Akai APC20
Akai APC20

APC20, PAD Controller from Akai in the APC series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 8 reviews )
 4 reviews50 %
 3 reviews38 %
 1 user review13 %
Value For Money : Correct
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  • 10/04/10Akai APC 20 Review

    Akai APC 20 Review - Live at your Finger Tips

    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.

Users reviews

Bambalec's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent, even (especially?) For a novice"

Akai APC20
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.

Brandski's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" outdated, incomplete"

Akai APC20
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.

BarthSimpson56's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very satifait purchase"

Akai APC20
It's been a year since I use is my first controller so I have no basis for comparison.
It is relatively stable, recognized automatically Ableton Live 8.

I note all the same after a year of use, one of the faders no longer transmits the signal correctly afternoon of blow back in service, kick out of luck.

The lighting is very nice touch too.

I still go to the APC 40 for comfort.

I also used via mappings in traktor available on the net to play a little history ...

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Perfect product"

Akai APC20
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.

djmrjack's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Pleasant and intuitive"

Akai APC20
How long you use it?
_6 Months

For what use?

Check for my software _Utilisé light Freestyler, now my sequences are exploitable and should end in a split second .... a killer!

What is so special that you love the most, least?

_The Most: Button backlit touch very intuitive and enjoyable.

_Moins: No compatibility with other software by Ableton which he dedicated, and duty to the past by maping software for any c redirect rather galley.

Did you tried many other models before buying it?


How would you rate the quality / price?

_Correcte In my case bought secondhand but I would not have invested in nine of view I did not know if he would agree to my use

With experience, you do again this choice?

_oui .... but I reseignerais further on the compatibilities ..

spark972's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Surprising"

Akai APC20
I use it for 2 days (this weekend actually)

Part of my job I know midi controllers. This is not revolutionary, nor hi-tech but well assembled with a finish very correct and well thought out especially.

What I appreciate most is its compactness, given the number orders, but no problem between neighboring controls.
Small problem: anything over once he withdrew his ears (aesthetics / comfort).

The quality / price is a bit high but the finish offsets.

I hesitated with APC40 and finally it is enough. The lack of rotation is not as troublesome as one might think from reading the web. Thanks to the user layer, I was able to map much of the mini fader potentiometer, if one adds the possibility of macro live you get something diabolical in so little space.

Old_bear's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Without regret"

Akai APC20
I use the APC20 past two weeks.

I dreaded having to take time to understand how to use the Controller who seemed relatively obscure when I saw him. Yet the opposite: very fast April APC20 has a childlike simplicity. I enjoyed the discover and although I know full duty, I know I am far from having all its discovery capabilities (which makes it even more intressant).

Although sr facing APC40, can be gn by the absence of knobs. My master keyboard had what it took for this ct s so it does not cause me great concern (and j'conomise of place: a APC40 could not actually log on my office). After all, this exception prs, the APC20 is my opinion the perfect Controller (necessary?) For Ableton Live.

Report qualitprix impeccable: a price justified by a flawless finish. It does not feel taken for a consumer bte is neat and well thought out (even to the edges I enjoy rubber on the sides (removable if required) that hold hands on the Controller, near the pads).

I would do this choice without hesitation.


actualizer's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai APC20
Ableton Live user, I quickly encounter the problem of controlling the software.
Do live mouse with a keyboard master, is not clear, although the keyboard includes a number of controllers.
Banks should provide more control and it quickly become unmanageable inconsistent with the live show.
I've decided to purchase the APC20, after hesitating between the controller Novation Launchpad equivalent of a tariff, and his big sister (APC40) outside my means.
Regular users last week, I can tell you that with the APC20, Live up to its name and it will take to the games
Perhaps a future David G. or Stephane P ...;)
For me it Marc D. there I see the smiles that link.

Directly functional (that would be a shame for a dedicated controller)
Intuitive, no need to read the manual fro
Backlit pads, very sweet. Comfort is good too.
Removable side protection. in case ... when this cowardly. ;)
Akai finish. What else.

Controller has dedicated Ableton Live
Obligation to install Ableton Live Lite (for pilot)
Not compatible with Ableton Live versions below 8.

On value for money interesting
Users of Ableton Live! In your banks, you would not be disappointed.