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Akai has launched APC40 MKII – a new version of the iconic APC40 controller.

APC stands for Ableton Performance Controller. The first model was designed in 2009 to work with Ableton Live. And it became a reference in hardware and software integration.

APC40 MKII is designed for using with Ableton Live in the Session View mode. So, you can work with clips and make your performance without worrying too much about using a mouse to control the software.

The product has good improvements in functionality and layout. As the original APC40, the main section includes the 8×5 matrix which triggers clips from eight tracks of Live’s Session View. The difference is an RGB feature for the pads. Which means that you can set different colors instead of the 3-color pattern from the original APC40 to color-code the clips. The eight knobs that control pan and send are now placed at the top of the product, vertically lined up with the tracks, instead of being grouped at the top right. There is also a user button so that you can assign to the knobs any other Live’s parameter. Another improvement is a knob for tempo control in addition to the tap tempo button.

Any channel can be assigned to the crossfader by tapping the A/B button. A new set of pads for change the global quantization is present, which adds more control to the performance.

AKAI – APC40 MKII, features:

  • 5×8 clip-launch matrix with RGB for color coding;
  • 9 faders, 8 control knobs, and 8 device control knobs;
  • Assignable A/B crossfader buttons;
  • Tempo control knob;
  • 8 pads for global quantization settings;
  • Ableton Live Lite included, as well as Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Technology, Sonivox Twist, Prime Loops sample packs, Puremagnetik Effect Racks and Toolroom Records artist launch packs.

Visit Akai’s website: www.akaipro.com

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