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Akai Professional APC40 MKII Ableton Live Controller  

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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-... Read More

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Overview

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)
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
 
3.7

(based on 3 reviews)

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4.0

Sync-plicity

By Gustavo

from Inland empire

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality
  • Plug and play

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Peformance
    • Practicing
    • Production

    Comments about Akai Professional APC40 MKII Ableton Live Controller:

    picked this over the push. I like the faders on the MkII but all depends on what your trying to do...high recommend it though

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great extension of the Ableton screen

    By Jenni

    from Minneapolis

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Akai Professional APC40 MKII Ableton Live Controller:

      I use this with Ableton and now i am able to launch different scenes while playing keyboard live, as well as change tempo, volume, mute or solo different tracks. I dont have much time to hit buttons while playing live so this helps a ton to have buttons that are easy to push!!!

      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Specialist Dream, General Purpose Nightmare

      By Chad

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Plug And Play
      • Seamless With Ableton

      Cons

      • Faders Grind
      • One Trick Pony
      • Weak Firmware

      Best Uses

      • Ableton

      Comments about Akai Professional APC40 MKII Ableton Live Controller:

      When it's good, it's really good. The APC40 is a brilliant Ableton Live controller. The controls a user wants the most is right there for the taking. In Ableton, you get quick access to plugin effects, on surface control of essential features like record arming, scene selection, cue control, transport (including tempo), all and all using this in Ableton was a joy.

      Unfortunately, While I like Live for composition purposes, my breadwinner DAW does and always will feature a more traditional layout. In the world of Logic, Cubase and ProTools, all these features just fall apart. For the price, I hoped for Mackie or HUI control compatibility, no dice. In a pinch the faders could be used for some tactile control and the encoders still respond correctly once programmed but this device does not have any built in banking features, so at the end of the day, you are left to manually program which 9 of your tracks get fader control. In my world where clients send me upwards of 60 tracks all the dancing around wastes more time than it saves.

      As far as build quality, I'll give this little guy a pass. The scene selection buttons are arguably going to get the most use and the designers put an appropriate emphasis on them. They're solid and respond well. I wished this was implemented for the tap tempo but unfortunately that got the cheap (and small) plastic button along with the transport controls. The endless encoders feel good and the visual feedback is honestly a great feature. I wouldn't count on using the faders. I can certainly live without motorized 100mm faders as long as I'm not automating in real time but these had a nasty habit of grinding along the track. The protective brushes meant to keep out dirt also seemed to be prone to somewhat permanent deformation. I suspect that after a few months there would be a noticeable "catch" at unity fader where all sorts of nasties can sneak in and kill the sensor.

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