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Akai APC40 MKII Ableton Live Performance Controller

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A MIDI controller designed from the ground up to match Ableton's interface, the APC40 MKII adds RGB-illuminated pads, robust faders, 5 GB of sounds and more.

Building upon their original partnership with the creators of Ableton Live, Akai Professional has reimagined that first controller in its successor, the APC40 mkII.

You Asked, Akai Listened

The 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 layout, 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.

Total Control

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 read more parameters and light up to provide visual feedback of each parameter. In addition, the Sends button enables 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.

Seamless Integration

APC40 mkII comes pre-mapped to Live 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.


- Provides hands-on control of Ableton Live
- Seamlessly integrates 1 to 1 with Ableton Live
- 5x8 clip-launch matrix with RGB feedback for clip status and color 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
- Production package included: Ableton Live Lite with Puremagnetik Effect Racks, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist, Prime Loops sample packs, and Toolroom Records artist launch packs (downloads)
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- 8x 360-degree track pan/send/assignable knobs
- 8x 360-degree device control knobs
- 360-degree cue level knob
- 360-degree tempo knob

Clip Launch Buttons:
- 40 backlit RGB buttons in a 8x5 matrix
- 5 scene launch buttons

- 8x 45mm track volume faders
- 45mm master volume fader
- 45mm crossfader

Inputs / Outputs:
- 1 USB port
- 1/4" (6.35mm) TS jack for footswitch input

Power: USB-bus-powered

Dimensions (width x depth x height; no cable): 16.7" x 10.0" x 1.8" (42.4 cm x 25.4 cm x 4.6 cm)
Weight (no cable): 3.97 lbs. (1.8 kg)

System Requirements:

Macintosh: Intel(R) Mac with Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9
PC: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8; multi core processor; 2 GB RAM; Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended), QuickTime recommended

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 401-658-4032
Web: http://www.akaipro.com/support

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (3 ratings)
Submitted April 26, 2018 by Dylan Loera in Redondo Beach, CA

"Feels like You are Inside Ableton"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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An amazing product! Will be super dope in the future if Akai Releases an upgraded model with a screen similar to the Push 2, that being said I chose this APC40 over Push 2 because the APC is rooted to me towards making mixes and controlling the DAW, where the Push is more meant for writing and controlling. I make Progressive Trance similar to Anjunabeats and Elliptical Sun Artists, and I do not necessarily need a beat maker like the Push 2. The APC40 really feels like you are inside of Ableton, the 1:1 ratio between the mixer in the DAW and the controller is amazing, it feels like you have Abletons mixer in your hands. The knobs are all really amazing for controlling Ableton Macros, and controlling VSTs is very intuitive and third-party plug-ins as well. The A/B Crossfader is also a really creative feature to test your tracks into lil mixes. Highly recommend this product, it makes me enjoy Ableton 10x more.

Musical Background:

10+ Years 8 String Guitarists, 3 Years Trance Producer

Musical Style:

Progressive Trance (Anjunabeats/Ellpitcal Sun)
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