Akai Professional APC40 mkII - Ableton Live Performance Controller

Akai Professional APC40 mkII - Ableton Live Performance Controller

Akai Professional APC40 mkII - Ableton Live Performance Controller

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Akai Professional APC40 mkII - Ableton Live Performance Controller

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Product Highlights

  • Perfect Integration with Ableton Live
  • 5 x 8 Clip-Launch Matrix
  • 9 Faders
  • 8 Control Knobs
  • Assignable A/B Crossfader
  • Downloadable Music Creation Software
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows
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Akai Professional APC40 mkII overview

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The APC40 mkII from Akai Professional is hardware controller designed to work with Ableton Live software in a one-to-one integration, and makes significant improvements over the previous version.A few of those include an RGB clip-launching grid, reinforced fader design, revised knob lay out, and more. The controller comes pre-mapped to Live for an instant performance and production setup.

The 5 x 8 RGB clip-launching grid is designed to launch clips and create or perform songs from the ground up using the forty responsive triggers. RGB lighting provides visual feedback and displays three clip statuses - loaded, playing, and recording. Clips can also be color coded with the RGB lighting for better visual organization.

Nine assignable reinforced faders and eight assignable 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 enables users to cycle through all eight send buses right from the controller.

The A/B crossfader has also been reworked and can be assigned and re-assigned without having to touch the mouse. All of controls can be re-assigned on the fly for customized setups that change with a performance or production style. USB power with plug-and-play connectivity allows for taking the unit from the studio to the stage or wherever.

A software music production suite includes Ableton Live, two virtual synthesizers, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech and SONiVOX's Wobble, along with 5 GB of samples and loops for immediate out-of-the-box music creation. The Puremagnetik Effect Racks features over two hundred audio effects and five Toolroom artist launch packs and five Prime Loops sample packs feature a mix of electronic music.

Provides hands-on control of Ableton Live
Seamlessly integrates one-to-one with Ableton Live
5 x 8 clip-launch matrix with RGB feedback for clip status and color coding
Nine channel faders
Eight control knobs
Eight 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 includes 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)
UPC: 694318015711
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Akai Professional APC40 mkII - Ableton Live Performance Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Akai Professional APC40 mkII specs

    Pads 5 x 8 Clip-launch matrix with RGB feedback
    Faders 9
    Knobs 8 x Assignable controller pots
    8 x Device control pots
    Other Controls 1 x A/B crossfader, assignable
    1 x Shift button
    1 x 4-way bank select button
    1 x Tempo knob
    1 x Cue knob
    70 x Function/control switches
    Connectivity 1 x USB Type B
    1 x 1/4" TS Sustain Pedal (pedal not included)
    Power Requirements USB powered
    System Compatibility Mac
    Intel Mac
    OS X 10.5 through 10.9
    2 GB RAM
    Available USB port

    PC
    Multi-core processor
    Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    2 GB RAM
    Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended)
    QuickTime recommended
    Available USB port
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 16.7 x 10.0 x 1.8" (424 x 254 x 46 mm)
    Weight 4 lb (1.8 kg)
    Packaging Infoffbttcqbq
    Package Weight 5.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.0 x 12.5 x 3.5"

    Akai Professional APC40 mkII reviews

    APC40 mkII - Ableton Live Performance Controller is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent Product Akai has kept in their tradition of producing great useful products with this addition to their line of already great products. This APC40 mkll is worth every penny. The technology in this unit surpasses any other brand. It's well built and all the functions are useful for all areas of music production.
    Date published: 2017-03-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Control Surface for Ableton Live The APC 40 is an excellent control surface if you work a lot in Ableton Live Session view. The device was detected and worked immediately as soon as it was plugged in. It has sped up my workflow considerably within Ableton. The device itself is well-constructed -- could possibly be a bit sturdier. It is made of plastic. All of the controls work well. I did notice that the cross-fader control has a looser feel than the rest of the faders. I am not sure if this was intentional design or not, but it is noticable. It works fine, but I wish it had the same feel as the vertical faders do. Be careful before you install the bundled or demo software. The Akai software is fine, but the other bundled software does not compare well to many better comparable products out there and several require the additional installation of pace anti-piracy software. Just research what you are downloading and installing. This is an area Akai could do better at. They need to partner with better organizations if they are going to continue this practice. Overall, a good control surface if you work in Ableton Live Session view.
    Date published: 2017-07-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am recomending this product for all my projects I like very much
    Date published: 2017-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfull Just Great
    Date published: 2017-05-05
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