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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.

Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller 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



    APC40 Ableton Live controller
    USB Cable
    Power Supply
    Software CD
    User Manual


Akai Professional 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


Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller Includes:

    APC40 Ableton Live controller, USB Cable, Power Supply, Software CD, User Manual
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  • APC40 is the S&@#

    As reviewed by Alexander Devoreaux on 7/10/2010

    I usually don't bother to write reviews but I always read them before I buy a product, but in this case I am compelled to. I bought the APC when it came out with Ableton Live so I truly don't know what Live feels like without the APC, but I could not imagine using Live without it. Live is an incredible program and the APC gives you a complete hands on feel of the program. It feels as good as it looks, sturdy and responsive, this controller and Live can take your DJing to another level. I am a pro DJ coming from vinyl and 1200's DJM's etc...take my word for it, this is where the future is and it's here now. Everything else is archaic!!!

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful.
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  • AWESOME with Ableton

    As reviewed by J Phoen1x on 12/7/2009

    I have been using the APC40 since August 09' and I have to say for ableton, there is no better controller. You can re-map the midi controls and use the faders and knobs for anything you want. I use the APC40 along with a KorgNano Kontrol and use those for all my live performances. Faders can break easy, get the extra protection plan, my master fader snapped off some how. Well worth the money, The foundation of all my performances.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful.
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  • Don't know how I lived without this in my studio

    As reviewed by JOHN SORRENTINO on 8/3/2012

    I love the way it activly talks to Ableton. This device rocks. I also used it for doing a few live gigs. I would recomend taking care of it but it works awesome.

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