In this video, Jennifer Hruska from inMusic takes an in-depth look at the new Akai Advance controller keyboard and how it works for controlling software plug-ins.
The Advance Keyboard series was introduced earlier this year at NAMM. The keyboard controllers are designed to provide deep integration with virtual instruments. There are three keyboard sizes in the Advance line, the Advance 25, Advance 49, and Advance 61.
Advance Keyboard Series Highlights:
- Keyboards for advanced virtual instrument performance
- Integrated 4.3-inch high-resolution full-color screen with dedicated interface buttons
- Screen provides 1:1, real-time feedback of plugin parameters
- Available in 25-, 49-, and 61- key sizes
- Includes Virtual Instrument Player software for unprecedented virtual instrument preset management, control mapping and multi patch creation
- Premium, semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keybed with 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
- Also functions as a standalone controller
- Includes a 16GB download with more than 10,000 sounds from leading virtual instruments from AIR Music Technology and SONiVOX.
Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) Software Highlights:
- 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 by plugin, artist collection, instrument type, timbre, and more
- Access, edit, and mix up to 8 virtual instruments at one time
- Set list feature lets live performers 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
Pricing and Availability.
Akai Professional’s Advance 25, Advance 49, and Advance 61 keyboards are priced at $399.99, $499.99, and $599.99, respectively. For more information, visit the Akai Pro Advance keyboard website.
via AskAudio Mag