Akai APC40 - Ableton Performance Controller

Akai APC40 - Ableton Performance Controller

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Amazing piece of work Review by Jake
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The APC-40 is, in my opinion, one of the best products that AKAI makes. it is solid as a rock and designed flawlessly to work with ableton. If you are an ableton user then you will GREATLY benefit from such a device. It allows you to control your VST's perfectly and everything is automatically mapped to bring out the best in your performance. The buttons, knobs, and slides are built strong and you can tell just by lifting up the APC-40 that it will last as long as you want it to. I have owned it for at least a year now and love everything about it, I would never get rid of it. (Posted on 11/21/13)
Perfect for Ableton Live! Review by Michael
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This piece of kit was designed in conjunction with the team at Ableton and it shows! The APC40 has an 8x5 grid of softkeys/buttons that mimics the lay out of clips in the session view. This grid is represented in the session view as 8 vertically aligned columns (*each vertical column is a channel in Live, and also includes an active clip button, a record button, a solo/mutebutton, and volume fader per channel) and 5 horizontal rows. Each softkey is back-lit and displays colors that match their state in Live - red indicates record mode is armed, orange indicates playback is stopped, and green means the clip is currently in play mode. If no clip is loaded in that particular slot, then the softkey is not lit.

A set of arrow keys is located in between the two sets of knobs on the right hand side of the controller, and is used to navigate through the session view and select additional clips. The crossfader, transport controls, and assignable knobs are also on the right side of the device. The knobs can be used to control channels sends, eq, device controls, and are mappable to just about anything in Live. The APC40 is also expandable via the addition of an APC20, which operates with the APC40 in combo mode by default in Ableton live - which means that you get 8 more channels of control.

There are also numerous scripts written by power users available on the internet - some of which require max for live, but do incredible things like turn the APC40 into a 64 note step sequencer or add the attributes of the APC20 (the 20 has a note trigger mode that the 40 does not - similar to the Novation Launchpad) to an already formidable controller. I often run my APC40 and 20 in combo mode with one running as a step sequencer (awesome for long, varied drum patterns) and the other as described above. There are also several scripts and templates available for running it in conjunction with DJ software such as Traktor Scratch and Traktor Pro - very cool!

The unit has sturdy plastic end cheeks and a metal case. I would caution against setting anything on top of the APC, as the faders WILL bend if anything with any sort of weight is placed on top of it. The APC40 also required external power, there are just too many lights on this thing for USB power, but this is more than offset by the remarkable amount of visual feedback the APC gives a performer. (Posted on 9/25/12)
Awesome add on Review by Beau
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I have this, the launchpad and the Korg Nano Kontrol and they all work perfectly together. I can mix numerous tracks with so many effects that it is easy to play a live set without any problem just with different effects.

Thanks UNIQUE SQAURED!!! (Posted on 12/3/11)

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