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I bought this to use on ableton and it works great using a script I paid for. Also managed to get it to work with other DAW, again via scripts but nothing as good as using it on ableton or on what it's designed for "fl studio". Except I don't use fl studio and I won't make the switch just for this controller.
Akai just needs to release some software to help support reprogramming and this would be a great controller to use alongside other controllers on any DAW.
Bought this to use with Bitwig, by using the Driven By Moss script, and it works very well.
The hardware itself is good up to a point, but you can tell why it costs under £100. In fact, I wouldn't pay more than £100 for this to be honest.
The pads are a kind of velocity sensitive, but nowhere near the sensitivity of a Launchpad X's pads. Probably why there's a big price gap between the two. If you expect to do nuanced finger drumming on these you will be disappointed. Light to medium taps end up around 30-50 percent velocity, and hard / firm taps around 100 percent. I'd suggest setting the velocity to a fixed value & just tweak it manually afterwards.
Transport buttons are nice to have but are super-clicky, and feel cheap. As do all the other buttons. The knobs do their job fine though.
All in all, if Akai did a v2 with better quality buttons & more responsive pads then I'd gladly pay over £100 for it, as its enjoyable to use as long as you know the limitations.
I'm sure I will like this when I've got it working. Out the box it lights up but something isn't right, so I went to the Akai website to download the software that I must be missing!
Before you can download the software you have to register your product these days, it does not like the serial number I have, which is starting to sound like someone else already has this device registered on their account. That would explain the 2 broken seals on the box.
Support ticket response with Akai is between 24 and 72 hours before I get a reply regarding the serial number issue, fingers crossed.
(UPDATE) After updating to the latest FL studio version, it worked perfectly. Still miffed about the factory Seal being broken on the Product Box, and still no response from Akai regarding not being able to register the product. I still think I have a returned item that is registered to someone else. However it seems to be working fully.
Just got the AKAI Professional Fire (Controller Only), since i have FL Studio (Signature version). I think its the perfect controller for Fl Studio.
I tried to register the Fire with Akai, but supprised to find out that am unable to because my purchase is for the Controller only, i cannot register my Fire with them (or any where for that matter).
I reached out to akaipro to get a clear understanding on what support they provide for Controller Only purchase. I really didn't get a clear response, i just got the same statement back: "....you will be unable to register the unit as there is no software to claim."
My question to those purchase the Fire (Controller Only) ahead of me is: How do i get support on the device either; General, Technical Warranty?
I was struggling to develop a way to perform live, until this thing. I think it is great. You can use this as a launchpad, as a keyboard and a sequencer. Buttons are a bit mushy and hard to press so it's awkward to use at first. But It's easy to use once you get used to pressing harder then usual.
If you already have FL Studio (not the mobile version) this should be plug and play, if you are getting the version that includes FL Studio Fire Edition then you may have to do a bit a messing around to get everything registered and up and running (20 mins tops). Once plugged in it is a dream, ties in really well with FL Studio and so many things can be done from the Fire without breaking your flow to reach for mouse/keyboard. Initially disappointed that it doesn't work with FL Studio mobile (which was what I was used to) but the Desktop app is probably a lot more powerful and hasn't taken long to get used to. Sexy piece of kit, I love it.
skills req. ease of use related to existing nav. I bought by research and my way of learning. I like a physical connection with my music. prod as well as screen.price very inexspensive for the quality of build. build strong.recommend older benniner/ iniates would suit well.image-line good developer plenty of shelf life.
If you have FL Studio it is absolutely amazing. I tried to get it to work on BitWig and Abelton and it works after a fashion but I found it frustrating to set up. It is however Brilliant and well worth the effort in getting it to work on other DAWS! For the price you cannot go wrong!
Awesome workflow with this controller brings out the creative side with hands on with the music - quality of build is very good and just works within fl studio like a dream just plug and create your sounds