Akai Pro Advance Series - Frequently Asked Questions

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akai advance main 3Akai Professional’s Advance Keyboards are like nothing else you've ever played. The Advance 49 gives you unprecedented playability and unrestricted manipulation of any virtual instrument with an exclusive interactive, full-color display, complemented by performance-friendly hardware controls. The included videos and article walk through a number of frequently asked questions about the Akai Pro Advance series controllers.



Frequently Asked Questions



Will the Akai Advance keyboard work with my computer?

The Akai Pro Advance series controller is class-compliant, meaning that it is a plug-and-play device that does not require drivers to be installed in order to function.  It will work with any major current Windows and Mac operating system, including Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OSX 10.7 and later.

The VIP software is supported for use on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac 10.9 and up and the installation includes both a 32-bit and 64-bit standalone application as well as 32-bit and 64-bit VST, 64-bit AU, and AAX plugin format.


What software programs come with my Advance controller?

The Akai Pro Advance controller comes with the custom-designed Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software application for all of your VST plugins.  The installation includes both a 32-bit and 64-bit standalone application as well as 32-bit and 64-bit VST, 64-bit AU, and AAX plugin format.

It also ships with AIR Vacuum Pro, Loom, Hybrid 3, XPand!2, Velvet, and Transfuser, as well as Eighty Eight Ensemble by SONiVOX.


Are the pads pressure-sensitive?

The pads are pressure-sensitive and also send channel aftertouch messages as well.


Where can I find out more about the included VIP software?

For more information on the included VIP software, check out the article located here.

Also see the videos below for a walk through of the download and installation process.

Windows OS


Mac OS



Does VIP really let me add VST instruments in Pro Tools?

YES! It works as a VST host in the Pro Tools AAX environment as well as in other non-VST plugin hosts such as an Apple Logic AU environment!


How do I create a Multi?

A Multi is a user-created patch that allows the user to layer up to eight patches into a single "Multi" patch which can then be mixed, panned, soloed, muted, and set to keyboard ranges/splits.  In other words, it is a sort of "Patch bucket".

There are two ways to create a Multi - From the Advance MIDI controller itself and from within the VIP software.

From the Advance MIDI controller:

  1. Press the BROWSER button. Use the Value Dial and Arrow keys to choose a patch.  Press in the Value Dial to load the patch of choice.  This automatically loads to Slot 1.

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  2. To add a second patch to your Multi, use the Up Arrow and Right Arrow buttons to highlight the Slot (S1) area in the upper right corner of the display window. 

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  3. Turn the Value Dial to change to Slot 2 (S2), then press in the Value Dial to select it.

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  4. Use the Arrow keys and Value Dial to select a second patch as described in step 1.

  5. Repeat the steps above to add up to 8 different patches to your Multi.


From the VIP software:

  1. Click on Browser.  Choose your preferred VST plugin and/or tags and click on your preferred patch in the left column to load it to Slot 1.

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  2. If you like, clear your current Tag selection by clicking on the circular arrow button in the upper right corner of the VIP software to clear all current tag selections.  

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  3. Now click on the preferred plugin or tags to locate the second sound of choice for your Multi.  Click and drag the new patch to Slot 2.

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  4. Repeat the steps above to add up to 8 different patches to your Multi.


Can I split the keys to trigger different patches from different areas of the keyboard?

Yes!  You can do this from the VIP software or from the Advance hardware.

From the VIP software:

  1. Choose a Multi and then open the Multi panel by clicking on the Multi panel icon.

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  2. For each channel of the Multi mixer, there is a key range section.  Click in one of the range boxes to un-hide the piano panel.  The range for the currently selected Multi channel will be highlighted.

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  3. There are two ways to adjust the key range for an individual Multi channel.

    1. Click-and-drag either end of the highlighted range in the piano panel to your preference.

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    2. Click-and-drag the Low  or High key range slot boxes up or down to adjust the minimum or maximum key range value.

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  4. Adjust each Multi channel to your desired key range.

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From the Advance hardware controller:

  1. Choose your Multi and then open the Multi window on the Advance display screen by pressing the MULTI button.

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  2. Use the value dial to highlight the Multi channel key range that you want to adjust and then press in the Value Dial to select it and view the individual parameters of that Multi channel.

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  3. Use the arrow keys to highlight the Lo Key or Hi Key key range.  Use the Value dial to adjust the minimum and maximum values of the key range for your Multi channel.

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  4. Press in the Value dial to go back to the Multi channel window.  Use the Value dial to select any remaining Multi channels that you want to adjust and repeat the steps above for each channel.

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What is a Set List and how do I create one? 

A Setlist allows users to order their patches in a “set” for quick selection when playing live or just stepping through a list of favorite patches.  A Setlist must be created and built in the VIP software, but once your Setlists are created, you can access all of your Setlists and individual patches in the Setlist directly from the Advance controller.


To create a Setlist in the VIP software:

  1. Click on SETLIST.

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  2. Next, click on the "plus (+)" button next to NEW SETLIST and name your new Setlist.

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  3. Click on BROWSER and locate the patch you want to add to your Setlist.  Click on the patch to load it, then right-click the patch.  In the drop-down menu that appears, scroll over Add to setlist and then choose the setlist you want to add the patch to.

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  4. At the top of the VIP window, click on SETLIST.  You will notice the patch you chose has been added.  

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  5. In this window, you can also drag any patch of choice directly from the left column to a new spot in your setlist.

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To access your Setlists from the Advance hardware controller:

  1. Press the MAIN button to return to the main screen.

  2. Use the Arrow keys to highlight the Setlist box in the upper-right of the display screen.

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  3. Use the Value dial to choose your Setlist and then use the down Arrow key to access the individual patches in the Setlist.  

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  4. To load a patch, press the Value dial in.

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How do I set the Advance controller back to factory default settings?


To set the controller back to the Factory Default settings:

  1. Press SHIFT + BROWSER [GLOBAL] to enter the GLOBAL settings menu.  

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  2. Press the RIGHT ARROW button located just below the display screen until you find the page containing the Factory Reset option.

  3. Use the DOWN ARROW button to highlight the Factory Reset option.  Press the Value Dial in to perform the reset.

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    The unit will go through a reset and bring you back to the MAIN window when complete.


I want to add a pedal to my setup. What kind do I need?

The SUSTAIN pedal input requires a standard momentary, non-latching foot-switch.  The EXPRESSION pedal input requires a standard variable or continuous foot pedal.


Do Akai Advance keyboards require a power supply?

Akai Advance keyboards are entirely bus powered by your computer's USB ports. Using a power supply is completely optional and is not required to use any features. 


Additional Resources

You can find a number of additional articles and videos in our knowledge base:


Further Technical Support

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