AKAI APC MINI
APC Mini is a light version of the renowned APC40 controller. In 2009, Akai introduced the original APC40, which is the result of the company’s collaboration with Ableton Live creators. Everything else is history.
APC Mini has all essential features of APC40 mkII, and it’s a good choice for musicians and producers who needs a portable gear to make music anywhere.
The product comes with the typical 8×8 matrix, which corresponds to the 8×8 block of clips controlled by default when the user connects any APC controller to the computer. There are also eight faders that can control volume, but also pan, sends and devices, by pressing the square Shift button and the corresponding button at the Fader Control section (at the left of the Shift button).
Empty clips work as stop clip buttons or rec buttons in a given track. That is, if you press an empty clip of a track, it will stop the current playing clip. If you press an empty clip in an armed track, it will start recording or overdubbing the clip.
Solo and mute functions can be accessed by pressing the Shift button and the Solo or Mute buttons at the right of the controller. By default, the eight round buttons at the right will work as scene launch controls.
The color of the pads from the 8×8 matrix follow the classic APC pattern: unlit buttons are empty clips. Amber buttons contain clips. Green buttons represent clips currently playing. Flashing green buttons means triggered clips that have not yet launched.
AKAI APC MINI, features:
– 8×8 clip-launch matrix;
– 8 multifunction faders;
– 1 master fader;
– 17 soft buttons covering essential features;
– Plug and play – no installation needed;
– Comes with Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech and Toolroom artist launch packs (via download).
So, if you’re looking for a remarkable and not expensive Ableton Live controller, APC Mini can be an excellent option.