Akai APC20 - Ableton Live Compact Performance Controller

Akai APC20 - Ableton Live Compact Performance Controller

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$149.00

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The Akai APC20 - Ableton Live Compact Performance Controller is the compact version of the industry standard Akai Ableton controllers. With USB connectivity, you can plug the APC20 directly into your Mac or PC running Ableton and be ready to make music right out of the box as this controller comes pre-mapped and preset ready to go. Buy it today from UniqueSquared.com
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I had no prior experience with ableton or MIDI controllers, very easy to learn and I am extremely pleased with the amount you can do with this device. (Posted on 6/19/13)
A remarkable controller for an incredible price! Review by Michael
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This piece of kit was designed in conjunction with the team at Ableton and it shows! Each softkey is back-lit and displays colors that match their state in Live - red indicates record mode is armed, orange indicates playback is stopped, and green means the clip is currently in play mode. If no clip is loaded in that particular slot, then the softkey is not lit. Pressing the shift key gives access to a row of transport controls and an additional set of functions for the faders, which could be mapped to just about any other parameter such as device controls, pans, etc. There is also a powerful use mode that allows drum racks and instruments to be played via the softkeys, and they can even be used to trigger effects on and off - which is an awesome trick for live performances! It also has a master fader and knob for controlling levels to the outputs.

There are also numerous scripts written by power users available on the internet - some of which require max for live, but do incredible things like turn the APC20 into a 64 note step sequencer and other features to a remarkable controller. The APC20 is also expandable via the addition of an APC40, which runs in combo mode by default in Ableton live - which means that you get 8 more channels of control with and zero setup hassle! There are also several scripts and templates available for running it in conjunction with DJ software such as Traktor Scratch and Traktor Pro - very cool!

The unit has sturdy plastic end cheeks and a metal case. I would caution against setting anything on top of the APC, as the faders WILL bend if anything with any sort of weight is placed on top of it. The APC20 also required external power, there are just too many lights on this thing for USB power, but this is more than offset by the remarkable amount of visual feedback the APC gives a performer. (Posted on 9/25/12)
Great product easy to use fast setup. Review by Derek
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I have had a apc20 for a few months. It makes using ableton so much quicker and easier and alot more fun. Great functions faders are great! Highly recommend for the beginner producer starting out. (Posted on 12/28/11)
The best ableton controller for your buck, especially when accompanied by the APC 40 Review by 3LAU
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I ordered my APC20 from unique squared, of course, for it to arrive before expected, and in perfect condition. I've added it to my already worn in APC40 for my live set up, and it's done some serious damage. I can not only expand my fader and grid capacity, but Ableton's got this neat little feature called MIDI combination mode where my two controllers interact with the software in perfect synchronization. For unique squared's price, its the best valued ableton controller on the market hands down (Posted on 2/23/11)

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