Best Midi Controllers for ableton

I was wondering what are some of the best controllers for ableton 9, I have mpk25 but it's breaking down so ill need a new one soon. I saw the akai renassaince but it looked like they have their own software. I also looked into another brand named maschine which looked ok. I just need feedback on which devices are top for ableton.

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marcus.mcshine 7 months ago | 0 comments

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  • SCHWARZY
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    You know, I can't remember the name of one I liked alot... it was set up at a Guitar Center... If you want to demo things before you buy them, Guitar Center will sometimes let you demo Midi Controllers, they have Abelton set up in some stores. But you can go in and play around for hours. 

    7 months ago | 0 comments
  • bigmacx2121
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    I personally use the APC40 MIDI controller. It is very fun and is pretty easy to use. Its not over the top expensive and very much worth it!

    7 months ago | 0 comments
  • Near Earth Object
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    Apc40 is still one of my favourites. But since most midi controllers work with Live, I suggest you first decide what you want to control.
    Need it to play drums? Buy a controller with pads.
    Want to play melodies? Buy a controller with piano keys.
    Want to have control over rotaries and clips? Buy an apc.
    Push might also be a good choice, depending on your need and budget of course.
    You also mention Maschine: but i wouldnot buy a Maschine if you only want to use it as a midi controller for Live.
    Maschine is a full package: controller, sequencer and sampler in one.
    I have one too, and use it as an instrument/sampler within Live. But when it comes to controlling Live, i always go back to my apc!

    7 months ago | 0 comments
  • abotha5
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    MAudio's AXIOM Series is good and will provide everything you ever needed, including easy installation and midi mapping

    7 months ago | 0 comments
  • jcgalland
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    Isn't it worth buying now Push rather than APC40 as it is co-designed by AKAI and Ableton and offers:

     - more capabilities for playing / making sequences

    - the same capabilities for control over Live and plug-ins?

    7 months ago | 0 comments
  • amptech87
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    Lemur by JazzMutant. The iOS app is 50$ and you can build/customize your own controller. Hardware is fun, but limiting. TouchOSC is pretty nice too. 

    7 months ago | 0 comments
  • Antonio Sage
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    Ok, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Ableton 's Push would be the best possible controller for Ableton. All other controllers allow you to "control" live but Push allows you to "Play" Live.

    If you want the ability to go from one task through to the next seamlessly in a way that best represents Live's simplistic music making philosophy. Then buy Push.

    If you prefer learning whatever "layouts" were created by the manufacturer of third party controllers then go for it. There are a wealth of controllers that allow you to geek out and have fun on that level (i am guilty of that).  But when it's time to make,, music in Ableton Live. Push is the winner.

    7 months ago | 0 comments
  • samsteeno
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    My perfect Ableton setup:

    Ableton Push
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    iPad with TouchAble (V2 coming this week!)
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    A nice big midi (weighted) keyboard
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    (Optional)
    A hardware synth
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    Any other instruments (Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, etc.)

    I like to remove all the limits when I produce; and adding hardware synths and other instruments inspire a lot of creativity, and so does Push.
    I find that I write different music when playing Push, and same with when I play on a keyboard. I find I come up with fresh ideas when I pull out a guitar or jump on a hardware synth.
    While of course none of this is really needed to make music in Ableton—you could do it all with a mouse; everything comes down to personal preference! :)

    I also have a few other midi controllers like nanoseries, launchpad, apc40, and a bunch of midi keyboard. I find these can also inspire different things.

    4 months ago | 0 comments
  • Dj K-Tech
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    hi every one...i recomand for AKAI mpk61 OR mpk49 OR mpk25.....or Novation Impulse or Launchkey ...ENJOY

    5 months ago | 0 comments

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