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Akai APC40 Ableton Controller with free software

Includes Ableton Live Lite Software!

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Combining the APC40 with Ableton Live transforms your experience from constructing tracks on a computer to fluid, musical creation.

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Combining the Akai APC40 with Ableton Live Lite software (included free) transforms your experience from constructing tracks on a computer to fluid, musical creation.

The Akai APC40...fantastic MIDI Controller

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

The APC40 is the link between human and computer that perfectly balances analytical parameter control with creative expression. Whether you are an electronic music artist and Live is your canvass, a DJ using Live to mix or remix tracks, or a more traditional musician using Live on stage or in the studio, you will find the APC40 to the intuitive, powerful instrument that directly links your inspiration with Ableton Live.

  • Direct Design - Because Akai Professional and Ableton designed the APC40 specifically for Ableton Live, you don’t need to map its controls to talk to the software. Just connect your laptop to the APC40 via USB and you're ready to make magic.
  • Virtual View - The APC40 talks directly to Ableton Live and Live talks directly to the APC40. This bidirectional communication makes the APC40 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.
  • Premium Feel - The APC40 is built with a rugged, metal chassis and slip-proof rubber detailing. All of the knobs and faders are solid and precise for pinpoint performance. It even features a high quality, replaceable crossfader for transitioning between clips and loops assigned to "A" or "B".
  • Creative Control - The APC40 has a wide range of controllers. 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 each time you switch tracks. 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 for Ableton Live
  • Unique clip matrix with multicolor lighting displays current clip status
  • No mapping required; every knob, button, and fader is customizable
  • Bidirectional communication between APC40 and Ableton Live
  • Solid, professional feel with rugged, metal chassis and premium controls
  • Comes with Ableton Live Akai Professional APC40 Edition software
  • Works with standalone editions of Ableton Live
  • USB plug-and-play connection for Mac and PC
  • Premium controller with rugged, metal chassis


  • APC40 Ableton performance controller
  • USB cable
  • Power supply
  • Software CD
  • Quick start guide


  • Dimensions: 16.88” x 13.13” x 2.62” (WxDxH) / 429mm x 334mm x 67mm (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 5.8 lbs / 2.64 kg
  • Power supply: 12V 2.0A pin-positive, included
  • Communication: USB-MIDI with proprietary hardware/software handshake
  • Inputs: USB, Two assignable footswitch inputs

System Requirements

  • Mac
    • G4 or faster/Intel Mac recommended
    • 512 MB RAM/1 GB recommended
    • OS 10.3.9, 10.4 or later. recommended
    • QuickTime 6.5 or higher
    • DVD-ROM drive
    • USB port
  • PC
    • 1.5 GHz or faster
    • 512 MB RAM/1 GB recommended
    • Windows XP or Vista
    • Windows-compatible sound card/ASIO driver support recommended
    • QuickTime 6.5 or higher
    • DVD-ROM drive
    • USB port

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A wonderful piece of equipment

Firstly, I would like to say WOW! That wasn\'t just any wow, It was a \'what an incredible piece of ingenuity, I might just cry\' WOW. Okay, that might be a bit excessive, but my point is that the Akai APC40 is a great piece of kit. It contains a plethora of functions and controllers, has a logical and simple layout (but ironically encompasses vast complexity) all bound in a quality chassis.

At first I was skeptical of such a mythical creature, and the price at first put me off. However, after reading other reviews and texts blithering on infinitely about its functionality I felt it was morally and ethically right that I purchase one to call my own. Go me!

I really would recommend this performance controller to anyone who has interest in music production. I don\'t think I\'ve come across hardware that can top it, so in light of that, it\'s simply an investment.


Akai APC40

What’s the first thing you do with any piece of new gear? Why, twiddle its knobs and push its buttons, of course! The APC40 passes this test with flying colours (pun intended), with smooth (but not slack) fader travel and a satisfying knob action. It feels solid all round, and the LED-ring encoders

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Soon as I knew this unit was on the way I ditched my Three Faderfoxes and ordered the MPC40. I was not disappointed. I\\\'ve tried various controllers with Ableton and up until now the Faderfoxes did a great job, but I really wanted a single unit to cart around without having to plug in all the midi cables.
The learning curve to get used to this unit is almost nil.
If you have the money, buy the MPC40, if not get the faderfoxes.
negatives :-
Due to the size of the MPC40 you should get a laptop stand to stack the laptop over the controller.
Why didn\\\'t they put the leads to the left of the unit for users who want to sit the laptop behind the MPC40?

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