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Akai Professional APC Mini mk2 Ableton Live Pad Controller

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Ableton Live Controller with 8 x 8 Clip Matrix, 9 Sliders, RGB-backlit Buttons, and Bundled Software (Mac/PC)

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Bringing full Ableton Live control to a pint-sized performance powerhouse, Music Experience’s production pros are singing the praises of Akai’s APC Mini Mk2. Like its predecessor, an 8-inch x 8-inch matrix occupies most of the control surface, with each of its 64 RGB-backlit buttons vividly representing your active on-screen session. Nine multi-function sliders adorn the bottom quadrant, fully assignable for pan, mix, FX functions, and more. Scene launch buttons are found along the right-hand side, while navigation and utility functions can be managed with the lower row. Flexible playback modes are accompanied by the included Ableton Live Lite software, as well as several plug-ins from renowned AIR Music Technology.

Akai Professional Mini mk2 Ableton Controller at a Glance:

  • 8x8 Pad Grid Matrix with 64 RGB-Backlit Pads
  • 9 Assignable Faders
  • Smart Scale View Mode
  • Note and Drum Modes
  • Dedicated Scene Launch Buttons
  • 4 Directional Arrows to Navigate Clip Matrix
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite and AIR Music Tech. Production Software (Mac/PC)

Performance-minded workflow

With the APC Mini Mk2, increased button sizes of the main grid not only provide greater visual feedback, but augment the performance space to accommodate a variety of groovebox-adjacent methods. Redesigning the surrounding buttons to be polygonal in shape, and aligning their labels to be on-axis, visual clutter is drastically reduced, allowing you to focus on what matters. Each slider is individually assignable, with a satisfying tactility that feels sturdy, yet balanced, letting you dial in your parameters with ease.

Accomodating functionality

Soft keys and dedicated shift functions enable seamless navigation through menus, modes, and sonics, all without leaving your APC Mini Mk2. Musicians of all creeds will appreciate the APC Mini’s accommodating playback options. Drum Mode is designed to work specifically alongside Ableton Live’s Drum Rack, letting you blend the beat-smith approach of a classic 4x4 quadrant while leaving the remaining pads assignable to any other function, sample, or instrument in your session. With the Smart Scale View, real-time visual feedback displays as you navigate keys and scales. Notes Mode serves up a new approach to performance, delivering key-synchronized musical parts that are played across the pads, ensuring you’re never out of tune.

Inspired, right out of the box

In order to fully take advantage of the APC Mini Mk2’s performance potential, bundled Mac- and PC-compatible software includes Ableton Live Lite, in addition toseveral plug-ins from acclaimed sound designers AIR Music Technology. Their award-winning prowess is explored across iconic polyphonic synths with Hybrid 3; lush acoustic pianos via Mini Grand; and searing, vintage electric keys courtesy of Velvet.

What Akai Professional Says...

The APC Mini mk2 clip launching controller for Ableton Live is the ultimate compact solution for music creation in any environment. APC Mini mk2 delivers dynamic control of your Ableton Live sessions in an efficient footprint, perfect for creative looping, remixing, and experimenting in the studio or on the stage.

64 Brilliant RGB-backlit Pads

APC Mini mk2 features 64 new RGB-backlit pads for a brilliant and precise representation of your Ableton Live session clips. Whether in the studio or on stage, the scrollable RGB enabled pad matrix will boldly shine through. In the heart of your most creative moment, launch and activate loops, instruments, vocals, and more with confidence.

Launch An Immersive Music-Creation Experience

APC mini features an expanded 8x8 multicolor clip-launching grid that’s built for hands-on exploration: launch clips and create or perform your song from the ground up using 64 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 8x8 grid.

A More Powerful Ableton Experience

Enjoy serious hands-on control for a powerfully creative Ableton Live experience. APC Mini mk2 features 9 faders to adjust volume, pan, insert effect sends and more for smooth, intuitive control of your sessions. Tweak reverbs, sweep filters, or write automation that will bring your music to life. Shape your sounds instantly using the assignable fader controls.

Precise Intuitive Control

Create your own signature sounds with ease using the Device Mode button where APC Mini mk2 faders are automatically mapped to the eight Macro Controls of Ableton Live’s selected device. Control multiple parameters with one fader to generate totally innovative sounds. Get more hands-on control with Soft Keys for easy access to Solo, Mute, Stop and Record arm functions.

Drum Mode For Ableton Drum Rack

Drum Mode provides seamless integration with Ableton’s Drum Rack isolating a 4x4 quadrant of the APC Mini mk2 to control Ableton, while still giving you the ability to assign the remaining pads. This allows for ultra-customized pad layouts and equally inventive and creative performances—not achievable with any other APC controller.

Real-Time Key And Scale Control

The Smart Scale View provides instant visual feedback while you change keys or scale types. In this mode, the musical key currently selected is also visible across the pads to ensure you know what scale you’re in. The Notes Mode delivers a new performance workflow, allowing you to play pitch-perfect musical parts in Ableton without playing wrong notes.

Ableton live Lite and Air Technology Software Bundle

APC Mini mk2 25 includes Ableton Live Lite software with all the tools to transform your musical ideas into exciting songs and performances. APC Mini also includes multiple world-class plugin instruments from award-winning sound design company AIR Music Technology including Hybrid 3 — a powerful polyphonic analog synth, Mini Grand — an acoustic piano instrument, and Velvet — a vintage electric piano instrument.

    Akai Professional Mini mk2 Ableton Live Pad Controller Features:

    • 64-button matrix lets you launch and manage clips in real time for modular performances
    • RGB backlighting provides reliable visuals that better represent your on-screen session
    • Mk2 increased button size increases opportunity for variations in play-styles
    • Righthand soft keys let you launch scenes, while dedicated shift functions broaden scope of DAW management
    • Bottom-row navigation keys enable flexible gird placement within your session, all without leaving the controller surface
    • 9 assignable faders feature satisfying tactility with unlimited customization
    • Redesigned UI features greater geometric balance to reduce visual clutter and distraction
    • Drum, Notes, and Smart Scale playback modes deliver versatile, inspiriting options for musicians and producers of any style
    • Bundled software includes Ableton Live Lite and plug-ins from award-winning AIR Music Technology (Mac/PC

      Portability and performance with the Akai Professional APC Mini mk2!

            Pads 64
            Faders 8 x Assignable Faders, 1 x Master Fader
            USB 1 x Type B
            Software Ableton Live Lite Music Production
            AIR Music Technology
            Power Supply USB bus powered
            Height 1.3"
            Width 9.5"
            Depth 8.3"
            Weight 1.79 lbs.
            Manufacturer Part Number APCMINIMK2 694318025604