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Old 05-14-2016, 06:09 PM   #1
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Icon5 Novation Launchpad mini or Akai APC mini?

Everything is in the title. Until now I didn't use much the Ableton Live session view, but new projects make me want to give it a try.

The two models seems really similar so I don't really know which one to choose, can anyone help me??

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Re: Novation Launchpad mini or Akai APC mini?

functionality of these 2 devices will be similar, although the APC will give you faders.

I'm a Launchpad user, I like them I've got the Launchpad S and a Launchpad RGB to use to set up sessions for my clients (the Launchpad S is no longer being made, so i have to keep up)

I like the Launchpad for a set of controls/buttons that are user map-able, i rarely use it in "control surface" mode, where it automatically maps to clips in session mode.

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Old 05-26-2016, 02:25 PM   #3
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Re: Novation Launchpad mini or Akai APC mini?

i would recommend buying a midi keyboard which also has some pads in it, but it depends on what you want it for. If you want to do stuff like m4sonic, then go for launchpad mini. I was also researching about these items some months ago. If i had to choose i would get novation, never used it but has more good reviews.

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Re: Novation Launchpad mini or Akai APC mini?

I would say something like stop looking at the brands and look at the number of components you can use to map midi, for example if you need pads and faders go for Akai, if you needs loads of buttons go for the Launchpad.
If you want to play like finger drumming I don't recommend any of them, the pads are just way too small.
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Re: Novation Launchpad mini or Akai APC mini?

Did you make up your mind yet? I own them both but I'm very used to my launchpad, you can map almost everything you like, I got the feeling that the APC is a bit more limited. But of course, it depends on what you want to use it for. I mostly use it when playing live, when recording at home i think the faders of the APC are easier to use.
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Re: Novation Launchpad mini or Akai APC mini?

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Did you make up your mind yet?
Yes, but I totally changed my mind, I thought that it worth spending a little bit more money and I bought an APC40 mk2 and a MPD218. I'm using them since a few month now, and I'm really happy with it!

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Yes, but I totally changed my mind, I thought that it worth spending a little bit more money and I bought an APC40 mk2 and a MPD218. I'm using them since a few month now, and I'm really happy with it!
Just wanted to write that i would go to APC20/40 because of faders, i am using push, but i feel lack of noth having faders for chanells.

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