AKX10 first review!


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For those interested here is first proper English review of Medeli "unicorn keyboard" AKX10. It looks like Medeli managed to build a very solid arranger-workstation hybrid for 700 EUR. AKX10 is expected in EU after March 15.

I think that with this model Medeli actually cleared with ease all arrangers up to Korg Pa1000 and Yamaha PSR-SX900 keyboards. Its a direct hit to Korg and Yamaha arranger monopoly. No more sleeping on minor upgrades every 5 years or so for this two brands. Competition is always good for us end customers.:)


P.S. Medeli is OEM manufacturer for many respectable brands including Kurzweil and Yamaha so I suspect that AKX10 is actually a demo for upcoming products for those brands.
 
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Well that is a pretty impressive demo, thanks for posting it.

Just checked and here in the UK it is still priced at £545 which is what it was when you posted about it last year.

The demo probably changes my mind on it compared to the likes of a Korg Pa700 which is currently c£950, the Yamaha PSR SX700 which is c£999 and its more limited SX600 version which is £650.

Downsides of the Korg Pa700 that I had were:-
Memory, very limited, in fact I filled it without really trying.
Keybed, I could not find a setting that suited me.
Touchscreen, required a good stab to action plus the resolution is lacking

The Medeli seems to have none of these downsides with nearly twice the memory, more keybed settings and a much larger and responsive screen.

Sound wise the demo did not seem as rich and balanced as a Korg Pa or a Yamaha SX in most of those that he used in the demo but for its price point then it is probably OK for most users.

Polophony at 256 is at the same level as a DP and twice that of the Korg and Yamaha arrangers, quite possibly the probable limited sample size of the Medeli tones is a factor in how they can achieve what they have.

I do like his comments about the OS being very quick and easy to navigate, in fact he comments that it is far easier than a Yamaha SX, which goes along with my own experience of Yamaha’s overly complex menu systems.

As it is there is only one outlet here in the UK currently selling it and I have never bought from them as they seem to be just box shifters. Buying from the EU is a definite no, no.
 

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Sound wise the demo did not seem as rich and balanced as a Korg Pa or a Yamaha SX in most of those that he used in the demo but for its price point then it is probably OK for most users.

Yeah I noticed that too but with tons of FX and editing options I suspect all sounds in AKX10 are probably unedited or raw for lack of better word. Its like portable DAW or "workstation" system but in very practical arranger keyboard. I think the warranty is 3 years so the build quality must be good. This gives you additional peace of mind and really excellent value for money.

Yamaha and Korg will definitely have to change something for their upcoming keyboards. Will see soon with PSR-E467 and new entry models of Korg Pa.
 
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I've just received my Medeli AKX10 today and I must admit I am ............ disappointed!!!!!
Why? Having read Jeremy See's report about it I was expecting something approaching Yamaha SX700 quality but .....NO!
The sounds are fine but it is what is missing that really irks me. For example, when trying to play midi files I get the notice 'file error' on screen for most of them,especially the 'professional' expensive to buy ones. Those that actually play are close to disasterous. I play them on my SX900 and they sound great and the lyrics are easy to read. Playing the same files on the AKX10 I get the wrong sounds for instruments - for example a piano instead of drums on one song, the odd whistle, different song parts either too loud or too soft. I could go on! BUT THE WORST THING IS ..... NO ON SCREEN LYRICS!!! None on any midi files. Is the keyboard capable displaying them? I believe not!!!!
I am a very unhappy Mike Barron.
 

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Were you buying a keyboard or a Karaoke machine?

A bum MIDI player is no reason to trash the entire board.

Most people sequence from a computer or tablet these days anyway.

Now that your tantrum is over, how about a REAL review of objective pros and cons?

Gary ;)
 
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You put an expensive MIDI file in the Medeli and expect it to play without issue, why?

A MIDI file is not an analogue music file, it is a series of commands to tell your keyboard to select this ibstrument, and to play these notes, how long to play them, how hard to play them, meanwhile it selects another instrument and plays another set of notes etc, etc..

Now what happens if the keyboard does not have the sounds onboard that the MIDI file asks for?

Your SX will have a good range of MIDI compatible onboard sounds hence has a better chance of a reasonable sound pallette.
 
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Hi Gary and Biggles. I've been playing keyboards for many, many years from the old farfisa range in the '60's to the Tyros range more recently. My advice to would be purchasers of the Medeli AKX10 is basically - DON'T - put a few more pennies in the pot and buy a decent keyboard. I have never, ever, played a midi file in any of the 20+ (at least) keyboards I have owned over the years and been confronted by a lack of GM or GS sounds within the keyboard which the Medeli AKX10 appears to have!

Biggles - even the cheaper keyboards I have used have been able to play both high end and low end midi files. Even the PSR SX600 which is usually cheaper than the Medeli AKX10 is able to play midi files correctly and display the lyrics.

Happyrat1 -
Quote -'A bum MIDI player is certainly no reason to trash the entire board' !
Are you really stating that the midi file player is , quote 'bum'? - I couldn't agree more.

Quote - 'Most people sequence from a computer or tablet these days' (really!!!!) BUT not if you are on stage with a decent keyboard.

I look forward to you replies and also anyone else would like to join in this conversation.

I personally still feel let down by this keyboard as a I feel it does not live up to the reviews and expectations.

Best regards

Mike
 
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Well Mike. Since Kurzweil seems to have gone into partnership with Medeli these days and are selling a few of their rebranded arrangers, it would be fair to point out that Kurzweil has dropped the GM soundbank from their PC4 workstations as well.

The workaround has been to remap the MIDI files' instruments on a computer to a collection of similar sounding instruments, I can tell you that with a little elbow grease it CAN be done.

If this has you in a tizzy I would advise you to avoid all analogue gear :D :D :D Ever play a MID file thru a Behringer Neutron? Sounds like a cat being declawed :D

Gary ;)
 

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