The original Akai APC40 is one of the rare breed of products in the computer music age to achieve iconic status. Launched in 2009, the APC40 (followed by its more compact sibling, the APC20) was, along with the Novation Launchpad, the first dedicated, plug-and-play Ableton Live controller to hit the mainstream market. Five years later, Akai are releasing a re-imagining of the original APC40, the Mk2. Will it be as widely adopted as its forebear? We spent some time with it to try to find out.
The Ableton Push controller has always demonstrated power and control for producers when it comes to producing in the studio and performing tracks live. For many people, these are two separate processes but not for Berlin artist Keychee who transforms the Push into a swing sequencer, creating the ability to build and create harmonious sections live. Watch his live […]
The much-lesser-known Summer NAMM is in full effect and today Novation announced their latest addition to their Ableton Live devices. The LaunchControlXL has less pads but more knobs, faders, and a wider range of control
Many Ableton Live users know there is a simple and easy MIDI mapping engine available for controlling synths and tracks with any control surface. Map, click, turn, and control! Super easy – but did you know many controllers have more advanced “Remote Scripts” that give them instant -and more importantly dynamic- control over Live’s devices?
Portable MIDI mini-keyboards have become a dime a dozen, but Reloop’s Keyfadr tries to give you a little more bounce for the ounce. Without sacrificing mobility, it packs in some healthy channel-strip controls, Ableton Live integration, and internal Arpeggiator and Chord modes. Is it worthy of your twiddling fingers? We gave it the once-over to find out.
Rheyne, known on YouTube for his jam sessions with iPad production apps, hardware synths, and MIDI controllers, has put out his 100th live jam. In celebration, it's a full hour-long performance, featuring all kinds of gear in his setup. Watch the full video below, and check out our quick interview with Rheyne about this jam, his gear, and the process behind his performances below.
When preparing your set for a live performance, there are a lot of exciting options that both Ableton and your MIDI controller provide you—and sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. Today we show you five great tips and tricks for using the Midi Fighter Twister and Ableton to perform live.
British pop musician Imogen Heap has been working on her Ableton-controlling gloves since 2011 - building a system of advanced gestures and position detection that allow her to affect any number of elements in a performance using only movements of her hands. The Mi.Mu project has now made the transition towards a final consumer-ready state by moving onto Kickstarter to secure the final funding needed to bring the gloves to the masses.