The first big news from Musikmesse is in. Akai announces multiple new products among which are new Ableton controllers. With the APC40 getting a much welcome, leaner overhaul with the APC40 MkII there are new portable clip launchers announced as well.
The APC Mini looks like serious competition for the Launchpad (Mini), also featuring an 8×8 grid, but adding faders to the mix. Retail price will be $100.
The APC Key 25 is an alternative to the MPK Mini for when you want a clip matrix instead of the classic Akai drum pads. Other than that it looks to be a similar controller to the MPK Mini. The APC Key 25 will retail for $130.
The new Akai APC products will be released in the Summer.