Akai SynthStation25 review: 23 facts and highlights
1. Has a MIDI-Out port
The MIDI-Out port is used for transmitting data.
74% have it
2. Has plug and play feature
The device is set up and ready to be used with the included software.
30% have it
CME Xkey: 838.08cm³
4. Is compatible with iOS
It is compatible with a range of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.
40% have it
5. Has a modulation wheel
The mod wheel is used to add expression, or to modulate (change) various elements of a sound or sample.
66% have it
6. number of buttons
The more buttons the device has, the more complex the input can be.
Novation SL MkII 61: 58
7. Has a pitch wheel
The pitch wheel alters the pitch and timbre of a sound in real-time. It can give fine tuning control from fractions of a semi-tone to huge multi-octave pitch swings.
66% have it
8. Has an arpeggiator function
The arpeggiator is the main tool used by computer musicians to generate looped material. An arpeggiator is simply a generator of signals that controls the tempo, pitch, velocity, gate, and other parameters of the sound.
14% have it
9. Has octave buttons
The octave buttons are used to shift the keyboard up or down in one octave increments. This extends the range of the keyboard in either direction, which lets you play notes that lie outside the number of keys available.
10. Has backlit LED buttons
Buttons will light up when pressed, resulting in better visibility to users.
73% have it
11. drum pads
The pads section is ideal to trigger loops and samples, using your finger drum skills.
Novation Launchkey 61: 16
12. Has velocity sensitive keys
Velocity sensitive keys are just spring loaded keys that sound out louder the harder you hit them. If you "lightly" press a key, the sound will be quiet; the harder you press, the louder it gets.
69% have it
13. Has synth-action keys
A synth-action keyboard feels more like an electronic organ. The spring-loaded keys are light and capable of being moved very quickly. They also tend to return to their resting position much more quickly. Synth-action keys are perfect for musicians who aren’t pianists by nature, such as guitarists wanting to add MIDI functionality to their setup.
The button is used to select independent banks of continuous controllers. Effectively, this allows you to control more independent parameters with the knobs, faders and buttons. The bank selector button is used to switch among the available banks.
38% have it
A type of knob that has a push button functionality built in. Encoders are for browsing and selecting your digital sound files or turning on a function that makes use of a control's rotation such as sound effects or tempo/tap tempo selection.
Novation SL MkII 61: 8
17. number of knobs
More knobs (rotating controls) can give the user more dedicated control over the device, eg. volume, effects, EQs etc. Types of knobs may differ: endless type or step type.
E-Mu Xboard 49: 16
Akai SynthStation25: 310mm
CME Xkey: 16mm
20. total keys
The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.
Icon Logicon 8 air: 88
21. MIDI device works and communicates via USB
Devices can communicate in both directions with each other without any additional MIDI interface. The biggest advantage is that the USB connection can be used for everything; power supply, MIDI-in and MIDI-out. This means you need less cables.
22. number of faders
Faders can be either channel volume faders, pitch sliders, crossfaders or even EQs.