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Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller  

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Overview
  • Designed in partnership with Ableton
  • Unique clip matrix with multicolor lighting displays current clip status
  • No mapping required for use with Ableton Live 8 (previous versions still need mapping)
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A powerful, intuitive controller for electronica, DJs, hip-hop producers, and traditional musicians.

The Akai APC40 Ableton Performance Controller is designed to be a powerful, intuitive controller for electronic-music performance artists, DJs, hip-hop producers and traditional musicians using Ableton Live on stage and in the studio.

Virtual view
The APC40 talks directly to Ableton Live and Live talks directly to the APC40. This exclusive bidirectional communication makes the Akai Professional APC40 an advanced controller that receives feedback from the software and displays it on its clip matrix of 40 triggers, and on LED rings surrounding each knob. The clip matrix gives you an instant view of clip status: what's loaded, what's playing, and what's being recorded. Each state displays on the matrix in a different color so you quickly get a picture of clip state. Shift your clip focus and get an overview of the clips you have loaded for your set.

The Akai APC40 controller has 16 knobs, each surrounded by a ring of LEDs. These LED rings indicate the currently selected parameters' values, and make seeing your settings on dark stages a breeze. The APC40 controller's advanced visual feedback focuses your performing with focused more on the music and less on squinting at the computer screen. In fact, you might even forget that the computer is there.

Premium controls
Ableton selected Akai Professional as a partner because of its leadership position in great-feeling controllers that are rock solid, rugged, and precise. From the legendary MPC series that changed the way music is made to the industry-standard MPD and MPK controllers, Akai Professional is revered by musicians, DJs, and producers everywhere for creating the feel that powers their creativity. The APC40 is built with a rugged, metal chassis and slip-proof rubber detailing. Knobs and faders are solid and precise for pinpoint performance. It even features a high quality, replaceable crossfader.

Creative control
The Akai APC40 controller comes with a special edition of Ableton Live Lite so you can use it out of the box even if you're new to Live. There's also a free patch that upgrades full versions of Live so if you're already a Live user, you can take full advantage of the APC40.

The APC40 has two banks of eight knobs. The first set controls Global parameters so you'll always have instant access to your main sends, pans, and other essentials. The second bank of eight knobs is dynamically reassigned to the Track you select. You can control eight track parameters at a time, and as you switch channels, the Track knobs follow your focus. You also get special clip-status views and feedback that only the APC40's matrix can display. The matrix is not limited to only 40 clips: you can scroll and shift, enabling access to an unlimited number of cells.

The APC40 has a wide range of controllers. The eight Global knobs can access four banks of controls; the eight Track knobs control nine different track parameters each. This gives you a massive total of 72 controllers that are dynamically reassigned. Channel faders, bus faders, and a crossfader give you smooth control of key values. You have even more control power with special controls including Tap Tempo, Tempo Nudge, record enables, solo/cues and two assignable footswitch inputs.

Features
  • Designed in partnership with Ableton
  • Unique clip matrix with multicolor lighting displays current clip status
  • No mapping required for use with Ableton Live 8 (previous versions still need mapping)
  • Exclusive bidirectional communication between the APC40 and Ableton Live
  • Professional feel with rugged, metal chassis and premium controls
  • Comes with Ableton Live Akai Professional APC Edition
  • No mapping required for use with Ableton Live
  • USB plug-and-play connection for Mac and PC
  • Premium controller with rugged, metal chassis
  • Works with most MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software

Get the only controller designed specifically to work with Ableton Live! Order yours today.

 

APC40 Ableton Performance Controller Specifications:

  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 16.88" x 13.13" x 2.62", 429mm x 334mm x 67mm
  • Weight: 5.8lb. / 2.64 kg
  • Power supply: 12V 2.0A pin-positive, included
  • Communication: USB-MIDI with proprietary hardware/software handshake
  • Inputs: USB, Two assignable footswitch inputs
  • Mac system requirements: G4 or faster/Intel Mac recommended, 512 MB RAM/1GB recommended, OS 10.3.9, 10.4 or later. Recommended: QuickTime 6.5 or higher, DVD-ROM drive, USB port
  • PC system requirements: 1.5GHz or faster, 512MB RAM/1GB recommended, Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, Windows-compatible sound card/ASIO driver support recommended, QuickTime 6.5 or higher, DVD-ROM drive, USB port
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Akai ProfessionalAPC40 Ableton Performance Controller
 
4.9

(based on 11 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (3)
  • Fast (3)
  • Reliable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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      4.0

      Many Uses

      By Vertical Soul

      from Newton, IA

      About Me Frequent User

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Fast
      • Highly Compatible
      • Quiet
      • Reliable
      • Simple

      Cons

      • Difficult At First
      • Not Easily Concealable

      Best Uses

      • High-End Multimedia
      • Performances

      Comments about Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller:

      This controller can be used for lighting but also other things, for my church, us drummers use it for loop tracks and drum clicks (metronomes)...very easy after you get the hang of it.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Very awesome!

      By ClosetMonster

      from Columbia, MO

      About Me Heavy Duty User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Fast
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Live Shows
        • Music production

        Comments about Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller:

        Bought for a friend for his music production needs, he adores it, you have to learn it along with how it works with the program, but it hasn't taken him very long to get the hang of it. And it shipped WAY fast!

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        • Personal

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great controller, tough program

        By ethan

        from portland, or

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Modifiable
        • Easy To Install
        • Easy to Use
        • Fast
        • Intuitive Design
        • Quiet
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Difficult Program

        Best Uses

        • DJing
        • Improvisation
        • Live Performance

        Comments about Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller:

        The complaints I have about the APC40 should not take away stars. Ableton is a tough program to learn, with a steep learning curve. So, in purchasing this product the buyer should be aware of this. My other complaint is that musicians friend messed up my shipping, but they handled that problem so whatever.

        Other than those complaints, this is an AMAZING product with a ton of potential. So customizable and intuitive. Lots of fun to play with and it definitely makes Ableton a lot easier to learn. Product itself gets an 11

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It works

        By Tony V

        from Philadelphia, PA

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Well made

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Just About Anything

        Comments about Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller:

        Having used Ableton for years now I finally was able to cough up the [$]for this thing. I use an ADK Laptop with a usb midi-pedal board to create ambient/drone music (that's a good sized pidgeon hole i've served myself right there) with the aid of a Geetar, so having plenty of knobs and buttons to hunch myself over is pretty much a must if I don't want to look like i'm browsing the internet when I perform. Having said that I saw this some time ago and did a fair amount of research and concluded that it was a solid, well made product by a company with a notably positive reputation.I was correct. Literally a minute or so after carefully reading some setup instructions I was mapping whole sets of mine and re-thinking how I make music within this program. Everything (physically) at least seems, after a week or so of using it now, very well made in a sense of how it was designed and both how rugged the knobs/pads/sliders feel as well as function. If I had any hestations I would say this:It's designed for Ableton, so if you plan on using this with other software it may be really limiting unless the software has an architecture that allows you to program midi on a core level (such as Max/Msp). In such a case you will be spending a good deal of time just to get it to work on a level you want. This subverts the control surface's main advantage being that it just works from the get-go and you can go straight to making music. It comes with a lite-version of Ableton, which doesn't really cut it for me personally but I beleive there is relatively cheap upgrades to the full version.The other thing is that you, in a certain sense, have to treat this like an instrument. So there is a learning curve. This is actually a really good thing though!In my deepest conclusions, if you use Ableton in a regular fashion and have the money to throw around like a monkey it's pretty much a no-brainer. Like really, just remove your brain and buy it.

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        • Personal

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Ableton Session View at Your Hands

        By alividlife

        from Pacific Northwest

        Comments about Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller:

        You need ableton 8 like many have mentioned.. I think 7.0.32 works as well.Drivers are ok, and sometimes when exchanging out programs/digital audio workstations with multiple MIDI surfaces, the drivers might get messed up and live won't recognize the APC. To relieve the issue, you have to reboot with all your controllers unplugged. Then plug in one at a time and it works.I kinda wish ableton would focus a bit more on the arrangement view in the near future, because as it stands, this product REALLY shines in session view. But once you turn it over to arrangement view, things get less amazing. Not complaining really because the APC is one of the FUNNEST musical experiences I have ever had.You literally can just create music in the moment on the fly! NO more moving the mouse or arranging things. Just use the APC!I just wish there was more attention or care provided to the arrangement side of things, because at that point it's really only good for using the automation and knobs. (What it could do in automation I don't know, but I feel there was an opportunity missed there.)

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A must have for Live users

        By Planet Ice

        from Plano, TX

        Comments about Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller:

        I decided that I just had to get it. after laying down some midi tracks and audio samples, it became the best music experience ever. the automapping is the best thing since midi. I love that I can create whatever I want and be able to manipulate it in real time. Launch pad has no knobs is is no where near the capabilities of this thing. It makes it so easy and fun to make music. feels sturdy, looks great, intuitive interface. I honestly believe that it took linger for me to learn how to use live than the apc 40 itself. I don't see a better way for manupulating loop based music in a performance situation.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Compositional and performance bliss

        By Justin Bernard

        from Austin, Tx

        Comments about Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller:

        The ability to dynamically control your session is beyond invaluable. I've been using Live for many years, and the APC40 allows me to dive deeper. I find it more useful in the writing process than on stage, however, I do make a few tweaks throughout a performance. Please do not think is is only for DJs. It allows me to perform without losing focus on my sax playing.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Akai's genius controller

        By Smoky

        from Louisiana

        Comments about Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller:

        I've used many USB and midi controllers over the past 15 years. This AKAI APC40 is, hands down, the best one so far, as long as you use Ableton. That is the only reason I give it a 4.5/5 in Features... it CAN be used with other software products, but it is only "fully features" with Ableton. That said, it includes a Lite version of Ableton which is enough to get started. That said, this is one of the few devices I've used that actually WORKS out of the box. No complex setup. No learning curve. It just WORKS. It automatically adjusts each controller as you work in Ableton, from the composer all the way through the instruments and devices. There is intelligence to only move on-screen controllers once the hardware controller is in the correct position, to avoid "jumps". And the hardware features bright and easy to read LED knobs and back-lit buttons. If you use Ableton, this is a MUST HAVE.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Effective and fun.

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller:

        This is obviously a controller for the DAW Ableton. There are a few different levels of Ableton you can purchase, suite is the best.Anyways, as a controller this apc40 is really solid. It takes a bit of getting used to (MIDI map-wise) if you are used to manually mapping your midi to a controller of your choice. This apc40 does it automatically. Sweet. This is also a really intuitive controller. If you know how to use Ableton, you'll know how to use this controller. It makes studio work a bit faster. But I feel it really shines during live performance mixing, etc. Lots of buttony/knobby fun. Construction wise everything feels really solid. My only real complaint is that the 8 vertical faders are not user replaceable. Oh, and I wish it was bigger! (Though you can stack multiple APC 40's for more control) Other than that I've been entirely happy. It's a good price, I recommend picking one up if you're an Ableton junky.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Review

        By minimalmindmusic

        from michigan

        Comments about Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller:

        you need to understand that this product was designed to integrate with the full version of live 8. live 8 retails for 7-800 dollars. how for the price of this piece of gear would you expect to get a full copy of live with it?this is a quality piece dedicated to controlling live, and at the price it's a steal. yes, you will need a full version of live 8 to really use this to it's potential, but why wouldn't you want to use the full version? the lite version is VERY limited and should be an obvious demo.

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