(4 customer reviews)
CrossFire transforms the Akai Fire into a powerful Control Surface for Ableton Live. While it’s primary focus is on Drum Rack control and sequencing, it includes many other features (such as Clip/Scene launching and selected Track control) that make it a great, all-around control option for Live.
Developer: nativeKONTROL
Compatibility: Ableton Live 10.0.6+
OS: Mac & Windows
Min. Requirements: Ableton Live 10.0.6


Not just for FL Studio anymore!

Matrix Modes:

  • Step Mode for step-sequencing into MIDI Clips with powerful step editing features that allow you to modify aspects of steps such as their velocity and position.
  • Note Mode for playing instruments with various scales and layouts.
  • Drum Mode for playing Drum Racks or other drum-like instruments.  This Mode includes 16 Levels functionality for playing a drum sound at 16 different velocity levels.  Also included is Cycle Sequence functionality, which allows you to record and playback sequences of one or more notes from a single pad.
  • Performance Mode for launching, duplicating and deleting Clips and Scenes.  This Mode also includes the ability to stop, mute, solo, select and arm Tracks.

Encoder Modes:

  • Chain and User Chain Modes for controlling parameters of the selected Drum Rack pad with easy to use and intelligent user mapping capabilities.
  • Mixer and User Mixer Modes for controlling parameters of the selected Track with easy to use and intelligent user mapping capabilities.
  • Global Mode for controlling global parameters such as tempo and global quantization.

Other Features:

  • Easy loading and hotswapping for Drum Racks.
  • Transport, navigation and view-related control.
  • Note Repeat functionality that allows pads to produce a stream of continuous, rhythmic notes at different rates.
  • Note Delete and Erase for easy editing of MIDI Clip data.
  • Track Locking for maintaining control over a particular Track even while you (or someone else you’re working with) navigate to other Tracks in the Set.
  • Max for Live Integration with included documentation, devices and objects that make re-purposing controls in Max for Live devices a breeze.

4 reviews for CrossFire

  1. Evan Arnett (verified owner)

    This script has made the Fire my favorite controller for Live, and the most fun and intuitive way to write drums. It’s fairly intuitive, but I strongly recommend reading the manual first. I also feel like I could play an improvised live show with nothing but this and a laptop and basic template, and have plenty to do creatively without needing to touch the mouse.

  2. Isaiah Cottengaim (verified owner)

    I have purchased and used several of Stray’s control surface scripts over the past couple of years, and I am happy to announce that this is one of my favorites. I have been using the Push 2 as my primary controller over Live during this same time period as well, and while it offers extensive control over Live, I have always kept my Akai APC Key 25 nearby with the corresponding custom control surface script loaded up. This extra source of control over Live’s features is a major improvement to my workflow and enjoyment of the music production process. I am happy now to add CrossFire to the family of controllers over Live. I highly recommend purchasing the CrossFire script if you own the Akai Fire for FL. Thanks again for your hard work, Stray!

  3. David Baker (verified owner)

    The controller is currently $99.99 without Fl Studios so it’s a great time to buy. I already have FL studios but prefer Ableton, so I was a little nervous about the purchase. I watched a lots of the tutorials on Youtube and pretty much knew what I was getting. I bought Crossfire like 20 minutes after my Fire arrived in the mail and it’s awesome! The Perform view is a lot like an APC 40 launcher without the faders and knobs. The Drum section is cool and has a velocity sensitive grid section, although it is not velocity sensitive its imitates different velocities. The Note section is great, you can play drums, other instruments and plugins like on a keyboard. The buttons on the Fire are actually pretty sensitive too. I loved the Step section because making drum beats has always been my downfall with Ableton and the Step Sequencer is great new way to visualize the grid. You can just turn off and on midi notes to your DAW with the push of a button and its right in front of you instead of looking at the screen and trying to pointing and make the note in the right spot without it snapping to another spot. Overall, I’d say 10 out of 5 stars! Great job guys this product was defiantly worth it!

  4. José Contreras Arriola (verified owner)

    I just got CrossFire and it’s a blast, I bought the akai fire because I wanted to learn how to use fl studio but I never liked that DAW so I stuck with Ableton. the Akai Fire is an excellent controller, and I would use FL just for using this controller as it is an All-In-One, but these guys at isotonikstudios gave it a new life and now I can use it with Ableton. A few weeks ago I was going to sell this controller Thank you very much isotonikstudios. (Sorry, my English not so good)

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Founded in January of 2008 by Sam ‘Stray’ Hurley, nativeKONTROL offers innovative software solutions for intelligent and elegant control over DAWs (primarily Ableton Live) via MIDI controllers/control surfaces. nativeKONTROL’s products are currently in use by tens of thousands of performers and producers worldwide. To date, nativeKONTROL’s PXT Series for Ableton Push and ClyphX Pro control surface script, essentially a simple scripting language for Ableton Live, are its most widely known and used products. nativeKONTROL has also collaborated with many performers, producers, hardware manufacturers and software developers on customized solutions over the years. Most notably, nativeKONTROL worked with a team at Ableton to create the Launchpad Pro control surface script that is included with Live 9.

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Version 1.0.1 – Released 24th July 2019

  • Fixed an issue where automatic configuration of CrossFire wouldn’t work on some OS X systems.
  • Added support for Channel EQ in Live 10.1 and beyond.

Version 1.0.0 – Released 20th June

CrossFire has been released from beta.  Compared to the previous beta version, the release contains the following changes:

  • CrossFire will now automatically configure itself in Live when opening Live with the Fire connected
  • It is now possible to lock into the alternate set of features in Performance Mode by holding down Alt and pressing Perform.

Version 1.0.0b3 – Released 11th April 2019

  • Fixed an issue where Live could turn off the Full Velocity setting upon certain setting changes being made within Live itself.
  • Fixed a couple of minor DISPLAY-related quirks.
  • Optimized the script’s MIDI output to avoid lagging issues on OS X.


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