Akai Professional APC20

Akai Professional has announced the APC20, a compact professional Ableton controller.

The APC20 retains many of the APC40’s most popular features and capabilities, while shrinking the physical footprint and adding interesting new capabilities. The smaller size enables musicians to perform in less space and makes setting up multiple controllers and devices easier. Power users can use the APC20 in conjunction with an APC40 to expand their track and clip controls.

Like the APC40, the APC20 centers on its five-by-eight Clip Launch grid. This bank of multicolor triggers not only start and stop clips playing in Live, they also show cells’ status in the software – whether a clip is loaded or not, whether it is playing or not, record-armed status and more. Clip Stop triggers, transport controls and faders round out the control surface. Users can switch the APC20’s faders between volume control, pan, sends and three different user-mapped modes. A new Note Mode enables musicians to use the Clip Launch buttons to control virtual instruments and Ableton Live’s Drum Rack.

Because Akai Professional and Ableton designed the APC20 for use with Ableton Live software, the system is truly plug and play, although advanced Live users will appreciate that the APC20 enables them to remap every one of its controls to suit their own style.

APC20 features

  • Designed in partnership with Ableton, mapped for Live, and fully customizable.
  • Clip Launch matrix with multicolor lighting displays current clip status.
  • No mapping required; every button and fader is pre-mapped.
  • Bidirectional hardware/software communication for visual feedback on APC20.
  • Solid, professional feel with rugged, metal chassis and premium controls.
  • Comes with Ableton Live Akai Professional APC Edition software.
  • Works with standalone editions of Ableton Live.
  • USB plug-and-play connection for Mac and PC.

The APC20 will be available at a MSRP of $299 USD (estimated street $199 USD).

More information: Akai Professional / APC20