Akai APC40
Akai APC40

APC40, PAD Controller from Akai in the APC series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 57 reviews )
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Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent

sw80's review"buy it and use it carefully "

Akai APC40
If you are an Ableton Live user then you need to go out and buy the AKAI Professional APC 40 as soon as you can, it is a USB based controller that has a total of 109 different buttons! 9 different faders and a cross fader and it is compatible with Macs and PC’s. This is the best performance controller for Ableton Live by far in to me.

The APC 40 is made to use with performing, if you need hands on control over Ableton Live then you must have the APC40, there is also an APC 20 which is about 100 dollars cheaper but it is missing some pretty key functions. On the APC 40 there are a total of 40 clip triggers a cross fader, tap temp and 16 knobs. The APC40 is easy to set up and its plug and play so if you are a live performer you will have no problem showing up, plugging in and start rocking the house effortlessly. Because this is made for Ableton Live the set up process could not be quicker, it basically does all the work for your when installing.

Outside of all of the cool features of the APC 40, there is a huge issue with it. The problem is that it is not well built at all. The knobs are very cheap and will break off if you use it a lot and travel with it a lot. I don’t see this unit lasting someone who uses it a lot and travels with it, more than 6 months without it falling apart. If you do lose a knob or two it will not make the APC40 stop working but it will or could affect your performance and most definitely the look of the APC40 with missing knobs. Also the “nudge” button isn’t well but. Seems like if you put a little to much stress on it changing tempo’s then eventually it will come off and not hold up for you.

The APC 40 is a must have but use it with caution and don’t be surprised if you take it somewhere to perform and come home with missing knobs and buttons.


beussei's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good controller that can be used for various applications"

Akai APC40
used for 5 ans.bon quality / prix.je repeat the same thing because live is very convenient.

Brandski's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A controller for Live!"

Akai APC40
for 2 years now, strong enough even the plastic seems very fragile. The fader knob and worn but malgrès heavy use it holds up.
I used to drive my Ableton Live. We can even bracher pedal.
I had one before and APC20 knobs part of the PCA 40 is vriament well.
Papy Pom'07/06/2014

Papy Pom''s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Versatile controller!"

Akai APC40
I use APC for almost a year.
I have long sought a controller with bcp opportunities, faders, knobs and pads in large numbers.
This is a truly versatile machine with habit and mastery of different DAW can use with everything to do anything ...
I find it unfortunate or that I like least is that the faders are too short so I is not precise enough, and we find ourselves quickly need more knobs to really control all the effects and synths but I quibble.
I used to run with live clips, but mainly in fl studio 11 (oh yeah?) Perf fl for apc mode has been very well designed (launch clips, play opportunity on two banks of 16 pads, saw- meter, setting vst knobs and faders and assignable to infinity!).
I also made a mapping 2/4 decks for deckadance2, it helps out when your plates are down or not at home ...
You can also Maper on software like resolume or arkaos VJing and mix live video, large field of possibilities!
well mapped so it proves convenient to vj / dj, mixing or performance, the choice is a multifaceted controller to the vast opportunities provided that tames ... ie well organized sessions for not that it is a mess!
for the 350th one has a controller that meets all expectations about, we buy to control his Ableton and you used to everything, it's great. The ideal is to couple it with other controllers (a master keyboard, matrix knobs / faders, etc ...) and you will not miss anything, it's a great base to control your favorite app!
I remake this choice without hesitation, the machine really helps out for everything.

Tom97531's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai APC40
I use the APC40 for about 1 year.
By then against my use is not really for live performance, but rather for mixing sauce sound engineer not DJ, so my opinion concerning this use.
In this part of the mix, it's not bad, but not giant. But I think it was designed for that. I wished a machine that would help me get my mouse to the mix, just fiddling with buttons and fader. And the big gap for this application mix is ​​the motorized faders. And also dedicated for setting the EQ / Compressor controls. After that, it is true that you want the control of a strip console while the concept of frozen strip does not exist in Live, I quibble a bit :)
In all cases it is doable rather well using the 8 buttons dedicated to racks and just make a rack channel strip house with her favorite macros to be controlled with the APC40.
In the end, it's still pretty convenient, it requires some customization, but not good if you want to spend more than $ 1,000 in a control surface, there 's really no other choice ...
I also used to get ideas of arrangement, and there on the other hand, I find it more appropriate :)
I think remake that choice to finance equal, but if I had a much bigger budget I probably will direct to a surface mix with motorized fader.
lao experiment07/22/2013

lao experiment's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai APC40
I use it for a year.

Before I worked with a UC33 + Nono control until korg or UC33 planted me seriously concert.

The advantage is plug and play dedicated to Ableton, but it is also his unseemly. To a specific configuration must enter the python script, they could develop a little app to stamp the pots Annex and pads as you want directly.

Finish a little cheap, I lost over a knob at the end of a month.

Otherwise very good controller with faders, rotary and pads, the 3 in 1 on a single USB port plus 2 foot switches.

I remake the choice but I hope I do not have to buy right away.

Lao experiment

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" satisfied"

Akai APC40
I used to drive fully ableton .... I love the control effects that keeps me from everything back manually with the mouse ... I had minor problems with usb conflict but it came from my windows .... requires a good organization in your set ...
very favorable opinion

advent's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Akai APC40
I had a lot of fun with this camera, but I use more comfortable, or at least I take more pleasure and I can best do what I want with type controllers Mackie Control or SSL, and I regretted that I could not use it as a PAD even if it is possible a little fiddling.


neverdrunkinlasvegas's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Really effective"

Akai APC40
I use it for 6 months, I only used my launchpad and nanokorg. This is really a controller all in one, all of ableton orders comes to hand, very responsive and ergonomic against by not finishing top (plastic knob end), the value for money is not bad for some functions moin for finishing. I would do this choice without hesitation, I can do without!

lithomostys's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Fulfilled its role perfectly"

Akai APC40
Used since its purchase, it is a whole new approach to music for me, and everything is available at your fingertips ... after a sufficiently long learning time.