Akai Ableton Live Controller with 25-note Keyboard

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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.

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

Tweak all you want
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.

Software gets you going and keeps you moving
APC Key 25  comes packed with a music production suite that includes a version of Ableton Live, two high-definition virtual synthesizers (Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech and SONiVOX Twist), and professional samples and loops from Toolroom Records.

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
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist
  • Includes Toolroom artist launch sample packs

Things You Will Get:

    APC Key 25
    USB Cable Ableton Live Lite (download)
    User Guide
    Software Download Cards
    Safety & Warranty Manual
Number of Keys 25
Pads/Triggers 0 backlit clip-launch buttons in 8x5 matrix
Type of Action Velocity-Sensitive
Controller Types Octave up/down buttons (10-Octave Range)
Clip Buttons: 40 backlit clip-launch buttons in 8x5 matrix
Knobs: 8 270º knobs with 4 modes
USB Yes
Weight 2 lbs.
Dimensions 8 x 2 x 12 inches (WxHxD)
Series APC
Model KEY 25

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AkaiAbleton Live Controller with 25-note Keyboard
 
4.7

(based on 39 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (32)
  • Portable (32)
  • Responsive / good action (25)
  • Touch sensitive keys (14)
  • Good audio (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Electronic music (30)
    • MIDI (26)
    • Travel (17)
    • Learning (10)
    • Accompaniment (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (18), Experienced (17)

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    5.0

    Ableton & Akai!

    By 

    from Cincinnati, Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Responsive / Good Action

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Electronic Music
      • MIDI

      Comments about Akai Ableton Live Controller with 25-note Keyboard:

      As someone who uses Ableton everyday, this controller is by far one of the easiest to use! Akai has always made their controllers simple but effective and this is no exception! Seamless integration for Ableton users makes this a must have for live DJ performances or home recording with electronic music!

      This is a real hands-on review from Kris @ Sam Ash Cincinnati

       
      5.0

      New Keyboard Interface

      By 

      from Cincinnati, OH

      About Me Professional Musician

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Chamber Music
        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • MIDI
        • Travel

        Comments about Akai Ableton Live Controller with 25-note Keyboard:

        Gives you total control over samples and now with keyboard interface! Perfect for Home studios and live DJ performances. I am a Sam Ash reviewer.

         
        5.0

        Versatile Power

        By 

        from Torrance, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Electronic Music
          • Learning
          • MIDI

          Comments about Akai Ableton Live Controller with 25-note Keyboard:

          This controller is fantastic for anyone that uses Ableton software. Allowing for easy manipulation and access to a wide variety of sounds at the push of a button, the keyboard is not incredibly easy to use but, once mastered, allows you to jump from a number of different samples on the fly.
          This is a real hands-on product review from Anthony @ Sam Ash Torrance.

           
          5.0

          Portable Controller for Ableton

          By 

          from King of Prussia, PA

          About Me Experienced

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Pre-programmed music
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Concerts
            • Electronic Music
            • Learning
            • MIDI
            • Travel

            Comments about Akai Ableton Live Controller with 25-note Keyboard:

            Users of Ableton Live looking for an ultra portable MIDI controller need not look any further than this quality unit from the Legendary Akai company! Combining a compact Ableton Clip Launch Matrix with a compact 25 note keyboard, users can make music on the go or in a live performance setting. This product comes highly recommended! This is a real hands on product review from Ryan@ Sam Ash King of Prussia.

             
            5.0

            COOL BOARD

            By 

            from Lombard Il

            About Me Professional Musician

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                  Comments about Akai Ableton Live Controller with 25-note Keyboard:

                  Very cool compact controller. Made to make Abelton a breeze to navigate. Comes packed with Abelton live light to get you started. Great for for EDM and Hip Hop This is a real hands on product review from Hodari@ Sam Ash Lombard

                   
                  4.0

                  Awesome Live Controller!

                  By 

                  from Charlotte, NC

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Portable
                  • Responsive / Good Action

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Electronic Music
                    • MIDI
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Akai Ableton Live Controller with 25-note Keyboard:

                    This live controller is a nifty little tool that's great for travel! With it's 25 synth-action mini keys, and 25 keyboard keys, it's sure to get the job done with little space, but great potential!

                    This is a real hands-on product review from Taylor at Sam Ash, Charlotte.

                     
                    5.0

                    Great studio piece

                    By 

                    from Edison, NJ

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Portable
                    • Responsive / Good Action

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Electronic Music
                      • MIDI
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Akai Ableton Live Controller with 25-note Keyboard:

                      This is the perfect piece for a small studio. Does everything I need it to and more. Mapping on it is very easy and makes my life a lot easier.

                      This is a real hands- on product review from Tamir @ Sam Ash Edison

                       
                      4.0

                      Great Controller!

                      By 

                      from Dallas, TX

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Portable
                      • Realistic Sound
                      • Responsive / Good Action

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Electronic Music
                        • MIDI

                        Comments about Akai Ableton Live Controller with 25-note Keyboard:

                        The perfect controller for anyone who used ableton LIVE. It will work with other programs as well. tons of sounds and is great for recording.

                        This is a staff review from Kris @Sam Ash Music Dallas

                         
                        4.0

                        Compact awesomeness

                        By 

                        from Charlotte, NC

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Staff Reviewer

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                          Cons

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                              Comments about Akai Ableton Live Controller with 25-note Keyboard:

                              Brings full creative control to your fingertips. Realistic, compact and powerful. Advanced features make it easier than ever to customize your music.

                              This is a real hands on review from Chris at Sam Ash Charlotte.

                               
                              5.0

                              Akai goes from WOW to KAPOW!

                              By 

                              from Paramus, NJ

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Staff Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Hands-on Control
                              • Includes Software
                              • Portable

                              Cons

                              • Only Works With Ableton

                              Best Uses

                              • Ableton Live Performance
                              • Electronic Music
                              • Music Production

                              Comments about Akai Ableton Live Controller with 25-note Keyboard:

                              With the APC Key 25, Akai has combined two of their most successful controllers: the APC20 and the MPK Mini. Once the included Ableton Live Lite software is installed, this tiny keyboard gives its user full control over clips, scenes, and effects - allowing musicians to create loops and build on them in real time.

                              This is an excellent choice for anyone getting started with music production, or for experienced Ableton users who need a portable controller. Highly recommended.

                              This is a real hands-on product review from Caleb @ Sam Ash Paramus.

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                              The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.