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Akai MAX25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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Product Description

Get control of your sound and performance with the Akai MAX25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller! With the ability to command anything from vintage analog synths via its CV/Gate outputs to modern MIDI and USB MIDI devices, the MAX25 controller is incredible powerful while being very compact. The included Ableton Live Lite, AkaiConnect, and Ignite music creation software give the Akai MAX25 instant, powerful creative capabilities.

Akai gives this keyboard controller 25 semi-weighted keys, 8 real MPC pads, groundbreaking LED touch faders and built-in 16-note step sequencer. If you need a go-to studio or live performance that is compact and extremely versatile, look no further than the MAX25 from Akai!

Akai MAX25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller Features

  • 25 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch for complete musical expression
  • 4 backlit LED touch faders for gradual or instant parameter value changes
  • 8 backlit real MPC pads with MPC Note Repeat and MPC swing
  • CV and Gate outputs for use with vintage analog synths (1V/Oct)
  • Built-in step sequencer for detailed track construction
  • Expanded arpeggiator with latch and time division controls
  • 4 pad banks, 4 fader banks, total of 64 assignable pads, faders, and buttons
  • Included AkaiConnect software automatically maps to VST plugins
  • Mackie Control and HUI modes provide instant compatibility with many DAWs
  • Includes Ignite music creation software with over 275 instrument sounds from AIR Music Technology
  • Ableton Live Lite Akai Pro Edition software included
  • Includes:
    • MAX25 Controller
    • Ignite Software (Download)
    • Ableton Live Lite Akai Pro Edition Software
    • AkaiConnect and Vyzex Software
    • Power Supply
    • USB Cable
    • Quickstart Guide
    • Safety Instructions and Warranty Manual
Cutting-Edge LED Touch Faders
MAX25 is one of the most unique controllers ever engineered. One of its most exciting features is the four banks of four backlit LED touch faders, allowing you to assign up to 16 control parameters. Use MAX25's LED touch faders just like analog faders by simply dragging your finger along their touch strips, or you can perform instant leaps in any MIDI value from zero to maxed out and everything in between—an unprecedented, unmatched controller capability.

Built-In Step Sequencer
Akai Professional’s MAX25 and MAX49 are the only keyboard controllers available that include a built-in step sequencer. MAX25’s touch faders combine with the built-in step sequencer to offer even more innovative performance capabilities. Control four banks of four steps each, creating patterns up to 16 steps.

The step sequencer can be assigned to MIDI parameters or the CV/Gate outputs, and the touch faders give you real-time editing control over modulation, filters, key changes, and effects. Create instant arpeggios by swiping your finger horizontally across the faders, and easily activate and deactivate steps using the button beneath each fader.

Classic Capability
When you're ready to get down to business, the MAX25 controller keyboard delivers 25 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, providing professional feel, perfect response and full musical expression. Large, centrally positioned transport controls give you straightforward track navigation, and rubberized pitch and modulation wheels provide for instant creative flourishes. Akai MAX25's expanded arpeggiator includes a Latch button as well as eight different time divisions to create sweeping and endlessly varied melodic cascades.

CV and Gate Outputs
Akai MAX25 comes ready to command any controller hardware or software from any era: USB MIDI, traditional 5-pin DIN MIDI, and Control Voltage and Gate outputs are onboard, allowing you to control everything from today's most advanced music software, to analog modular synths from as far back as the 1960s. Mackie Control and HUI protocols are also built in to give you instant compatibility with many industry standard DAWs.

Iconic MPC Pads
MAX25 is also equipped with four banks of 8 backlit MPC pads, giving you a total of 32 assignable pads, allowing you to integrate legendary Akai Pro production capability into live performances and recording sessions alike. These backlit velocity-sensitive pads come with classic MPC Swing, Note Repeat, Full Level and navigation controls to give you all the tools you need to create music at your highest level.

Ignite Included
Ignite music creation software from AIR works seamlessly with MAX25, giving you the fastest way to capture ideas and make music. It’s a refreshingly different approach, a simple and seamless creat­ive partner that empowers your ideas and brings them to life. Say goodbye to the rigid and complicated methods of the past. Say hello to a fresh new way to create.

Ignite includes over 275 instruments, many of which are taken from our renowned instrument collections - including Strike, Structure, and Velvet. All sounds have been optimized to load quickly, and the editing controls are automatically mapped to your MAX25. These extraordinary sounds include keyboards, drums, percussion, basses, guitars, synths, strings, brass, and woodwinds.

Ableton Inside
MAX25 also comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Pro Edition software, one of the most popular and powerful performance and production programs worldwide. Ableton Live Lite enables musicians to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment.

Control to the Max
MAX25 also comes with AkaiConnect automatic-mapping software, so you'll be up and running in your favorite DAW and VSTs in seconds. AkaiConnect has been designed to eliminate the guesswork and give you more time creating and less time setting up controls. Instantly assign MAX25's MPC pads, touch faders and buttons to your favorite music software plug-ins by simply clicking on the software element you want to control, then touching the knob, pad, fader or button on MAX25.

Product Specifications
Akai MAX25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller Specifications
  • Keys: 25 keys + 4 banks of 8 drum pads
  • Type of action: Semi-weighted Aftertouch (Channel)
  • Computer Interface: USB/MIDI
  • Displays: 4-row x 20-character LCD
  • Interfaces:
    • USB
    • MIDI Out
    • MIDI In
    • CV (1V/octave)
    • Gate (configurable)
  • Programmable Continuous Footpedals: 1
  • Programmable Footswitches: 2
  • Programmable Controllers:
    • 4 x 8 Pads
    • 4 x 4 Faders
    • Keybed
    • Pitch and Modulation Wheels
    • 2 x Footswitches
    • Expression Pedal
  • System Real-Time Controls: MMC, MIDI START/STOP, MIDI CC
  • Dimensions: 17.1 x 13 x 3.2 inches
  • Weight: 7.3 lbs
  • System Requirements:
    • Mac: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended)
    • Windows: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP, Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended), QuickTime recommended
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  401-658-4032 Warranty:  1 Year
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