For some musicians – kazoo players, for example – it’s not a problem if you come up with a killer jingle while you’re out and about. Carry your instrument with you and you can give it a try straight away. But it’s not as easy for piano players. Unless they’ve got shoulders like Atlas they’re confined to doing all of their creative thinking indoors – within prodding distance of the heavy piano.
Not to worry though! Signalling an end to this creativity-stifling misery is the Akai SynthStation 25. This compact keyboard features a two-octave set of piano keys and dock for an iPod Touch or iPhone. Using the Akai SynthStation app, you can create beats, loops or entire tracks; all on the move.
Use the SynthStation’s built-in buttons for instant hands-on control, or access the app for a host of further touchscreen functions. Short of a working piano key neck tie, it’s the easiest way to tinkle the ivories on the go.
Akai SynthStation App
25-key MIDI keyboard controller for iPhone and iPod touch
Velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys for expressive performance
Pitch and modulation wheels, octave +/-, and sound-bank buttons
Stereo RCA line outputs and headphone jack
USB/MIDI for virtually any MIDI music software or MIDI hardware devices
Does It work with an IPhone 3GS Or Ipod (4th Gen). Raphael, Earth - 27th July 2012
Firebox says: Hey Raphael, a quick search unfortunately comes back on the negative for the 4th generation iPod, however this should work with the iPhone
Can this connect to ipad as well with some sort of extension? Ade, London - 23rd January 2012
Firebox says: Hi Ade, you're probably better off with the Piano Apprentice:
My son had received this SynthStation for Christmas - please can you tell me where we can purchase an power supply adaptor for it? Many thanks. Nicola, Berkshire - 9th January 2012
Firebox says: Hi Nicola. If you don't want to use batteries you can use a 6v dc 1 amp power adapter, which you should be able to get from a good high street electronics retailer! I hope this helps
Just bought this as a xmas present but on the box it only says the iphone 4 16g not the 32g???? Does it work with the 32g as I dnt want to open it as its a xmas presy :). Sacha, Scotland - 2nd November 2011
Firebox says: Hi Sacha, the suppliers say that this should be compatible with ALL iPhones.
Is it iPhone 4 compatible? That looks like a 3GS in the pics. Looks like you guys have found yet another nifty gadget. Scotty, Aberdeen - 28th September 2011
Firebox says: Hey Scotty, I can happily confirm that this product is iPhone 4 compatible. It's even compatible with the snazzy new iPhone 4S!
Will you stock the 'Akai SynthStation 49 iPad Music Controller' ... the one for the ipad ? :). George Purvis, United Kingdom - 11th September 2011
Firebox says: I've passed on your query to our Buying team, George, so we'll let you know.