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Akai Professional APC MINI Ableton Live Controller   

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In 2009, Akai Professional collaborated with the creators of Ableton Live, a powerful music performance and production software environment, and intr...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Compact Ableton Live controller.

In 2009, Akai Professional collaborated with the creators of Ableton Live, a powerful music performance and production software environment, and introduced the original Ableton Performance Controller-APC40. The instrument raised the standards of controller design, revolutionized hardware and software integration, and proved to be an essential performance tool for Ableton Live users everywhere. Now, after incorporating five years of user feedback into their development, Akai Professional builds upon this original partnership by introducing three new APCs-APC40 mkII, APC Key 25, and APC mini.

Big Surprises Come In Small Packages
Dexterous, versatile, and powerful, the only thing "mini" about this Ableton controller is the size. APC mini is the most portable all-in-one Ableton controller solution with Akai Pro build quality. Engineered specifically for the mobile musician and the desktop producer, APC mini concentrates the essential features of the APC40 mkII, Akai Pro's flagship Ableton controller, into a compact design that fits in your backpack. The result is a dynamic instrument that empowers you to make music with Ableton Live-anywhere.

Get On The Grid
APC mini features an expanded 8x8 multicolor clip-launching grid that's built for hands-on exploration: launch clips and create or perform your song from the ground up using 64 responsive triggers. Tri-color lighting provides visual feedback and displays three clip statuses-loaded, playing, and recording-so you can intelligently perform without looking at your computer. Plus, you can use the Shift button and directional arrows to manipulate the scope of the 8x8 grid.

Fade In, Fade Out
Nine channel faders allow you to mix with an all-new reinforced fader design. Users can change channel-fader functionality with the dedicated buttons for volume, pan, sends, and device control: fade clips in and out of the mix; pan instruments to the left, right, or center; raise the level of reverb or other effects to create fluid transitions; open and close filters for lush sweeps; and much more. Additionally, each fader is completely assignable for flexible mixing and mapping options.

Seamless Integration
APC mini comes pre-mapped to Live for an instant performance and production setup. When APC mini is plugged into your computer, its hardware controls correspond 1 to 1 with Ableton Live's interface-no additional configuring is required. For APC veterans, all of APC mini's controls can be re-assigned on the fly for customized setups that change with your performance or production style. Whether you are an electronic music artist and Live is your canvas, a DJ using Live for performance and real-time mixing, or a more traditional musician using Live on stage or in the studio, you will find the APC mini to be the intuitive, powerful instrument that directly links your inspiration with Ableton Live.

USB Power & Class Compliance
For maximum portability, APC mini is powered over USB and supports plug-and-play connectivity. APC mini also offers a smaller footprint than its APC counterparts, enabling musicians to use APC mini alongside effects controllers and other devices. Users can even run multiple APC minis in parallel for more versatility.

Production Content Included
APC mini comes packed with a version of Ableton Live, a high-definition virtual synthesizer, and professional samples and loops for immediate out-of-the-box music creation. Ableton Live Lite enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a fluid audio/MIDI environment. Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a virtual synthesizer for electronic musicians, DJs, sound designers, and music producers who love to get their hands dirty. Create anything from fat, retro synth sounds to edgy, modern leads and everything in between. Toolroom Records artist launch packs bring you the coveted sounds of electronic music with a premium collection of sample packs, produced exclusively for Akai Professional. Produce, compose, and remix with professional sounds curated by the world's premier electronic music label.

FEATURES
  • Ultra-portable all-in-one Ableton Live controller
  • Seamlessly integrates 1 to 1 with Ableton Live
  • 8x8 clip matrix with tri-color lighting displays current clip status
  • 8 assignable faders + 1 master fader
  • Shift button and directional arrows manipulate the scope of the grid
  • USB-powered and plug-and-play setup for Mac and PC
  • Compact, durable design for mobile performers and producers
  • Production package included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, and Toolroom artist launch packs (downloads)

Full-control of your Live session, with limited space on your stage.

SPECIFICATIONS

APC MINI Ableton Live Controller

  • System Requirements

    Macintosh: Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    Windows: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8; multicore processor; 2 GB RAM; Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended), QuickTime recommended
    Available USB Port
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Akai ProfessionalAPC MINI Ableton Live Controller
 
4.3

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  • Good quality (3)

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4.0

Intuitive Control Surface W/

By disilver

from California

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Triggering those loops

    Comments about Akai Professional APC MINI Ableton Live Controller:

    Not terribly impressed with the software bundle, but the hardware is a nice economical solution.

     
    5.0

    Excellent Controller

    By BluntBot

    from Midland, Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Workflow
    • Simple

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Ableton
    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Akai Professional APC MINI Ableton Live Controller:

    I bought this along with the MPK Mini MKII and LPD8 and I couldn't be happier! This controller is simple, straightforward, and easy to use.

    The grid is large enough, bigger than the APC 40's which is nice for big arrangements. The clip buttons light up corresponding to playing and recording clips. Scrolling through clips is easy with a shift+press of the arrows. Controls are simple and easy to use, there's no complex series of modes to go through, just a simple shift+press for secondary functions for the clip stop buttons. It has all the basic necessary controls which is perfect if do all your work in the DAW like I do with the MPK and LPD. If you're more hardware based you might consider the larger models just for the added buttons, knobs, and functions to aid workflow.

    Admittedly it's primary use is clip launching and mixing with the faders as I'm used to clicking record and solo in the DAW. But with 4 functions for the track faders and scene launch buttons it serves its purpose of controlling the primary functions of tracks in software. These only seem necessary for someone not in front of their computer maybe recording live tracks or playing a live set alongside other instrument having just the APC by you set up for the situation.

    All in all for the price and features it's great and has improved workflow making sequencing clips and tracks into arrangement view a breeze. It's slim, light, and just smaller than the MPK Mini, making it easy to tote to gigs, jam sessions, or anywhere you can take your laptop. For a small studio, DJ setup, a beginner or the mobile artist it can't be beat!

     
    4.0

    Nice Controller

    By James

    from Austin, Texas.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Faders
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Size

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • No Knobs

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Faders

    Comments about Akai Professional APC MINI Ableton Live Controller:

    I was pleasantly surprised by the size and quality of this device. Although I knew what I was getting I wish it had knobs and the Up/Down/Left/Right buttons were grouped tighter and didn't need the 5th button press to operate.

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