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Akai Fire: FL Studio Finally Gets A Dedicated Hardware Controller – DJ Techtools

Ableton Live has the Push, Maschine has the many Maschine models, but what does FL Studio have? Until now, producers using the prolific production DAW FL Studio (long ago called Fruity Loops) were resigned to using whatever MIDI controller best fit their workflow. But today Akai is announcing a new controller, the Akai Fire, designed with FL Studio users in mind and created in collaboration with Image-Line (the software developers behind the app). Keep reading for details.

Only earlier this year did FL Studio finally become a cross-platform app, releasing a macOS port in late May. Now the company is breaking into another first – a bespoke controller for the software designed by Akai Professional.

The controller is centered around four rows of 16 velocity sensitive RGB pads, designed to be used primarily as step sequencers for instruments. Here’s the full feature set from the official press release:

The Fire unit has a few different modes that it can jump through – the video above

Being able to automatically sync four Fire units with one computer is a powerful feature – it allows expandability for larger studio setups. Being able to have a simple, portable hardware device that can go anywhere is highly desirable these days, and that’s exactly what the Fire offers.
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