The Top Highlights from Musikmesse Frankfurt 2014 for Ableton Live Users

This week, the Musikmesse is happening in Frankfurt again. There are some products directly aimed at the use with Ableton Live and since this is a site about Ableton Live, I’ll focus on those.

New AKAI APC40 MKII & two new additions to the APC series

All three controllers seamlessly integrate into Ableton Live, show visual feedback via RGB LEDs, run via USB and include Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist, and Toolroom Records artist launch packs.


  • 5×8 clip-launch matrix with RGB feedback for clip status, colour coding, and more
  • 8 channel faders, 1 master fader, and 8 device controls map to Ableton directly
  • A/B crossfader can be assigned on the fly for dynamic mixing
  • Revised knob layout with in-line controls for smarter workflow

APC Key25

  • The first Ableton Live controller with keyboard for enhanced control
  • 5×8 clip-launch matrix with tri-colour lighting displays current clip status
  • 25 synth-action mini keys for conventional composing and performing
  • 8 knobs auto-map to Ableton Live to control volume, sends, and more

APC Mini

  • Ultra-portable all-in-one Ableton Live controller
  • 8×8 clip-launch matrix with tri-colour lighting displays current clip status
  • 8 faders + 1 master fader are selectable for volume, send, device control, and more

The APC40 MKII at Musikmesse Frankfurt

The APC40 mkII, APC Key 25, and APC mini will be available in Summer 2014, distributed worldwide with the following street prices: APC40 mkII ($399.99 USD), APC Key 25 ($129.99 USD), and APC mini ($99.99 USD).

Lemur 5

Lemur, the iPad app from Liine that also features a dedicated template for Ableton Live, has gotten a major update with some great new features. The update is free for all existing users.

New features are:

  • Canvas – new object for scripting custom widgets adapted from the HTML5 Canvas element
  • new objects for step sequencers – StepNote, StepSwitch and StepSlider
  • overhauled time engine for better sync and triggering on musical subdivisions
  • new bundled templates

Watch the Video:

Liquid Notes for Live by Re-Compose

Liquid Notes allows for harmonic analysis of MIDI notes and reharmonisation of multiple tracks. In short, it makes composing melodies and harmonies much easier. Previously available as a standalone instrument and plug-in, there’s now a new integration directly into Ableton Live via a Max for Live MIDI effect.

Check out the Video:

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