Advance Tutorial

AKAI Advance Keyboards Explained®

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  • Installation & Overview 2:48

    Installation & Overview

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

  • Main Modes 4:23

    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.

  • Browser Mode 3:46

    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.

  • Control Mode 6:57

    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.

  • Multi Mode 7:29

    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.

  • VIP Tags 5:23

    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.

  • Setlist 2:40


    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.

  • Note Repeat 2:06

    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.

  • Arpeggiator 4:06


    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.

  • VIP DAW Control 5:35

    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.

  • Ableton Setup 4:07

    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.

  • Troubleshoot 3:16


    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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