All user reviews for the Akai Advance 49
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.
I won't even mention the countless bugs, freezes and restarts of the VIP (while both my computers are well powerful enough: Win 7 with Core 5 & 7/8 & 12GB RAM, and they work perfectly with all other computer music and video softwares). The most frustrating is that when doing a Multi (a stack of VST: the main reason why I got this keyboard), you can't (so far, hopefully they'll fix this in an update) listen to a preset without erasing the previous ones that you chose. Clicking "Enter" on a VST to choose a sound erases everything, you must restart from scratch. All you can do is drag and drop presets in the Multi blocks, without previewing (well, prelistening) them. Or, you have to listen to each of them before, separately, but then how to know how they'll work well with the others in the Multi?
In short: it's a great MIDI keyboard/controller (it deserves a full 5 stars), but the VIP software is to be improved - quick!
On the other hand, the software bundle that comes (freely) with the keyboard is really worth having, with great plugins and synths (such as Hybrid 3, Velvet, Xpand and others). It also includes Transfuser 2, which offers interesting possibilities for remixes - and normally costs $150 on its own!