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Akai Synthstation 49 Review
The Akai Synthstation 49 seems to be a promising addition to any music production studio. Now that it’s officially been released, I’ve already started receiving calls regarding its purchase. This is the kind of activity that gets me wondering about the features of the new controller. For those who don’t know about the Synthstation 49, it’s an instrument that works with your iPad using the Synthstation application. Let’s take a further look at the Akai Synthstation 49.
I’m always on the lookout for new synthesizers. It’s vitally important to collect original sounding instruments to create music with. With the current development of software applications, your standard MIDI controller could become obsolete in the near future. Why should I buy a basic MIDI controller when the Synthstation 49 which carries more features and benefits? It’s much easier to use a controller as an instrument when the process is simply connected and played.
Those who are at an introductory level can create entire music compositions using the SynthStation 49. Professionals can sync it with their DAW using the USB 2.0 connection on the back, which can also be used to power the controller. It has ¼”outputs so users can send audio from the controller to an interface or mixer. The outputs can connect to speakers, mixers, or interfaces. You’ll also find an eighth inch headphone jack on the back for keeping the peace in a quite area. On the other hand, if you’re in a band or like to perform live, the Sythnstation 49 should prove to be a nice addition to your keyboard stand.
The Synthstation has 49 velocity sensitive keys along with a pitch bend and modulation wheel. For those of who are unfamiliar with the term “velocity sensitive”, I’ll offer this brief explanation. Velocity is the measurement used to determine the loudness of a sound based on how hard you play the keys throughout the course of the song arrangement. In other words, the harder you press down on a key, the louder the sound. Velocity sensitive keys allow for musical expression and add to the style in which musicians play. Users also benefit from the nine velocity sensitive MPC style pads which are also back lit, meaning they light up when you hit them. On the top right side of the controller, you have transport controls and just above that there are dedicated controls for the synth app.
Now, here’s the best part.
It’s priced extremely low and works well with Garage Band; therefore, iPad users can start professionally making and performing with this powerful controller. It’s available for order by clicking on the image at the top of this page. Those of you who have questions should send an email.