At Musikmesse 2014: Today, Akai Professional announced three new additions to its APC line of Ableton Live controllers: the re-imagined APC40 mkII, along with two compact controllers, APC Key 25, and the APC mini.
APC40 mkII: The APC40 mkII (pictured, above right) features a 5×8 RGB LED clip-launching matrix, assignable A/B cross-fader, 8 rotary knobs, 8 channel faders, and a send button for quick access to send busses.
Included with the APC40 mkII is a suite of software, samples, and loops for out-of-the-box electronic music production: Toolroom artist launch packs, Prime Loops sample packs, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Technology, and SONiVOX Twist.
APC mini: APC mini (right) is the most portable all-in-one Ableton controller from Akai Pro, engineered for the mobile musician or producer. APC mini concentrates the essential features of the APC40 mkII into a compact design. It boasts an expanded 8×8 multicolor clip-launching grid, 8 channel faders, and a diminutive but tough chassis for hands-on control over Ableton Live with a small footprint. The APC mini is also USB-powered and supports plug-and-play.
APC Key 25: Akai’s APC Key 25 is the first controller designed for Ableton Live that is equipped with a “high-performance” keyboard, combining a clip-launching panel with a keyboard interface. The APC Key 25 controller (right) includes 25 synth-action mini keys, a 5×8 clip-launch matrix with tri-color visual feedback, 8 control knobs, USB power, and plug-and-play connectivity. The APC Key 25 comes mapped to Ableton, but can also be used as an all-purpose MIDI controller.
- Ableton Live integration: seamlessly integrates 1-to-1 with Ableton Live
- USB-powered and class compliant: no power adapter required
- Ableton Live Lite: music creation software from Ableton included
Pricing and Availability
Akai Professional’s new additions to their APC line, the APC40 mkII, APC Key 25 and APC mini, will be available worldwide later this summer, with street prices as follows:
- APC40 mkII ($399.99 USD)
- APC Key 25 ($129.99 USD), and
- APC mini ($99.99 USD).
For additional information, see the Akai Professional website.