NAMM 2010: Akai APC20 - Small is Beautiful
The Akai APC20 retains many of the Akai 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 Akai APC40 to expand their track and clip controls.
The Akai APC20 retains many of the APC40’s most popular features and capabilities, while shrinking the physical footprint and adding interesting new capabilities
Like the Akai APC40, the Akai 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 Akai 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 Akai APC20 for use with Ableton Live software, the system is truly plug and play, although advanced Live users will appreciate that the Akai APC20 enables them to remap every one of its controls to suit their own style.