Akai SynthStation49 – instrumental iPad dock

Akai SynthStation49

Here’s an iPad dock with a difference. The Akai SynthStation49 is less about music playback than it is music creation.

The Akai SynthStation49 is a synthesiser with a velocity-sensitive keyboard, nine velocity-sensitive MPC-style drum pads, transport control buttons including play, pause and record, pitch/modulation wheels and a sustain pedal input, along with an adjustable-angled dock for iPad.

Record via an iPad via CoreMIDI or AkaiConnect apps, or to a Mac or PC computer via the USB port. Or use the “┬╝” stereo outputs with volume control to connect mixers, speakers and recording equipment.” If you’re learning to play, or are considerate about noise, there’s also a headphone jack to keep things quiet and personal.

Akai are also making available the AkaiConnect SDK (software developer’s kit), allowing third party developers to incorporate the capabilities of the SynthStation49.┬áPlus being iOS CoreMIDI compatible, it will work with other iPad music apps.

Akai SynthStation49 release date and price

The Akai SynthStation49 has a release date of June 30, 2011. The RRP is US$399, though it will be cheaper online. Amazon are currently taking pre-orders for the device.