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At 1:00 in the video, Josh of Flosstradamus says: "The APC40, it's made by Akai, and it's just an awesome midi controller, man. It's funny because I never used midi stuff before for our live show, we used to have Serato and we were just straight DJ. So it's kind of amazing to have to learn something, and also learn it on the fly in front of a large crowd of people. So yeah, I'm having fun with it."more
"I tend to write ideas and then sit on them for quite a while. I put them on my iPod and if I can’t listen to it for 20 seconds later on then I realize it’s a crap idea and we start from something else. I’m not someone who rolls stuff out and then that’s the finished product. I'm always going back to re-work the tracks. Especially for the album stuff." [SBTRKT](http://www.complex.com/music/2011/07/in-his-own-words-who-is-sbtrkt-final/studio).more
What's your current live/DJ set-up and why have youchosen this over everything else available in the market? If I play out, like a lot of producers I use Ableton on a laptop. The DJs turn their noses up a bit at this and I can understand that, one of the great things about DJ-ing is the 'flying by the seat of your pants' aspect to it and their perception is that the laptop thing takes away from that. Actually though I have always played live, the difference these days is that I can do on a laptop what I used to have to do on a whole studio set-up. The penny dropped one day few years back ashen I played a gig with Charlie May - I had our Land Rover stuffed full of gear and he had a back pack with a laptop and caught the tube home! So I bought the APC40 twinned with the laptop. This set-up is still being tweaked though, last couple of gigs the APC has lost connection with the laptop which is a real pain. It doesn't lock out but you have to piss about with it instead of concentrating on what you're doing. I'm looking at alternatives.more
In a DJ Times interview from September 2014, Cole Plante discusses his live setup. The interview was conducted right before his performance at Pacha NYC: "Well, tonight I’ll be using two Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus units and a mixer, but sometimes I use an APC-40 because I can have about 20 channels running left and right and about 100 running down and up. You can throw in beats, a cappellas, rises, builds, and more, all of which you can’t really do with four CDJs. I use that normally when it’s a longer set and I want to build it out to be a journey." Original source article [here](http://djtimes.com/sonic-youth-cole-plante-on-studio-setup-and-debut-lp/).more
Mr. Bill can be seen using the APC40 in this photo. He confirms his use of this live controller in prior times, before switching to the Livid Ohm 64, in [this interview](http://blog.liveschool.net/mr-bill-qa/), saying, "I use to use the APC40, which is also really straight forward, but I feel like the Ohm can be trashed a little bit more and thrown around a bit more."more
MIDI Maps automatically to Ableton Live, it's a good way to familiarize myself with external controllers in general, my first one and (for now) my last...it suits all my needs, plenty of knobs and faders to map to.
This was the first hardware investment I made for production and I am so glad I made that investment! I first used this for djing, but I didn't like it, so I put it in my studio and just use it when I am at the studio. I have had it for a good 3 years now, and I have noticed no problems as of yet. I have dropped it so many times, and it still works great!
Out of the box the APC 20 is actually better than the APC 40, but when you add nativeKontrol to the APC 40 to rewrite the scripting it opens up a whole new world of creative genius for this amazing piece of equipment!
This is such a good tool to have in your arsenal - whether it's playing a life show or just mixing around some new ideas. This APC40 is great for staying organized and connected with Ableton. Much Loved
A great clip launcher that comes pre programmed for ableton live. Very fun to use, but missing some of the fun features in more recently released products. I never owned the Push or the newer apc (can't think of the name right now), but this one is missing velocity. Still perfect for launching clips. Prob can do more, but that's what I use it for.
Using ableton becomes handsome with that thing. Mostly used for transport actions. Love to play sketches with it to see how parts working together, chorus, verse ect..
"This is my DJ controller when I don't use CDJ's, and it also really comes in handy for production. In both scenarios, the custom mapping is very fluid and personal so it is vital to my studio."
If you want to launch clips in Ableton and want some really good endless knobs, then this controller is for you! The APC 40 integrates perfectly with Ableton. I've seen people controlling other Software like Resolume with it, too. As said, the endless LED knobs are really good, and the clip launch buttons are well made. The faders are a cool idea, but I wish they would be motor faders. When you have more than 8 tracks and you start moving the tracks around, the faders are often in the wrong position, which causes the typical jumping issues ... The built quality is really good. I own the APC since quite a while and no issues. Would I buy it today? Probably not. The Ableton Push has way more features.