Hey guys, I am currently learning how to use Ableton Live and have a very basic understanding of the program and what everything does. I am looking to start using it to produce my own tracks, as well as loops and other tools for dj'ing, and I have some questions for you guys that have more experience with the program:
1: when choosing a midi controller for use with Ableton for production, what are some main, must haves that you look for? for example, I know some people say that velocity sensitivity is a must for them, some say that a midi keyboard with pitch wheels are, etc.
2: are APC 20/40 and Novation Launchpad more geared toward performing with live or producing with live? I want to say it's the first, but figured I'd ask for clarification.
In addition to using it for "producing", I also want to use it when just having fun and getting creative in a live, jam-session manner. For example, this would entail using a midi fighter pro mapped to the drum rack with a couple effects as well. The closest example of what I want to do with this is best resembled by what Mad Zach does in some of his videos. However, I would also like to maybe record different layers of what I am jamming into empty Midi tracks and have control of: looping, an effect (such as EQ3, I believe it's called), volume, sends of each track, and record and solo buttons.
I guess you can say I wish to use it similar to a loop recorder in which i make a pattern, record it, have it playing in the background on a midi track, and record more patterns into new midi tracks while being able to mute and solo them and add effects.
From the research I've done, I feel that a VCM-600 paired with the midi fighter pro would best be suited for my live "Jam sessions" that I wish to do, while a midi keyboard (such as one from M-Audio's Axiom line) with pads, knobs, pitch wheels, and keys would be best suited for beginning production. VCM + Axiom I feel would be super powerful, production wise.
The VCM-600's are a bit hard to find and are fairly expensive, and while I'm willing to spend a little extra to get exactly what I want, hopefully someone has an alternative. Possible alternatives I looked at were the Novation Zero Sl-MKII, m audio uc-33, behringer b-control series. However, I feel that the VCM has great flexibility with both production and playing live (if I ever decide to use it that way). I recently sold most of my gear for a new setup and have an Audio 2 DJ for a sound card and Xsession pro. I will also be purchasing a Novation Twitch/serato itch for more traditional DJ'ing.
Sorry for the wall of text, I just wanted to cover all bases, and thanks in advance for the advice!!