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Advance Tutorial

AKAI Advance Keyboards Explained®

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12 Videos | Length: 52min 36sec
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    Installation & Overview

    A walkthrough of hardware registration and software download for VIP and included software.

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    Main Modes

    Understanding the Advance modes is crucial to navigating through your plugins. This section covers the global and setup modes. Pay particular attention to the Master Clock so you can adjust it when using it with a DAW.

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    Browser Mode

    The real power of the Advance is the browser. Through this you can easily navigate and find the sound you’re looking for. Advance is truly a unique controller bridging the gap between MIDI controllers and stand-alone workstations.

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    Control Mode

    Because the Advance controller automatically maps to your VST instruments, using the control mode gives you a visual display of what you’re controlling. This also comes in handy when using it for live performance.

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    Multi Mode

    As with traditional workstations, you can combine multiple instruments and play them together. The Multi mode lets you load up to 8 VST instruments allowing you to create your own sounds.

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    VIP Tags

    The VIP software automatically tags all your VST instruments and patches so you can easily search for the sound you’re looking for, by tags.

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    In Setlist mode you can store your favorite patches to instantly recall when performing live. The idea behind Setlist is to use the Advance keyboard in a live situation. However, this is also a great way to organize your sounds in a production environment.

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    Note Repeat

    Taken from the Akai MPC, note repeat works on the drum pads, which allows you to press and hold a pad to repeat a note at a given time division. The master tempo for note repeat can be set to internal or external when using a DAW.

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    With over 100 arpeggiator patterns, this is a creative way to come up with new melodies and riffs for your songs. You can also latch the arpeggiator to free up your hands and automate the plugin controls.

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    VIP DAW Control

    In a DAW environment, VIP should be used on different tracks. By loading the instrument into VIP (within your DAW) you can flip through different instances of VIP from the controller to access and control your plugins.

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    Ableton Setup

    Setting up Advance with Ableton has its benefits, because you can switch the controller from VIP control to MIDI control. This method works with other DAW’s as well.

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    There are some common pitfalls to avoid when loading patches into the Multi section of VIP. This video covers some common mistakes to avoid.

Product Overview

AKAI has one of the best MIDI control keyboards available today, and gear guru Alex Solano serves up some of the best tutorials on how to use these powerhouse controllers. See how to maximize its features and functions, as well as learn the included VIP Software Suite.

Alex starts with an Overview of the Advance Keyboard and VIP software, and then walks you through installation. From there, Alex describes the Main Modes, especially the Global and Setup modes. Next, he explores the Browser Mode, one of the most powerful sections of the Advance Controller. Two other critical modes, Control Mode and Multi-Mode are then explored in detail.

Now AKAI Pro's included VIP software gets the thorough treatment, with the next tutorial explaining VIP Tags. You'll then discover Setlist Mode, and some great features from AKAI's other hardware, such as Note Repeat and Arpeggiator. Finally, Alex demonstrates how to use the VIP software to control your DAW, and gives you a tutorial dedicated to Ableton Live setup with the Advance Pro.

Whether you're looking for a MIDI controller that can do it all, or you already have the AKAI Advance and want to get the most out of it, watch "AKAI Advance Keyboards Explained" today!

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AKAI Advance Keyboards Explained® is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 9 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Quick but thorough Much better than wading through the manual; now the manual is making sense ...
Date published: 2020-08-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpful Success I saw some things I didn't even know he could do. It was very helpful these videos to understand how the Advance works with VIP and without. Helpful a lot of tips . But there were things I didn't see in these courses and I'm curious about them, because that's why I came here. But anyway there is a lot of information and so, you explained in great detail. Success
Date published: 2020-05-23
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from This is very helpful to show the multitude of things that Advance/VIP can do. I've been using the Advance on stage for a year or so and still learned quite a few things I wasn't using going through this complete course.
Date published: 2019-12-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very enlightening. yes really good & informative. :))
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Older, but good The tutorial is based on an older version of VIP, but I still got it. I needed to learn this quickly for a project, and within 2 hours I was up and running. The tutorial does not include custom mapping of plugins, that are not supported. But getting the hang of it, after having watched the tutorial is pretty straight forward.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Would love to see deeper use with various DAW's Logic Pro X and Protools for example.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial, but need the Alesis VX49 version added! This was an excellent tutorial series, but many of us own the similar, but still different Alesis VX49 keyboard which utilizes the same VIP software but has different control layout - there arent very many helpful and detailed resources out there to help us with deep editing/control. Can Groove3 come to the rescue? Thanks - love you guys!!!!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Rare and Great Tutorial It's difficult to find anything nearly as comprehensive as this on the Advance line of keyboards. I feel the Advance is better than the Control but it doesn't have as much awareness, and as a consequence, not as much tutorial content. He does a brilliant job of explaining everything you need in a very simple way but still manages to go deep with functionalities. Well done!!!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Almost 5 stars. The version of VIP being taught in this group of videos is not the same version of VIP that I downloaded from AKAI. Some screen shots in the series are slightly different than the version I have. Finally, the screen items regarding Multis are very much different and the instruction does not cover some of the icons in the installed version.
Date published: 2016-08-20
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