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  • Manufacturer: AKAI
  • Model: ADVANCE61
  • Item Condition: NEW
  • ID: #100259


Combine superb playability and customisation with the Akai Advance 61 featuring a high-resolution colour screen. With 61 keys, this keyboard stretches across five octaves to allow wide chords and long melodic segments, and the keys are semi-weighted for a responsive experience. The velocity-sensitive keybed also supports aftertouch, giving you excellent expressiveness. At the top of the keyboard sits a 4.3-inch high-resolution colour screen, which makes it easy to cycle through settings and select your instruments.

Rubberised modulation and pitch wheels give you access to intriguing sounds, and the continuously variable knobs offer excellent precision. The eight pads above the keyboard are both velocity and pressure sensitive, and they feature RGB lighting for easy recognition. This keyboard is also each to expand; the Virtual Instrument Player application lets you access all of the virtual instruments in your collection, and support for custom mapping and VSTi plugins makes it a powerful tool. VIP is designed with interoperability in mind, so it's easy to use with Ableton Live, Pro Tools and other popular production and performance tools. The Akai Advance 61 can also work as a standalone controller.

Features 61 key keyboard for advanced virtual instrument performance
Integrated 4.3-inch high-resolution full-colour screen with dedicated interface buttons
Screen provides 1:1, real-time feedback of plugin parameters
Includes Virtual Instrument Player software for unprecedented virtual instrument preset management, control mapping and multi patch creation
25 Premium, semi-weighted velocity-sensitive key bed aftertouch
8 endless and continuously variable control knobs
8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive MPC pads with RGB illumination
Dedicated pad bank, transport control, octave, and performance buttons
Note repeat, time-division, pattern arpeggiator, and tap-tempo buttons
Rubberised Pitch and Modulation wheels
Expression pedal and foot switch inputs
USB and 5-pin MIDI Input/Output for use with any MIDI capable software or hardware

Store Information


When you shop at Mannys you don’t just get the gear, you get the knowledge and expertise of 25 years of experience as one of Australia’s most influential independent music retailers.

In the beginning…

After managing the Allan’s city store for 10 years, an ambitious Manny Gauci-Seddon decided to open his own music store. He wanted his shop to uphold the values of true support and after-sales service, and to form genuine ongoing relationships with his customer base. The trends of the industry at that time were pointing to more of a disposable, corporate mentality and so in the early years he set out to make a name for himself as a serious independent alternative.

The first store was a funky shop in Smith Street, Collingwood in 1991. By 1998 Manny had outgrown this store and saw the need to focus more on the upcoming computer based recording revolution. He established an address in Johnson St Fitzroy as the arts were booming on the north side of the city. In the same year the opportunity came to acquire a business on Chapel St – the Revolver Music Gallery. With a two store operation Manny was now making the difference he set out to 7 years earlier. The Mannys brand was known for knowledge and service, with the staff greatly sought after for their experience. Unlike the other major players, the focus was not just on sales but also on the process of making music.

When the opportunity came to consolidate into one superstore, the North Fitzroy address seemed perfect for the move. Manny wanted to expand his customer base to include more of the musicians turning to the internet due to the lacklustre service of his competitors. He took the best from both stores and moved his operation to the hub of music and musicians just north of the city.

In November 2016 Mannys was sold to SoundBay Pty Ltd, the operator of Australia’s largest DJ and production retailer, Store DJ. While the essence of Mannys Music will always exist, our mission for Mannys Music moving forward is to ensure that we continue to build the ultimate experience for our customers online or in store. Our sales staff remain knowledgeable, professional musicians first and sales people second. Mannys Music gives you one hub to purchase all of your gear, and if we don’t have it, we’ll try our hardest to get it for you.

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