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Akai Professional SYNTHSTATION25 25-Key Keyboard Controller For iPhone and iPod Touch

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  • 25-key MIDI keyboard controller with dock for iPhone and iPod touch
  • Velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys for expressive performance
  • Stereo RCA line outputs and headphone jack
  • MIDI-over-USB for use with virtually all music software
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Product Description

The SynthStation25 transforms iPhone or iPod touch into a portable music production studio for mobile music creation. This MIDI keyboard controller gives your handheld device a two-octave set of piano keys and professional audio outputs, and it integrates perfectly with the Akai Pro SynthStation app and select third party apps. The SynthStation25 is powerful enough for professional musicians, yet virtually anyone can use it to easily create music. his 25-key synth keyboard features a built-in dock for iPhone or iPod touch that allows you to take performance beyond simply touching the screen. Touchscreen technology is amazing, but it doesn't respond to velocity which is a key component to capturing your musical expression. The SynthStation25 gives you two octaves of velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys, pitch and modulation wheels, and octave up and down and sound-bank buttons so everything you play get laid down in the mix. The SynthStation25 has a stereo pair of RCA line outputs and a headphone output for connection to recording and sound reinforcement systems.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 13.4 x 1.2 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0038YX3C2
  • Item model number: SYNTHSTATION25
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,605 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 1, 2010

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Great job Akai!
M. Byfield
I exchanged for a new one thinking this must be a defect but the second one had the same issue.
MIDI IN from a DAW or MIDI yoke works in Akai app, not sure with nanostudio.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By BurnedCustomer101 on March 3, 2011
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I had been eyeballing this thing for a while, but I didn't have an iphone. I recently got an ipod touch 4g for an unrelated reason, and within a few hours of that purchase it occurred to me that I should get this thing too. I'm glad I did.

The controller is well built for a powerless piece of plastic (i say powerless because it is not a pre-amp or anything, it does require batteries). I own the LPK25 and the LPD8, and the SS25 is pretty similar in design with the exception of the pitch and mod wheels (drum pads are controlled via the touch screen). There is no on board speaker, and keys played don't play through the ipod's speaker, so you NEED headphones or to use the line out. Get an RCA to 1/8" adapter and you are set. I really like this because I make the noise in my band and it is difficult to do what I do without a computer. This essentially puts Garage Band in my pocket and I've spent many a night on the couch completely oblivious to my wife and kids while I amuse myself and actually get some work done at the same time; the portability is just awesome.

AKAI SS25 Software: 1/5 stars. It turns on when the ipod is plugged into controller unless another app is running which I find completely annoying. Also. I have yet to figure out how to record a freaking song with this software. UI just plain sucks and is not at all intuitive. If this were the only software available for the controller nothing could have redeemed it and i would have given the keyboard a 1/5 also. BUT luckily...

Nano Studio: 4/5 This software has everything the SS25 app lacks: friendly interface, decent library of sounds, and modeled after your typical track by track software.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Allen C. Huffman VINE VOICE on November 8, 2010
I discovered an iPhone/iPad app called "iVoxel" a few months ago. It was a vocoder in software (think "Mr. Roboto" by STYX or Disney's "Main Street Electrical Parade" intro). I had wanted a vocoder for ages, but never enough to actually buy one. The app was a great toy, but trying to use it on an iPhone (or even the larger iPad) screen was not really practical. It was a $14 toy app, useful only to those really dedicated to making it work via a touch screen.

A recent update to iVoxel proclaimed "Now SynthStation25 compatible!" Curiosity finally got to me, and I did a search to discover what this "IPK25" device was. Watching introduction videos from the NAMM show from early 2010, I was intrigued. The concept of a real musical keyboard that could dock to an iPhone is appealing -- there are so many fun iPhone sound apps, but they are not useful as real instruments due to the limitations of a tiny touch screen instead of a piano style keyboard.

The Synthstation25 is a great first step. I went to see one in person at a local Guitar Center (the retail front of Musician's Friend). They keyboard was smaller than I imagined, and a bit cheesier, but, I took one home immediately (paying local taxes and using a discount coupon made the price at retail about the same as ordering from them via Amazon, and helped me support a local merchant).

1. Will not work with iPhones in cases. If you have a tight fitting iPod/iPhone case, you will probably find yourself not using this since it requires the device to be removed from the case. Most docks are like this, and even my Speck case with a bottom flap that opens up) won't do any good since the whole device has to fit in the slot. I wish dock makers would just leave enough room for a case, and then provide spacers.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Buckyballs on April 13, 2011
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I really wanted to like this controller , really. Im a huge fan of NanoStudio which was the sole reason for me buying this controller. I had read some complaints on the nano message board about these not working for no apparent reason but I figured Id take a chance since most everyone gave these things great reviews and talked about how good they worked.

So when my SS25 came in the mail and I plugged it in of course it was unresponsive within 5 mins. What I mean by that is that the sound cut from the headphone jack, keys became unresponsive and an error message saying this device is incompatible came up after replugging it in, restarting ect. Thirty Minutes later it was working again, so I let it sit with a loop running in the background and without touching anything after about 10 mins the sound cut from the headphones , keys became unresponsive and an error message came up again. This is all while being plugged in to a USB for power. After restarting my ipod several times and just letting it sit it started working again and is working now.

If that was all that was wrong with it Id say ok maybe its an issue with Nanostudio (except the same problem happens while running the akai app) and that really it has more to do with iOS then anything else. Fine, except that this is a product designed specifically for the iphone device! On top of all that the G key on the upper octave works only when it wants to which is about half the time.

If you just want to use this as a toy to play around with nano studio (synthstation is a real piece) and maybe you get lucky and get a good working unit then go for it. But this thing would be a real gamble to use live EVER and Id be embarrassed to even bring it to a practice.


for the record: ipod touch 4th Gen , iOS 4.2 , nanostudio v1.13
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