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Dedicated 25-key Controller Keyboard with Built-in iPod Dock for use with Akai Synth Station iPhone/iPod Touch App (sold separately through the Apple App Store)
Item ID: SynthST25

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Turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a Synth Workstation!

The SynthStation system from Akai Professional marks a new age of synthesizer technology. By taking advantage of the processing power of your Apple iPhone or iPod Touch, Akai's SynthStation gives you a 25-key synth workstation that you can take anywhere. SynthStation is a 2-part system. It's a high-power synthesizer application for the iPhone or iPod touch (sold separately through the Apple App Store). This app gives you three different synth engines, from drums to leads and basses that take full advantage of Akai's virtual analog synthesis. But that's just the beginning — SynthStation also gives you a set of powerful built-in effects, an awesome arpeggiator engine, a range of filters, an XY controller, and a full sequencer.

On the go? no problem! You can program sounds, sequence beats, and write entire songs with just your iPhone or iPod Touch by using the SynthStation app on its own. Tap out melodies on its on-screen 25-key keyboard, or lay out beat using its MPC-style pad display. You can get your whole set ready while you're on the bus, on break, or in between classes — then take the SynthStation25 with your gig or party and perform your creations live. When you're hooked into the SynthStation25, you also get a pitch wheel and a mod wheel, as well as octave buttons, sound-bank navigation buttons, and a set of stereo RCA and headphone outputs. And onboard USB gives you the power to use your SynthStation rig as a flexible MIDI controller or as a sound module for your favorite DAW software.

Akai Professional SynthStation Hybrid App and Keyboard Controller Features at a Glance:
  • Combination iPhone/iPod Touch app (sold separately through the Apple App Store) and 25-key controller for ultimate flexibility
  • iPhone/iPod docks into the SynthStation25 keyboard controller for a large, touchscreen display
  • Velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys for expressive performance
  • Pitch and mod wheels, plus octave +/- and sound-bank buttons
  • Stereo RCA line outputs and headphone jack when docked
  • USB/MIDI for virtually any MIDI music software or MIDI hardware
  • SynthStation app contains three different three-oscillator synths and a range of drum kits
  • Sequence and mix right in the SynthStation
  • Arpeggiator with preset patterns, plus built-in effects and filters
  • XY control interface for expressive control of key parameters
  • Confirmed compatibility with iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, , iPhone 3G, and iPod touch (up to 4th generation)
Take control of your iPod Touch or iPhone's creative potential with the SynthStation system form Akai Professional!

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Akai Professional SynthStation25 Review

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number Synth Station 25

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews

Sweetwater Advice

Brian Rick

I bought the Akai Professional SynthStation25 out of pure curiosity. I saw that the SynthStation25 was a very inexpensive iOS synthesizer, and I was not sure what to expect as I arrived home and had a chance to dive into its features. The packaging of the product rightfully implies how small the SynthStation25 actually is, so I was admittedly skeptical regarding the potential capabilities that it may possess. However, after plugging my iPhone into the dock, I found that Akai has fit an amazing amount of options and ability into the SynthStation25. I've been using two separate apps from the Apple App Store along with the SynthStation25 and I'm definitely blown away with how much I have created with it in a short amount of time. One of the most obvious and useful features of the SynthStation25 is its petite stature and inherent portability. At just over a foot long, an inch tall, and 6 1/2 inches deep, the Synthstation25 can easily fit in a laptop case or backpack for the musician on the move. Furthermore, since the SynthStation25 is battery powered, and operates completely through an iOS device, it is super easy to pull out the SynthStation and use it anywhere that inspiration may strike. Based on these attributes, along with an 1/8" headphone jack, it is completely feasible to be able to use the Synthstation25 in the car, on a long flight, or really anywhere that you may find yourself with some downtime. Another great feature of the SynthStation25 are the 25 velocity synth-action mini-keys. I will admit that I did have a bit of a learning curve in terms of getting used to the size of the keys, however it was not long at all before I felt completely comfortable with them. Because the keys are velocity-sensitive, I found it really easy to get a nice, expressive performance when recording. Furthermore, the SynthStation also includes 8 soft-key buttons for quick scrolling through patches, voices, and octaves, and features a pitch wheel and modulation wheel for added capability. Third, the SynthStation has proven to be an incredibly versatile product for my needs. Of course, with the proper iOS app, the SynthStation can be used as a standalone device to create beats and synthesizer music within the iOS. However, the Synthstation can also be used as a MIDI controller or even a module for your DAW. There is a small USB port on the rear of the device that can connect to your computer or any MIDI device for further capabilities beyond beat production. Finally, there is a great amount of compatibility within the device that can connect to several different apps in the Apple App Store. So far, I have used three separate apps with no problems at all, two of which are mentioned on the Akai website. As of now, my favorite application to use the SynthStation with is the NanoStudio app, but there are some fantastic sounds and drum sequencing that can be found on other compatible applications as well. All in all, I am having a great time with my Akai SynthStation25. I have created some great loops and beats that are now saved within my iPhone and easily accessible for playback and editing from wherever I may be. The amazing amount of features included in this tiny, 25-key keyboard proves that great things really can come from small packages.
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See also: Controller Keyboards, Akai Professional, Akai Professional iPad/iPhone Keyboard Controllers, Akai Professional MIDI Controllers