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    Akai APC40 Ableton Live Performance Controller

    Specially created for Ableton Live, the Akai APC40 performance controller maps automatically, has a unique clip matrix and is compatible with PC/MAC.

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    Akai APC40 Ableton Live Performance Controller Product Description

    The APC40 is the world's finest Ableton Live control surface. Ableton and Akai Professional worked in a joint partnership to make it the perfect Ableton Live control surface. Whether you are an electronic-music performance artist and Live is your canvass, a DJ using Live to mix tracks, or a traditional musician using Live on stage or in the studio, this controller is designed for intuitive, powerful control.


    - Designed in partnership with Ableton
    - Unique clip matrix with multicolor lighting displays current clip status
    - No mapping required for use with Ableton Live
    - Exclusive bidirectional communication between the controller and Ableton Live
    - Professional feel with rugged, metal chassis and premium controls
    - Comes with Ableton Live Akai Professional APC Edition
    - USB plug-and-play connection for Mac and PC
    - Premium controller with rugged, metal chassis

    Direct Design

    Because Akai Professional and Ableton designed the APC40 for Live, you don't need to map its controls to talk to the software. Just connect it to your laptop with its USB cable and you're ready to make magic. It's class compliant, so you don't even need to install drivers. And if you're an advanced Live user, it also gives you the ability to remap every one of its controls to suit your own style.

    Virtual View

    The controller talks directly to Live and Live talks directly to the controller. This exclusive bidirectional communication makes it an advanced controller in that it can receive feedback from the software and display it on its clip matrix of 40 triggers and on LED rings surrounding each knob. The clip matrix gives you an instant view of clip status: what's loaded, what's playing, and what's being recorded. Each state displays on the matrix in a different color so you can get a quick picture of clip state. You can shift your clip focus and get an overview of the clips you have loaded for your set. It also has 16 knobs, each surrounded by a ring of LEDs. These LED rings make seeing your settings a breeze on dark stages, indicating the currently selected parameters' values. This advanced visual feedback makes performing focused more on the music and less on squinting at the computer screen. In fact, you might even forget that the computer is there!

    Premium Controls

    Ableton selected Akai Professional as a partner because of its leadership position in great-feeling controllers that are rock solid, rugged, and precise. From the legendary MPC series that changed the way music is made to the industry-standard MPD and MPK controllers, Akai Professional is revered by musicians, DJs, and producers everywhere for creating the feel that powers their creativity. The controller is built with a rugged, metal chassis and slip-proof rubber detailing. Knobs and faders are solid and precise for pinpoint performance. It even features a high quality, replaceable crossfader.

    Creative Control

    Also included is a special edition of Ableton Live Lite so you can use it out of the box even if you haven't used Live before. There's also a free patch that upgrades full versions of Live so if you're already a Live user, you can take full advantage of the controller.

    The controller has two banks of eight knobs. The first set controls Global parameters so you'll always have instant access to your main sends, pans, and other essentials. The second bank of eight knobs is dynamically reassigned to the Track you select. You can control eight track parameters at a time, and as you switch channels, the Track knobs follow your focus. You also get special clip-status views and feedback that only the APC40's matrix can display. The matrix is not limited to only 40 clips: you can scroll and shift, enabling access to an unlimited number of cells.

    The eight Global knobs can access four banks of controls; the eight Track knobs control nine different track parameters each. This gives you a massive total of 72 controllers that are dynamically reassigned. Channel faders, bus faders, and a crossfader give you smooth control of key values. You have even more control power with special controls including Tap Tempo, Tempo Nudge, record enables, solo/cues and two assignable footswitch inputs.

    Designed in partnership with Ableton, the APC40 is the most advanced Live controller for the most advanced performers.

    Ableton and Ableton Live are trademarks of Ableton AG.

    Same Day Music is an authorized dealer of Akai products.

    Akai APC40 Ableton Live Performance Controller Technical Description

    - APC40 Ableton Live controller
    - USB Cable
    - Power Supply
    - Software CD
    - Ableton Live Lite
    - User Manual

    Same Day Music is an authorized dealer of Akai products.

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