11 comments on “Akai SynthStation25 1st Impressions”

Akai SynthStation25 1st Impressions

I said I’d try and get some thoughts on the SynthStation25 in today and here they are, but I’ve decided to make this post a ‘1st thoughts’ as I’m sure that I’m going to post on this again anyway.

I thought I’d start with the photo above to give you a better idea of the size of the hardware. I was surprised by how small it is. I was expecting it to be more like the size of my KeyRig, but it is about 2/3rds the size.

I already posted pictures of the packaging so I’m not going to show any more of that stuff, but I was pleased to see that the batteries were included in the package too.

Build quality is fine. The unit feels solid and durable. I actually quite like half sized keys although I haven’t played with keys that small for ages.

Once I’d got the thing set up, which only took a minute and got my iPhone 3G plugged into it and working I was really impressed with the sound quality from the headphone jack. Using the SynthStation25 with Akai’s app gives great sound.

The 8 buttons on the right of the keyboard let you select synths 1-3 and drums and change octave and sound selected which is very useful indeed, and the pitch and mod wheels worked fine.

The Akai app worked best in performance mode although I did run in one of the grid modes and you can happily play right over whatever else is going on. One thing I couldn’t work out was if there’s a way to record real time into the app while you’re playing. I’m not sure that is possible, but it would be fantastic if you could.

Now that the hardware is out I’m going to be very keen to see who else adopts the SynthStation25 SDK for their app. iVoxel have already done it, and I tried it briefly yesterday. It was ok, but I’m running the keyboard with my 3G which doesn’t work great with iVoxel. It was usable, but had quite a few crackles and clicks which was annoying.

No I know lots of people have been asking questions about it from the unboxing post so I’ll try and answer some here.

  • It does have MIDI out USB, but no standard MIDI
  • According to the box it will work with a 1st gen iPod Touch!
  • It does not mention being compatible with the iPhone 4 so I’m not going to try plugging mine in just in case. Also, the iDevice bay is clearly built for a 3/3G or iTouch and not an iPhone 4.

So far I like it. I like it a lot. It is small enough to drop into a tiny bag, but useful too. It is crying out for a little zip case as it doesn’t come with anything like that, but I’m sure Akai will think of that soon!

When I’ve had a little more time to play with it I’ll write something more.

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MiniDrum Pro 1.1

Check out version update 1.1 for miniDrum PRO! This video shows off some of the new features, such as the ability to upload and use your OWN samples, mixer to edit the sounds on the pads, copy & paste, and more! Check out Yonac.com for more info!

*Also featured*: Copy & Paste in miniSynth PRO! Available soon in version 1.3.1!


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iVoxel: 1st App to work with SynthStation25

Noticed this post from Moonbuz about iVoxel, which is the 1st app as far as I know that works with the SynthStation25 (aside from Akai’s own of course).

Going to have to try this out soon.


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TUAW says the Mac App Store will Rock for Devs

And in one way I agree with them. It does provide a very simple and straightforward channel for developers to access users. No argument there. However, what I do wonder is what it might do to Mac application prices? You probably remember the app store ‘race to $0.99’ that happened relatively early on in the app store’s life. Will that be the case for Mac applications? And if it does happen, will it necessarily be a bad thing?

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iComposer free has a few limitations from the full version. They are:

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