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Akai Professional SynthStation25 Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iTouch  

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    Akai Professional

    Easily transform your iPhone or iPod touch into a music production studio.

    The Akai Professional SynthStation25 transforms your iPhone or iTouch (with 30-pin connectors only)into a portable music production studio for mobile music creation. SynthStation25 gives you 3 powerful synthesizers for creating and modifying sonic textures used for melodies, chords, and bass lines. Drawing on Akai Professional's rich history in music synthesis and taking a page from their newest MINIAK synth, the SynthStation25 sounds great and offers wide-ranging sonic flexibility with its virtual analog synthesizer.

    With the Akai SynthStation25, you have a piano-like keyboard with which you can create and save sequences or complete songs. It contains a trio of different 3-oscillator synths and a range of drum kits you can sequence and mix right in the SynthStation25. For creating melodic and accompaniment parts, the SynthStation25 contains an arpeggiator with preset patterns, built-in effects and filters, and an XY control interface for expressive control of key parameters. It also has a MIDI output for connection to computers.

    The SynthStation25 has an on-screen piano keyboard so you can key in ideas on the go. The SynthStation25 enables you to create and produce music anywhere on your iPhone (up to the 4s) or iPod touch (with the 30-pin connectors only). Embrace the future.

    Note: The SynthStation25 (hardware only) does not include the app. The SynthStation App is optional and available via iTunes download.

    Features
    • Enables you to create and produce music anywhere on your iPhone or iPod touch (with the 30-pin connectors only)
    • USB MIDI output for connection to computers
    • Three virtual-analog synthesizers, each with three oscillators
    • Range of drum kits and sequencer
    • Create melodic and accompaniment parts using arpeggiator with preset patterns

    Order today and make music from your iPhone (4s and before) or iPod touch.

     
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    Akai ProfessionalSynthStation25 Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iTouch
     
    4.1

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (4)
    • Functional (4)
    • Good quality (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (4)
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        • Experienced (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great for the money!

      I have been using this for about a month now. I have had zero problems with it. I use the RCA jacks to occasionally play live and it works good to add a few...Read complete review

      I have been using this for about a month now. I have had zero problems with it. I use the RCA jacks to occasionally play live and it works good to add a few keyboard elements (obviously, it's not a replacement for a "real" keyboard, and I'm not comparing it to one). Sound output is reasonably good for what this unit is, but varies from app to app. I have used with the following apps, and have had seamless integration with them:SynthStation (meh - it's OK)50in1 Piano (awesome app for $3!)NLog Synth (I love this app- is actually good enough for live performance)Some people won't like the small keys, but I love them because I can easily do an octave and a half spread. Keys are not weighted, but have a good resistance to them; I like the feel. Really, my only complaint is I would love this model with 49 keys, as messing with the octave buttons can get annoying (although they work well). Now that this is about [$], it's a steal. I take mine with me in by bag when I travel and it works great.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Cool idea!! Too new to be good at the moment.

      This is a really nice looking and nice feeling board. Smaller than I imagined. Nice features to control your iphone or ipod touch. Not a big fan of the RCA output as the...Read complete review

      This is a really nice looking and nice feeling board. Smaller than I imagined. Nice features to control your iphone or ipod touch. Not a big fan of the RCA output as the only output, (well there are headphones too).The thing that really sucks about this though, is that, at this point, there are only 2 applications that you can get for it!! ONLY TWO!!! Once more softsynth companies are on board it will be cool. This just came out too early!!

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      4.0

      Very fun toy, instrument

      By Rob

      from Carmel Valley, CA

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      Pros

      • Compact
      • Inexpensive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Battery Drainage

      Best Uses

      • Live Theater
      • Practicing

      Comments about Akai Professional SynthStation25 Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iTouch:

      A very fun toy/tool for the low budget musician as long as you have an iphone 4 or lower. I anticipate this going obsolete within a year because of the introduction of iphone 5 (or you'll need some kind of corded adaptor.

      Smaller keys are both good an bad, touch sensitive keys but not weighted.

      Sythnstation software is not very good. If you simply want to play, look for "50-in-1 Piano". Nanostudio is also very good but expensive, and there is other software that will work with this.

      I used this for recording and live theater. Phone does not go to sleep when connected to the keyboard (Yayy!)

      Downside: No power supply included, and batteries run out after @ 6 hours. I used rechargables at home, standard batteries during shows, and they were changed after two shows.

      I kind of wish that they had used standard 1/4 output jacks, but with a few adaptors, the RCA outputs work fine. The actual output jacks appear to be the weakest link on this keyboard, but no probalems after using it daily for 2 months.

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      4.0

      neat MIDI controller

      By SuperChed

      from Virginia

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Response Latency
      • Usb - Midi Interface

      Cons

      • Power Supply Not Included

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Akai Professional SynthStation25 Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iTouch:

      Ok, I'll admit it - I don't have an iPhone so I can't speak to that side of this controller. However, I plugged it into my Macbook via USB, brought up Main Stage (Logic) and was playing funky synth lines in no time! The keys aren't really weighted, but respond great to how you're playing.
      The Jog and Mod wheel feel solid, and I love that the keys go all the way to the edge - very easy to play.
      Have fun with this portable controller - just remember to keep a bunch of AAA batteries...

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      4.0

      Great SoftSynth tester for the price

      By noslen

      from Murfreesboro TN

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • I Hope It Works With Ipod

      Cons

      • No Patch Change On Laptop

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Midi Work Testing

      Comments about Akai Professional SynthStation25 Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iTouch:

      The price is low now since 30 pin connector for iPhones and iPods are a thing of the past. I bought it for doing portable recording and general software testing on multiple computers I have for a keyboard lab. It is very plug and play with Mac Core Audio and the octave buttons, pitch and mod wheels work fine. The presets buttons however must just be for SynthStation (which I have yet to checkout since I lost my iPod Touch).

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      5.0

      Works Fine

      By Steve

      from Undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Akai Professional SynthStation25 Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iTouch:

        Got this for my nephew to use with his iPod Touch 4g. Seems to work fine. Did an internet search and found this post:
        "Touch 4G and Synthstation - I'm using the Synthstation with my iPod touch 4G. Works absolutely fine. What I will say though is because the touch 4G is so thin, it needs something placed under it to support it in the tray. The Synthstation comes with a strip of sticky-backed felt padding. I cut this in half width-ways across the middle. I then layered one piece on top of the other in the middle of the tray. This gives good support to the iPod, and helps it to line up nicely with the 30 pin socket (remember to gently rock the iPod onto the 30 pin socket!)."

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great for the money!

        By JDOLAN

        from ALABAMA

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Intuitive To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Kinda small

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Akai Professional SynthStation25 Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iTouch:

        I have been using this for about a month now. I have had zero problems with it. I use the RCA jacks to occasionally play live and it works good to add a few keyboard elements (obviously, it's not a replacement for a "real" keyboard, and I'm not comparing it to one). Sound output is reasonably good for what this unit is, but varies from app to app. I have used with the following apps, and have had seamless integration with them:SynthStation (meh - it's OK)50in1 Piano (awesome app for $3!)NLog Synth (I love this app- is actually good enough for live performance)Some people won't like the small keys, but I love them because I can easily do an octave and a half spread. Keys are not weighted, but have a good resistance to them; I like the feel. Really, my only complaint is I would love this model with 49 keys, as messing with the octave buttons can get annoying (although they work well). Now that this is about [$], it's a steal. I take mine with me in by bag when I travel and it works great.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Enjoying the keyboard

        By OneMoore

        from East Tennessee

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Akai Professional SynthStation25 Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iTouch:

              I got this keyboard to use with my ipod touch 4th gen. I have not used the Akai software as I got the KB to use with GarageBand. I did need to also download the MidiBridge app to get it all working, but once I did it's great. The keys are mini keys which I like, because it gives you more octaves than full size keys. I also like that it runs on batteries or a (non supplied) power adapter. Perfectly awesome mobilbe music scratch pad.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              iPhone apps with real keys

              Comments about Akai Professional SynthStation25 Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iTouch:

              Overall I'm glad I bought it and highly recommend it to anyone who's sick of cramming their fat fingers onto the iphone's tiny screen. It turns the phone from a toy into a seriously useful little tool. Having a blast with it so far.
              A few earlier reviews complained about the lack of compatible apps but the software has come a long way since. there are dozens of great synth apps that support this unit and with the addition of the midibridge app it can be used with any midi app. This gives you countless sample-based instrument and analog-modelled synth capabilities. The pitch and mod wheels and octave shift buttons work with every app i've used, and the phone screen can be played along with the physical keys to expand your range on a lot of them, though playing both together is a little awkward.

              Haven't used the akai app yet as most reviews i've read are pretty bad, but like i said there are tons of great apps out there.
              Made of plastic, light and portable but feels sturdy. The keys are mini-sized. Velocity is non-existant on most apps, since most were developed with the touchscreen in mind. No way to use the iphone speaker, must use headphone or rca out. These are all minor gripes, as the unit does everything it's meant to, but i feel it could have been a tiny bit better.
              At this price point it's hard to complain about anything, though I would have gladly paid a little more for another octave or slightly bigger keys.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Future is coming

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Akai Professional SynthStation25 Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iTouch:

              messing with this over the weekend, i got it friday, and haven't gone anywhere without it. they keyboard has a nice feel to it, pitch & envelope wheel work very well. Definitely a great steal for 100$(plus apps) but i mean, with only a couple of apps you have a mini DAW. Perfect for noodling around and working on songs on the go. here is a list of supported 25SS appskinetic - Erik Sigth50in1 Piano - Alexander GrossSinusoid - Erik SigthiVoxel - VirSynNanoStudio - Blip Interactive LtdNLog MIDI Synth - tempo rubatoSynthStation - Akai ProfessionalMusic Studio - Alexander GrossFairlight - Fairlight Instruments Pty LtdFairlight Pro - Fairlight Instruments Pty Ltdas more apps come up they will be added on herehttp://iosmusician.blogspot.com/2011/04/list-of-akai-synthstation-25-supported.html

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              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Great Idea, not for ipod touch 4G

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Akai Professional SynthStation25 Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iTouch:

              I bought it but it did no work with my ipod touch 4G. It was very hard to find an answer online. Feels good in your hands but it does not connect very well to my ipod dock connection since it is loose and slip out. Its a beautiful product and I wish they make it compatible with the Ipod 4g.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              THE FUTURE IS NOW!

              By Producer1978

              from CHICAGO,IL

              Comments about Akai Professional SynthStation25 Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iTouch:

              The AKAI SS25 is a good bang for your buck. It not only controls the ss app it also is a usb based midi controller that works with computer base production software like FL Studio ect...Bottom line you will have fun using the SS25 and you will be able to come up with great sounding music production!

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