Davio45's Review of SynthstationReviewed on 8/31/19 2:12 PM
I want to use this app. I even bought a 30pin to lighting converter to use it on my iPhone 5s. But even though capability for the app says IOS 4.3 and up, it totally doesn't work with my IOS 10.3. I have a cool keyboard and this a sweet rig but it's completely useless without a functioning app. Total waste of money and I feel deceived.
dysamoria's Review of SynthstationReviewed on 8/31/19 2:12 PM
UPDATE 3: No update in years. Does not run on iOS versions beyond the last version of iOS 6. I never did get to try it on iPad. Now that I have an iPad Pro, Synth Station isn't functional on the OS that it runs. UPDATE 2: Version 3 on iPhone is absolutely the SAME as version 2 on the iPhone. Still a ridiculously ineffective GUI. These are professionals?? There are first time programmers and self-funded freeware authors who can devise interfaces for their iPhone software that work very well. Why can't Akai get it together?? [UPDATED Review: App LOSES one star because Akai "updated" it with almost no value. They did not change the GUI at all (except you can "audition" patches in the patch selector page). This is absurd. WTH, Akai??] This app is clearly intended to be used primarily with the SynthStation25 controller keyboard. The app is pretty much an advertising medium for the controllers as it even shows you a full-screen advert on app start. Standalone, the app is clumsy (at best). In fact, it's rather frustrating). Editing the synths is beyond clumsy. you are forewarned. About auditioning: There are no controls to go to "next" or "previous" presets/patches on the Performance screen. To change patches/presets, you must: 1. tap open the main menu 2. tap select sounds screen 3. tap select a different preset 4. tap open main menu again 5. tap select the performance screen again. That's FIVE actions, at different positions on the screen. All that, just to go to the next preset. Simple "<" & ">" buttons on the performance page would solve this!! There's room for such controls but they're not available. Clearly Akai had this app designed to operate with the keyboard controller's dedicated physical buttons. It's obvious that it wasn't meant to be a standalone app. Without the controller, simple actions are five times the effort in the on-screen GUI. For $2 (was on sale) this was an ok purchase, I guess [UPDATE: actually, no, it's not ok, because I never use it due to the horribly clumsy GUI]. The synth on this thing is quite powerful & i can imagine using it standalone just for sounds... But programming custom patches without having the keyboard present to audition changes [is utterly impossible and] I won't try. (There are six separate pages of controls & no way to audition your changes unless you *exit* the editing environment & re-enter the performance screen. There's no easy way to switch from page to page in the synth editing area, either) i definitely wouldn't have paid more than $2 for this thing. [since I don't use it, I wouldn't have paid $2 knowing how stupidly designed it is] After using it with the clumsy GUI, I can tell you that I wouldn't buy it a second time. I do have my eyes on the keyboard to see how it does in the market [but I don't need another controller & won't buy Akai's just to make this app sensible!] If the app is [totally] redesigned, it might be worth buying the keyboard (does it power the phone when hooked up through USB? very little info about the device is available). Still, even WITH the keyboard, I don't feel the design of the user interface is acceptable. There are far better workstation GUIs out there. This one requires far too many steps, touches, repeated menu actions, etc to do simple things that ought be much more accessible. It's not ugly looking, but it's not pretty either. More importantly, it could be *far* better at use of screen real-estate. Buttons are too small, sliders are too big & better overall design would allow for more important controls to be on each screen (to cut down on repeat actions). Really, Akai needs to redo this. It needs a *complete redesign* of the GUI.
Artoman's Review of SynthstationReviewed on 8/31/19 2:12 PM
I'd like to get my money back, but I don't know how to do that. Even I can't open app, same time it closing! P.S. It ask me put at least 1 star. For what?!
THE REAL WOLFE's Review of SynthstationReviewed on 8/31/19 2:12 PM
Needs a new update and make compatible with Retronyms Tabletop.
KappanTheise's Review of SynthstationReviewed on 8/31/19 2:12 PM
So when I first downloaded the synth station app I used a mpk25 for controlling midi and everything was going smoothly until I recently updated to the actual synth station49 keyboard and when I did upgrade I lost all sound. Every other app works with their keyboard but the app meant for the keyboard. The whole keyboard turns on and controls all the functions of the app but with no audio these features become useless
RDMSTUDIO's Review of SynthstationReviewed on 8/31/19 2:12 PM
Here's what I mean. The program is like a started for someone trying to get their feet wet. But the keyboard is great with GarageBand. The transport buttons don't work but the pads work with the drum sounds. And being able the play the piano with the sustain peddle is wonderful. The people at Akia need to think harder about the program. It would make it woth having.
Posttoastys's Review of SynthstationReviewed on 8/31/19 2:12 PM
Got the app a couple of years ago with my Akai synth station 25 and iPhone 4 worked great, got iPhone 5 and had a few problems which I worked out happy days are here again. Then I had not used the app in a couple months went to use it and it won't load just immediately crashes! Well maybe it's my phone so try my iPad Air and does the same thing. So is this thing dead in the water or is there any hope Akai or Apple will find the problem. Thank God I have real synths and keyboards that don't have to be updated every 5 minutes!!!!!!
Jareth40242's Review of SynthstationReviewed on 8/31/19 2:12 PM
Won't even open with iPad mini :(
Ewaser's Review of SynthstationReviewed on 8/31/19 2:12 PM
Please upgrade its unusable as is
kxg0930's Review of SynthstationReviewed on 8/31/19 2:12 PM
I contacted akai online tech support. The gentleman I had communication with blamed it on the Apple OS. That response suprised/puzzled me due to the fact akai built this app to run on the ipad mobile OS. I responded with this thought as a question and never heard back. I still own my AX-80 I bought brand new. I have had numerous akai products and have not had any problems. But this new attitude has changed my opinion of akai. I have since bought M-Audio and Arturia devices for my controller needs and have been very happy. Nothing shows unhappiness better than loss of sales.