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According to Akai Professional, MAX49 places revolutionary MIDI and CV control at your fingertips. With an intuitive layout and included Pro Tools Express, Ableton Live Lite, AkaiConnect, and Ignite software, MAX49 offers instant, powerful creative capabilities. From its 49 semi-weighted keys and 8 real MPC pads, to its groundbreaking LED touch faders and built-in 32-note step sequencer, MAX25 combines cutting-edge Akai Pro technology with classic capability to give you an unprecedented music-making experience.





MAX25 is one of the most unique controllers ever engineered. Right away you'll notice one of its most distinguishing features: four banks of eight backlit LED touch faders, allowing you to assign up to 32 control parameters. You can use MAX49's LED touch faders just like analog faders by simply dragging your finger up and down along their touch strips, or you can perform instant leaps in any MIDI value from zero to maxed out and everything in between—an unprecedented, unmatched controller capability.



Akai Professional’s MAX25 and MAX49 are the only keyboard controllers available that include a built-in step sequencer. MAX49’s touch faders combine with the built-in step sequencer to offer even more innovative performance capabilities. Control four banks of eight steps each, crating patterns up to 32 steps. The step sequencer can be assigned to MIDI parameters or the CV/Gate outputs, and the touch faders give you real-time editing control over modulation, filters, key changes, and effects. Create instant arpeggios by swiping your finger horizontally across the faders, and easily activate and deactivate steps using the button beneath each fader.


"…an incredible build quality, unbelievably natural feel, and a built-in suite of features designed with analog enthusiasts in mind, the MAX49 is a solid buy…" -



When you're ready to get down to business, MAX49 delivers essential controller features with excellence. 49 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch are laid out before you, providing professional feel, perfect response and full musical expression. Large, centrally positioned transport controls give you straightforward track navigation, and rubberized pitch and modulation wheels provide for instant creative flourishes. MAX49's expanded arpeggiator includes a Latch button as well as eight different time divisions to create sweeping and endlessly varied melodic cascades.



MAX49 comes ready to command any controller hardware or software from any era: USB MIDI, traditional 5-pin DIN MIDI and even Control Voltage and Gate outputs are onboard, allowing you to control everything from today's most advanced music software, to analog modular synths from as far back as the 1960s. Mackie Control and HUI protocols are also built in to give you instant compatibility with many industry standard DAWs.






MAX49 is also equipped with four banks of 12 backlit MPC pads, giving you a total of 48 assignable pads, allowing you to integrate legendary Akai Pro production capability into live performances and recording sessions alike. These backlit, velocity-sensitive pads come with classic MPC Swing, Note Repeat, Full Level and navigation controls to give you all the tools you need to create music at your highest level.


Avid® Pro Tools® Express Included

Compose, record, edit, and mix using the tools the professionals use. Pro Tools Express starts with 16 simultaneous stereo or mono audio tracks. Add in the popular Boom, Xpand!2, and Structure Free player virtual instruments from AIR Music Technology—all included. Finish off with dozens of high-powered effect plug-ins, including the in-demand AIR effects. Plus, Pro Tools Express offers session file compatibility with the entire Pro Tools family, so you can take your tracks to the finest studios around the world.



Ignite music creation software from AIR works seamlessly with MAX49, giving you the fastest way to capture ideas and make music. It’s a refreshingly different approach, a simple and seamless creat­ive partner that empowers your ideas and brings them to life. Say goodbye to the rigid and complicated methods of the past. Say hello to a fresh new way to create.


Ignite includes over 275 instruments, many of which are taken from our renowned instrument collections - including Strike, Structure, and Velvet. All sounds have been optimized to load quickly, and the editing controls are automatically mapped to your connected MAX49 keyboard. These extraordinary sounds include keyboards, drums, percussion, basses, guitars, synths, strings, brass, and woodwinds.


"The shiny red styling isn’t just flashy for no reason; it’s a preview of just how awesome the insides are." -



MAX49 also comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Pro Edition software, one of the most popular and powerful performance and production programs worldwide. Ableton Live Lite enables musicians to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment.



MAX49 also comes with AkaiConnect automatic-mapping software, so you'll be up and running in your favorite DAW and VSTs in seconds. AkaiConnect has been designed to eliminate the guesswork and give you more time creating and less time setting up controls. Instantly assign MAX49's MPC pads, touch faders and buttons to your favorite music software plug-ins by simply clicking on the software element you want to control, then touching the knob, pad, fader or button on MAX49.


Cutting-edge, classic and complete control: MAX49. Get ready to experience one of the most dynamic and unique performance controllers ever created.




Yesterday we took a look at the Yamaha F310, one of the best-selling entry level acoustic guitars on the market today.


At instrumania we not only bring you the latest music news and reviews of new musical instruments we also aim to find you the best price on musical instruments and accessories.


Thousands of people learn to play the guitar every year. Whether it be an electric guitar, bass guitar or acoustic guitar you will want to buy an entry-level guitar which will be both great value and good quality. At we like to help you find the best prices on electric guitars, the cheapest acoustic guitars, best value bass guitars and, importantly' the best place to buy and entry-level guitar.


Most guitar manufacturers offer entry level guitars including Fender guitars, Squire guitars, Gibson guitars, Yamaha guitars, Paul Reed Smith guitars, PRS Guitars, Rickenbacker guitars. We also compare prices on guitar accessories including entry-level guitar amplifiers, guitar accessories, guitar amps etc. You can compare guitar prices at


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Instrumania is Europes leading insturument price comparison website. allows you to compare the prices on thousands of musical instruments, DJ products, studio equipment and accessories. Find the cheapest prices for your next musical instrument purchase at

The problem with 'entry-level' products is that often, when you start to improve, you immediately want to upgrade to a better quality instrument. The reason the Yamahe F310 acoustic guitar is, and has been for some time, such a great seller is that despite its' entry-level price tag, this superb instrument will carry you from beginner to expert.


This incredibly affordable guitar highlights the best in its price range in relation to quality, design and sound. The Yamaha F130 is a beautiful instrument constructed using a selection of tonewoods, and is made highly durable due to its stable and reliable hardware. This vintage style guitar is finished to a high quality standard in a variety of stylish, making it visually stunning.


Yamaha F310 acoustic guitar also features a spruce top, meranti back and sides, a nato neck, a Rosewood fingerboard. The Yamaha F130 is built to last, so you can relax knowing that you’ll be playing for many years to come.


Here at Instrumania we believe in providing high quality products for lowest affordable prices, so that you don’t have to pay out more than you need to. With a wide selection of products and brands on our site, there will be something for everyone.




 Here's a world first from one of the most respected names in the industry. Studiomaster have announced      the release of the "Starlight" which they are billing as a complete "sound and lighting" cabinet.


 Available as either a 12" or 15" system, Starlight combines 250 watt self powered FOH reinforcement and a  50 watt powered side mounted monitor driver within each cabinet.


 Each cabinet features a rear panel mounted 2-channel mixer with one balanced XLR mic and line inputs, and  one with balanced XLR and stereo phono inputs. There is a 3-band EQ and a separate monitor level control  and input for a foldback signal from a mixing console.


 It also incorporates a recessed side slot housing six high-power LEDs with dispersion lenses. The in-built  lighting controller features 13 programs, including seven static colours, fade to colour change, sound to light;  brightness and speed are also adjustable. The Starlight cabinets are supplied as matched pairs, with the  LEDs and monitors angled inward towards the performers’ stage position.


 Studiomaster Head of R&D and designer of the Starlight series, Paul Belcher, explained: “The Starlight  system is targeted at solo artists and duos, small bands, and DJs – where the monitor speaker is a  particular bonus. It is also highly applicable in smaller venues and music bars; in fact anywhere where you  need good PA sound reinforcement and a colour light show.


 “Simply mounted on a speaker stand, with power and audio signal connected, it is ready to go. It’s a feature configuration that in so many different applications makes perfect sense, and it is a unique concept that we plan to develop further in other product ranges.”


Introducing the Roland HD-3 V-Drums Lite electronic drum kit, an entry level kit packed with professional features and quality componants. This, extremely compact and powerful electronic drum kit is perfect as a first kit or a practice tool.

Its footprint is small, but the HD-3 sounds and performs impressively large. Based on Roland's legendary V-Drums, this little kit is a dream for beginners, casual players, gamers, as well as for parents, since the volume level can be completely controlled via volume knob and/or headphones.

Play the comfortable new cloth-head pads that feel and respond like acoustic toms. The beater-less kick pad has also been enhanced for comfort and improved playing response.

The HD-3 is equipped with a mix input jack for connecting CD-players, MP3 players, and other audio sources. Jam along with your favourite songs, and control the blend of music and your live drumming through headphones or an amplifier



Roland HD-3 features three cloth-head toms, one mesh-head snare pad and two cymbal pads. In addition to this, the HD-3 includes a hi-hat and a hi-hat controller pedal and another beater-less kick pedal. Roland have designed the HD-3 for effortless playing and ease of use, whether you're an experienced drummer looking to practice at home, on the road or in the studio, or indeed a beginner looking for an introduction into the drumming world, Roland's HD-3 is a fantastic all rounder.

Roland's HD-3 offers dual-trigger snare and crash/ride cymbal pads, which make for an incredibly authentic playing experience. Due to this realism, the Roland HD-3 is the perfect solution for those who want to play and practice drums, but don't have space or indeed sound proofing required to set up an acoustic kit.

Included in the Roland HD-3 module, are 20 preset kits with dedicated select buttons. Roland are renowned for their incredible sounding samples and the HD-3 is no exception, with real studio sampled kits and programmed electronic kits to get you going.

The HD-3 from Roland is highly portable and offers a very small footprint, making it ideal for when space is a premium or portability is a must. There's even a mix-in jack which allows you to play along with your favourite tracks and tunes.



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