Akai Advance 25 - MIDI Keyboard With Hi-Res Display

The new Akai ADVANCE keyboards ship with VIP - a host based software allowing you to automate, catalogue and tag all your VST presets with ANY virtual instrument. The 25 key version boasts the same 4.3 inch full colour screen!  Akai AIR 2.0 software allows full control over virtually any software instrument or DAW parameter -learn more about AIR 2.0 in our blog post >>>

    • Advance 25 PRODUCT FEATURES:

      Unprecedented Control of Your Virtual Instruments

      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. Better yet, 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, VST 32 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.

      The Advance 25 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.

      Advance Keyboards Highlights

      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

      25 Premium, semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keybed aftertouch

      8 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

      Available in 25-, 49-, and 61- key sizes

      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

      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


      Unit Dimensions (HxWxD) (in inches)
      3.36 x 19.2 x 11.52

      Unit Net Weight (in lbs)



      2 GB free disk space for basic installation, 20GB free disk space for full content installation
      4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
      Multi-core CPU
      1280 x 768 pixel screen resolution
      Mac OS X 10.8 or later
      Windows 7 or later


      Mac OS X 10.8 or later
      Windows 7 or later
      1 available USB port
      200 MB free disk space

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