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AkaiAPC20 - Compact Ableton Controller
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (4)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (7)
  • Performances (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

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5.0

Akai quality at a reasonable price.

By A.A. SEQ

from Moscow, ID

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Akai APC20 - Compact Ableton Controller:

    The APC20 is a great product if this is what you are looking for. It does everything it is advertised to do and it does it well. If you are in the market for a clip launching pad, this is definitely a route to consider going. That said, the Novation Launchpad is another product to seriously consider getting. I would suggest comparing the two to see which one will fit your style best before making any purchase.

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    5.0

    APC 20 + Ableton Live = Studio bliss

    By djkamakaze

    from Costa Mesa

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Ablelicious
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Film Scoring
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Sound design

    Comments about Akai APC20 - Compact Ableton Controller:

    Just when I thought Ableton Live couldn't get any better, my APC 20 is delivered and I couldn't believe how awesome the two of them were together. I am cranking out tunes, tweeking my performance and getting excited about taking this little beast out for a live performance. Next time you see me, I will be tapping buttons, looping my voice and guitar and dancing around my rig like a mad DJ.

    Thanks Akai. Thanks B&H!!!

    Keith Kehrer (AKA djkamakaze)
    Kamakaze Music

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    5.0

    What a great unit!

    By D-Train

    from Windsor, CT

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Wobbly but easily fixable

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Akai APC20 - Compact Ableton Controller:

    I use this product to trigger my samples in Ableton Live and I feel like the chains constricting my creative flow have been lifted. Everything on the unit is crystal clear and the three user modes allow for endless possibilities to best suit your playing style. It is not as bulky as the APC40 but also looses the additional buttons. However this unit will give you the same if not more functions as the APC40 including an exclusive note mode! Also the smaller size of the unit makes it very easy to incorporate with any of your current gear. If you want full control of Ableton Live while having something that can fit into virtually anywhere, I would highly recommend the APC20. It just goes to show that more buttons are not always everything.

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    5.0

    Best match for Mpk25

    By Stephen

    from Jacksonville,Florida

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
    • Easy to Customize
    • Easy to Navigate
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Akai APC20 - Compact Ableton Controller:

        The Apc suplements the Mpk25 for total control over Ableton Live 8 in the home studio.However if your a Dj who performs live go with the APC40.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Awesome

        By Matt

        from Chicago

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Customize
        • Easy to Navigate

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Akai APC20 - Compact Ableton Controller:

            Its fun to play around with and will be great for live perfomances. Currently I make loops in reason and arrange them with the apc, great way to make music.

            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            Great controller to start off with!

            By RAXIS

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Installation Confusing
            • Mushy Buttons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ

            Comments about Akai APC20 - Compact Ableton Controller:

            I use the product with Ableton Live and it works like a charm. Does everything it's supposed to and does it all well. Buttons are maybe a little too mushy for my taste, but otherwise a fine product!

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            4.0

            Great product, keep'em coming Akai.

            By ParteHardy

            from Chicago

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ

              Comments about Akai APC20 - Compact Ableton Controller:

              Straight out the box controller.

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              5.0

              Love it! Small and indispensable!

              By Matt

              from New York, NY

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Akai APC20 - Compact Ableton Controller:

                I use this product to control Abelton Live, and interface, and a laptop to add effects to a popular live band that performs all over the East Coast. Also I use it when performing.

                I needed something reliable that would give me feedback as to the status of efx. per channel. The illuminated and customizable function buttons are perfect! I love that it's small and metal.

                I wish it had a dedicated tap-tempo button and a meter bridge, but that's getting picky. It does what I need.

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                5.0

                Essential Gear

                By Tristan Seufert

                from Columbus, OH.

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Akai APC20 - Compact Ableton Controller:

                  Durable, reliable, and feels like a controller 4x it's price.

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                  4.0

                  Compact, Powerful, Mobile

                  By osirus

                  from Irvine, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Akai APC20 - Compact Ableton Controller:

                    Same build and durability as the APC40. The faders are solid and have just enough resistance when you move them. The APC20 is perfect for DJ's on the go and prefer a smaller footprint.

                    If you can live without or handle not having the extra knobs, then I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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                    4.0

                    You can be an Ableton Live performer

                    By Paul Geffen

                    from Boston, Mass.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ

                      Comments about Akai APC20 - Compact Ableton Controller:

                      Ableton Live is a powerful framework for computer-based music creation but until Akai built the APC series it wasn't easy to use in a performance setting. The computer keyboard and mouse work fine in a studio but they're not suitable for the stage.
                      The Akai APC20 is a Performance Controller that gives you the ability to select and trigger loops and events in real time. It also has sliders that let you control levels for eight tracks plus master volume.
                      The machine is solid and well-built and compact and will make life easier for an experienced Ableton Live user. The hardware interface maps directly to Live controls.
                      For those who are new to Ableton Live, the APC20 helps smooth the learning curve and the transition from traditional studio hardware to computer-based production. That said, Ableton itself isn't easy to master and not even the APC20 will let you master it without plenty of time and attention. But the hardware controller is a great way to learn Ableton Live.

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