Here's his YT page in case you have problems. Lots to read in the comments...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oYcqSHCcGc&t=0s


this link is not working, it keeps restarting the download from the top and it doesn't finish it
does anybody have another link?

The download stalled on me a few times on my Mac. I just kept downloading over and over until it finally finished.
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By Koekepan Sun Oct 31, 2021 5:14 pm
I'm going to say that Akai Professional screwed up a bit here.

OK, the content pack is about 1.1GB, so wrapping it all in a single bump to send out is not a problem for someone living where they can get fibre to their house, but for someone dealing with an old DSL line, or a cable contract with a cap, or tethered phone data or anything like that, it's not smart. They'd have done better to break it down by instrument or other selection so that it might have been more manageable, and offer an all-in-one combined pack as an alternative.

I won't say that they should check their first-world privilege and all that jazz, but it wasn't their most customer-friendly move. If you then add connections dropping and having to restart, it just gets uglier. If they'd split it into three (Solina/Odyssey/Mellotron) then each might have been around double the size of the software update, and that much friendlier.

Please understand, I'm not knocking the content. There's good stuff in there. It's just a customer service stumble.
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By EnochLight Mon Nov 01, 2021 6:56 pm
Koekepan wrote:I'm going to say that Akai Professional screwed up a bit here.

OK, the content pack is about 1.1GB, so wrapping it all in a single bump to send out is not a problem for someone living where they can get fibre to their house, but for someone dealing with an old DSL line, or a cable contract with a cap, or tethered phone data or anything like that, it's not smart. They'd have done better to break it down by instrument or other selection so that it might have been more manageable, and offer an all-in-one combined pack as an alternative.

I won't say that they should check their first-world privilege and all that jazz, but it wasn't their most customer-friendly move. If you then add connections dropping and having to restart, it just gets uglier. If they'd split it into three (Solina/Odyssey/Mellotron) then each might have been around double the size of the software update, and that much friendlier.

Please understand, I'm not knocking the content. There's good stuff in there. It's just a customer service stumble.


Personally, I don't really feel the size of the content is an issue at all. To be fair, if someone is in a position to drop $1000 USD on a completely unnecessary toy to make music on, Akai assumes they can access an Internet connection to download the optional content needed for updates. In an age where the average Internet connection in most markets where the Force is sold can easily accommodate large downloads, I have a hard time reconciling the need to cater to slow ISP's. Obviously YMMV, but I feel there are bigger fish to fry than this. :-D
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By MPC-Tutor Mon Nov 01, 2021 8:18 pm
Splitting instruments into separate downloads is not going to help people with data caps. 1GB is 1GB no matter how you split it. And people with slow or unstable lines can use a download manager. But 1GB really isn't a big file these days, not for 99% of people in my experience as a seller of digital files (most of which are over 1GB in size).

I'm sure if you send a fax to Akai they'll send out the synth content on a CD-ROM delivered by carrier pigeon. :wink:
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By Ultros Tue Nov 09, 2021 11:29 pm
wget is your friend. its a command line program that lets you download, and continue downloads so if you are ghetto like me with a crap connection and trash cap you dont lose your progress.

an example of its useage is like:

wget -c "http://suckyfileserver.com/myfile.zip"

the -c is to continue and the quotations are used incase there are any special characters in the url.

I've downloaded all of akais content available to me via a cellphone with a 4gb a month data cap. took a few months but honestly most of the content is junk i am not even interested in. The synth content is something worth having though.
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By Tray Sat Nov 20, 2021 5:05 am
pitchblender wrote:If you can't sign in or haven't got an account this is the link posted by Pink Buddha on YT for the synth plugins:

https://www.akaipro.com/amfile/file/download/file/1252/product/8366/

Just make sure you have the 'Synths' directory in the root of your SSD and transfer the contents over using the Force in External drive mode. If you use the SDCard to do this I think the new plugins will only work if you keep the SD card in the slot on the Force...

Here's his YT page in case you have problems. Lots to read in the comments...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oYcqSHCcGc&t=0s


I know project should not be saved on the internal storage but should these new synths not be placed in internal storage as well? (i.e: Just on an SSD or an SD card?)