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Akai APC40 MK2 Product Overview by GAK

The APC40 MKII is Akai Pro's most equipped Ableton Live controller to date. We at GAK thought the APC40 was great, but Akai have really outdone themselves with this one. Taking all user feedback on-board from the original, Akai have designed a controller with a huge number of musical capabilities, fantastic functionality and a simple layout.

The Akai APC40 mkII features a 5x8 RGB LED clip-launching matrix, assignable A/B crossfader, 8 rotary knobs, 8 channel faders, and a send button for quick access to send busses.

This piece of kit is ideal for all producers that love to use Ableton Live when performing, but remember, the APC40 can also be mapped for other software.

Akai Product Overview

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 colour 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.

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

APC40 mkII comes pre-mapped to Live (version 9.1.3 or later) 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 customised 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.

APC40 mkII comes packed with a music production suite that includes a version of Ableton Live, two high-definition virtual synthesisers, 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.

Akai Professional Introduces MPC Beats - Beat Making Starts Here Ever wanted to get into the exciting world of beat making, but don’t know where to start?……Built on the legacy of the legendary MPC hardware and innovative MPC2 desktop software, MPC Beats is available with select Akai Professional controllers and to anyone as a free download from the Akai Professional website, empowering new beat makers with all the tools to create excellent sounding beats.

  • 5x8 RGB LED clip matrix-launches clips
  • 8 channel faders, 1 master fader, and 8 device controls-map to Ableton Live directly
  • Intuitive layout
  • A/B crossfader
  • Send button
  • Music production content - Toolroom artist launch packs, Prime Loops sample packs,
  • Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Technology & SONiVOX Twist

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  • vincent finch

    04/7/2017

    great bit of kit, easy to use .

  • FM

    05/2/2017

    Very easy to use, setup and learn. For ableton it works like a dream, it really facilitates live performance as you rarely need to look at or touch the computer, and makes the software more pleasurable to use too. Akai have thought this out really well, it's going to be important in my setup. It's lightweight, fits in a large backpack or cabin bag, and bus powered, so you can travel light. Although it's plastic it feels solid and durable. The faders are more fragile though, I think it'd benefit from some kind of soft case when packing it as you could rip a fader off pulling it out of your bag. Only had it a few days so I'll discover more about it I'm sure, but the only frustration so far is the fact you need two hands to change which SENDS you're controlling (hold down 'sends' and then select 1 - 8 with the other hand). For me this is a very frequent function and it's almost impossible to do while playing (or even just holding) an instrument. Plus I'd love to be able to UNDO from the APC. There may be workarounds for both these functions that I'll discover in due course. A screen would be a good feature to have but I guess this would also raise the price.

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