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 3 years 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. 

    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • Disco B
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    Ableton Push 2 + DJ TechTools Midi Fighter Twister is my current/dream setup. 

    I use the Push 2 for keyboards and drum sequencing and the Twister's (push-2-reset) encoder/buttons as a dedicated controller for FX on the master channel and individual group busses (Drums, Synths, FX, Vocals). 

    This way I can play the Push's keyboard or drums and easily reach over to the side to easily play an effect without getting distracted by the screen. Such a great combo!! 

    3 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!

    3 years 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?

    3 years 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.

    3 years 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

    3 years 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.

    3 years ago | 1 comment
  • Bert
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    Have you heard about the Percussa AudioCubes yet? AudioCubes are an audiovisual modular live performance instrument which work seamlessly with Ableton Live. They are used around the world by professional live performing musicians... the cubes are smart wireless objects which detect each other's location and orientation, as well as distance to each other and your hands. You can map all this data via MIDI to clips and effect/instrument parameters in Live. For example, you can start and stop clips, change effect parameters.... check out http://www.percussa.com/ to learn more. 

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • neokruncher
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    If only getting one I would get PUSH hands down.  Nothing comes close to the integration and ease of use.

    If you need a piano keyboard then also get a good one.  If just riffing the PUSH pads and scale features are better than a cheap keyboard (most of the affordable all in ones have bad feeling springy keyboards).

    You can also add a cheap mixer (nocation, AKAI) that is easier to use than PUSH for mixing and controlling devices. PUSH does it but nice to have knobs and slider right there. 

    If you want slightly more portable the Novation Launchpad is great although not as convenient as PUSH (no LCD screen etc) so better if looking at Laptop display while using.  The Launchpad blacks out non scale notes but doestn omit them like PUSH so slightly less interesting for simple keyboard parts.

    3 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!

    3 years 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

    3 years 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. 

    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • DaWrecked1
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    I feel the need to mention the Novation Impulse. It's the main competition for the Akai MPK and its designed primarily with Ableton in mind....but its automap software also allows it to work well with any DAW. Differences between MPK and Impulse: Every control on the Impulse tells you what parameter your manipulating on the screen when moving a knob or slider. Also the pads have 2 other modes that go beyond just playing your drum samples....and when you do use them to play your drums theirs a "note repeat" toggle that fires off the samples on the pads at a rate you predetermine..not sure if the MPK has a built in note repeat. In the other 2 modes for the Impulse's pads.... they toggle Live's session view clips, and also edit the sequence and velocity of the its built in arpeggiator. Also the knobs are spaced well enough that you can turn them easily w/o bumping into any other knobs adjacent to it.

    2 years ago | 0 comments

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