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AKAI ADVANCE49 – Akai has launched the Advance Series of keyboard controllers. Available in 25, 49 and 61 keys, the Advance Keyboards come to offer great playability and exceptional manipulation of any virtual instrument.

Advance 49 comes with all typical features of a midi controller: 49-note velocity and pressure-sensitive keyboard, with octave up and down buttons, pitch bend and modulation wheels and transport control buttons. There are also eight encoders, as well as eight switches and eight MPC pads, which pressure and velocity sensitivity. Advance49 comes with four pad banks, so it’s possible to access up to 32 MIDI events.

What makes Advance 49 awesome is the included Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software application. With VIP you can access an entire VSTi library and control most parameters through the integrated high-resolution full-color 4.3-inch display plus page left/right buttons, mode buttons, cursors and data dial.

VIP runs as a plugin inside any DAW and will allow the user to create setlists so that they can customize instruments and patches for instant access. Another cool feature is the Multi-Mode, with the possibility to layer up to 8 instruments/patches and create amazing sounds. Each patch is assigned to a slot and there are individual controls for volume, pan, solo and mute.

VIP can also run as a standalone virtual instrument on your computer.

Although extremely powerful, you can use Advance 49 without running VIP. The keyboard display will show the selected parameter and the current value. The controller comes with a list of preset mappings for most DAWs, as well as the possibility to save your custom mappings.


The rear panel has a power button, power input, USB connection, Midi In/Out jacks, Sustain and Expression pedal inputs. The USB port will also provide power when connecting the controller to a computer.


– 49 semi-weighted velocity sensitive keys with aftertouch;

– 8 control knobs;

– 8 MPC pads with RGB illumination;

– Note repeat, time division, and arpeggiator buttons;

– Pitch and modulation wheels;

– Expression and Sustain pedal inputs;

– Midi In/Out jacks;

– 4.3-inch full-color display;

– USB port;

– 16GB download of developers such as Air Music Technology, Sonivox and Toolroom Records and much more.

Visit Akai website: www.akaipro.com

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