Akai APC Key 25 - Frequently Asked Questions
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. In this article we answer a few of your top questions about the APC Key 25.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What software is included with my purchase, and where can I download?
- Is Ableton Live 9 required? Can I use Ableton Live 8?
- Does the product require an additional power supply?
- Does the product require drivers, and where can I download them from?
- Is the product compatible with the latest Windows, and Mac operating systems?
- Are the pads velocity sensitive?
- Will the transport controls work with other DAW's aside from Ableton Live?
- What are the secondary functions with the Shift button?
- Where can I get further product support?
The APC Key 25 includes Ableton Live Lite, AIR Instruments Hybrid 3, SONiVOX Twist, and Toolroom Artist Launch Packs. Once you have registered the product in your Akai Pro User Account you will have download links for all titles. Visit https://www.akaipro.com/my-account/login to create, and log in to your user account.
The APC Key 25 is supported and requires Ableton Live 9.1.3 or later for correct operation. The included Ableton Live Lite 9 Akai Edition is supported and functions as expected. The APC Key 25 can be manually MIDI mapped for use with earlier versions of Ableton Live.
The APC Key 25 is powered by the included USB cable, and does not require an additional power supply.
The APC Key 25 is class compliant, and does not require any drivers.
Since the APC Key 25 is class compliant it is immediately compatible with all current Windows, and Mac operating systems.
The pads on the APC Key 25 are intended for launching clips, and are not velocity sensitive. However, they can be used to trigger drums, and sounds as well.
If your favorite DAW support MIDI mapping, you can create a customized mapping for the APC Key 25 giving you control over tranports, mixer assiginments, and individual device parameters.
When the SHIFT button is engaged you can toggle the Knob Controls to adjust Volume, Pans, Sends, or Device Parameters. You can also toggle the lower button in the channel strip to control Clip Stop, Solo, Rec Arm, Mute, or Select. To do this hold SHIFT, and press the corresponding Scene Launch button.
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