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Akai Professional APC Key 25 Ableton Live Keyboard Controller

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25-key Controller Keyboard for Ableton Live, with 5 x 8 Clip-launch Matrix, Dedicated Controls, 25 Synth-action keys, and Bundled Software
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If you enjoy creating music in Ableton Live, the APC Key 25 from Akai is the portable keyboard for you. This 25-key controller keyboard combines 25 great-feeling synth-action keys with the same powerful 5 x 8 clip-launch matrix found on the APC40 MKII. Eight multifunction knobs and a streamlined set of function buttons provide all the additional control you need without wasting a millimeter of space. With USB power and plug-and-play setup, the Akai Professional APC Key 25 controller is the best thing going!

Akai Professional APC Key 25 Ableton Live Controller at a Glance:

  • The first compact keyboard controller with APC-style control over Ableton Live
  • Provides hands-on control of Ableton Live with visual feedback
  • 25 synth-action mini keys let you write music and perform live
  • Compact design is ideal for mobile performers and producers
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR, SONiVOX Twist, and more

Control with the ease you need

Performers and producers of every niche here at Music Experience find the APC Key 25 to be the all-in-one answer for an ultra-portable Ableton Live controller. Designed specifically to work with Ableton Live, you will enjoy plug-and-play setup for creation, recording, and shows. Simply plug it into your computer and launch Ableton - whether you're an experienced electronic musician or a novice to the concept, the compact design, natural workflow, and seamless 1-to-1 integration mean you'll be making music with Ableton and the APC Key 25 controller in no time.

Playability and inspiration from a controller

Akai designed the APC with 25 synth-action mini keys to open up your creative possibilites within Ableton. The traditional piano-like interface makes using virtual instruments simple - you'll have a whole new world of sounds and inspiration for your music. Use the 5 x 8 matrix to launch your drum loops, add an effect on-the-fly, or whatever else your heart desires. The tri-color LED backlit buttons keep you organized by communicating everything from an active clip to what scene you're in. And although tthe 8 knobs auto-map to Ableton to control things such as volume and sends, they are assignable to give you total creative flexibilty.

Perfect portability for producers and performers

The APC Key 25's compact design makes it perfect for mobile performers and studio producers alike. Set up your scenes and set list at home, throw it in your backpack along with your laptop and you're ready for the gig. USB power means you'll never forget a power supply and with the plug-and-play integration you'll be set up and ready to perform in seconds.

    What Akai Says...

    In 2009, Akai Professional collaborated with the creators of Ableton Live, a powerful music performance and production software environment, and introduced the original Ableton Performance Controller—APC40. The instrument raised the standards of controller design, revolutionized hardware and software integration, and proved to be an essential performance tool for Ableton Live users everywhere. Now, after incorporating five years of user feedback into their development, Akai Professional builds upon this original partnership by introducing three new APCs—APC40 mkII, APC Key 25, and APC mini.

    High-Performance Keyboard

    Designed for the performing musician or the conventional composer, APC Key 25 is the first Ableton Live controller from Akai Professional that is equipped with a high-performance keyboard. Uniting the power of a clip-launching panel with a keyboard interface, APC Key 25 couples real-time control of Ableton Live with traditional composition tools: create melodies, compose bass lines, and play chords with 25 synth-action mini keys. Plus, dedicated buttons for Octave Up, Octave Down, and Sustain expand the expressive capabilities of the keyboard, enabling you to tap into the full melodic range and perform with classic piano-style sustain.

    Get On The Grid

    APC Key 25 features a 5x8 multicolor clip-launching grid that’s built for dexterous exploration: launch clips and create or perform your song from the ground up using 40 responsive triggers. Tri-color lighting provides visual feedback and displays three clip statuses—loaded, playing, and recording—so you can intelligently perform without looking at your computer. Plus, you can use the Shift button and directional arrows to manipulate the scope of the 5x8 grid.

    Twist & Tweak

    APC Key 25 comes equipped with eight control knobs that are laid out next to the clip-launching grid for easy tweaking. Users can change knob functionality with the dedicated buttons for volume, pan, sends, and device control: fade clips in and out of the mix; pan instruments to the left, right, or center; raise the level of reverb or other effects to create fluid transitions; open and close filters for lush sweeps; and much more. Additionally, each knob is completely assignable for flexible mixing and mapping options.

    Seamless Integration

    APC Key 25 comes pre-mapped to Live for an instant performance and production setup. When APC Key 25 is plugged into your computer, its hardware controls correspond 1 to 1 with Ableton Live’s interface—no additional configuring is required. For APC veterans, all of APC Key 25’s controls can be re-assigned on the fly for customized setups that change with your performance or production style. Plus, APC Key 25 can also be used as a general MIDI controller to manipulate other software applications such as virtual instruments, plugins, and DAWs.

    USB Power & Class Compliance

    For maximum portability, APC Key 25 is powered over USB and supports plug-and-play connectivity; no power adapter or drivers needed. APC Key 25 also offers a smaller footprint than its APC counterparts, enabling musicians to use APC Key 25 alongside effects controllers and other APCs.

    Production Content Included

    APC Key 25 comes packed with a version of Ableton Live, two high-definition virtual synthesizers, and professional samples and loops for immediate out-of-the-box music creation. Ableton Live Lite enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a fluid audio/MIDI environment. Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a high-definition synthesizer for electronic musicians, DJs, sound designers, and music producers who love to get their hands dirty. Create anything from fat, retro synth sounds to edgy, modern leads and everything in between. SONiVOX Twist is a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument. Comprised of a dynamic interface, an advanced pattern generator, and onboard effects, Twist lets you create serious sounds using simple controls. Toolroom Records artist launch packs bring you the coveted sounds of electronic music with a premium collection of sample packs, produced exclusively for Akai Professional. Produce, compose, and remix with professional sounds curated by the world's premier electronic music label.

      Akai Professional APC Key 25 Compact Keyboard for Ableton Live Features:

      • Ableton Live controller with built-in performance keyboard
      • Seamlessly integrates 1 to 1 with Ableton Live
      • Clip-launch matrix with tri-color lighting displays current clip status
      • 25 synth-action mini keys
      • 8 assignable knobs map to Ableton Live and control volume, sends, and more
      • Shift button and directional arrows manipulate the scope of the grid
      • Dedicated Octave Up, Octave Down, and Sustain buttons
      • USB-powered and plug-and-play setup for Mac and PC
      • Production package included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist, and Toolroom artist launch packs (downloads)

        Portability and performance with the Akai APC Key 25!

              Number of Keys 25
              Type of Keys Non-weighted
              Pads 40
              Encoders/Pots 8
              USB 1 x Type B
              Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Processor
              Hardware Requirements - PC Multicore Processor, Windows-compatible Sound Card
              OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.5 or Later
              OS Requirements - PC Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8
              Height 1.6"
              Width 12.25"
              Depth 7.6"
              Weight 1.7 lbs.
              Manufacturer Part Number APCKEY25

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