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Taylor

Taylor
December 12, 2012

Akai MAX 49 Keyboard Controller Overview

inMusic, the parent company that owns Numark, Alesis, and Akai, has been pretty busy this year. All three of their leading companies have been releasing much of the gear featured at Winter NAMM 2012 and teased through YouTube videos and company press releases. Gear like the Numark 4TRAK, the Alesis QX line of MIDI keyboard controllers, and the very popular Akai Synthstation 49 and MPC Renaissance. In addition to releasing tons of new gear this year they also acquired formerly AVID owned M-Audio to round out their line of professional audio equipment. We will likely see more from inMusic this year at Winter NAMM 2013 in January and we will have plenty to report from the show room floor.

We first saw the Akai MAX 49 almost a year ago at Winter NAMM 2012 and our first impression was that the MAX 49 was a collection of improvements …

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Taylor

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November 20, 2012

Akai Synthstation 49 Review

We first saw the Akai Synthstation 49 at Winter NAMM 2011 and surrounding this keyboard controller was all the buzz about the future of production and the integration of iOS devices. The public has been waiting patiently, filled with questions and anticipation for the keyboard controller that looked to take the most advantage of integrating an iPad with a keyboard controller. We were finally able to get our hands on one, play around with some different apps, and take it for a test drive when performing and using it for production. For those of you that have been holding out and waiting for the Synthstation 49, here are the things you have been waiting for:

Layout and Features

As the name implies, the Akai Synthstation 49 is a 49 key controller with selections for recording and playback, selecting instruments, and selecting between sequences, octaves, and songs. There are 9 MPC style pads for …

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Taylor

Taylor
December 14, 2010

Akai Synthstation 25 Review

Have you ever wanted to take your keyboard anywhere but hated lugging around a bulky and cumbersome synth? Akai has made it easy with the Akai Synthstation 25. This 25 key synth controller allows you to hook up your iPhone or iPod directly to the keyboard to act as your brain for the Synthstation 25 controller. The keyboard itself allows you to control all of the functions within the application on your Apple device while also incorporating a pitch and mod wheel for all of your synth creation needs.

The synth buttons allow you to easily select between your different sounds and the convenience of the octave buttons make switching keys a breeze. The application is what makes this keyboard stand out among other 25 key keyboards. You can manipulate all of your sounds in the Synth Edit section, create your own beats in the Grid Edit section, or even record your …