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Akai APC20
7.6 out of 10

Akai APC20

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Akai APC20

26 March 2012
  • Summary: Having so many functions mapped onto one block of non‑motorised faders makes fader nulling and pick-up a major issue, but if you can live with that, the APC20 is nicely realised, solid and easy to use.
  • Pros: Good build quality., Compact, portable form factor., Good, immediate, fuss‑free Ableton Live integration., Additional non‑integrated MIDI controller features., Sixteen (or more) channel combination mode for use alongside APC40s or additional APC20s.
  • Cons: Multiple function pages mapped to non‑motorised faders, making fader takeover and chasing an issue., No Live device control., No footswitch inputs., Some APC40 control features are absent.
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APC20 Review

Music Tech Magazine
23 September 2010
  • Excerpt: When we covered the APC40 in July 2009 (Issue 76), a purpose-built Live controller was still a completely new concept, but the unit performed so well that we gave it both our Excellence and Choice awards.
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Im Test: Akai APC 20

27 February 2012
  • Conclusion: Die APC 20 ist in jedem Falle ein praktisches Produktions-Tool und eignet sich ohne Frage auch für Live-Einsätze; ein mächtiges Live-Set wird sie allein jedoch kaum bewältigen können.
  • Pros: durchweg solide Verarbeitung, intuitive Handhabung durch stark an Ableton Live Software orientiertem Design, kein Midi-Mapping nötig, Note-Mode
  • Cons: Gerät leider nicht im Midi-Sync-Menü von Ableton 8.0.5, meines Erachtens nicht in der Lage, ein Live-Set allein zu bewältigen, User-Mode beschränkt sich auf die Fader
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