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Advance 49

Akai Professional Advance 49
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The Advance 49 gives you unprecedented playability and unrestricted manipulation of any virtual instrument with our exclusive interactive, full-color display, complemented by performance-friendly hardware controls. Available in 25-, 49-, and 61-key sizes, the Advance Keyboards deftly fuse the power of software instruments with the live playability of a keyboard workstation, so you can create like never before. The dividing line between software and hardware instruments is finally gone!

The Advance Keyboards transform computer-based plugins into an entirely hands-on playing experience. The keyboard surface features an integrated high-resolution full-color 4.3-inch display, providing real-time control and feedback of all virtual instruments. The screen instantly adapts itself to the selected plugin’s controls, delivering immediate 1:1 access to the instrument and various editable functions. Better yet, the Advance Keyboards work with any VSTi virtual instrument. Using the Advance Keyboard’s custom-designed Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software application, your entire VSTi library is controlled by one application. VIP operates as a plugin inside any major digital audio workstation (DAW) or as a stand-alone application on both Mac and Windows operating systems.


  • 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 parameters
  • Includes Virtual Instrument Player software for unprecedented virtual instrument preset management, control mapping and multi patch creation
  • 49 premium, semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keybed with aftertouch
  • 8 large, 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,
  • Transfuser, and Creative FX Collection Plus by AIR Music Tech,
  • Eighty Eight Ensemble by SONiVOX and exclusive artist launch packs from TOOLROOM RECORDS (downloads). Plus, there are 100's of other VI's and sounds from a growing list of partners, available for purchase, downloadable from the VIP Store.


DFader: Universal DAW Controller

So I tried testing this on Windows 10 with an AKAI Advance 49 keyboard, using the "Generic MIDI-CC Controller" type. This keyboard supports a few transport formats such as MIDI, CC, MMC, MMC/MIDI and PTEX. Switching to any of these wouldn't enable the "Learn" button on DFader, this always remained grey :( Clicking "Edit MIDI...

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Behringer DeepMind 12

...feel when you touch it ..the buttons have a nice click and quality feel to them and light up..i have a akai advance 49 and the buttons have same quality feel.. the metal used in its casing is weighty and very strong it would with stand gigging and when you do the knock test you know...

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Akai Advance 49 Trouble

Hey all, I recently got the Akai Advance 49 midi keyboard but it isn't being recognized at all by my laptop. I have a 2019 Macbook Pro and use a Thunderbolt 3 to USB converter to plug it in. I've installed all the drivers and the VIP software but it's not showing up in...

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