I’ve come to expect a small village sized stand from the inMusic empire, but they pretty much unloaded at NAMM this year. So a considerably more modest affair was in order, as was the new product rollout. They did announce the Akai Pro MIDImix, a compact and cost effective mixer controller aimed at budding producers. It complements the merging range of Akai controllers, is small and light, and is easy on the wallet too. It also comes with Ableton Live Lite, thus indicating the target audience.
Being so small, it was almost missed on the stand. It’s definitely compact — the perfect go-anywhere and fit-anywhere solution, and one that has a number of possible uses. I think like most commenters on the original story, it’s fair to say that the knobs are a little too low profile. I don’t think it’s the case for producers so much, but definitely for performers in the heat of the moment. As I don’t tend to carry Coolor Caps around with me, I wasn’t able to check if they could be changed.
For those comparing this to Novation’s Launch Control (and who wouldn’t?), the ability to send all to DAWs is quite an important feature to a number of people I chatted to at Messe.