Ableton Live controller wars: Akai APC40 vs OHM64 (two very badass machines)

March 21, 2009 § 5 Comments

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Technology seems to be moving so fast these days that before I can fork over the cash for new gadgets another one comes out that catches my fancy even more. For instance my craving for a macbook air suddenly turned into adoration for the Asus eeePC (more on that later.) More recently I had been drooling over the Akai Apc40 and plan to pick one up when budget allows. But then today I saw the specs and site for the new OHM64 with it’s fancy wood paneling and nice layout and started to reconsider this one instead. The Akai Apc is selling for around $400 US while the OHM 64 price has yet to be announced (the original OHM sold for around $699.) Both controllers offer visual feedback and a plethora of buttons and sliders to perform with. The difference seems to be that the APC40 has been engineered for and with Ableton to be specific to that software. That means that there is NO config the thing just works, with buttons for switching through scenes and the promise from akai that you can perform “with no mouse.” OHM seems to be offering similar things but the setup probably won’t be as easy. The upside to the OHM64 is open-source software and options to rig this (beautiful) thing out to do whatever you want. I can’t wait to get my hands on either as they seem to offer sexy new ways to performance. Donations being accepted now! Check more at the following sites: LIVID INSTRUMENTSAKAI

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