I look forward to developing my skills on this fun and powerful new tool. You would have to turn off remote control in MIDI preferences to do this. It even features a high quality, replaceable crossfader for transitioning between clips and loops assigned to “A” or “B”. Click here for more details. In , Akai Professional collaborated with the creators of Ableton Live, a powerful music performance and production software environment, and introduced the original Ableton Performance Controller—APC

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That said, you can use it in other programs but you will have to manually map it out in the other programs. The APC40 has two banks of eight knobs. This gives you a massive total of 72 controllers that are dynamically reassigned each time you switch tracks. They are similar to those on an Akai Pro XR The solo buttons can also be used as cue buttons for DJ’ing. The APC40 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.

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. If you elect to use a standalone version of Ableton Live, it must be Live 7 with the latest update or Live 8.

All of the knobs and faders are solid and precise for pinpoint performance. Everything is mapped out very intuitively and the lower-right bank of knobs change to control the device you currently have selected. Comprised of a dynamic interface, an advanced pattern generator, and onboard effects, Twist lets you create serious sounds using simple controls.


You can use a sustain pedal, a simple open-close foot pedal, or any momentary non-latching switch. Provides visual feedback of the software in the hardware, and the software updates its GUI according to what you assign in the hardware.

The freedom to reinvent the APC40 doesn’t stop there.

Definitely could have used more launchpad buttons so you could have more visibility into the scenes. There are 16 physical rotary knobs, each of which accesses four banks of controls for a total of 64 knob-controlled parameters.

I look forward to developing my skills on this fun and powerful new tool. This unique software demands an equally unique control instrument. With the bank buttons, you can move around a track by scene grid.

The new and exciting capability here is the result of your command being fed back to the APC40 and displayed on its respective control.

Akai APC40

You would have to turn off remote control in MIDI preferences to do this. There is no way to bank through to go to a 5th bank.

Max For Live which was created in collaboration with Cycling ’74 allows users to edit and invent their own custom devices within Live 8, and utilize all of the control capability of the APC40 as a blank canvas.

Premium Feel Ableton selected Akai Professional as its partner in developing the APC40 because of Akai Pro’s leadership position in great-feeling controllers that are rock solid, rugged, and precise.

If ap40 decide to record into a cell, the respective button will glow red. Own it now, 6 months interest free Available at checkout. It took me a day or two to get the aoai of it, but now that I did, I would never go back. However, for more advanced users, Max for Live enables you to perform some extremely advanced functions such as editing the standard template and making the clip lights function like a step sequencer.


The channel faders and crossfader APC40 only have 45mm of travel.

The second bank of eight knobs is dynamically reassigned to the Track you select. USB, Two assignable footswitch inputs Requirements: Scene launch buttons don’t stay lit, so you really don’t know what scene is playing yes, you could have clips from multiple scenes going simultaneously, but even then showing active scenes xbleton be very helpful. Create anything from fat, retro synth sounds to edgy, modern leads and everything in between.

The instrument raised the standards of controller design, revolutionised hardware and software integration, and proved to be an essential tool for Ableton Live users everywhere.

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By the end of my first session, it felt like I’d been using it for years. When computer comes out of sleep tested on PC onlyand you had Ableton open, there is no way to synchronize APC40, so you have to restart Ableton software. This bidirectional communication makes the APC40 an advanced aakai in that it can receive feedback from the software and display it on its clip matrix of aki triggers and on LED rings surrounding each knob.