AKAI Advance 25

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The Advance 25 Keyboard Controller is a 25-key, USB MIDI controller that also features eight MPC drum pads with RGB back-lit illumination. The keyboard's integrated high-resolution full-color 4.3-inch display, along with the included Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software application, provide real-time control and feedback of your favorite VSTi virtual instruments. These features and more make the Advance 25 a formidable MIDI control solution whether you're on-stage or in the studio. 

The keyboard's 25 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 25 offers a deep feature set for producing professional-quality music.

The Advance 25 Keyboard also 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

Physical Dimensions:

Unit Dimensions (HxWxD): 3.36 x 19.2 x 11.52 inches (8.5 x 48.8 x 29.3 mm)
Unit Net Weight: 6.83 lbs / 3.1 kg

VIP Software System Requirements:

- 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

Hardware Requirements:

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