Akai APC Key 25 USB Ableton Live Controller

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  • 25 Velocity Sensitive Keys, 40 Backlit Pad Buttons
  • 8 Assignable Control Knobs
  • Octave Up, Octave Down, and Sustain
  • USB Powered and Class Compliant
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite Software

Akai APC Key 25 USB Ableton Live Controller

The Akai APC Key 25 is a compact and versatile DJ and software controller that provides seamless integration with Ableton Live via USB. Featuring 40 backlit performance pads for sampling, looping and custom programming the APC Key provides advanced control whilst the 25 key velocity sensitive keyboard allows simplistic melody and rhythm creation. Due to the compact and robust construction the APC Key 25 is the ultimate controller for producers on the go as it can fit in most backpacks and is powered through USB.

Special Offer: Until 31st December 2018, free with purchase of this Akai Professional MIDI Controller comes an exclusive Ableton-ready sample pack from CR2. Discover the Essential Collection sample pack today!

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Free Essential Collection by CR2

The Essential Collection, designed by industry-leading sound designers CR2, is exclusive to Akai. Providing beginners and advanced producers alike with the highest quality samples, presets, songstarters and templates within Ableton (Lite, Standard, Suite and Drum Rack versions).

This pack features eight drum racks, six audio fx racks, eight groovy MIDI drum clips and eight already professionally mixed drum loops! With a staggering 128 one shot samples spanning kick, bass, cymbal, snare and more, as well as 40 melodic, bass, vocal and ambient loops, this pack expands your sonic arsenal like no other.

Velocity Sensitive Keyboard

Designed for the performing musician or the conventional composer, APC Key 25 is the first Ableton Live controller from Akai Professional that is equipped with a high-performance keyboard. Uniting the power of a clip-launching panel with a keyboard interface, APC Key 25 couples real-time control of Ableton Live with traditional composition tools: create melodies, compose bass lines, and play chords with 25 synth-action mini keys. Plus, dedicated buttons for Octave Up, Octave Down, and Sustain expand the expressive capabilities of the keyboard, enabling you to tap into the full melodic range and perform with classic piano-style sustain.

40 Pad Clip-Launch Grid

APC Key 25 features a 5x8 multi-colour clip-launching grid that's built for dexterous exploration: launch clips and create or perform your song from the ground up using 40 responsive triggers. Tri-colour lighting provides visual feedback and displays three clip statuses (loaded, playing, and recording) so you can intelligently perform without looking at your computer. Plus, you can use the Shift button and directional arrows to manipulate the scope of the 5x8 grid.

Ableton Integration & Custom Mapping

The Akia APC Key 25 comes pre-mapped to Ableton Live for an instant performance and production setup. When APC Key 25 is plugged into your computer, its hardware controls correspond 1 to 1 with Ableton Live's interface meaning no additional configuring is required. For APC veterans, all of APC Key 25's controls can be re-assigned on the fly for customized setups that change with your performance or production style. Plus, APC Key 25 can also be used as a general MIDI controller to manipulate other software applications such as virtual instruments, plugins, and DAWs.


  • Ableton Live controller with built-in performance keyboard
  • Seamlessly integrates 1 to 1 with Ableton Live
  • Clip-launch matrix with tri-color lighting displays current clip status
  • 25 synth-action mini keys
  • 8 assignable knobs map to Ableton Live and control volume, sends, and more
  • Shift button and directional arrows manipulate the scope of the grid
  • Dedicated Octave Up, Octave Down, and Sustain buttons
  • USB-powered and plug-and-play setup for Mac and PC
  • Includes production package with: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist, and Toolroom artist launch packs (downloads)


  • Number of Keys: 25 x Velocity Sensitive Keys
  • Octave Range: 10 x Octaves (Up/Down Buttons)
  • Pad Buttons: 40 x Backlit Clip-Launch Bottons (8x5 Matrix)
  • Knobs: 8 x 270° Knobs (4 Modes)
  • Inputs/Outputs: 1 x USB Port
  • Power: USB-Bus Powered
  • Height: 1.6" / 4.1cm
  • Width: 12.25" / 31.1cm
  • Depth: 7.6" / 19.3cm
  • Weight: 0.76 Kg

System Requirements


  • Operating System: MAC OS X 10.5 or later
  • Processor: Intel
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Connection: 1 x USB


  • Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8
  • Processor: Multi-Core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Connection: 1 x USB