The APC40 Legacy
In 2009, Akai Professional collaborated with the creators of Ableton Live, a powerful music performance and production software environment, and introduced the original Ableton Performance Controller—APC40. The instrument raise... read more
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So far, so far...
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.
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.
The APC40 Legacy
In 2009, Akai Professional collaborated with the creators of Ableton Live, a powerful music performance and production software environment, and introduced the original Ableton Performance Controller—APC40. The instrument raised the standards of controller design, revolutionized hardware and software integration, and proved to be an essential performance tool for Ableton Live users everywhere. Building upon this original partnership, Akai Professional now introduces an all-new, reimagined Ableton Live controller—APC40 mkII.
You Asked, We Listened
The new APC40 mkII incorporates five years of user feedback into its design. Almost every aspect of the original APC40 has been deliberated, reworked, and improved to provide extended controller functionality, countless musical capabilities, and a smarter workflow. In addition to its sleek look, veteran APC40 users will immediately notice the enhancements that include an RGB clip-launching grid, reinforced fader design, revised knob lay out, and much more.
Get On The Grid
APC40 mkII features a 5x8 RGB clip-launching grid that’s built for dexterous exploration: launch clips and create or perform your song from the ground up using 40 responsive triggers. RGB lighting provides visual feedback and displays three clip statuses—loaded, playing, and recording—so you can intelligently perform without looking at your computer. You can also color code your clips with the RGB lighting for advanced visual organization, and use the Shift button and directional arrows to manipulate the scope of the 5x8 grid.
APC40 mkII comes equipped with an array of assignable faders and knobs: nine reinforced faders and eight channel control knobs are arranged in-line with each channel for an intuitive layout and smarter workflow. Eight Device Control knobs make it easy to tweak device parameters and light up to provide visual feedback of each parameter. In addition, the Sends button enable users to cycle through all eight send buses right from their APC40 mkII. The A/B crossfader has also been reworked and can be assigned and re-assigned without ever having to touch the mouse.
APC40 mkII comes pre-mapped to Live (version 9.1.3 or later) for an instant performance and production setup. When APC40 mkII is plugged into your computer, its hardware controls correspond 1 to 1 with Ableton Live’s interface—no additional configuring is required. In addition, all of APC40 mkII’s controls can be re-assigned on the fly for customized setups that change with your performance or production style. APC40 mkII is also powered over USB and supports plug-and-play connectivity, allowing you to take this controller from the studio to the stage or wherever you go. Whether you are an electronic music artist and Live is your canvas, a DJ using Live for performance and real-time mixing, or a more traditional musician using Live on stage or in the studio, you will find the APC40 mkII to be the intuitive, powerful instrument that directly links your inspiration with Ableton Live.
Powerful Production Suite
APC40 mkII comes packed with a music production suite that includes a version of Ableton Live, two high-definition virtual synthesizers, and 5GB of professional samples and loops for immediate out-of-the-box music creation. Ableton Live Lite enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a fluid audio/MIDI environment. Also included is the Puremagnetik Effect Racks, a collection of over 200 sophisticated audio effects engineered for instant sound sculpting. This collection comes packed with an endless variety of channel strips, DJ and live sound effects, glitch racks, amp racks, modulators, filters, beat processors, and noise boxes. Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a virtual synthesizer for electronic musicians, DJs, sound designers, and music producers who love to get their hands dirty. Create anything from fat, retro synth sounds to edgy, modern leads and everything in between. SONiVOX Twist is a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument. Comprised of a dynamic interface, an advanced pattern generator, and onboard effects, Twist lets you create serious sounds using simple controls. Finally, five Toolroom artist launch packs and five Prime Loops sample packs feature an eclectic mix of sounds from today's electronic music scene. Jumpstart your inspiration with these premium instrumental loops, drum kits, one-shots, and more.
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