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The Advance 61 from Akai Professional is a 61-key, USB MIDI controller that also features eight MPC drum pads with RGB back-lit illumination. The keyboard boasts an integrated high-resolution full-color 4.3-inch display, which in tandem with the included Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software application, provides real-time control and feedback of your favorite VSTi virtual instruments. These features and more make the Advance 61 a formidable MIDI control solution whether you're on-stage or in the studio.
The keyboard's 61 semi-weighted keys are velocity-sensitive with aftertouch, and the drum pads feature velocity- and pressure-sensitivity. With 8 endless and continuously variable control knobs, transport control, pattern arpeggiator, and MPC-style functions such as note repeat and time-division, the Advance 61 offers a deep feature set for producing professional-quality music.
Integrated 4.3-inch high-resolution full-color screen with dedicated interface buttons
Screen provides 1:1, real-time feedback of plug-in parameters
Includes Virtual Instrument Player software for virtual instrument preset management, control mapping and multi-patch creation
61 semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keybed with 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
Virtual Instrument Player Software Highlights
Works with virtually every VSTi-compatible plug-in
Operates as a standalone virtual instrument player for your computer
Also operates as a plug-in within any AU, VST, or AAX compatible DAW
Organizes your plug-in collection with intuitive browsing by plug-in, 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 plug-in 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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In the Box
Akai Professional Advance 61- 61-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller
2 GB free disk space for basic installation, 20 GB 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