When I said that it had a "soft" keybed I meant that it did not have the tension the AKAI Pro Adv 49 did. The keys of the KeyLab mkII are not cheap by any means and they do have metal weights on the bottom. But I hear the springs making noises sometimes. And I definitely do not like the clicking sound of the buttons.Saul wrote: ↑Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:20 am
It is always interesting to get peoples take on keyboards and in particular the keybeds fitted to them. I also had the Axiom Pro 49 and Akai Pro Adv 49 and whilst I did like the Akai I definitely did not like the Axiom. I can't say about the Keylab yet but it is arriving tomorrow so I will give it a good workout and see where we go from there.
It is a good thing that we all have different preferences with keyboards, guitars and all sorts of other things. I think it would be a very dull world if we all thought and felt the same.
Oh and interesting also that you had problems with Akai's VIP software DrF. For me it all installed straight away without any problems but I think I was running Sierra by then so could be OS specific?
As for Arturia software I have only tried individual instruments and not with an Arturia keyboard so I am definitely looking forward to testing this
The looks of the controller from the rear are very impressive in my opinion. Slim, full of connectors and that white paint... It's pure class definitely. It is a heavy controller, well made but the quality of some parts on it could be better considering the $500 price tag. I have reached the point in my life where spending some dough and not being 100% happy with what I bought is not a big deal. But they could have used less noisy buttons definitely. I don't hear the buttons I press on the AKAI, why should I hear those on the KeyLab?
Regarding VIP... Some wise fellow in AKAI used the latest OS X software to make an image of VIP several GB in size. The problem is that older, perfectly working Macs, running an OS that is still functioning fine (El Capitan) cannot read or open images made with the newest file system, APFS. I downloaded the freaking huge image twice and failed to do anything with it. AKAI's customer service did provide a link to a stripped down version of VIP that my Mac could use but I had paid for the complete package, even though I paid a lower price for it. I had to install TransMac (demo version) on my Win7 PC to be able to open the stupid huge APFS image of VIP and then transfer its data to the Mac. That took HOURS. TransMac is very slow with huge images. After the installation came the trial. Tiny letters on the screen, menus and tabs that would not work properly, not to mention over 10 GB of space on my SSD. It took many tries to make the software produce a sound on my Mac. I removed the licenses and the entire package manually, another time consuming task because there was no unistaller for it. The AKAI controller will be simply used in standalone mode with the Behringer DeepMind 12D synth. After I replace its plastic knobs with solid metal aluminum ones. I have to decide if the color of the knobs will be silver, black, metallic blue, metallic red or gold.
The software that comes with the Arturia is very nice actually. Installation is fast, registration is even faster, and it does produce sounds without making my life difficult. This controller will be used with the Mac mostly.