Akai Professional APC40 MK2
- Provides hands-on and in depth control of Ableton Live
- Seamlessly integrates 1 to 1 with Ableton Live (v9.1.3+)
- 5x8 Clip-launch matrix with RGB feedback for clip status and colour coding
- 9 Channel faders, 8 control knobs, and 8 device controls interface with Ableton Live
- USB-powered and plug-and-play connectivity for Mac and PC
- Sends button for quick access to 8 send buses
- Assignable A/B crossfader for dynamic mixing on the fly
- Shift button and directional arrows manipulate the scope of the grid
- Revised knob layout with in-line controls for streamlined workflow
- Includes a range of advanced software for professional production (downloadable)
- Ableton Live Lite with Puremagnetik Effect Racks
- Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech
- SONiVOX Twist
- Prime Loops sample packs
- Toolroom Records artist launch packs
The Legacy of the APC40: Unveiling the APC40 mkII
In 2009, Akai Professional joined forces with the creators of Ableton Live, the renowned music performance and production software, to introduce a groundbreaking music controller - the original Ableton Performance Controller, the APC40. This innovative instrument set new standards in controller design, seamlessly bridging the gap between hardware and software, and quickly became an indispensable tool for Ableton Live users worldwide. Building upon this foundation, Akai Professional now proudly presents the APC40 mkII, a reimagined and enhanced version of the Ableton Live controller.
Unlock the Power of MPC with Free MPC Beats Software
With the APC40 mkII, you not only get a cutting-edge controller but also the iconic MPC experience right on your computer, absolutely free! Included with this controller is the brand-new MPC Beats software. MPC Beats brings you the classic 4x4 drum sample grid layout, a sample library bursting with 2GB of content from the MPC Expansion packages, capturing the sounds that defined a genre through the original MPC series. MPC Beats can be used both as standalone software or as a plugin for your DAW. Packed with a range of Beat Templates and a host of effects and processors, you'll be creating music in no time.
Your Feedback, Our Evolution
The APC40 mkII incorporates five years of valuable user feedback into its design. Nearly every aspect of the original APC40 has been meticulously considered, reworked, and enhanced to deliver extended controller functionality, a wide array of musical capabilities, and a smarter workflow. Beyond its sleek appearance, veteran APC40 users will appreciate the improvements, including an RGB clip-launching grid, reinforced fader design, revamped knob layout, and so much more.
Dive into the Grid
The APC40 mkII boasts a 5x8 RGB clip-launching grid, designed for nimble exploration. With 40 responsive triggers at your command, you can effortlessly launch clips and construct your compositions from the ground up. The RGB lighting provides clear visual feedback, displaying three clip statuses (loaded, playing, and recording), allowing you to perform intelligently without constantly glancing at your computer. You can even color-code your clips using the RGB lighting for advanced visual organization. And, with the Shift button and directional arrows, you can manipulate the scope of the 5x8 grid effortlessly.
Total Control at Your Fingertips
The APC40 mkII features a wealth of assignable faders and knobs, including nine robust faders and eight channel control knobs thoughtfully arranged for an intuitive layout and a more efficient workflow. Eight Device Control knobs simplify parameter adjustments and illuminate to provide visual feedback on each setting. Moreover, the Sends button enables you to cycle through all eight send buses directly from your APC40 mkII. The A/B crossfader has also undergone a transformation, enabling easy assignment without the need to touch your mouse.
The APC40 mkII comes pre-mapped to Ableton Live, ensuring an instant setup for both performance and production. When connected to your computer, the hardware controls align perfectly with Ableton Live's interface, eliminating the need for any additional configuration. Plus, all of the APC40 mkII's controls can be dynamically reassigned to match your unique performance or production style. This controller is powered via USB and supports plug-and-play connectivity, offering the freedom to transition seamlessly from the studio to the stage or wherever your music takes you. Whether you're an electronic music artist using Live as your canvas, a DJ mixing and performing live, or a traditional musician utilizing Live in a stage or studio setting, the APC40 mkII is your intuitive and potent instrument, bridging the gap between inspiration and Ableton Live.
A Wealth of Production Power
The APC40 mkII comes equipped with a music production suite that includes a version of Ableton Live, two high-definition virtual synthesizers, and a generous 5GB library of professional samples and loops, all designed for immediate, out-of-the-box music creation. Ableton Live Lite offers musicians and producers the flexibility to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment. Additionally, you'll have access to Puremagnetik Effect Racks, a comprehensive collection of over 200 advanced audio effects designed for instant sound manipulation. This compilation provides a vast array of channel strips, DJ and live sound effects, glitch racks, amp racks, modulators, filters, beat processors, and noise generators.
AIR Music Tech's Hybrid 3, a virtual synthesizer, is ideal for electronic musicians, DJs, sound designers, and music producers seeking to create a wide range of sounds, from vintage synth tones to modern, cutting-edge leads. SONiVOX Twist, a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument, features a dynamic interface, an advanced pattern generator, and onboard effects, allowing you to craft complex sounds with ease.
Furthermore, the package includes five Toolroom artist launch packs and five Prime Loops sample packs, offering a diverse selection of sounds from today's electronic music landscape. With premium instrumental loops, drum kits, one-shots, and more, these additions are sure to ignite your creativity from the moment you dive in.
In conclusion, the APC40 mkII is the gateway to an enhanced music production and performance experience. Elevate your creative potential, simplify your workflow, and watch your music come to life effortlessly with this remarkable controller. Unleash your full artistic potential and let your music shine with the APC40 mkII Ableton Live Controller.
- Assignable Knobs: 8 x 360° (Pan/Send/Assignable)
- Control Knobs: 8 x 360° (Device Control Knobs)
- Cue Level Knob: 1 x 360°
- Tempo Knob: 1 x 360°
- Pads: 40 x Backlit (RGB) Clip Launch Buttons (8 x 5 Matrix)
- Scene Launch Buttons: 5
- Faders: 8 x 45mm (Track Volume), 1 x 45mm (Master Volume), 1 x 45mm (Crossfader)
- Inputs/Outputs: 1 x USB, 1 x 1.4" TS (Footswitch Input)
- Power: USB Bus Powered
- Height: 1.8"
- Width: 16.7"
- Depth: 10.0"
- Weight: 1.8 Kg
- Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 or 10.8
- Processor: Intel
- RAM: 2GB
- Connections: 1 x USB
- Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
- Processor: Multicore
- RAM: 2GB
- Connections: 1 x USB