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Akai Advance 25

Akai Advance 25

Akai Advance 25, 25 keys midi keyboard for advanced virtual instrument performance, semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keybed with aftertouch, integrated 10,9 cm (4.3") high-resolution full-colour screen with dedicated interface buttons, screen provides 1:1 real-time feedback of plugin parameters, includes virtual instrument player software with virtual instrument pre-set management, control mapping and multi patch creation, 8 endless and continuously variable control knobs, 8 rgb illuminated velocity- and pressure-sensitive mpc-style pads, dedicated pad bank, transport control, octave, and performance buttons, note repeat, time-division, pattern arpeggiator, and tap-tempo buttons, rubberised pitch and modulation wheels, inputs for expression pedal and footswitch, 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 instrument designers including air music technology, sonivox and prime loops, virtual instrument player 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, organises 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

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Good hardware - improved software

Olav B., 27.12.2015
The Advance 25 is my first contact with both a keyboard and a MIDI controller per se. Now I am also relatively new in dealing with DAWs (I use Cubase). I'm learning and playing electric guitar a bit longer. In working on and with complex software systems, however, I am tolerably experienced. Because I'm talking about handmade music and therefore good hardware, I was torn between the desk-compatible 2-octave keyboards of NI and AKAI Professional. I chose the Advance 25 because I do not own NI's Komplete Suite (unfortunately).

The Advance 25 is good hardware. The price is okay for the otherwise "stupid" device, considering that the VIP software as an integral element makes the keyboard first to the instrument as it is advertised (as Nis System Komplete Kontrol, only for Half of the money). Since about three weeks the keyboard rests sovereignly (not too lightly and not too hard) next to my PC keyboard and my right hand likes to grab it. It feels good.

To VIP software, a story in three chapters.

1. Registration and download:
The registration is not possible with Firefox (with and without plugins). The internet explorer has to direct it - well. After registration, the download (key and files) is available under the new own account at AKAI. Download (with Firefox) in the sequence without result.

2. Installation
My Windows workspace has default user rights. To the main installer of VIP, on the other hand, I like to be on request with administrator rights, normal. After inconspicuous running of several subinstallation processes then the abort with error and linked reference directly into a log file! The whole thing again - with identical result !! For the sake of brevity: I spent a whole night in the problem solution invested. It is: the complete setup is only possible as a logged in administrator. But also the suggested freedom of choice when setting the location for large-scale installation proves to be inaccurate in the case of limited space on the system partition. Because "C: \ ProgramData" can not be dealt with !!! So, new system raised (at a total of two ceremonies) and now runs VIP with me, stand alone and as a Cubase plugin - finally!

3. Hands On:
The keyboard feels good, as I said. Pads, keyboard and rotary knobs make my untrained fingers at least fun. Until now I only notice the feedback of the octave switch. Two keys for octave up or down and the changing illuminance of the keys should tell me where my keyboard window is straight. The user interface of VIP is, even at a second glance, properly structured, reduced to the limit of the acceptable in its competency and runs so far error-free (in stand-alone mode; as a plugin under Cubase there have been up to two crashes so far). And that applies to the user interface on the PC and the keyboard alike. But, the access possibilities to the system configuration, ie the organization of plugins, maps, patches, setlists and what else there is still external data so, are limited to an automatism (scanning of given directories), which unfortunately does not run error-free. And so I work around a system that is fun, but can not do everything I paid for ("Transfuser" and "Velvet" refuse the service). Not to forget: after loading a project in Cubase, there are fiddly hackle-outs when dealing with VIP, if more than one instance is represented in the tracks.

The conclusion of a software-oriented musician: AKAI delivers good hardware with mediocre software. Currently VIP is available in version 1.1 and my recession is related to it. I guess I'd be better off with NI, because I think it's closer than excellent software house, very good hardware (at the price of very good components, of course) with the core core know-how, Keyboard is today the software) to market, than the other way round. Ultimately (and not least) the price performance aspect of my (hobby) investment leaves me satisfied with the purchase. Of course in the expectation of advanced VIP-updates from AKAI ...

[Supplement 21.01.2016>
The Cubase integration of VIP is annoying, because permanently unstable in projects with more than one instance of the plugin. After several weeks, I have not yet succeeded in ensuring a deterministic behavior of my projects after the dawning of the DAW. But I can not completely exclude that I am not yet the system properly (RTFM? - yes, I have, and there is also on Limitations in the multi-instance operation ...). But what definitely points to faulty software are always situations in which I have to restart Cubase because the keyboard no longer gets a connection to VIP. This is a retrospective point deduction for handling. AKAI, because you must deliver soon (then there is the point back ;-)).

[Supplement 18.03.2016>
For one to two weeks, the VIP is being called upon to upgrade to VIP 2.0. (Right now: so far I have not been able to install version 2.0). The first time I wanted to do this immediately and have downloaded through the software the corresponding updater file. The startup of the updater then leads (why did not that surprise me particularly ...?) Into the desert: a window comes up and prompts to run a VIP1.1 installer point. In the window itself is still the URL (!) Of the installer (not marked, so nothing clipboard). By hand typed into the browser I got a 404 error of the browser - no connection. What shoud that?!? With Groll I log in to AKAI and lo and behold: the 1.1 installer is available for download. Download> Start Installer> Reboot> Launch VIP> 2 cryptic error messages but the program starts and works after rescan of the plugins. So I start the 2.0-Updater - with the same result as before: I should first update to version 1.1. Now it's enough - that gives the minimal score in the overall judgment !!!
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Almost the egg laying wool milk

Stephan M. 869, 10.01.2016
I am very satisfied with the Advance 25. Works in conjunction with Ableton flawless. The administration is very good. Even without Ableton and only with VIP makes the keyboard great fun. Too bad that one is bound to the computer, so VIP is rather uninteresting. A plug-out version with integrated audio interface to get started with the Advance 25 without a computer would have turned completely round.

If you are looking for a high-quality midi master keyboard with many functions and a top processing, I can advise the Advance 25,49,61 only warmly.
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