Akai Advance61 61 Key USB Controller Keyboard

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MSRP: $699.00


Product Description

The Akai Advance 61 keyboard is like nothing else you've ever played. Unprecedented playability and unrestricted manipulation of any virtual instrument with an exclusive interactive, full-color display, complemented by performance-friendly hardware controls! The Advance 61 Keyboard deftly 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 61 Keyboard comes with a 16GB download of over 10,000 sounds from industry-leading developers at AIR Music Technology, SONiVOX, and TOOLROOM RECORDS. This comprehensive collection of nine plugins provides you with an instant palette of contemporary, sought-after sounds for both live performance and studio production.

Akai Advance 61 61-Key Controller Keyboard Features

  • 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 parametes
  • Includes Virtual Instrument Player software for unprecedented virtual instrument preset management, control mapping and multi patch creation
  • 61 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
  • Functions as a standalone controller
  • Included sounds: Vacuum Pro, Loom, Hybrid 3, Xpand!2, Velvet and Transfuser by AIR Music Tech, Eighty Eight Ensemble by SONiVOX and exclusive artist launch packs from TOOLROOM RECORDS (downloads). Plus 100's of other VI's and sounds from a growing list of partners, available for purchase, downloadable from the VIP Store
  • 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 by plugin, artist collection, instrument type, timbre, and more
    • Access, edit and mix up to 8 virtual instruments at one time
    • Setlist 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
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-inch 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.

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 our 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. Our custom semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keybed supports aftertouch, making it the ideal keyboard for seasoned live performers and studio producers alike.

We Give You Everything You Need
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.

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Customer Reviews

Kevin Thoren Submitted: 7/31/2018
Product Rating
This Item is well worth the price and highly recommend this to anyone wanting or needing a Synth!
Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
This Synth is well worth the cost and blew my mind when I saw what it can do! The sample packs that it came with are amazing. Opening it and taking it out of the box felt like Christmas morning.
Val Submitted: 10/21/2017
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Problem From day one
What is your opinion of this product?
Akai has terrible customer service. Their tech support couldn’t even troubleshoot the problem. I really wanted this to work, as an MPC X owner the combination looked awesome in my studio. But what good are looks if the unit doesn’t do what it says it’s capable of doing?
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Edward Submitted: 9/9/2015
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Not Ready In My Opinion
What is your opinion of this product?
So I'm going to start by saying that this product is actually a very nice one. The controller itself is built well and it will serve as a great tool one day. I say one day because it depends on Akai Advance VIP Software which in my opinion needs a lot of work. I'm part of the Akai community and there has been numerous inquiries about the software and GUI. First, the layout is weird. You pick your parameters or types of sounds on the right and your result list is on the left. Should be the other way around. That's not the big issue. The issue is that the GUI constantly freezes if you're picking through the different samples/patches you have. For whatever reason, the software glitches when loading the different VSTs/plugins to get that sound. My computer is very fast with 16GB of RAM, so this should be no thing. Also, if you have Sylenth, Nexus, Omnisphere, Ana, have to manually import each expansion and it doesn't categorize to the expansion name. It'll take forever to import.
Happy Submitted: 8/18/2015
Product Rating
Well worth it!
What is your opinion of this product?
Best keyboard ever for full control of vst instruments.


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