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Akai Professional SynthStation 49 49-Note Keyboard Controller with Drum Pads and Doc

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  • Portable, velocity-sensitive keyboard with pitch and modulation wheels
  • Nine velocity-sensitive MPC-style drum pads which light when triggered
  • Dedicated transport control buttons including Play, Pause and Record
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 28.7 x 2.5 inches ; 10.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 16 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004MZOVIG
  • Item model number: SynthStation 49
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,985 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 15, 2011

Product Description

49-Note Keyboard Controller with Drum Pads and Doc

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Customer Reviews

I suppose every Synthstation owner will buy it, but really, as Eddie.
Shane Tierney
As soon as I plugged it into my 1st gen Ipad, it worked perfectly with Garageband, Sunrizer, and the highly underrated AKAI App for the Ipad.
Robert M. Koretsky
Bottom line: Avoid unless you absolutely have to have the integrated iPad dock.
Liqmaticus

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Liqmaticus on August 31, 2012
Pros:

1.) Keys are solid and have good action.
2.) Pitch and modulation wheels feel solid.
3.) iPad dock station charges iPad when the controller is plugged into the wall.
4.) Can use the controller with your favorite DAW via USB.
5.) A/C adapter and USB cable included.

Cons:

1.) Transport control buttons flimsy and cheap.
2.) iPad dock flimsy and cheap.
3.) Entire keyboard is lighter and made of cheaper plastic than the solid built MPK61.
4.) Synthstation app, which is a separate Apple App Store purchase, is the only app so far that allows you to use all the controls on the Synthstation 49. Hopefully this improves if more apps start directly supporting this controller.
5.) Drum pads are over sensitive resulting in cut off samples and it is very hard to get expressive with the drum pads since the touch sensitivity is so touchy. Drum pads work well if you mash on them. Really only good for short patterns, but not live or for long expressive drum pattern sessions.

Bottom line: Avoid unless you absolutely have to have the integrated iPad dock. You would be better off buying an AKAI MPK49 and an iPad MIDI adapter than this. Cheaply built compared to AKAI MPK line like the MPK49 or 61. This is hardly a professional grade controller. Very sad considering I have waited so long for this controller. I would have easily paid more money for this if it had a better quality build.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. Primrose on August 30, 2012
I just bought this keyboard last week from guitar Center.. and I am here to report to you that the item works awesome... for whatever reason it took Akai a while to bring it to market but it is here.. what makes this product really cool is the fact that you can download a lot of keyboard/synthesizer apps from the App Store for as little as free to $10... you have such a incredible amount of software to pick from.. this is the biggest no-brainer that I have seen in my 20 years of working with software/hardware instruments
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shane Tierney on December 18, 2012
I just got my SynthStation 49 last night, and I haven't had time to really dive into it deeply yet, but here's a quick rundown of some apps I've tried and my experiences thus far along with links to each of them in the app store -

Akai Synthstation App - This is a REALLY bad app, the sounds are horrible, functionality and intuitiveness of the app is very poor. I suppose every Synthstation owner will buy it, but really, as Eddie.Vidmar said above, it sucks.
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GarageBand - This worked pretty well, but I wish the record and stop buttons would trigger those functions in the program rather than you having to tap on the ipad itself. Drum pads don't seem to be assignable, but other than that, it seems to work.
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AniMoog - This was really the app that I wanted the Synthstation for, the Moog folks have made a great tool, and it works very well with the synth station. Again, a little more hardware integration in terms of the physical buttons and pads would be nice, but overall, I'm happy with how this works thus far.
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Magellan - This app also worked very well with the synthstation, and it's got great sounds. It's well worth the price of the app.
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Sunrizer - This app works very well, has great synths, tones, and functionality. Definitely buy this one.
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Korg iMS-20 - A fantastic app, the sounds are awesome, and the features are truly like that of the old MS-20. Again, it's a shame that you can't assign the pads and other hardware buttons to other functions within the app itself.
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Korg iPolySix - - I haven't tried this yet, I'm hoping to get to it this weekend.
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Novation Launchkey - I haven't tried this yet, I'm hoping to get to it this weekend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teknoman on February 12, 2014
I got mine used for 59bucks from git center.what can I say.its a bargain at that price .no complaints.gig bag cost more than that and it runs on batteries.im sold
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronny on October 6, 2013
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Works fine, app is not bad if you know your way around with oscillators,the only thing I have against it is that the velocity touch sensitivity is kinda cheap... But for a hundred bucks.. You get what you pay for... Great tool for GarageBand, other synth apps work great with the unit, not bad for only a C-note..
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I don't use any of the transport controls, nor the drum pads right now. However, I have assigned them in the past and they worked just fine. My primary purpose of purchasing this little gem, was to have a lightweight rehearsal and/or gig rig for when I only need a one handed synth. Something, super light and that sounds great with the iOS apps. When it first came out, there was only a few apps that would really work and could be relied upon. Most had stability problems and would crash, others sounded terrible. While still others had performance problems and lag, where you didn't want it. As the years have passed since I bought it, there are many fantastic, stable, and super usable performance-ready soft-synth apps that can dramatically decrease the gig-gear backaches while keeping the sonic standard high. This little keyboard, while all plastic, has all that is needed to fit that bill. Well, if you add velcro to the iPad and it's holder.
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