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FORCE 3.2 is the MOST POWERFUL STANDALONE music production system for studio production and live performance. Now, FORCE 3.2 delivers even more inspiring plugin FX, sounds, creative editing, arranging and vocal effects processing as well as award-winning mixing and mastering plugins from world-renowned AIR Music Tech.

New in 3.2 - MPC Plugin Instruments
New in 3.2 - New Sounds Mode
VoNew in 3.2 - New Air Effects
New in 3.2 - Probability & Ratcheting
New in 3.2 - Automation Snapshots Track Recorder
New in 3.2 - Midi Key Splits, Filtering & Performance Enhancements
Standalone – no computer required | 8x8 clip launch matrix with RGB LEDs | 7-inch full color capacitive multitouch display | Mic/instrument/line inputs, 4 outputs | MIDI In/Out/Thru | 4 configurable CV/Gate outputs | Disk Streaming | Remix, mash-up, DJ and produce with 6 track types for complete audio/MIDI/CV sequencing and performance capability | Performance Modes including 16-Pad Drums, Notes, Smart Scales, Chords & Progressions | Class-compliant USB Interface Support | MPC Sample Editing | Automatic BPM detection, real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting | 8 touch-sensitive knobs with graphical OLED displays | 4 powerful, fully-editable synth engines | 16GB of on-board storage (over 10GB of sound content included) | Full-Size SD card slot & 2 USB 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers | User-expandable 2.5-inch SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)

FORCE PLUG-IN INSTRUMENTS / EFFECTS

FORCE 3.2 is now fully compatible with all MPC Plugin instruments/Effects.

You can now purchase a range of incredible new AIR instruments/Effects for FORCE. The new collection of plugins brings together the AIR team’s expertise in sampling, synthesis, and DSP, creating a new standard for FORCE. Each instrument comes in both Standalone and MPC Software desktop versions with beautiful GUI and TUI editors. Experience a new dimension of sound like never before inside FORCE for a truly inspiring musical experience. Each Plugin has been designed with a fast and vibrant touch interface for an intuitive and compelling workflow with an extensive library of presets which can be browsed using the new FORCE TUI Sounds mode.

Immerse yourself in a world of sound.

EXPLORE AND PURCHASE NEW FORCE PLUG-INS

BE INSPIRED BY A UNIVERSE OF BREATHTAKING SOUNDS AND EFFECTS

Discover a world of new plugin instruments and effects for your Force, bringing the ultimate sonics to your production. Dive-in and experience the deep sonics of Fabric XL, the classic 70s synth wave of Mini D, the FM soundscape of OPx-4, the classic sampling sound of Akai with Flavor Pro... and much more. Take your next step into the world of sound!

New Sounds Mode

The ultimate sound browsing experience is now available in FORCE 3.2. Build and save performances and edit your instruments from this new touch screen experience. The Sounds Page is designed to work intuitively with the powerful FORCE multitouch screen, perfect for finding and auditioning sounds during your production process. Sounds are grouped by instrument Type, MPC Expansions, Drum Programs, CV Programs, and more.

New Air Effects

 

AIR FLAVOR

Get that vinyl record feel from any sample or sound source using the new AIR Flavor insert effect. Select from over 30 different timbres including Radio Transistors, Tubes, Boom Boxes and Amplifiers to manipulate your source sound. You can then add and simulate analog record Distortion, Flutter, and Noise while also impacting the stereo field to create more mono sounding audio effects.

AIR AMP SIM

FORCE 3.2 brings a new Amp and Cabinet Simulator to the FORCE platform for adding sweet harmonic distortion to samples, vocals, drums, synths, bass, and yes—guitars. Lay down a guitar or bass lick in FORCE or run your drum bus through a full stack to soak it in some creative harmonic distortion. This new FORCE plugin offers colorful amp simulation and cabinet emulation effects of many types and sizes.

AIR GRANULATOR

Granulator has also been updated making it easier to mangle your audio and create new timbres and tones using its granulation engine. The new update for FORCE 3.2 also gives users control over three new parameters: Reverse, Shape and Skew. AIR Granulator’s new parameters allow for interesting audio manipulation and creating signature sounds, perfect for adding texture and dimension to your tracks.

 

NEW PROBABILITY & RATCHETING

In FORCE 3.2 you can now add Ratchet effects to your MIDI and add groove to rhythmic elements or melodic lines. Flare cymbals, trill synth lines or repeat bass notes with the flick of a finger. The Probability MIDI setting lets you choose the probability that a note from your MIDI track will play based on 0% to 100% probability—perfect for adding some variation and dimension to your repetitive beats, rhythm, or melody lines.

TRACK RE-ORDER

In FORCE 3.2 you can now re-order your tracks by simply changing the tracks position directly from the Matrix, Mixer, or Arrange windows. New track position will take effect when you leave the editing popup.

AUTOMATION SNAPSHOTS

In FORCE 3.2, you can now capture a snapshot of all of the automation parameters in your project within a launch row. Once a snapshot has been captured to a row, automation settings can be launched with event data on that row.

NEW FORCE TUNER

FORCE 3.2 adds an integrated high-fidelity instrument Tuner to its arsenal of tools. Now you can tune your external MIDI CV synth, guitar, bass, fiddle, hurdy gurdy or any other musical instrument using the FORCE Tuner completely standalone.

Meet the Synth Engines

Tutorial - Using Plugin Instruments

New Insert Effects

Plugin Power to Master Any Mix

From remix to mix and master, the massive collection of insert effects by AIR Music Tech. deliver over 90 world-class plugins to FORCE for mixing & mastering, climactic beat drops and song transitions. These insert effects will take your FORCE projects from concept to completion every time.

Disk Streaming

The powerful standalone FORCE workflow is even more efficient with Disk Streaming functionality. Record and playback longer audio tracks, perform an entire DJ set, or create larger keygroup programs all while enjoying faster project load times. Stream from external hard disks, USB flash, SD cards and more into your FORCE for quick project loading and efficient resource management. Disk Streaming eliminates lengthy project load times keeping the music and your creativity flowing. Disk Streaming enables better system resource allocation and performance for expanded creativity.

Looper

Resample your clips or capture audio from FORCE’s collection of inputs and discover the endless creative possibilities of looping. Backed by an intuitive touch user interface and full audio routing capability, FORCE’s Looping capability is perfect for studio-centric inspiration or adding something truly original to your performance.

Sounds

Out-the-box, FORCE comes preloaded with 10GB+ of must-have sounds from industry leading sample content providers, including SampleTools by CR2, MSX Audio and Sample Magic. With 248 kits, 16 demo projects, 2,500+ loops and 500+ patterns, FORCE’s core library provides immediate access to the most sought-after sounds to inspire your creativity from the get-go.

Splice Integration

Simplify your sample browsing and auditioning with on-board Splice integration in FORCE. Splice Sounds fuels the creativity of producers around the world with millions of high-quality, royalty-free samples, sounds, presets and loops, covering nearly every musical style. With Splice natively embedded in FORCE, experience immediate Wi-Fi access to your own Splice library directly from the touch screen user interface.

Ableton Live Integration

FORCE comes pre-mapped to control Ableton Live wirelessly or via an ethernet cable using Ableton Link. Enjoy the seamless flexibility to instantly switch FORCE between standalone operation and Live Control mode without ever stopping playback from either ecosystem. For the ultimate standalone experience, you can now bring your Ableton projects into FORCE for a workflow completely free of computer tethering using the new Ableton Live Project Import function.

FORCE Academy

The FORCE Academy is your destination to learn everything FORCE, from start to finish. From Arranger Mode and making a LoFi beat, to using Pad FX, down to Ableton Project Import Mode and chopping samples, the FORCE Academy will guide you through your music making journey on FORCE.

 

FORCE 3.2 also includes other enhancements, improvements, and new functionalities

  • FORCE now contains support for Ableton Link v3
  • DrumSynth Multi now has mute groups
  • FX Racks now include racks that use the Flavor and Amp Sim effects
  • References to Master have now been renamed ‘Global’ or ‘Main’
  • The TUI Project popup gets an Audition F-key
  • Arpeggiator settings are now saved and recalled with the FORCE project
  • XYFX location is now saved and recalled with the FORCE project

Key Features

On-Board Storage

On-Board Storage

Full-size SD card slot

Full-size SD card slot

USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives

USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives

Wirelessly connect your Bluetooth® compatible device

Wirelessly connect your Bluetooth® compatible device

Play in time with Ableton Link

Play in time with Ableton Link

CV Outputs

CV Outputs

8x8 Clip Launch/Performance Pad Matrix

8x8 Clip Launch/Performance Pad Matrix

Disk Streaming

Disk Streaming

Key Specs

Pads
  • (64) velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit
Knobs
  • (8) 360° touch-sensitive Knobs
  • (1) 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push
  • (5) 270° knobs for gain, mix & level adjustment
Buttons
  • (56) dedicated function buttons; red-, amber-, or green-backlit
Display
  • 6.9” / 176 mm (diagonal)
  • 5.9” x 3.7” / 150 x 93 mm (width x height)
  • Full-color LED-backlit display with touch interface
Connections
  • (2) XLR+1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS inputs (Input 1/2)
  • (4) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS outputs (2 stereo pairs)
  • (1) 1/4” (6.35 mm) stereo headphone output
  • (1) 1/8" (3.5 mm) MIDI input
  • (1) 1/8" (3.5 mm) MIDI output
  • (1) 1/8" (3.5 mm) MIDI thru port
  • (4) 1/8” (3.5 mm) CV/Gate outputs
  • (1) Ethernet link port
  • (2) USB Type-A ports
  • (1) USB Type-B port
  • (1) SD card slot
  • (1) power adapter input
Power
  • via power adapter: 19 V, 3.42 A, center-positive, included
Dimensions (width x depth x height)
  • 13.8” x 15.3” x 2.85”
  • 350 x 389 x 72.5 mm
Weight
  • 8.53 lbs.
  • 3.87 kg

Videos

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