Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller
- Vintage or Discontinued
- MIDI Pad Controllers Ranked #5
- Akai Professional APC40 MKII
- 2 setups using this
- 0 demo videos
Ableton Live software is a powerful, flexible environment for creating, performing, and producing music. This unique software demands an equally unique control instrument. Akai Professional and Ableton are proud to present the APC40: the Ableton Performance Controller. Combining the APC40 with Ableton Live transforms your experience from constructing tracks on a computer to fluid, musical creation.
The APC40 is the link between human and computer that perfectly balances analytical parameter control with creative expression. Whether you are an electronic music artist and Live is your canvas, a DJ using Live to mix or remix tracks, or a more traditional musician using Live on stage or in the studio, you will find the APC40 to be the intuitive, powerful instrument that directly links your inspiration with Ableton Live.
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Based on 51 Reviews and 183 Ratings
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.
I'm not sure where to begin with expressing my love for this controller. Build quality is a good start, I am thoroughly impressed with Akai's attention paid to engineering solidly built controllers. With the APC40 MK1 you get 16 solid knobs seperated into two groups, One for track adjustments (panning, sends, ect) The second for device racks within ableton. It truly is a software controller that absolutely has the feel and structure of a hardware device.
Useful for studio and live use
I mainly use this as a controller for when I'm mixing something in the studio, but since I sometimes bring my Mac with me to shows I also use it to trigger the samples I have during my sets. It's very intuitive and straightforward. It's not as good the Ableton controller, but it works.