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AKAI Advance Keyboards Explained®

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    Installation & Overview (2:48)


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    Main Modes (4:23)


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    Browser Mode (3:46)


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    Control Mode (6:57)


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    Multi Mode (7:29)


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    VIP Tags (5:23)


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    Setlist (2:40)


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    Note Repeat (2:06)


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    Arpeggiator (4:06)


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    VIP DAW Control (5:35)


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    Ableton Setup (4:07)


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    Troubleshoot (3:16)


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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steph lewis
Submitted 4 months ago

very enlightening.

yes really good & informative. :))

I am a: Student, Musician, Bitwig Studio

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GermanGangsta
Submitted 8 months ago

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.

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ChillWJ
Submitted 1 year ago

Very Helpful

Would love to see deeper use with various DAW's Logic Pro X and Protools for example.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

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Sundropfusion
Submitted 1 year ago

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!!!!

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dbrane
Submitted 1 year ago

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!!!

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV

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anonymous
Submitted 2 years ago

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.

I am a: Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

The earliest I remember was at 12 years old. My older brother brought home an electric guitar and I was mesmerized to actually put my hands on one for the first time. From there its history. I basically spend all my teen years learning songs, playing in bands, figuring out how to sequence on workstations and eventually pursued an education in Music Technology.

2. What training have you had?

I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Technology from Cal State San Bernardino in 2005, as well as numerous certifications from Avid Pro Tools and Media Composer while at Avid (2005-2012)

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was around 15, I was playing guitar in my older brother’s band the bass player, June, went back to Japan. June left his Yamaha SY-77 workstation in my care and I figured out how to multitrack and sequence as well as sound design and program all without a manual. What’s funny is that I had no idea what Quantization was, so I created these very long 96 bar sequences laying down one instrument at a time. Hey at least my timing improved ;-)

4. People you have worked with/for?

All through college I was recording and producing for various hip hop rappers and singers, as well as my own Reggaeton project called “Gran Impacto” back in 2003. But my career in mixing really took on a whole other dimension when I started making YouTube videos and had artists send me sessions from all over the world. Amongst the artists I’ve worked with include Gilligan Gadsby, Reggae Foundation, Skiptooth, Skeletones, Debonaires, Chica Ize, to name a few.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Honestly, I’ve been shy all my life. But taking the courage to increase my confidence one step at a time, I’m able to teach people what I’m passionate about. With Digidesign I was a Pro Tools Product Specialist, and Digi had a very high standard on delivering world-class presentations. I knew I had some big shoes to fill, but through my personal journey I was able to hone in on presenting and teaching, especially to an online audience. And even though I’d say I have 10 years under my belt, I’m always looking to reinvent my self and not be stagnant or complacent.

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    AKAI Advance Keyboards Explained

    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.

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    Denon has reimagined their next generation, flagship DJ controller and digital mixer, and Alex Solano explains how to get the most out of it, and its included software, Serato DJ!

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    M-Audio Code Explained

    M-Audio has released their Code series of keyboard controllers packed with useful production features, and studio guru Alex Solano reveals those features and shows you how to make the most of this flexible and powerful controller with these great in-depth video training tutorials.

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AKAI Advance Keyboards Explained® is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.
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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