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What does the profiles do on the Akai Advance 49 and why not all the buttons are enabled for midi CC?

Hi,

After reading the manual, I have yet to figure out what the profiles do.

One would think that if you select a profile, your keyboard is good to go; with the right knobs, buttons, pads and transport configured, but it is not. Tried with Logic profile on logic....no luck. Tried with cubase profile on Cubase; nada. Same for Reaper and Studio one.

The best I have got is a profile (forgot which one), that gives me access to CC controls for mod wheels and pitch wheel, the 8 knobs and 8 buttons below the knobs; plus the record and loop buttons. Nothing else works anywhere, and I tried every single factory setting profile on the Advance 49.

I thought that I can make my own profiles, but the manual say nothing about that; fundamentally the manual is borderline useless for customization; which is sad considering that other midi keyboards have a manual that is like 150 pages just to show how the arpeggiator works.

I assumed that the profiles does the mapping in the DAW, but that's not the case from what I can tell. Maybe are mapped for old versions? There are no updates for the Advance 49 since years; there is no editor for profiles to install on your computer, which is weird, considering that the MPK mini that cost 70 bucks does have a pretty in-depth midi config application, and I can't do much fundamentally because nothing is explained anywhere.

Am I crazy trying to use something like profiles? Do I have to hack the firmware of the device, just to figure out how to use it in a DAW, and not only when I run VIP?
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  • Hey lumberjack,

    Thanks for posting!

    Sorry to hear that you are having trouble. DAW presets will change over time depending on how the corresponding software is developed. This is normal for most MIDI controllers. For that reason, the Advance's presets can be edited and saved as user customized profiles.

    When selecting a DAW preset, you will see the option to Save. You can either overwrite an existing preset or create a new user preset, giving you flexibility to configure the controller to your needs.

    Installing profiles via an Editor is not necessary as the Advance can be fully edited in MIDI Edit Mode and then saved. Furthermore, most DAWs already implement a MIDI Map/Learn feature that quickly assigns software parameters to hardware controls. These modifications can be saved as user templates for repeated use.

    For more information on MIDI Edit Mode and the available parameters, I suggest referring to page 37 of the User Guide.

    Let me know if you have any questions!
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  • Hi Eliza,

    So to be clear, changing presets is changing the CC midi sent by knobs, transport, buttons below the knobs and drumpads?
    Because I can't find any other control assignable in the midi edit mode on the keyboard.

    Is there any unofficial documentation about the keyboard, that allow more drastic changes?
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