The MINIAK is Akai professionals new virtual analog performance synthesizer. It looks great and has a few tricks up it sleeve but is it a winner?

  • AGM

    Micron DNA? It IS a Micron. They refer to it as the Micron in a few typos in the manual. The XR20 is also a re-packaged Alesis drum machine.

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  • RupertBrown

    Thats what I suspected but didn't know for sure. Thats really funny its printed in the manual though. Thanks for the confirmation!

  • Da71d

    Geared at live use … agreed .
    However an E-MU XMIDI 1X1 Tab ($30. cable no lup in the line converter )and one of the many free Micron editors available for windows and mac and it's got serious studio power too !

    One omission I have to note that I think is a major selling point for this synth … 16 different filter types including ARP , 303 18db , Jupiter 8 , combs , and SEM emulations to go along with the now obligatory “moog” 24db LP .
    As far as the ION /MIcron / Miniak deal … who cares if it's the same engine if that engine is good ?

  • perceptual chaos

    nice one!

  • RupertBrown

    Hey this is GREAT advice using the cable and Micron editor would help the experience big time.

    Also there is a good choice of filters the reason they weren't mentioned is I am trying to keep episodes under 10mins at the moment (Main because of attention spans and the 10 min limit on YouTube videos).

    And I agree: “What's in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.”

    Thanks for your input, these are great points!

  • Bunny

    The Miniak is a Micron the same way a Saab 9-2x is a Subaru WRX. Different skin, exact same internals. Same preset patch names and everything. Not that that's a bad thing, but just FYI.

  • Buf

    This Synth caught my Eye at a local music outlet, W/ medium knowledge of Keyboards/effect units ect…This synth is very hands on!! easy to use, Had sounds I Love within minutes….I'm looking forward to buying this unit very soon!!!

  • Samwise

    Would it be possible to do like a synth/vocoder split?

  • Anonymous

    Good question, I THINK so but I dont have it anymore to check for you. If your going to buy I would recomend reading the manual first.

  • MS

    You can even load micron or Ion program patches!  This is an awesome synth when coupled with an MAudio Uno and Hypersynth editor!  You can really get close to many analog synths due to the modulation matrix and filters.  Vocoder is ehh, though.

  • Ben Zimmerman

    The XR20 is more like a minimal RS7000 to me. I love the blue lights.

  • Dave Sharvoo

    What a superb review of the Miniak keyboard. It was so helpful in these days of choice, jargon and confusion. Thank you so much, David

  • Dave Sharvoo

    Wow, what a superb review, thank you so much, it was incredibly helpful. I’ve been looking for a SHORT keyboard to use on stage but couldn’t find one that worked alone, they all seem to be MIDI units. I’m not needing USB or midi so it appears this would be ideal. I’d be grateful if someone could let me know if the keys are full size and whether they are touch sensitive/weighted, how many drum sequences are available (I have an Alesis 16 currently) and the ultimate requirement; does this unit work plugged straight into an amp? You suggest it does but I’m just not sure.
    Reviews like this one are so vital in this world of choice, jargon and confusion.
    Best regards, David

  • RupertBrown

    Hey David,
    Keys are full size
    Are semi-weighted (feel like keyboard keys not piano)
    Reviewed this over two years ago so cant remember how many drum sequences you got, maybe 99 but dont quote me.
    Yes you can plug it straight into an amp for live use.
    If you want any more info I would highly recommend downloading the manual for free from the Akai website. Read all that and you will know EXACTLY what your getting.

    Best of luck!

  • Andy D

    Hi, any advice on connecting an external instruments, eg guitar? Whatever program/edit parameters I choose, it sounds more or less the same. Cheers, Andy D

  • RupertBrown

    What is it you are trying to achieve / struggling with exactly?
    If you want a range of sounds you could look at an amp simulator, like Amplitube 3 I reviewed it here: this one of many.

  • scotthoughton

    Can you play this through a laptop and/or an amp?