AKAI Professional

Hands-On Expansion

Expand your creative performance capability with AFX, a versatile 4-deck FX controller for advanced performance using Serato DJ, a powerful software platform for digital DJ’ing. A single USB connection adds over 70 intuitive controls to your DJ setup including intelligent touch-activated knobs, velocity-sensitive pads and backlit buttons. Trigger samples, assign loops and cue points, tweak Serato effects (known as FX), manage DVS modes, automate song edits, and so much more from ultra-responsive, trusted Akai Professional hardware found in studios and stages all over the world. Read on to see what it can bring to your next live performance using Serato DJ.

Opening New Doors

AFX gives you exhaustive control over the iZotope FX inside Serato DJ. Just plug it in to expand or add controls to any Serato setup. A total of 9 touch-activated knobs unlock all-new FX capabilities – planned or improvised. Assign FX on the fly, tweak their parameters, and layer FX types with tactile, responsive control that incorporates a dramatic “twist”– knobs that react to the human touch. In Touch mode, each knob responds to a twist, a touch, or a combination of both. A rotary-push knob and corresponding backlit LCD screen provides easy parameter adjustment and confirmation. For DJs adding FX controls to a Serato NoiseMAP™ setup (timecode vinyl), AFX even provides DVS-mode switching, keeping your interaction with the computer trackpad or mouse at a minimum.

Pad Pounding

Eight velocity-sensitive trigger pads get the ideas in your head to the tips of your fingers. With 10 pad modes, AFX gives you ample freedom to trigger samples, manage loops, assign hot-cues, and slice tracks. With backlit RGB feedback, you will always know which mode you have selected in addition to real-time pad performance feedback. Akai Professional knows pads – the iconic MPC line is a staple for producing electronic music using pad-oriented sample-triggering – and responds to each press, tap, or slam as musically as possible. From the AFX, DJs can construct (or deconstruct) entire performances from the pads, taking creativity to a whole new level.

Do A Forward Flip

AFX has deep integration with Serato DJ’s Flip Expansion Pack. Flip allows you to record your cue point and censor actions which can be saved and looped, ready to re-trigger and start in an instant. Use Serato Flip to create and save up to 6 Flips per track, ready for playback in the studio or the club. Flip can be used to create and play back custom song edits ranging from extended intros/outtros, breakdowns, making beats, skipping verses or choruses, and creating clean edits of songs. Even more, AFX includes Serato’s Backpack FX Expansion pack to give your sets a boost using a dub collection of analog-style effects – echo’s, loopers, filters, and time stretch.


  • Provides extensive hands-on audio command of Serato DJ
  • Tweak effects, manage loops, trigger samples, set cue points, and more
  • Serato Flip-capable – create custom edits, extend your music or re-imagine it altogether in the studio or club (download included)
  • Adds additional control options to any Serato DJ setup including DVS and HID players
  • 4 decks of Serato DJ control over a single USB connection
  • 9 touch-activated knobs for groundbreaking effects tweaking and EQ kills
  • 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads with backlit RGB feedback
  • 10 pad modes for hot cues, loops, slicing, and sample triggering
  • Instant, tactile DVS mode switching: Absolute, Relative and Internal
  • Endless Controller with LED timeline for instant access to any point in the track
  • Endless Controller doubles as pitch bend and macro effects control
  • Backlit digital display provides feedback of parameter values
  • Low-profile, portable design compliments any setup, anywhere
  • Dimensions: 1.7 inches tall (42mm), 10.7 long (271mm), 5.3 wide (134mm)

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is the Akai AFX?

    The Akai AFX is a 4 Deck complimentary control surface for Serato DJ. The AFX will give you contol over effects, Cues, Loops, Slicer, Samples, Flip Mode, as well as deck transport controls. The AFX is a great addition to but not limited to the NS7, NS6, V7, or DVS setup.

  • What software can I use the Akai AFX with?

    The Akai AFX is a generic USB MIDI control surface, and can be used with any DJ or audio production software that supports MIDI mapping. The AFX was specifically designed for a deep-level FX control integration with Serato DJ (not included), making it the perfect expansion companion to the Akai AMX (includes Sertato DJ), or any other Serato DJ compatible master controller.

  • What is included with my Akai AFX purchase?

    The Akai AFX includes a USB cable, and the following complimentary software: Serato Flip plugin (limited-time offer) - a card is included in the box, printed with a license code and steps to download and activate a complimentary installation of the Serato Flip plugin for Serato DJ (Serato DJ is not included). Serato Back Pack FX Expansion Pack - log in to your akaipro.com user account and Register your AFX. Once registered, a License Code and activation instructions for the expansion pack appear on your My Account page at akaipro.com.

  • What should I do if I have difficulty obtaining the included software?

    If you have any difficulty registering, or obtaining the included software for your product, please visit www.akaipro.com/support and submit a 'Product Registration Assistance' support ticket. The Akai Support team can assist!

  • How many Akai AFX controllers can I use at one time?

    Although a single Akai AFX control surface will control 4 decks you can use up to 4 Akai AFX control surfaces per instance of Serato DJ.

  • Can I run Serato DJ with just the Akai AFX control surface?

    No. The Akai AFX control surface requires a Serato DJ approved Mixer, Interface, or Controller to unlock multiple deck functionality. Click here to see a full list of approved Serato DJ hardware.

  • Are the drum pads on the Akai AFX velocity sensitive?

    Yes. The drum pads on the Akai AFX are velocity sensitive pads, that are based on Akai MPC technology.

  • What version of Serato DJ is required for use with the Akai AFX?

    The Akai AFX requires Serato DJ version 1.7, and higher.

  • Does the Akai AMX or AFX controller only support Serato?

    The Akai AMX and AFX controllers were originally manufactured from the ground up to support Serato DJ software. However, since the hardware controls appear in your computer as generic MIDI device, they can be custom-mapped to any other DJ application that supports user-created custom mapping.

  • When will the Akai AFX be available for purchase?

    The Akai AFX will be available for purchase in the Fall of 2014.

  • Where can I learn more about the Akai Professional AFX?

    To learn more about the Akai AFX control surface for Serato DJ check out: http://www.akaipro.com/product/afx



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