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Akai Professional Advance 61 MIDI Keyboard Controller  

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Akai's Advance 61 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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Overview

Akai's Advance 61 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 61 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
  • 61 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 61 MIDI Keyboard Controller
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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  • Good quality (3)

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4.0

Akai. Great support and the keys are great.

By Marty

from Turner, Me.

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Universal

Cons

  • Somewhat Complex

Best Uses

  • Studio

Comments about Akai Professional Advance 61 MIDI Keyboard Controller:

Although the Akai Advance is somewhat complex, I feel the performance, quality, and support have been all worth it. As with any piece of gear, there is a learning curve to be expected. Support by the way, will give you a live person in a matter of 5 minutes or less in my experience.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great buy!

By Buddy Bear Wright

from Toledo,Ohio

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Akai Professional Advance 61 MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    I'm beginner.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Product!!!

    By Jarexx

    from Spring Hill, FL

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Akai Professional Advance 61 MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        Frankly the product is awesome and does exactly what it
        claims to do and it looks lovely. A 76 key version would be the icing
        on the cake.

        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Endless Possibilities

        By Robert

        from melbourne, fl

        Site Member

        Comments about Akai Professional Advance 61 MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        After four hours of downloads, the accompanying VIP SW found most of my 64-bit VSTs. However it's the VST's that come with this thing that are amazing. Air's LOOM is about as lush as it gets and SoniVox's 88 is well crazy great compared to any stage piano or rompler I have ever played. I had to shut off my wifi, networking, and virus scan to get glitch-free performance on my 2012 laptop. The keybed is a personal taste thing, I realize that, buy I like the action a lot. Crisp SW keys, just big enough not to be a major PITA.The display, pads, and knobs are fantastic. I had it playing as a plug-in with Mixcraft and FL Studio's on the first day. The arp control is so cool, the layering is so simple. Akai..YOU Rock !!!!

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