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Akai Pro Announces APC40 Ableton Performance Controller

May 6, 2009


Akai Professional has announced that the APC40 Ableton Performance Controller ($599 MSRP, $399 Street) will be available on May 30.

The APC40 is a control surface specifically designed for performance with Ableton Live software. The controller, which comes with Ableton Live Akai Professional APC40 Edition software, allows you to remap every control to suit your own style. It's compatible with standalone editions of Live 7 and 8 with the latest updates.

According to the manufacturer, the APC40 communicates bi-directionally with Ableton Live, enabling the controller to display information from the software on its clip matrix of 40 triggers and on LED rings surrounding each knob. The clip matrix provides an instant view of the Session Overview.

The controller has two sets of eight knobs, each of which can access four banks of controls. The Track Control knobs affect global parameters, such as pans and sends, while the Device Controls affect the clip, instrument and effect parameters. The Device Control knobs are reassigned each time that you change tracks or devices. This capability enables you to control at least 8 track parameters per track, for a total of 72, using the same 8 knobs and the 9 Track Selection buttons. Channel faders and a DJ crossfader allow for smooth control of key values.

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