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Akai Professional APC40 MKII Ableton Live Controller

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Seamless integration with Ableton Live.

In 2009, Akai Professional collaborated with the creators of Ableton Live, a powerful music performance and production software environment, and introduced the original Ableton Performance Controller-APC40. The instrument raised the standards of controller design, revolutionized hardware and software integration, and proved to be an essential performance tool for Ableton Live users everywhere. Building upon this original partnership, Akai Professional now introduces an all-new, reimagined Ableton Live controller-APC40 mkII.

You Asked, They Listened
The new APC40 mkII incorporates five years of user feedback into its design. Almost every aspect of the original APC40 has been deliberated, reworked, and improved to provide extended controller functionality, countless musical capabilities, and a smarter workflow. In addition to its sleek look, veteran APC40 users will immediately notice the enhancements that include an RGB clip-launching grid, reinforced fader design, revised knob lay out, and much more.

Get On The Grid
APC40 mkII features a 5x8 RGB clip-launching grid that's built for dexterous exploration: launch clips and create or perform your song from the ground up using 40 responsive triggers. RGB lighting provides visual feedback and displays three clip statuses-loaded, playing, and recording-so you can intelligently perform without looking at your computer. You can also color code your clips with the RGB lighting for advanced visual organization, and use the Shift button and directional arrows to manipulate the scope of the 5x8 grid.

Total Control
APC40 mkII comes equipped with an array of assignable faders and knobs: nine reinforced faders and eight channel control knobs are arranged in-line with each channel for an intuitive layout and smarter workflow. Eight Device Control knobs make it easy to tweak device parameters and light up to provide visual feedback of each parameter. In addition, the Sends button enable users to cycle through all eight send buses right from their APC40 mkII. The A/B crossfader has also been reworked and can be assigned and re-assigned without ever having to touch the mouse.

Seamless Integration
APC40 mkII comes pre-mapped to Live for an instant performance and production setup. When APC40 mkII is plugged into your computer, its hardware controls correspond 1 to 1 with Ableton Live's interface-no additional configuring is required. In addition, all of APC40 mkII's controls can be re-assigned on the fly for customized setups that change with your performance or production style. APC40 mkII is also powered over USB and supports plug-and-play connectivity, allowing you to take this controller from the studio to the stage or wherever you go. Whether you are an electronic music artist and Live is your canvas, a DJ using Live for performance and real-time mixing, or a more traditional musician using Live on stage or in the studio, you will find the APC40 mkII to be the intuitive, powerful instrument that directly links your inspiration with Ableton Live.

Powerful Production Suite
APC40 mkII comes packed with a music production suite that includes a version of Ableton Live, two high-definition virtual synthesizers, and 5GB of professional samples and loops for immediate out-of-the-box music creation. Ableton Live Lite enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a fluid audio/MIDI environment. Also included is the Puremagnetik Effect Racks, a collection of over 200 sophisticated audio effects engineered for instant sound sculpting. This collection comes packed with an endless variety of channel strips, DJ and live sound effects, glitch racks, amp racks, modulators, filters, beat processors, and noise boxes. Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a virtual synthesizer for electronic musicians, DJs, sound designers, and music producers who love to get their hands dirty. Create anything from fat, retro synth sounds to edgy, modern leads and everything in between. SONiVOX Twist is a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument. Comprised of a dynamic interface, an advanced pattern generator, and onboard effects, Twist lets you create serious sounds using simple controls. Finally, five Toolroom artist launch packs and five Prime Loops sample packs feature an eclectic mix of sounds from today's electronic music scene. Jumpstart your inspiration with these premium instrumental loops, drum kits, one-shots, and more.

FEATURES
Provides hands-on control of Ableton Live
Seamlessly integrates 1 to 1 with Ableton Live
5x8 clip-launch matrix with RGB feedback for clip status and color coding
9 channel faders, 8 control knobs, and 8 device controls interface with Ableton Live
USB-powered and plug-and-play connectivity for Mac and PC
Sends button for quick access to 8 send buses
Assignable A/B crossfader for dynamic mixing on the fly
Shift button and directional arrows manipulate the scope of the grid
Revised knob layout with in-line controls for streamlined workflow
Production package included: Ableton Live Lite with Puremagnetik Effect Racks, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist, Prime Loops sample packs, and Toolroom Records artist launch packs (downloads)

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SPECIFICATIONS
System Requirements

Macintosh: Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9
PC: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8; multicore processor; 2 GB RAM; Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended), QuickTime recommended
Available USB Port
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Akai ProfessionalAPC40 MKII Ableton Live Controller
 
5.0

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5.0

I am satisfied.

By Bob D.

from Bay Area, CA

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  • Functional
  • Good Quality

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      Comments about Akai Professional APC40 MKII Ableton Live Controller:

      I have been using Ableton Live with a different and somewhat less elaborate Akai clip launcher for over a year. Live has a bit of a learning curve. And the controllers / clip launchers do, too. It's going to take me while to develop proficiency with the APC40 MkII, but it has an impressive array of faders, knobs and colorful launch buttons. And, yes, the controllers layout is very reminiscent of the Live screen view which should prove helpful in coming up to speed. This long time hobbyist likes it.

       
      5.0

      Controller works great!

      By Cam

      from Springfield, Ma

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      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality

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          Comments about Akai Professional APC40 MKII Ableton Live Controller:

          I'm a VJ and use the controller to control clips. The key pads make the selection of the clip very easy while the knobs and faders are great for triggering.

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          5.0

          Good product

          By Vic

          from Columbus, MS

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          Comments about Akai Professional APC40 MKII Ableton Live Controller:

          Awesome product

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