Making, playing live, or mixing music this guy is awesome.
So far for my purposes just having the dedicated linear faders, mute/solo, etc. is a huge improvement to my workflow. The macros are also awesome but a bit less precise than the Push 2, but still work great for most applications.
It's the closest I felt to tracking and mixing on an actual console.
Not how it sounds of course, but the intuitive nature of having hands on faders, being able to quickly solo or mute channels, used in combination with the Push 2 being able to control multiple effect parameters in real time & ditch the mouse entirely with the bevy of options that provides.
That said it's good for far more than just mixing. It's incredibly fun to create with this pairing. My first day with it it was intoxicatingly fun making music with the both of these. I hardly had to look at the screen and I never touch the mouse.
Lastly there was a question in my mind about getting something with motorized faders. So far, while that would be nice it doesn't at all feel necessary for me currently. You can quickly draw in any automation in multiple tracks as needed and move along. So I'm very happy with the purchase.
I got mine for just over $200 and I already can't imagine creating or working without it.
For its price point I expected it to feel much more flimsy and plastic but that's not the case at all. It feels like a sturdy satisfying piece of hardware.
Highly recommend the Apc40 mkii
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.
Best studio/DJ companion.
With Ableton, this is the best controller to trigger clips and mix your session live OR in the studio. I use this at small DJ gigs (weddings, reunions, graduations), or anywhere they need tracks/sound effects with flawless transitions.
The APC40 MkII is a fantastic alternative to decks while DJing. You might not look as cool, but you can DJ just as well on an APC-40 as you can on CDJ's for 1/10th of the price.
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.