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Akai Releases Ableton Live Controllers
APC 40 mkII, APC mini and APC Key 25 are now available 26/09/14
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Akai Professional is now shipping all three models of their new APC Series controllers: the flagship APC40 mkII, the APC Key 25 with integrated keyboard, and the compact APC mini. They tell us that, in addition, each model comes with an expertly curated suite of music production software complementary to Ableton Live's user experience.
Akai Professional Product Manager Dan Gill, said "We are excited to announce the availability of the APC40 mkII, APC Key 25, and APC mini. We've compiled exhaustive feedback from the bestselling APC40 and APC20, incorporating the most indemand features into industry leading control surfaces. Even more, each model in the series comes with expertly curated virtual instruments, Toolroom Records artist launch packs, loop content, and more. The value is second only to the creative capability."
Here's more details directly from Akai...
Ableton revolutionized the world of music software with their first release of "Live" back in 2001. Designed for performers, producers, and DJs alike, Ableton Live enables dynamic manipulation of audio and MIDI clips, loops, and virtual instruments, in addition to mixing and effects duties; all in a simple-to-use visual interface.
The flagship APC40 mkII offers the highest degree of control with new buspowered operation and a redesigned layout. APC Keys 25 adds twentyfive mini keys to fuse melodic performance with a cliplaunching workflow. For the digital DJ and laptop musician, the APC mini adds additional rows of trigger pads in a compact package that can comfortably fit into the tightest setup.
APC Series Highlights:
Ableton Live integration--seamlessly integrates 1 to 1 with Ableton Live
USB-powered and class compliant--no power adapter required
Ableton Live Lite--industryleading music creation software from Ableton included
APC40 mkII Highlights:
5x8 RGB LED clip matrix--launches clips with visual feedback
8 channel faders, 1 master fader, and 8 device controls--map to Ableton Live directly
Intuitive layout--revised knob layout with inline controls for smarter workflow
A/B crossfader--can be assigned on the fly for dynamic mixing
Send button--press and hold Send and use the Track Selects to choose one of 8 sends
Music production content--Toolroom Records artist launch packs, Prime Loops sample packs, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Technology & SONiVOX Twist
APC Key 25 Highlights:
Ableton Live controller with keyboard--25 synthaction mini keys
Tricolor clip matrix--launches clips and multicolor lighting displays clip status
8 assignable control knobs--handsoncontrol of any Ableton Live parameter
Octave Up, Octave Down, and Sustain--expands keyboard range and expression
Music production content--Toolroom Records artist launch packs, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech & SONiVOX Twist
APC mini Highlights:
Tricolor clip matrix--8x8 grid launches clips and multicolor lighting displays clip status
8 channel faders & 1 master fader--provide handsoncontrol of Ableton
Compact construction--portable design for mobile performers and producers
Music production content--Toolroom Records artist launch packs & Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech
Pricing and Availability: The APC40 mkII, APC Key 25, and APC mini are available at the following street prices: APC40 mkII ($399.99 USD), APC Key 25 ($129.99 USD), and APC mini ($99.99 USD).