The original Akai APC40 is one of the rare breed of products in the computer music age to achieve iconic status. Launched in 2009, the APC40 (followed by its more compact sibling, the APC20) was, along with the Novation Launchpad, the first dedicated, plug-and-play Ableton Live controller to hit the mainstream market. Five years later, Akai are releasing a re-imagining of the original APC40, the Mk2. Will it be as widely adopted as its forebear? We spent some time with it to try to find out.
The inMusic group has expanded dramatically – perhaps best indicated by the entire block of products prominently displayed at industry conventions like the NAMM show. Today, they’re announcing the acquisition of three brands from D&M Holdings – Denon Professional, Denon DJ, and Marantz Professional. This doesn’t mean that they’re outright purchasing Denon, as the D&M […]
The near-larger than life Serato DJ controller, the Numark NS7 II, reaches for the sky by combining the best of both the turntablist and controllerist worlds. Touch-sensitive controls, MPC pads, a mack-daddy audio interface, and full-service vinyl platters are just part of the menu. Check it out to see if this all-you-can-eat approach is right […]