What key and/or critical limitations should I be aware of when considering purchasing an APC40 for live performance purposes?
I have read through the specs of the controller reasonably thoroughly, and am aware that the Akai APC40:
- Has a maximum grid size of (64) tracks x (125) scenes
- Has more dials, but fewer features than the APC20 (eg. 'note mode')
- Operates similarly to the Novation Launchpad in terms of triggering clips
- Lacks an XY Controller (or joystick) similar to that of the the Faderfox LC2
Over the years, I am still to find a controller that does not have it's own set of limitations, bugs and/or workarounds (part and parcel really), but with this in mind, I'd love to hear from any of you who have hands on experience with using this controller for performance purposes.
For reference purposes, my current live set involves improvising structure with short audio clips, hits and FX. It uses little in the way of MIDI clips or live recording at present, but I would like the flexibility of adding more of this kind of content some time in the foreseeable future.
My rig currently consists of:
- Laptop (very modest specs, but likely not relevant to this query)
- (2)x Faderfox LC2 controllers (custom mapped)
- (1)x Novation Launchpad (mainly for triggering clips/transport)
I like the transport options the Launchpad gives me, require access to at least (8) faders and (1) crossfader, and enjoy using the joystick(s) of the faderfox; but I'm looking to update my hardware, add some extra dials for FX and simplify my connections without losing too much functionality; hopefully even gaining some.
This is why I have been looking at the APC controllers.
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