Akai has just announced that they are releasing two brand new modular/mini controllers for the Serato DJ software. The Akai AFX is a small controller that lets users manipulate multi-color RGB performance pads, effects, hotcues, slicer, loops, navigation, and the new Serato Flip expasion while the Akai AMX is a mixer-like device that controls the EQ, filters, headphones, two volume linefaders, a mini-innofader crossfader and DVS Capable RCA inputs and outputs.
The Akai AFX is a lot like a Traktor Kontrol X1 and the new DDJ-SP1 auxiliary controller in one. The AFX has the new familiar eight performance pads and can control all four decks using the layer buttons at the top. There's also the same touch sensitive FX controls pulled from their sister company Numark's NV and NS7II. The AFX can control Transport functions, navigation functions, all three FX controls per module, hotcues, loops, slicer, and sampler just as with other top DJ controllers that work with Serato. There's also a neat touchstrip at the top so users can quickly scroll through songs on the fly. The Akai AFX will come bundled with the full Serato DJ software, the Serato Flip expansion, and the Backpack FX pack will be available this fall for $199.
The Akai AMX is a lot like a Traktor Kontrol Z1 in that it is a modular mixer, but the AMX goes even further by providing two RCA inputs that are DVS ready! That's right, with the AMX, one can simply plug in two turntables or CD decks with timecode vinyl or CD's and start playing on Serato DJ without an additional soundcard. There are also RCA outputs and a headphone output on the front so users can cue behind the scenes. The AMX has two linefaders and a Mini-Innofader is also included for the crossfader. The Filters and EQ's have the same touch sensitive controls as the Numark NV and NS7II as well. The Akai AMX will come bundled with the Full Serato DJ software and will be available this fall for $249.
We will be sure to have both of these controllers in the lab for the full unboxing and review treatment when they are released shortly and we'll also bring you the Exclusive First looks at both of these controllers at the Atlantic City DJ Expo next week!!! Stay Tuned!