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.
Many producers will tell you that analog synthesis creates a different sound and atmosphere than their VST counterparts. Synthesizers, however, can be very costly and usually require more hardware to actually get those analog waves into a DAW. Akai is tackling that problem by creating the Rhythm Wolf, which is an authentic piece of analog gear that features a drum machine and bass synthesizer that is set to cost only $199.
The new APC40 mkII from Akai just made a début last week on the Musikmesse convention floor. Today we’re highlighting a video shot at the Ministry of Sound – it’s a performance on this new generation of the Ableton controller with controllerist/fingerdrummer Carl Rag manning the unit. Akai (and all the other inMusic brands – Numark, […]
Each year, just a few months after the NAMM show in Anaheim, California, Europe has their own industry convention where even more DJ and production gear rises to the surface. Today we're sharing the details on all the new gear that's worth noting - from new controllers to new analog drum machines. Read on for the latest from companies showing in Frankfurt this week.
Akai's APC line of Ableton Live controllers has seen a complete refresh just in time for the Musikmesse convention in Frankfurt, Germany. There are three new controllers that each target their own potential users. The original lineup was used by live performers around the world, and until Ableton's Push was released were considered the most integrated controller option available for Ableton users. Check out all of the details we have so far of each new unit below.
Soundcards – for electronic music producers, they’re the central hub of input and output to a digital audio workstation in a home studio. Today we’ve got a massive roundup of five soundcards under $1000 for producers who demand quality while still remaining within a budget. Read on to see how offerings from RME, Apogee, Propellerhead, […]
Ableton’s just announced a dedicated control surface for Live called “Push”. After engineering trusted software for years, they now aim to solve an old problem with a new hardware solution: how to make a song from scratch. DJ TechTools attended a private preview of the new offerings last week in Berlin, where Push was described as […]
Off-the-shelf DJ controllers have come a long way in the past few years, but they’re still lacking that certain something. The whole digital DJing movement was founded on a DIY approach way before manufacturers started seeing dollar signs in the eyes of a burgeoning market, and there’s nothing quite like that personal touch. Not everyone’s […]