Akai are known for being innovators and have changed the face of music a few times. So it really is no surprise that they would be the crazy ones to put a 5x8 multicolour clip-launching grid with a mini keyboard. The APC key 25 is the perfect mobile controller for those who love Abletons session view.
Keys You get 25 very playable mini synth action keys. Use the octave buttons to guide your way up and down musical landscapes all while keeping a compact form factor.
That grid though... Yeah its pretty special and is really what makes the APC key so unique in a huge mini key market. You get a 5x8 multicolor clip-launching grid made for launching clips or just using as triggers. A unique way to build up songs via Ableton's session view all while still being sat at the keyboard.
Knobs and buttons Honestly the APC Key could stop there but the fact that you get eight control knobs which are completely assignable so you can use them for Volume rides, filter automations or even something simple like pans. Also included are simple transport controls so you can have full control over your session and can put away the mouse while you play.
Included Software The APC Key comes with one of the most jam packed software offerings for any midi controller on the market, you get:
Ableton Live Lite The Software of choice for many of todays top producers. From using the game changing session view to build up an arrangement or bang out a live set to using the more traditional one page arrangement view. Ableton Live lite covers the spectrum in modern Digital music creation. Use the infamous Ableton Drum, Instrument, and Effect Racks to take your productions to a new level. Make sure to check out the incredible native studio effects including EQ, compression, reverb, delay, chorus, filter and more or simply use any of your own 3rd party VST and AU instruments and effects
Ableton Live controller with built-in performance keyboard featuring 25 synth-action mini keys and dedicated octave up and down buttons to increase the keyboard to the full melodic range
USB-powered, plug-and-play setup for Mac and PC and seamless one-to-one integration with Ableton Live; eight assignable knobs map to Ableton Live to control volume, sends map to VIs and effects for immersive performances
40 pad clip-launch matrix with tri-colour lighting displays for triggering samples, loops and the on-board shift button and directional arrows manipulate the scope of the grid, expanding the creative possibilities
Lightweight, highly portable design stows easily in a laptop bag; production software package for Mac and PC: Ableton Live lite, hybrid 3 by AIR music tech, sonivox twist and tool room artist launch packs and VIP 3.0 (downloads)