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Rating and Reviews: Akai APC40 MKII

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.

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"Feels like You are Inside Ableton" submitted April 26, 2018

By Dylan Loera in Redondo Beach, CA
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Musical Background: 10+ Years 8 String Guitarists, 3 Years Trance Producer
Music Style: Progressive Trance (Anjunabeats/Ellpitcal Sun)
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Overall: 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.
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"Get outside the box" submitted August 10, 2015

By Yari B in San Francisco, CA
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Musical Background: Electronic musician and producer for over 15 years.
Music Style: Idm, experimental electronica and electro-acoustic improvisation
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Overall: An amazing controller that allows you to take your tracks into the realm of performance and past simple playback. The layout is intuitive and easy to maneuver. Its highly portable and the build quality seems pretty good, not amazing but solid. Sliders and knobs all have a nice smooth feel to them and the mapping capabilities make it supremely flexible. So far I would highly recommend it.
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