Akai SynthStation outlook getting worse

My sort of weekly look at where we are with the (incredibly) long awaited SynthStation 25 from Akai.

DolphinMusic in the UK still has the Akai SynthStation listed as being available within 7-10 days. The price quoteed is £79.99, so no change on that part at least.

Musician’s Friend in the US still has the Akai SynthStation25 listed as available from the 28th of September now! They have it priced at $99.

And lastly Music123 also have the Akai SynthStation25 as available from the 28th of September at $99.

So, looks like the the SynthStation is doing nothing but go backwards at the moment. Personally I am seriously beginning to doubt that this thing will ever see the light of day now.

At least they did manage to get the SynthStation app out although no one seems to have thought that highly of it and in many ways it has been surpassed by NanoStudio.

If you know more, or have had one delivered! Please let me know.

5 comments

  1. i REALLY can't understand why everyone's so excited about this product. Talk about a legacy technology from an overrated vendor. I hope that if it ever gets released you all get what you were hoping for.

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  2. Akai were ahead of everyone else back in the days of the S1100, the S950 and the MPC3000, but when computers arrived, Akai lost the plot. They even lost Roger Linn, and I would imagine Peter Cockrell (who also designed the EMS VCS3) and Chris Huggett (also designed the Wasp). But, you know, trying to figure out who your market is, at present is very difficult. Akai tends to be sold to the hip hop crowd, and you can really see that in these latest products. But music products shouldn't be marketed for a certain group of people- that's just wrong. A good, well designed piece of gear should be for everyone. This is probably why the iPhone has done so well as a new music making platform.

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