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Akai Pro APC40 Ableton Controller

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  • Stage and studio-worthy MIDI pad controller with metal non-slip chassis designed in partnership with Ableton
  • 40 premium illuminated pad triggers and 16 LED rotary encoders that provide realtime control and feedback of musical activity
  • Exclusive bi-directional communication between the APC40 and Ableton Live
  • Comes with Ableton Live Akai Professional APC Edition, compatible with all versions of Ableton Live
  • No mapping required, USB plug-and-play operation with Ableton on Mac or PC
  • Customizable controls that adapt to your workflow, perform and create without limits
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 16.8 x 1.8 inches ; 5.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001T9O60Q
  • Item model number: APC40
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,102 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Product Description

Ableton Live performance, perfected. The APC40 is the world’s finest Ableton Live control surface. Ableton and Akai Professional worked in a joint partnership to make the APC40 the perfect Ableton Live control surface. Whether you are an electronic-music performance artist and Live is your canvass, a DJ using Live to mix tracks, or a traditional musician using Live on stage or in the studio, the APC40 is designed for intuitive, powerful control. DIRECT DESIGN Because Akai Professional and Ableton designed the APC40 for Live, you don’t need to map its controls to talk to the software. Just connect your laptop to the APC40 with its USB cable and you're ready to make magic. The APC40 is class compliant, so you don't even need to install drivers. And if you’re an advanced Live user, the APC40 gives you the ability to remap every one of its controls to suit your own style. VIRTUAL VIEW The APC40 talks directly to Live and Live talks directly to the APC40. This exclusive bidirectional communication makes the APC40 an advanced controller in that it can receive feedback from the software and display 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 can get a quick picture of clip state. You can shift your clip focus and get an overview of the clips you have loaded for your set. The APC40 has 16 knobs, each surrounded by a ring of LEDs. These LED rings make seeing your settings a breeze on dark stages, indicating the currently selected parameters’ values. This advanced visual feedback makes performing with the APC40 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 APC40 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. Designed in partnership with Ableton, the APC40 is the most advanced Live controller for the most advanced performers.

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Working in partnership with software developer Ableton, the Akai APC40 Performance Controller offers a control surface that's specifically designed for performance with Ableton Live software. 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, the Akai APC40 transforms your experience from one of constructing tracks with software on a computer to one of fluid, effortless, musical creation.



Specifically designed for performance with Ableton Live software (see larger image).


Professional feel with rugged, metal chassis and premium controls (see larger image).


Requires no mapping for direct control of Live, and is completely re-mappable for advanced-user customization (see larger image).

Key Features

  • Designed in partnership with Ableton for Ableton Live
  • Unique clip matrix with multicolor lighting displays current clip status
  • No mapping required; every knob, button, and fader is customizable
  • Bidirectional communication between APC40 and Ableton Live
  • Solid, professional feel with rugged, metal chassis and premium controls
  • Comes with Akai APC40 edition of Ableton Live Lite, free upgrade patch for full versions of Live
  • Works with standalone editions of Ableton Live
  • Works with most MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software
  • USB plug-and-play connection for Mac and PC
  • Premium controller with rugged, metal chassis

Direct Design
Because Akai Professional and Ableton designed the APC40 specifically for Ableton Live, you don't need to map its controls to talk to the software. Just connect your laptop to the APC40 via USB--thanks to its plug and play capabilities, you won't need to install any drivers. It comes pre-mapped for instant use with Ableton Live software, so if you're new to it, you'll find using the APC40 to be easy to get around on. And if you're an experienced Live user, you'll be happy to note that you can custom-map every single knob, button, and fader on the APC40 to completely customize the controls for the way you like to work.

Virtual View
Because of the bidirectional communication between the APC40 and Ableton Live software, the APC40 can receive feedback from the software and display 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 can get a quick picture of clip state. You can shift your clip focus and get an overview of the clips you have loaded for your set.

The APC40 has 16 knobs, each surrounded by a ring of LEDs. These LED rings make it easy to see your settings on dark stages, indicating the currently selected parameters' values.

Premium Feel
The APC40 is built with a rugged, metal chassis and slip-proof rubber detailing. All of the knobs and faders are solid and precise for pinpoint performance. It even features a high quality, replaceable crossfader for transitioning between clips and loops assigned to "A" or "B."

Creative Control
The APC40 comes with Ableton Live Akai Professional APC40 Edition software, which is fully functional for performance and production. Owners of standalone editions of Ableton Live 7 or 8 can also work seamlessly with the APC40. Live 7 with the latest automatic update has full support for the APC40 and all versions of Live 8 are APC40-ready.

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. For example, you might be working with the Beat Decoder on track two. When you switch to track four, the eight Track knobs that you had been controlling the Beat Decoder with are now controlling the Flangeverb on track four. You'll even notice that the settings for each knob load on the light rings so you'll immediately see each knob's status.

The APC40 also enables 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 you to access, control, and perform with 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 each time you switch tracks. 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.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 16.88 x 13.13 x 2.62 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • 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/1 GB recommended, OS 10.3.9, 10.4 or later. recommended, QuickTime 6.5 or higher, DVD-ROM drive, USB port
  • PC system requirements: 1.5 GHz or faster, 512 MB RAM/1 GB recommended, Windows XP or Vista, Windows-compatible sound card/ASIO driver support recommended, QuickTime 6.5 or higher, DVD-ROM drive, USB port

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Well-constructed, well-programmed, and absolutely worth the money.
Eon Fontes May
The controller is of very nice quality, with solid feel to it and very sleek.
Alex Vox
This controller works perfectly with Ableton Live, as its meant to.
Paul

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Eon Fontes May on September 23, 2009
I've been drooling over this since it was announced, and I am so happy that I finally broke down and bought one. It's a shame that there are no reviews up yet, so let me be the first to say that this controller is amazing. Make sure that you erase any previous midi mapping that you've done and then restart Ableton, and you'll find that it has perfectly automapped itself. At first I thought that it was a little strange that there's no manual included... but after five minutes, I realized that it DOESN'T NEED A MANUAL. That's just how intuitive it is, from top to bottom.

The hardware itself is up to usual Akai standards: the knobs and faders feel weighty and responsive. This thing is both larger and thinner than I thought it would be, but after playing around with it the size feels perfect. The two-way communication is killer- just drop an audio clip into Live and it will instantly appear on the grid, color-coded to match its status. Recording and triggering loops couldn't be easier, and the entire interface perfectly emulates what you're used to seeing on the screen.

In the upper right-hand corner you have control over the pan and sends A through C for tracks 1-8, which is really nice. My only complaint is that I would have preferred to have it become all the sends for whatever track is highlighted, but I'll get used to the new workflow. Part of what makes Ableton Live great is that it accommodates so many different styles of music, so making a universal controller for the program was a bit of a challenge. Akai really stepped up and once you get your hands on it, you'll see what all the hype is about: this really is the be-all and end-all of hardware for the program.

One downside I've found is that navigating the plugins can be sort of clunky.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Paul in Austin on September 19, 2011
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Price and Delivery :
I purchased this wonderful item from Amazon, best price around and he arrived quickly and safely, as usual, well done Amazon.

Impressions before purchase :
This hardware is getting a bit long in the tooth (2009) and must be due a revamp soon, but for the current Amazon price it is excellent value for money when compared to its nearest hardware competitor the "Novation Launchpad". There is new software available for the iPad called "Touchable" - for only $25 which, in many ways, does a better job (you see the names of the samples under the buttons and they have a play bar so you can see how far through the sample is, this means you rarely have to look at the screen - go to YouTube and search for touchable). However, 1) I don't have an iPad and b) An iPad 2 costs over $500 and iii) it lacks the physical feedback you get from the APC40.

Use :
This unit is basically a rearranged Midi keyboard with colored lights under the keys (which are not touch sensitive) it has been put together to serve purely as a controller for Ableton's LIVE software, it produces no sounds on its own. As an input device with visual feedback it performs fantastically. If you want to know how this unit works I would suggest spending some time watching people play with it on YouTube. A great example of what you can do with the Software included (a lite version of Ableton Live) is demonstrated by a French DJ called Madeon. His track "Pop Culture" is a great tune created on the full version of the software that comes with this hardware but a) Madeon uses a Novation Launchpad (8x8 grid, APC40 8x5 grid) and 2) Madeon is a 17 year old who has been doing nothing but this all his free teenage hours for the last four years so do not expect to match him any time soon.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ben on July 2, 2012
When I bought the Akai APC40 7 months ago, I was looking for a controller which would work well for DJing with Ableton Live. I had previously been using an M-audio controller which was cheaper and made of plastic. I was always worried that the m-audio controller would break and I wouldn't be able to perform my set. The APC 40 looked like it was built well, and because it was designed to work specifically with Ableton, I thought that it was the perfect controller for my needs.

In some ways I was wrong.

After using the controller for 7 months, two of the faders are now broken. I have been carrying it in a large metal, foam padded hard case, but it was clearly damaged after receiving some pressure after a set a few weeks ago. One of the faders was slightly bent. Now the channel 1 fader sends signals for both channels 1 and 2, and the channel 2 fader can only send a very faint signal. If I move it from 1-100, it sends the signal that I moved it from 1-5.

The case is made of metal and the device is very heavy (it does not really need to be so heavy; 75% of the weight is just the metal case). The knobs seem strong but I knew the faders would be a problem from the start.

As for the design, I am very unhappy that most of the mapping is pre-assigned to the controller and you can't modify it without using MAX/MSP. This is over-complicated and unnecessary. For instance, the bottom two rows of knobs (half of all the knobs!) are premapped to control effects that I never use. This makes it so that half of the knobs are useless for me. Also, I have no need for the record arm buttons or the scene launch buttons; these are another 16 buttons that I can't use.
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