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Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch

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Product Highlights
  • 25 Keys
  • Pitch and Modulation Wheels
  • Octave Up/Down Buttons
  • Portable

The SynthStation25 from Akai transforms an iPhone or iPod touch into a portable music production studio for mobile music creation. The MIDI keyboard controller gives your handheld device a two-octave set of piano keys and audio outputs, and it works with the Akai Professional SynthStation Studio app.

The 25-key synthesizer style keyboard features a built-in dock for the iPhone or iPod touch. The keyboard is velocity-sensitive, and includes pitch and modulation wheels, along with octave up and down and sound-bank buttons. The SynthStation25 has a stereo pair of RCA line outputs and a headphone output for connection to recording and sound reinforcement systems.

You can use the keyboard with Akai's SynthStation Studio app as well as virtually any MIDI music software on your computer. Additionally, it can trigger MIDI hardware devices such as sound modules, samplers, and MPCs using its USB/MIDI output. The SynthStation25 is powerful enough for professional musicians, yet virtually anyone can use is to easily create music.

25-key MIDI keyboard controller for iPhone and iPod touch
Velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys for expressive performance
Pitch and modulation wheels, octave +/-, and sound-bank buttons
Stereo RCA line outputs and headphone jack
USB/MIDI for virtually any MIDI music software or MIDI hardware devices
Seamlessly compatible with Akai SynthStation Studio app
Outputs 2 x RCA
1 x 1/8" TRS Headphone (stereo mini)
1 x USB/MIDI
Power Requirements 4 x AAA batteries (included)
6VDC, 1A with center post positive (adapter not included)
USB (cable not included)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 13.4 x 6.5 x 1.2" (340 x 165 x 30mm)
Weight 2 lb (0.9kg)
Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch
  • 4 x AAA Batteries
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    AkaiSynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch
     
    4.4

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Portable (13)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Touch sensitive keys (8)
    • Good audio (6)
    • Responsive / good action (6)

    Cons

    • No speakers (8)

    Best Uses

    • Electronic music (11)
    • MIDI (9)
    • Travel (9)
    • Learning (6)
    • Accompaniment (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    SynthStation25

    I bought the Synthstation25 for my seventeen yr old son who is a musician himself and just as I hoped he loves it. He jumped right into it as soon as as he could...Read complete review

    I bought the Synthstation25 for my seventeen yr old son who is a musician himself and just as I hoped he loves it. He jumped right into it as soon as as he could opened the box and attached his iPod. He also learned the program faster then I thought he would and before I knew it he was telling me he needed more tracks to work with because the Synthstation25 only has 6 tracks. The same day the Synthstation was delivered he was up and creating tight beats. So on that note alone I give the Synthstation25 five stars for a great system with a great price that makes its easy and simple for anyone to make beats. Thanks my son loves it

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Synthstation great, app not so great

    The quality of the synthstation25 is great for the price. Just be sure that when you dock your ipod/iphone its pushed on the the connector as far as possible. I had to take...Read complete review

    The quality of the synthstation25 is great for the price. Just be sure that when you dock your ipod/iphone its pushed on the the connector as far as possible. I had to take my ipod cover off because it prevented it from attaching all the way. My main complaint is the app is very disappointing, although it was only $2. There are other synth apps that are compatible with the synthstation so I'll probably try one of those.

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    4.0

    Synth station review

    By Samn

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound

    Cons

    • No Speakers
    • Poor Action

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music
    • MIDI
    • Travel

    Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

    It should be easier to find different pads, specifically keyboard pads

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    3.0

    Synthstation great, app not so great

    By Tank

    from Redmond, OR

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Portable

    Cons

    • Limited Sound Selection

    Best Uses

      Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

      The quality of the synthstation25 is great for the price. Just be sure that when you dock your ipod/iphone its pushed on the the connector as far as possible. I had to take my ipod cover off because it prevented it from attaching all the way. My main complaint is the app is very disappointing, although it was only $2. There are other synth apps that are compatible with the synthstation so I'll probably try one of those.

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      5.0

      Great product!

      By Courtney

      from Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Portable
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

      • No Speakers

      Best Uses

        Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

        I got this for my husband to use with his iPhone and he loves it!! He uses it all the time and he is very satisfied with it! You do have to use headphones with it if you want to hear what you are doing. There are no built in speakers.

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        5.0

        For the musician on the go!

        By Marc

        from New York, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • No Speakers

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • MIDI
        • Travel

        Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

        First things first, for the price this was an impulse buy for me. Luckily I was not disappointed when I received it! The idea of having a keyboard small enough to carry around with you and compose at the spur of the moment is what drew my attention. I'm rarely at home and always moving around from studios to studios so having this thing with me when I have some down time is great. It's small enough to be portable without an inconvenience, yet it does not sacrifice functionality. I can just pull it out, pop my phone into the dock, and start composing instantly. The synth station app is great and has a lot of great features but the nice thing about this is that you are not just limited to this app only as this keyboard is compatible with countless other apps. You can also plug it into your computer via usb and have a great little midi keyboard. I have been recently placing this next to my 49 key midi keyboard in the studio and shows if I need to trigger sound effects or use my main keyboard for a piano and this thing to play baselines on. The RCA outs are cool I like the idea of being able to plug monitors into it. I even ran some RCA outs from the Synthstation25 and went straight into my mixing board when I was tracking a song and just loaded up some sounds on my phone. I can go on and on about this product but the bottom line is BUY IT! You won't be disappointed it's great fun and has been a great buy for me.

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        3.0

        It saves my time in the construction of

        By Leonardo

        from Rio de Janeiro Brazil

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • No Speakers
        • Unrealistic sound

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • MIDI

        Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

        I have done small loop of some instruments. It's not perfect, but it helps.

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        5.0

        Excellent Product & Even Better Service

        By Acelamb

        from Mitchell, MB

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • No Speakers

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • MIDI
        • Travel

        Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

        I had been looking to buy this product locally for almost two years now. My local shops never carried it. I finally got my hands on one and the positive reviews elsewhere on the net were accurate. Portable, quality build, versatile and fun. I can't say enough about this little MIDI controller. Musicians beware, this may swallow up lots of time! Also, B&H were FANTASTIC with price and speedy delivery (to Canada yet!). I think they impressed me as much as the keyboard did! Heading to NYC soon and will make the trip to this little shining light of an establishment in person for sure. Well done, both Akai (and B&H)!

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        5.0

        Great service

        By Frank

        from Montreal QC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Electronic Music

            Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

            Because this is a birthday gift, I haven't tried the keyboard yet and won't for several more weeks. I requested it in order to get better control of NanoStudio and any other synth apps, especially Ellatron. My fingers are not small enough to play chords on the iPod screen.
            But my main compliments are to B&H for their much improved service to Canada.
            At first I tried to buy the SynthStation from a local merchant, but they were not able to guarantee delivery. It wasn't in stock, and they couldn't get their distributor to promise anything.
            I gave them a few visits and phone calls, then went to the B&H site.
            Within minutes, I ordered the item and knew the final price including taxes, shipping and brokerage - no more guesswork or couriers who hold items hostage while I scramble for cash to cover some exhorbitant "brokerage" charges. (What a "broker" actually does remains a continuing mystery.)
            Within days, I had the package. Now if only my birthday would hurry up ...

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            5.0

            Amazing

            By graffritz

            from brooklyn ny

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Portable
            • Realistic Sound
            • Responsive / Good Action
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Electronic Music
              • MIDI
              • Travel

              Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

              Again, amazing piece of gear. From my experience works best with a 4g +. Tried it with my 3g and noticed some latency. The ip4 was very responsive, smooth, and steady. I do suggest picking up an extension cable so you can keep your phone in it's case or even use your ipad.

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              5.0

              Little packages have a big punch!

              By Walker4God

              from Dodge City, KS

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Endless Possibilities
              • No set-up needed
              • Portable
              • Responsive / Good Action
              • Touch Sensitive Keys
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Miniature keys
              • No Speakers

              Best Uses

              • Background music
              • Electronic Music
              • Learning
              • Loop maker
              • MIDI
              • Travel

              Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

              I have absolutely loved this small little monster since I have purchased it. Not only is it small & portable but it's very well built. Some would think the lack of a brain in this product like most midi keyboards would be a downfall, however the accessibility of this little keyboard allows massive access to use the iPhone as its brain. I was a big fan of the Synthstation iPhone app however akai on its own site provides several other iPhone programs that work with the Synthstation... Nanostudio being my favorite but there is also Music Studio, ivoxel, and 50-in1. I personally use the Synthstation for makin loops or background music at our church. Really for as great as the price you pay or it there aren't a lot of downsides. I mean if I wanted to complain I could say the keys are small, they aren't very weighted, the Synthstation app isn't that great....however for a cheap price akai has built something that is easy to use, compact, versatile, great for writing down an idea when you aren't near your studio, stage use for back up synth sounds in a band situation & really if you aren't lookin to spend a couple thousand dollars on a Yamaha motif thn this little keyboard is very accessible for doing a lot of jobs anywhere from beginner to professional musician & with so many companies moving into the Apple & Android market for new music technologies, this compact machine has endless possibilities.

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              4.0

              Make sure your iPod/Phone has right OS

              By Dr. Dave

              from New York

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Realistic Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Electronic Music
                • Travel

                Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

                Does what you think it can do and more...

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                5.0

                Does exactly what it is supposed to do!

                By Doctor Smith

                from Duluth, GA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Portable
                • Realistic Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Electronic Music
                  • Learning

                  Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

                  The SynthStation25 does exactly what I wanted it to do! I wanted a compact keyboard that didn't have to be tethered to my computer. The SynthStation app is pretty useful. Overall I'm very satisfied.

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                  5.0

                  Magical!!!

                  By gnarlansound

                  from Spearfish, SD

                  About Me Music enjoyer, Music producer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                  • Easy to Customize
                  • Sounds so good
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Doesn't work for all Apps
                  • USB only for MIDI

                  Best Uses

                  • Recording

                  Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

                  This is a huge addition to any recording setup. Get the av cable with white and red tips, plug the system into the input of your computer (I own a mac), and then record from your iPod. I downloaded Argon Synth and the SynthStation app, and both work incredibly with this controller. Deep bass sounds, shimering synths and pads! I made this song only using my iPod, Synth Station, and Logic Express if you want a small sample of the wide variety of possibilites this iPod controller contains...http://soundcloud.com/gnarlygnarlan/people

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  4.0

                  WARNING

                  By 13DE

                  from Ohio

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Navigate

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

                      This is a great product, but be careful using an ac adapter to power it! i used an adapter thats voltage was too high and it causes the headphone output to go out. other than that (possibly) manufacturer avoidable user error this device is great and works great with the Synthstation app, Nanostudio, FL Studio, and Music Studio.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      Good price. Good product

                      By Sick[*]mick

                      from concord, ca

                      About Me Producer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                      • Easy to Customize
                      • Easy to Navigate
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Educational Purposes
                        • Multimedia

                        Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

                        im using this with nanostudio on iphone 4. Works really well, like a beat machine with a touchscreen. Workflow is fun and intuitive, and with this keyboard i finally have some control over note velocity. Super light and compact and portable. Ive made a few beats so far and the batteries are still good. The only thing i dont like is that the keyboard jacks the audio out so u will need a pair of headphones or portable speakers. Ie u cant hear thru the iphone speaker. I guess the iphone speaker isnt all that good anyway..

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Other

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                        4.0

                        Awesome product

                        By Acuri

                        from Rio de Janeiro

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

                          I just got home with my new Akai Synthstation 25 and I absolutely love it.
                          It's like having several different synthesizers.

                          Alberto

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          great product

                          By tembo

                          from kenya

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

                            excellent product and lots of fun to use.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            The shizz

                            By The beat junky

                            from Oakland, CA

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Portable
                            • Touch Sensitive Keys

                            Cons

                            • No Speakers
                            • Poor Action

                            Best Uses

                            • Electronic Music
                            • MIDI
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

                            Wow this is a very convenient device. The app for the phone is the real surpriser but this midi keyboard makes it top notch. It can also be used just like an oxygen midi keyboard and be connected to your computer or laptop so it has more uses then just for iPhone. My only complaint is that the ac adaptor is separate and you need external speakers. Other then that you can't beat the price and portability. They are also offering a $20 rebate even better! On a side note it doesn't say it's compatible with iPhone 4 which is odd since it just came out but don't worry because it actually is. Just make sure you remove your cover or bumper protector. One last note you can transport to Logic GarageBand or an Mpc

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                            4.0

                            Nore useful than I imagined

                            By rsturner2002

                            from DFW-Texas

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Portable
                            • Responsive / Good Action
                            • Touch Sensitive Keys

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Electronic Music
                              • Learning
                              • MIDI
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

                              Using it with Nanostudio. works well! I am pleased with the feel of the mini keys too. I occasionally get the double-triggered note but not much of a problem. Also works great as a midi controller with my DAW (Logic). I wish it had transport controls and aftertouch but for this price it's an amazing piece of gear!

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                              5.0

                              SynthStation25

                              By MrBlackbonez

                              from California

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Portable
                              • Pre-programmed music
                              • Realistic Sound
                              • Responsive / Good Action
                              • Touch Sensitive Keys

                              Cons

                              • No Speakers

                              Best Uses

                              • Accompaniment
                              • Electronic Music
                              • Learning
                              • MIDI
                              • School Bands
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Akai SynthStation25 - Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod Touch:

                              I bought the Synthstation25 for my seventeen yr old son who is a musician himself and just as I hoped he loves it. He jumped right into it as soon as as he could opened the box and attached his iPod. He also learned the program faster then I thought he would and before I knew it he was telling me he needed more tracks to work with because the Synthstation25 only has 6 tracks. The same day the Synthstation was delivered he was up and creating tight beats. So on that note alone I give the Synthstation25 five stars for a great system with a great price that makes its easy and simple for anyone to make beats. Thanks my son loves it

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