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VIP (Virtual Instrument Player)

Player Plugin by AKAI

VIP (Virtual Instrument Player) has an average user rating of 2.00 from 4 reviews

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User Reviews by KVR Members for VIP (Virtual Instrument Player)

Reviewed By trusampler [read all by] on 11th November 2020
Version reviewed: latest on Mac
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The software had so much potential but, Akai is company known for taking a good idea and completely destroying it with poor behaviors in development. Sad to see them ruin yet another product.

Reviewed By CptanPanic [read all by] on 28th March 2020
Version reviewed: 3.1.1 on Windows
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Good idea in theory, but has some limitations. Doesn't load presets from a lot of plugins, and no way to figure out why. Also can only have 2 plugin directories. Hasn't been updated in a few years also.

Reviewed By Psalmist91 [read all by] on 24th June 2018
Version reviewed: 3.1 on Windows.
Last edited by Psalmist91 on 24th June 2018.
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VIP by Akai is a tremendous idea, being implemented increasingly well. Now it's up to version 3.1. Coolest yet -- it's available for usage beyond just the 3 original InMusic brand keyboards (Akai Advance, M-Audio CTRL-49 and Alesis' offering). Think of it as an advanced Browser & Mixer combo that allows you to preview, control, layer, and mix among multiple soft-synths and also supplement them with your favorite VST2 effects. Easy to find optimal patches. Easy to layer ginormous sounds. Useful in stand alone mode. Also integratabtle into DAWs. I'm still learning to play with it, mainly within Samplitude.

Trying it out both with an Akai Advance (seamless, but quirky) and with a Novation SL49 Mkii (usable, but not seamless, and the knobs seem to work backwards and don't automatically correspond to onscreen knobs). The Win10 software is still inconsistent. I've had some crashes and some disconnects between the Akai keyboard and the VIP software.

The concept is AWESOME. Seems there are still bugs to be worked out. Haven't yet tried the Mac version. The software package is nice. I already had 3 of the main players from PIB, so not quite the value for me as someone getting the entire SW package of synths and effects included. At this $100 off, the SW is a no-brainer. Akai has invited other manufacturers to now do their own routing (more like NKS), so that should expand the number of synths and manufacturers who embrace VIP.

Reviewed By frareinif [read all by] on 27th September 2017
Version reviewed: 3.1.1 on Windows.
Last edited by frareinif on 26th September 2018.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Just bought that, sounds promising... crashes on scanning the plugin dirs, crashes on loading the plugin maps, crashes on selecting a patch (on a WIN 7 x64).... Wrote to support, let's wait and see.

EDIT: the nice guys @ (whereever I had bought it some months ago) gave back the money since I was not able to make it work... last week I bought a CODE25, so I got VIP3.1 for free... updating to 3.1.1... it still sucks! The Standalone stops scanning, offers a window to report a bug, and on sending the report it says, that sending the report failed! Opening the VIP plugin in Reaper, 2 clicks on the plugins GUI, and Reaper crashes... do not buy.

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Comments & Discussion for AKAI VIP (Virtual Instrument Player)

Discussion: Active
12 March 2017 at 1:05pm

Great tool for quickly browsing plugins for patches.

I hope that they keep furthering development.

DJ Warmonger
DJ Warmonger
29 September 2017 at 9:09am

Great only in videos, but the damn thing just doesn't work. Over one year after purchase I still didn't make actual use of it, and new bugs replace the old ones.

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