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Akai Synthstation 25 update (or lack of one)


Since my last post on this there has been an overwhelming silence from Akai. Their site still doesn't say when the hardware or software will be available, and yet Amazon.com says that it is available for pre-order from the 1st of May and amazon.co.uk doesn't have it listed at all!

I've just checked Dolphinmusic again, and they have the keyboard on for sale as at the 1st of May, so who knows when we will see this device and app!

If anyone does pre-order please let me know how you get on.

7 comments:

cragdangler said...

guitar center here in the US has a 5/21 release date.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Akai-Professional-SynthStation25-Piano-Keyboard-for-iPhone-and-iTouch-485429-i1513163.gc

Pierre Fontaine said...

I have a pre-order through Sweetwater.com, who state on their website that the keyboard will be available the week of May 9th.

I just called them for an update and was told that it looks like they are expecting their shipment around mid-May.

RogB said...

im still waiting for these to come out. Im interested in having a small portable keyboard for my laptop so ive been thinking of either getting the 2 akai units (LPK25 and LPD8), or save the money and wait for the synthstation. (which can be used in USB mode). Of course the bonus of the synthstation is that i can use it standalone with my ipod and hopefully apps will get updates to utilise it. no drum pads though.. booo!
I really hope the app community update to support this. If not, it'll be a heck of a novelty item.

Jamie said...

I'm guessing Akai is going through the typical tug of war with Apple over conforming to their standards, as well as trying to garner relationships with other app developers. There probably isn't much financial incentive for other developers to add compatibility with this device, but I hope they see the long term benefit to the music app market that compatibility would bring.

Pierre said...

I got a message today from Sweetwater.com that the Akai Synthstation is due to be shipped out to customers on May 14th. I didn't actually talk to the rep but my wife relayed the message. I hope she got it right!

Anonymous said...

I just called Akai US and they told me not till June. I pre ordered on Amazon and hope it comes much sooner!

Anonymous said...

This thing has been pushed back and back and back. Call me stupid, but this is one of the reasons I bought an ipod touch. My guess, and this is just a guess, is that they scheduled to release it right before the release of the iphone 4. All of their images have the v3, and with a more powerful and capable phone available, it just seems dumb to release something already outdated. Anyhow, I'm very curious to see how compatible this controller will be with other audio apps. Hopefully, we can get an update on what to expect sooooon.