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Akai Professional Advance 49 MIDI Keyboard Controller

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1422297024931
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Akai's Advance 49 gives you unprecedented playability and unrestricted manipulation of any virtual instrument with its exclusive interactive, full-color display, complemented by performance-friendly h... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

Akai's Advance 49 gives you unprecedented playability and unrestricted manipulation of any virtual instrument with its exclusive interactive, full-color display, complemented by performance-friendly hardware controls. This 49 key version fuses the power of software instruments with the live playability of a keyboard workstation, so you can create like never before. The dividing line between software and hardware instruments is finally gone.

The Advance Keyboards transform computer-based plugins into an entirely hands-on playing experience. The keyboard surface features an integrated high-resolution full-color 4.3" display, providing real-time control and feedback of all virtual instruments. The screen instantly adapts itself to the selected plugin's controls, delivering immediate 1:1 access to the instrument and various editable functions. Better yet, the Advance Keyboards work with any VSTi virtual instrument. Using the Advance Keyboard's custom-designed Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software application, your entire VSTi library is controlled by one application. VIP operates as a plugin inside any major digital audio workstation (DAW) or as a stand-alone application on both Mac and Windows operating systems.

Sophisticated but Easy to Use
Dedicated physical controls are thoughtfully included, with RGB backlit, velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads on each keyboard surface. Rubberized pitch and modulation wheels provide simple, direct note manipulation with musically natural action. Easily-gripped, continuously-variable endless knobs let you make adjustments with granular or dramatic effect. Akai's custom semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keybed supports aftertouch, making it the ideal keyboard for seasoned live performers and studio producers alike.

Everything You Need is Here
Included with each Advance Keyboard is the Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) application. VIP gives you immediate access to any virtual instrument in your collection-with or without a DAW-a powerful way to play virtual instruments live or integrate them into a recording session.
VIP software users can also create setlists that provide on-demand access to your customized instruments for stage performance and studio work. By simply pressing a single button on an Advance Keyboard, you can adapt to song changes as the live performance progresses-without ever reaching for your computer. That's what you want!

You'll also love VIP's facilities for hyper-fast instrument and patch browsing, key zone splitting, layering of up to 8 instruments per VIP instance, expansive custom mapping capabilities, and support for any VSTi plugin. You can run as many instances of the Virtual Instrument Player as your computer allows. VIP runs as a VSTi, AU, RTAS or AAX plugin, allowing you access to VSTi's in virtually any DAW, such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro X and Ableton Live.

With the Advance Keyboards, you get uninhibited access to any virtual instrument in your library without losing focus of the instrument in front of you. Nothing else can do that for you.

FEATURES

Advance Keyboard
  • Integrated 4.3" high-resolution full-color screen with dedicated interface buttons
  • Screen provides 1:1, real-time feedback of plugin parametes
  • 49 Premium, semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keybed aftertouch
  • 8 large, endless and continuously variable control knobs
  • 8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive MPC pads with RGB illumination
  • Dedicated pad bank, transport control, octave, and performance buttons
  • Note repeat, time-division, pattern arpeggiator, and tap-tempo buttons
  • Rubberized Pitch and Modulation wheels
  • Expression pedal and footswitch inputs
  • USB and 5-pin MIDI Input/Output for use with any MIDI capable software or hardware
  • Functions as a standalone controller
  • Available in 25-, 49-, and 61- key sizes
Virtual Instrument Player Software
  • Plays virtually every VSTi-compatible plugin
  • Operates as a standalone virtual instrument player for your computer
  • Also operates as a plugin within any AU, VST, or AAX compatible DAW
  • Organizes your plugin collection with intuitive browsing
  • Access, edit and mix up to 8 virtual instruments at one time
  • Setlist feature, switch between patches from any plugin instantly from the keyboard
  • Extensive key zone splitting, custom mapping, and instrument mixing options
  • Pre-mapped to hundreds of industry-leading virtual instruments
  • Unlimited instances of VIP may be run in a DAW
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Akai ProfessionalAdvance 49 MIDI Keyboard Controller
 
5.0

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must have for productive musicians!

By JboogiePro

from Chicago, Illinois

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • 2 Pitch Bends, 8 Pads & 8 Rotary knobs 49 Keys
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Unlimited optional use. Runs virtually all VST's
  • VIP Software, Midi, Sustain & Expression ports.

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Connects to any DAW
    • Game Changing
    • Mobile DJ
    • Mutli-Layering VST's, AAX or AU
    • Practicing
    • Production

    Comments about Akai Professional Advance 49 MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    This is one of the most versatile keyboard / midi-controller available on the market today. Capable of running all VST's. AU & AAX plug-ins. Can be used as a stand alone controller. Works great as a controller in a DAW (currently I'm running Ableton Live). Works great within it's VIP software apart from a DAW. When the VIP plug-in is used within the DAW and the unit is properly connected, it elevates the game exponentially! There are ports for a sustain pedal & expression pedal. This unit is usb bus powered. However, it would be best to acquire a usb hub or purchase a 6V power adapter to lessen the burden of draining your computer's processing power. Also, to increase my workflow, it's been a real blast combining the Ableton Push 2 with Akai Advance 49. The LED screen allows me to concentrate on the music not the computer.

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