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Akai Fire - The World’s First Hardware FL Studio Controller

Posted by Looperman on 2018-11-06 in Audio Chat3 Comments3323 Views
Akai Fire - The World’s First Hardware FL Studio Controller

We know a lot of you who contribute to Looperman use FL Studio to make your beats and loops. Up until now no one has made a dedicated hardware controller for FL Studio, tailored to it’s unique set up and approach to music making. Like Ableton’s Push controller, the new Akai Fire is designed specifically for use with FL Studio.

The controller is based around 16 velocity-sensitive RGB controllers, like most controllers, it’s designed as 16 step sequencer for drum patterns or instruments

Here’s a introduction from Akai themselves:

Akai Fire Modes

There are a lot of smart ways that the controller helps you with your workflow. Akai have split these into the following modes.

  • Note Mode : in note mode the pads become a four octave MIDI keyboard.
  • Drum Mode : yes, you guessed it. Drum mode replicates the classic flstudio 16 pad step sequencer layout giving you 4 rows of 16 beats to program your beats
  • Performance Mode: again performance mode does pretty much what it says on the tin. Allows you to trigger MIDI or audio clips on the fly. Great for using Fire to play live.

Take a look at the next video about the different modes you can use with Fire:

Akai Fire boasts a small navigation window, which will probably be seen as very low-tech in a few years, but at the moment it’s a very welcome addition and makes the moving around of samples and sounds a lot easier. Its a pity that this wasn’t bigger. maybe they are trying to keep the price point down.

Akai Fire - The World’s First Hardware FL Studio Controller

The other thing to take notice of is the Multi Device Mode. You can connect up to four Fire devices together to expand your control over FL Studio, increasing channels and sequencer complexity. This is a very powerful feature and one that you don’t get with other controllers such as Ableton Push

Main features and specifications:

  • Plug-and-play integration with FL Studio
  • Quickly input patterns along the timeline in the step sequencer
  • 4 x 16 Matrix of Velocity-Sensitive RGB Pads
  • Record notes in Performance mode
  • Graphical OLED display
  • 4 banks of assignable Touch-Capacitive Knobs
  • Instantly navigate the Channel Rack, Browser, Tool Bar and Playlist windows
  • Use dedicated controls to quickly browse audio and project files
  • Dedicated Transport controls
  • USB bus-powered

System requirements

Windows 7, 8, 10 or later
4GB of RAM or higher recommended
4GB free disk space
FL Studio 20.0.5 or later

Mac OS
10.11 or later
4GB of RAM or higher recommended
4GB free disk space
FL Studio 20.0.5 or later

Coming in at around £180 GBP / $199 USD its a reasonably priced controller and the only dedicated hardware for Flstudio to date.

Has anyone else been able to test one out yet ? We think it looks great and is a well overdue piece of kit for all you Flstudio heads out there.

Leave your thoughts in the comments. We'd love to hear what you think about it.

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  1. abelouis
    abelouis on Wed 5th Dec 2018 - 1 month ago

    This is a joke.
    it's not ready for performance mode LIVE LOOPING in real time.
    Certainly now on NEWTONE you can use warp like ableton : stretch shrink wave. the only difference is that you only control shortcuts that you could just as easily use with the mouse, nothing extraordinary.

  2. Claywiki
    Claywiki on Sun 18th Nov 2018 - 2 months ago

    Now thats how you make a controller for your software!!!! ROLI????

  3. RobbinHoodBeats
    RobbinHoodBeats on Tue 13th Nov 2018 - 2 months ago

    This is the best thing to happen to FL yet omg i cant wait to cop it'll look so fucking good on the desk

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