• Shop
    • Woodwind Instruments
    • Woodwind Accessories
    • Brass Instruments
    • Brass Accessories
    • Marching Band
    • Concert Percussion
    • Drums & Percussion
    • Orchestral Strings
    • Stands & Accessories
    • Books & Sheet Music
    • Classroom & Kids
    • Keyboards & MIDI
    • Pro Audio & Software
    • Guitars
    • Basses
    • Folk & Traditional
    • Amplifiers & Effects
    • On Sale
    • With Rebates
  • Rentals
  • Locations
  • Lessons
  • Repairs
  • Hot Deals
  • Educators
Home > Keyboards & MIDI > Production & Groove > Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller

Production & Groove

  • Print the following sections:
  • Overview
  • Details
  • Reviews
Item #: 580885
Mfg #: APC40

   0 Reviews0 Reviews | Write a Review

Price: $299.99
Availability: In Stock, Ready To Ship!

Free Shipping!
This Item requires building a kit.
Please start below

#580885

Rebate Available


Download Rebate
Rebates Available
View Rebates
Top Seller  
Product Overview

A powerful, intuitive controller for electronica, DJs, hip-hop producers, and traditional musicians.

  • Designed in partnership with Ableton
    Unique clip matrix with multicolor lighting displays current clip status
    No mapping required for use with Ableton Live 8 (previous versions still need mapping)
    Exclusive bidirectional communication between the APC40 and Ableton Live
    Professional feel with rugged, metal chassis and premium controls
    Comes with Ableton Live Akai Professional APC Edition
    No mapping required for use with Ableton Live
    USB plug-and-play connection for Mac and PC
    Premium controller with rugged, metal chassis
    Works with most MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software



    APC40 Ableton Live controller
    USB Cable
    Power Supply
    Software CD
    User Manual
Product Details

Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller

The Akai APC40 Ableton Performance Controller is designed to be a powerful, intuitive controller for electronic-music performance artists, DJs, hip-hop producers and traditional musicians using Ableton Live on stage and in the studio.

Virtual view
The APC40 talks directly to Ableton Live and Live talks directly to the APC40. This exclusive bidirectional communication makes the Akai Professional APC40 an advanced controller that receives feedback from the software and displays 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 quickly get a picture of clip state. Shift your clip focus and get an overview of the clips you have loaded for your set.

The Akai APC40 controller has 16 knobs, each surrounded by a ring of LEDs. These LED rings indicate the currently selected parameters' values, and make seeing your settings on dark stages a breeze. The APC40 controller's advanced visual feedback focuses your performing with 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 APC40 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
The Akai APC40 controller comes with a special edition of Ableton Live Lite so you can use it out of the box even if you're new to Live. 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 APC40.

The APC40 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 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. 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.

Order today with the no-risk assurance of our Total Satisfaction and Low Price Guarantees!

  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 16.88" x 13.13" x 2.62", 429mm x 334mm x 67mm
    Weight: 5.8lb. / 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
    Mac system requirements: G4 or faster/Intel Mac recommended, 512 MB RAM/1GB recommended, OS 10.3.9, 10.4 or later. Recommended: QuickTime 6.5 or higher, DVD-ROM drive, USB port
    PC system requirements: 1.5GHz or faster, 512MB RAM/1GB recommended, Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, Windows-compatible sound card/ASIO driver support recommended, QuickTime 6.5 or higher, DVD-ROM drive, USB port
Customer Reviews
You must be signed in to write a review. Please click here to sign in.