MESSE 2014: New Akai APC, MPX and Rhythm Wolf series


Studio and Synth legends Akai Professional launch a host of new products aimed at the studio producer and DJ. PMT Online get the low down from MusikMesse 2014!


Akai have re-designed their flagship Ableton Controller, the original APC40, which revolutionized how we perform and produce with Ableton Live, with a sleek new design scheme and cool new features. The MKII version features a revised knob layout with in-line controls for a smoother workflow, assignable A-B Crossfader and utilises multiple Send output routing in Ableton. Dedicated record/track arm buttons also make for a much more hands-on experience when recording and mixing.


PMT Online Price - £299 - Due Summer 2014



Akai APC Key 25

Following in the same vein as their popular MPK Mini and MPK25 USB MIDI keyboards, the APC Key 25 leans toward the Ableton Live user with a 8x5 LED clip matrix to launch loops and samples, 8 rotary control knobs and a highly playable synth-action keyboard. A great little portable keyboard for writing music and rehearsing your set whilst on the move.

PMT Online Price - £99 - Due Summer 2014

Akai APC Mini

Serving as a lightweight, portable version of the acclaimed APC20, the APC Mini utilises Akai's new styling (based on the Ableton Push) with a sleek 8x8 LED button matrix, 8 assignable faders (with 1 master fader) alongside a range of transport controls to help workflow around Ableton.

PMT Online Price - £79 - Due Summer 2014

Akai MPX16 Sampler / MIDI Controller

Akai extend their popular MPX8 sampler with a total 16 velocity-sensitive drum pads, USB MIDI controller mode, SD card sampling and a built-in microphone for field recording. 4 rotary control knobs also provide access to sample tweaking and editing functions with a backlit LCD display and easy-to-use navigation section.

PMT Online Price: £139

Akai Rhythm Wolf - Drum Machine & Bass Synth

Saving the best till last - the Rhythm Wolf is a revolutionary drum groove machine which incorporates the feel and rugged build of Akai's legendary MPC drum machines. Thick analogue drum sounds combined with a 32-step sequencer and velocity-sensitive drum pads make this the perfect performance and production tool for making beats quickly with great results. Also features a Gate trigger In/Out for triggering your sequences via modular synths, vintage sequencers, or external sound sources.

PMT Online Price: £159

All new Akai controllers come with free bonus Music production content, including Toolroom artist launch packs, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech & SONiVOX Twist production tools.