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Review of the Akai Advance 49 Keyboard Controller

Advancing the State of the Art Imagine a MIDI-controller keyboard that lets you seamlessly switch between virtual instruments from different manufacturers, keeps all your patches together in a single browser, and automatically maps controller information to its knobs and switches. read more…

M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 Review

Axiom Truth It used to be black and now it's white. M-Audio's controller keyboard is back with a new look and on steroids... read more…

User reviews on 49-Key MIDI Keyboard products

Very good features but toy quality (Arturia - KeyLab 49)

By Godly75, 08/06/2019
Very interesting keyboard and functions.
Only, the keys are toy China quality and break or come loose.
Even with a mint Keylab, you have the risk to slide your finger between the keys.
The rotary knobs have the same toy problem, it's known.
I've now bought a mk2 because most people say the product is improved.

I love these keyboards, but please upgrade your quality (Samson Technologies - Graphite 49)

By Godly75, 08/06/2019
This keyboard is by far the best in the controllers that I've used.
I've been using it for years on stage now.

  • + Has aftertouch (yess!!!) but should be harder, it activates to fast now.
  • + enough controller knobs and sliders
  • + good info screen
  • + handy octave/transpose button (but should be lit!)
  • + 4 pads with 2 banks (could use 8) but are not so good responsiveness
  • + low weight but bad plastics
  • - decent keybed, feel and weight, but low quality china keys that break after a while, so I bought 3 of these keyboards because they have a low price, but I always need to glue the keys internally.
  • - knobs should have better response instead of gel buttons
  • - rotary and sliders are plastic components

If this was a better quality I would never look at others again.
But unfortunate it isn't ! Please Samson make a mk2 and learn from your mistakes.

Expecting allot but flaws in design (Akai - Max49)

By Godly75, 09/07/2019
I so loved this keyboard,
- Looks good
- great quality feel keybed
- good functions and controllers

But unfortunately:
- I had my second gig with it, now in open air and the touch faders began to jump around (and so did my settings/sound). I guess the touch response system works with warmth? So the cold screwed it over.
- the quality of the pitch/mod wheel is very bad, a known problem all over the akai keyboards

Please Akai, upgrade your products or stop calling yourselves Professional ! :-(
It's with pain in the heart I have to let this keyboard go because it was very practical and an eyecandy :(

News 49-Key MIDI Keyboard

Akai's Advance keyboards get major VIP 2.0 update

Published on 04/01/16
Akai has announced the addition of VIP 2.0 software with the Creative FX Plus suite to their family of Advance keyboards.

[NAMM] ROLI reveals Seaboard Rise 49

Published on 01/20/16

Feature Articles 49-Key MIDI Keyboard

[Video] Akai VIP Software in Action

Published on 07/07/15
[Video] Akai VIP Software in Action
We recently reviewed the Akai Advance 49 keyboard. In fact, we gave it an Audiofanzine Award for Innovation. A big part of the value of the Advance series keyboards is that they include VIP software …

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