Even though this Ableton controller is great fun to use for live applications for all the obvious reasons, I'm most pleased with what it has done for my workflow in production. Being able to manipulate Ableton while recording in the way that this device allows has not only dramatically shortened the time it takes for me to arrange my work, it also makes it a much more creative and enjoyable process.
This is the cornerstone of my DJ sets, but I wish it had sequencing functions and velocity sensitive pads. I use WM's template to add a drum sequencer, but it's clunky. Feel like Akai could have easily added these functions. Still a great piece of equipment.
I used to be a big fan of the first APC40 and I didn' think very highly of this one. I must say I was surprised when I finally got it. Much bigger than I expected, pretty solid feel in comparison to my APC KEY 25, usb powered which is very handy and very comfortable sliders, knobs and pads. These pads are good for launching clips and such but maybe not so good for finger drumming, for that you may want a controller from the MPD series. It has everything you need for Ableton live mixing, the grid can make bigger steps than the APC KEY 25 which can only move by one row or one column at a time. The top knobs can control pan, sends or user defined parameters. If you're looking for a controller for Ableton Live djing this might be the one for you! I'm really happy with this one so far.