Akai APC Mini Compact Ableton USB Controller
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The APC Legacy
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 - The Akai Professional APC40.
The instrument raised the standards of controller design, revolutionised 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 APC's - 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 multi-colour 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-colour 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.
The Akai APC mini comes pre-mapped to Live for an instant performance and production setup.
When the APC mini is plugged into your computer, its hardware controls correspond 1 to 1 with Ableton Live’s interface, and no additional configuring is required.
For Akai APC veterans, all of APC mini’s controls can be re-assigned on the fly for customised 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, the Akai APC mini is powered via USB and supports plug-and-play connectivity.
The APC mini also offers a smaller footprint than its APC counterparts, enabling musicians to use the 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, DJ's, 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.
- Ultra-portable all-in-one Ableton Live controller
- Seamlessly integrates 1 to 1 with Ableton Live
- 8x8 clip matrix with tricolour 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-in-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)
Akai Professional APC Mini Frequently Asked Questions:
What software is included with my purchase, and where can I download?
The APC mini includes Ableton Live Lite, AIR Instruments Hybrid 3, and Toolroom Artist Launch Packs. All you need to do is log in to your Akai Professional User Account or create a new one FREE, and register your product. Visit akaipro.com to log in or create an account. Once you have registered the product in your Akai Pro User Account you will have download links for all titles.
Is Ableton Live 9 required? Can I use Ableton Live 8?
The APC mini is supported and requires Ableton Live 9.1.3 or later for correct operation. The included Ableton Live Lite 9 Akai Edition is supported and functions as expected. The APC mini can be manually MIDI mapped for use with earlier versions of Ableton Live.
Does the product require an additional power supply?
The APC mini is powered by the included USB cable, and does not require an additional power supply.
Does the product require drivers, and where can I download them from?
The APC mini is class compliant, and does not require any drivers.
Is the product compatible with the latest Windows, and Mac operating systems?
Since the APC mini is class compliant it is immediately compatible with all current Windows, and Mac operating systems.
Are the pads velocity sensitive?
The pads on the APC mini are intended for launching clips, and are not velocity sensitive. However, they can be used to trigger drums, and sounds as well.
What are the secondary functions with the Shift button?
When the SHIFT button is engaged you can toggle the Fader Controls to adjust Volume, Pans, Sends, or Device Parameters. You can also toggle the lower button in the channel strip to control Clip Stop, Solo, Rec Arm, Mute, or Select. To do this hold SHIFT, and press the corresponding Scene Launch button.