Akai AMX/AFX Review - Typical Setups

There are a number of different configurations one would arrange these controllers. I shall list a few of them:

The DVS Mixer/effects setup 

This is probably the setup that Akai had most in mind. As the AMX has full DVS functionality (as a payable upgrade sadly) it means it can be used as the cheapest serato DVS system on the market. Not just this but as it is a mixer too, it saves purchasing separate DVS and mixer units which will have a huge increase in cost. The optional addition of the AFX provides cues, samples, loops, slicers, FX and more.

The Controller + AFX setup

This setup (excuse the image formatting-they could be side by side) is really good if you already have a controller, especially one with little FX functionality or control beyond simple mixing. The Mixtrack Pro 2 has a lot of the same control as the AFX, but the addition of the AFX is a blessing as it has touch activated knobs, extra functions eg slicer, more cue options and multi-colour LED back-lighting. I have performed with this setup and it really maximises the workflow and makes DJing more fun with the extra features. It should be noted that the AMX couldn't also be added as there would be two mixers and two outputs and obviously as a result it would fail horribly.

The minimal setup

This is a beauty for showing up to a party or really tight space. The AMX functions as an entire controller, though simple, by itself with transport, pitch, EQ and, faders. For extra control add one or more AFX units (depending on budget). This setup could allow you to practice on the train or in a hotel if you are away and can't take your bulkier kit to practice on. If you like setting up your own modular setup with various controllers, this would maybe be a good central point as it has the outputs and all the other modules could perform similar (if they aren't already) to the AFX.

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