Akai APC40 Release Date
Akai has announced that the APC40 Ableton Performance Controller will launch worldwide on May 30, 2009.
Akai Professional worked in partnership with software developer Ableton to produce the APC40, a control surface designed for performance with Ableton Live software.
The APC40 is designed to be a controller for electronic music performance artists, DJs, hip-hop producers and traditional musicians using Ableton Live on stage and in the studio. Because Akai Professional and Ableton designed the APC40 for use with the included Ableton Live Akai Professional APC40 Edition software, users need not map its controls, according to the manufacturer, adding that "experienced Ableton Live users will appreciate that the APC40 enables them to remap every one of its controls to suit their own style."
The controller is said to be fully compatible with standalone editions of Ableton Live 7 and 8 with the latest updates.
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 is designed to provide an instant view of the Session Overview: what cells contain loaded clips, which are currently playing, which are activated, what is record-armed and solo/cue status.
The APC40 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 dynamically reassigned each time the user changes tracks or devices. This capability is designed to enable performers to control at least eight track parameters per track – a total of 72 – using the same eight knobs and the nine Track Selection buttons. Channel faders and a DJ crossfader are designed to enable smooth control of key values.
Pricing & Availability
The APC40 will be available from pro audio and musical instrument retailers May 30, 2009. It has U.S. Retail Price of $599.00 and an anticipated street price of $399.00.
Check out Akai Pro at www.akaipro.com/apc40 for more info.