The Akai Advance 61 grants users intuitive control over their favorite VSTi programs in a single, compact controller. The unit features a 61-note keyboard, traditional pitch bend and modulation wheels, 8 continuously variable control knobs, 8 velocity-and-pressure-sensitive pads, and various transport and control buttons. It is an inherently playable and intuitive device that successfully blurs the gap between hardware instruments and software applications.
The Advance 61 boasts a 4.3 inch display for immediate control and precise visual feedback. The screen instantly configures itself to the plugin’s controls, allowing players to dive in and immediately make use of the device’s intuitive editing functionality. In terms of compatibility, the Advance 61 is compatible with any VSTi virtual instrument. For even more enhanced functionality, the unit comes bundled with a custom Virtual Instrument Player software, which affords singular control over the user’s entire VSTi library.
Advance 61 Features
61 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
Integrated 4.3-inch high-resolution full-color screen with dedicated interface buttons
Screen provides 1:1, real-time feedback of plugin parameters