The Akai Professional APC40 MK2 USB Ableton Live Controller is a powerful music production and performance tool that seamlessly integrates with Ableton Live. This flagship controller incorporates five years of user feedback to provide extended functionality, countless musical capabilities, and improved workflow.
The APC40 MKII features a 5×8 RGB clip-launching grid with 40 responsive triggers that enable users to launch clips and create or perform their song from the ground up. The RGB lighting provides visual feedback and displays three clip statuses (loaded, playing, and recording) for intelligent performance without looking at the computer. The grid can also be color-coded for advanced visual organization, and the Shift button and directional arrows can be used to manipulate the scope of the 5×8 grid.
The APC40 MKII comes equipped with an array of assignable faders and knobs, including nine reinforced faders and eight channel control knobs 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 they 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.
This controller seamlessly integrates with Ableton Live and comes with a free download of Ableton Live Lite. It is bus-powered and compatible with both Mac and PC, as is all the bundled software.
In addition to its sleek look, the APC40 MKII incorporates five years of user feedback into its design, with enhancements that include an RGB clip-launching grid, reinforced fader design, revised knob layout, and much more.
The 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. The suite also includes Puremagnetik Effect Racks, a collection of over 200 sophisticated audio effects, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, a virtual synthesizer for electronic musicians, DJs, sound designers, and music producers, and SONiVOX Twist, a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument. Finally, five Toolroom artist launch packs and five Prime Loops sample packs feature an eclectic mix of sounds from today’s electronic music scene.