Review: Akai APC Mini Grid Pad Controller

Akai APC Mini

The APC40 was the very first dedicated Ableton Live controller, and its combination of features and unparalleled out-of-the-box integration with the software made it a huge success. But the times they are a-changin’, and it was only a matter of time before Akai updated and refreshed the APC range.

Over To You: How Do I Perform My Music Without Looking Boring?

Ableton Live

Our reader writes: “Recently I’ve been seeing quite a few live sets, mostly on Ableton. The music played in these was fine, quite often great! However I’ve been left unsatisfied with the producer/DJ’s performance.”

Review & Video: Faderfox DJ44 Traktor & Ableton Live Controller

Faderfox DJ44

Faderfox’s DJ44 is a pro-level but portable controller designed for Traktor and Ableton Live. Eschewing jogwheels and a sound card, but gaining a built-in case, this unit has its own unique take on what a DJ controller should be. Here’s our review.

Launch Control XL Brings Mixer Functions To Novation’s Launch Family

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Novation has announced a “faders and knobs” controller in its Launch range of devices. The Launch Control XL is a controller built for Ableton Live that comes with 24 knobs for sends and pans, eight 60mm volume faders, and 16 multi-colour buttons for track device control.

Making Music With Ableton, Sample Packs… & Mad Zach


Making music using pre-produced sample packs is huge right now. Why? Basically because sample packs – collections of sounds that are pre-prepared by top producers and sold as a set – offer a fantastic way to get started in making your own beats, especially for DJs.

Bluffer’s Guide To Traktor’s Remix Decks, Part 1

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Nearly two-and-a-half years ago, we first saw Traktor’s Remix Decks in operation, Yet still we get asked over and over again: “What exactly are they?”, “Should I be using them in my DJing?” or alternatively, we hear DJs saying: “I’ve bought the hardware, and it’s gathering dust – help!”

Review & Video: Push For Ableton Live 9

The Ableton Push controller is currently the only controller that gets you this deep and decidedly intimate with Live 9. With all the controllers that have gone before it, none have been as ambitious or complex while retaining Live's fun factor.

The Ableton Push is a USB hardware controller designed for seamless integration with Ableton Live 9. Whether as the centrepiece of a Live music production studio or onstage as a controller for performance, triggering clips and improvisation, Ableton is clear to point out that the Push is designed as a complete hands-on solution for what is arguably electronic music’s most ubiquitous DAW today.