Just purchased an APK261 controller but I struggle getting decent use out it.
I’ve added the “generic controller” and loaded the AKAI XML template, but that just maps the faders and knobs to the mixer (i’ve got artists transport and mix for that)
I can ofcourse map it to the quickcontrols and have those eight knobs sort of meet my vst plugins, or I can use the control editor to use the MPK261 presets and map my top 10 plugins to a preset.
All not what I want to.
It seems (but maybe I’m wrong) this is just a “dumb” controller, the knobs send out a cc and a combination of knobs/cc’s can be saved in a preset.
But there is no inteligence at all switching mapping depending on the focus of the plugin.
This is a €499 controller, but does NOTHING more than a €150 M-AUDIO
I couldn’t care less for bundled software. The keyboard is nicely robust and it has 16 decent pads which nicely match the cubase drumpads, but that’s about is.
For the same price i can exchange to a 61 keys NEKTAR Panorama, or half the price to a NOVATION Impulse 61 with automap, both seem a lot more inteligent.
IMHO the MPK261 should have been €249,00 WITHOUT crappy software.
Maybe I’m missing something but for €499 i’m severely underwhelmed.
Am I overlooking something? Or should I exchange it?