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Akai APC40 Controller For Ableton Live

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Akai APC40 Controller For Ableton Live

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 Controlls

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.


Features:
  • Designed in partnership with Ableton
  • Unique clip matrix with multicolor lighting displays current clip status
  • No mapping required for use with Ableton Live
  • 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, free upgrade patch for full versions of Live
  • USB plug-and-play connection for Mac and PC
  • Premium controller with rugged, metal chassis
  • Comes with Ableton Live Akai Professional APC Edition software
  • Works with full editions of Ableton Live 8.1.3 or higher

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

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5.0

VERY FUN! EASY TO USE! NO MAPPING!

By DJ MR. CLEAN

from SO CAL

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Pros

  • Durable construction
  • Highly Compatible
  • Improves Performance
  • Reliable
  • Strong Connection Points

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    Comments about Akai APC40 Controller For Ableton Live *GOOD*:

    AKAI & ABLETON! MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!

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    5.0

    Easy to use, makes Ableton come alive!

    By DJ Jonas

    from Aspen, CO

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    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Reliable
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        Comments about Akai APC40 Controller For Ableton Live *GOOD*:

        I am still relatively new to Ableton live, but the APC40 has made the learning curve so much better. The APC was super easy to setup, just plug in and go for it. I loaded up about 100 tracks and started DJing with it straight away. I like the stiff quality fader and the x-fader is great too. I'm still working on the many parameters of this controller but so far so good. It lights up like a christmas tree and is very intuitive to use. I also downloaded a .tsi file for Traktor pro and that has been pretty good. I still need to customize it for that. But for Ableton, this thing rocks. If you are debating, just get it. Great purchase. Thanks Leroy!

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        • Q:

          Since the controller comes with a lite version of Ableton 8, can I purchase an upgrade to Ableton Suite 8 or will I need to purchase the full version?
          Asked on 12/7/2011 by Noni from DC

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            You are able to buy an upgraded version of Suite 8.

            Answered on 12/7/2011 by Jack from Cypress, CA
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          If i buy this product would it come with ableton live or i need to buy it separately?
          Asked on 11/16/2011 by dj nando23 from santa maria cal.

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            It comes with Ableton Akai edition which is a lite version of Ableton 8. If you want the full version of Ableton Live 8 then you need to purchase it.

            Answered on 11/18/2011 by Donovan from Cypress
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          is ableton live only for live production, or can you use ableton live for making recorded music and beats?
          Asked on 2/22/2011 by cash from atlanta, ga

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            You can use it as a recording interface much like a mixing board. It emphasises live production for its Ableton controllers because of its intended user-friendly interface.

            Answered on 2/23/2011 by Anonymous
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