With the APC40, a control surface fully dedicated to Ableton Live, Akai created an extremely successful tool, so the launch of the APC20 comes as no surprise: an APC40 amputated of its right section and sold at half the price, to beat all competitors.
I use the APC20 for some months now, this is the first time I use such a tool and I do not even know initially Ableton or other software in this way. I started to computer music with this one and if the beginning was a bit tedious, I really do not regret it. After all, it is a musical instrument and it is not learned a snap, it takes work. I've tested the Ableton Push of a friend who is much more comprehensive but also much more expensive, and I have concluded that the quality / price ratio is excellent APC20. It offers a lot of possibilities with Ableton for a truly personalized experience. The biggest complaint I can make is it no sequencer but it is mitigated by Max For Live because you can add one that way. The buttons can be a little too hard for a truly fluid composition but got used to it quickly. I recommend it to every beginner-es. I intend to soon move to the higher range, perhaps with the APC40 just to stay on familiar ground.
I used it some time as I quickly was limited.
Colored pads are very convenient.
I would not recommend this controller is now obsolete. It is better to be equivalent to a lauchpad or above with an APC40.
I received a week ago, I thought to intro version of ableton but because it is bundled with the APC20 for a fairly reasonable price finally, I cracked!
The product is (as often with Akai) very well done and gives a real feeling of solidity with thick rubber sidewall.
The APC20 is plug and play, both on mac and pc controllers are well thought out, there is also a mode "note" very valuable that can be used as a traditional keyboard.
So I might even sell my midi keyboard, but we must admit that we are a little lost because of the lack of reference to play (not black, obviously), more the APC20 does not support the velocity.
This is still a great all in one for those who mainly use Ableton Live. The price / quality ratio seems very good.