Just saw on GEARWIRE that AKAI has some new products:
Here is what they wrote about the MINIAK
"Developed in conjunction with Alesis (they share a parent company), the MINIAK likely began life as the next generation of the Alesis Micron, a compact synth that never got the attention of, but in many ways was superior to, the original MicroKORG. Branded as an Akai product, the MINIAK shares name-association with the legendary MPC, a name and a concept that has continued basically unsullied for the past 20-plus years.
The MINIAK enables users to create programs with up to eight multi-timbral voices, each with three oscillators. The user can create interesting and unique sounds and take advantage of the synthesizer’s more-than-600 preset sounds. Users can create complex and refined sounds using the MINIAK’s two multimode filters, three envelope generators, two LFOs, stereo effects and 40-band vocoder with gooseneck microphone. The MINIAK also has a comprehensive sequencer with step and dynamic real time phrase sequencing, a drum machine/rhythm sequencer and an arpeggiator."
Links: Akai MPK88, Akai MPD18 Akai MINIAK
Anybody has more info? They look interesting.