New akai ableton controller

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Post by Johnisfaster » Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:48 am

I didn't think I'd see anything hit the market that I absolutely had to have, but if that thing had a buy it now I would definitely be clicking it.

I was just thinking earlier tonight how I wish there was a controller with faders knobs and a big grid of buttons. sweeeeeeeeeetness.
It was as if someone shook up a 6 foot can of blood soda and suddenly popped the top.

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Post by Johnisfaster » Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:58 am

who's guessing a price tag of $499. usd? or maybe $599. I'd be amazed if it was $399.
It was as if someone shook up a 6 foot can of blood soda and suddenly popped the top.

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Post by ollyb303 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:06 am

Shit the bed that thing is beautiful!!!

*comes*

NO way can I even think about being able to afford it, even if it is $399.

I could sell one of my children I suppose. The first-born's been pissing me off a bit lately!
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Post by six_o_clock_crow » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:09 am

I think we need a sweepstake on this :D I'm guessing:

APC40 = £400 / $600 / 450 euro

Max for Live = £200 / $300 / 225 euro

MfL is a hard one to judge at this stage though because we don't know exactly what it will allow. And it can't cost so much that it costs more than buying Max/MSP, can it?
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Post by Meef Chaloin » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:11 am

goddamn, i only bought an MPD32 a few months ago. I'm gonna be skint this year

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Post by 8O » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:18 am

Wow! :) :)
jamester wrote:Also wondering how well this will work when in Arrange mode...
What is this Arrange mode you speak of?
Johnisfaster wrote:who's guessing a price tag of $499. usd? or maybe $599. I'd be amazed if it was $399.
Yeah, reckon it's a good guess :(

I guess I'm joining the queue for one here too. Very nice.

Can't wait to cover it with wood-effect vinyl just to be perverse.
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Post by shai » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:20 am

i'm guessing .. €400 - €450

it's a lot for controller... but damn it if it's done right it will worth it

now only left to see some more live performance goodness from ableton side's

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Post by logic_user99 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:24 am

I've just messed my pants (and am KICKING myself for spending all my money on other gear at the end of last year).

Gonna have to get some stuff on eBay...
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Post by chapelier fou » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:27 am

This kind of thing should have existed for a while....
I made my own a few years ago. Only 5 scenes is maybe not enough, though.
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Post by shai » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:32 am

^ …it is definitely about time

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Post by six_o_clock_crow » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:33 am

I think it's a fair assumption that Ableton wouldn't have put their name to this thing if it wasn't going to be a pretty solid solution.

Obviously, with any dedicated controller, they aren't going to satisfy every user's every demand. But this is the first controller I've looked at and thought "actually, I reckon if there are shortcomings I could adapt my workflow to the controller."

Well, I could buy a Lemur but I can't afford it :D And I am guessing the APC40 will cost less than that!

Bye bye BCR2000 methinks :lol:
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Post by logic_user99 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:34 am

six_o_clock_crow wrote: Bye bye BCR2000 methinks :lol:
Oh yes indeed - goodbye nocturn, goodbye MPD24!
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Post by robbmasters » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:37 am

chapelier fou wrote:Only 5 scenes is maybe not enough, though.
Yeah, my first thought was "WOW!"

Now I'm thinking "only 5 scenes?", "where are the scene and track scroll wheels?", "where are the freely assignable buttons?"

Maybe it will be fantastic. Or maybe I need to start saving up for the APC-64. :wink:
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Post by 8O » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:38 am

chapelier fou wrote:Only 5 scenes is maybe not enough, though.
Akai wrote:The matrix is not limited to only 40 clips: you can scroll and shift, enabling access to an unlimited number of cells.
I'm guessing - hoping - that applies to scenes too.
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Post by 4.33 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:43 am

chapelier fou wrote:This kind of thing should have existed for a while....
I made my own a few years ago. Only 5 scenes is maybe not enough, though.
i believe, there should be a way to change the focus in the clip grid)

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