The buttons feature bright LED backlighting, so you can see them clearly on even the darkest stages. The APC20 is built with a rugged, metal chassis and slip-proof rubber detailing. Owners of the full edition of Ableton Live 8. In the meantime, APC40 users can look toward third parties such as Native Kontrol for APCcompatible presets that enable similar, and other, abilities. Grid buttons glow orange to show an inactive clip in that slot, or green when the clip is active.

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In addition, there are three user mappable slots for the eight faders. Ableton Live software is a powerful, flexible environment for creating, performing, and producing music. Sign in Recover your password. When you release the shift button, the faders will remain locked to the corresponding function. A row of buttons giving you the directional navigation and transport controls doubles as the Ableyon Selection buttons when holding down Shift.

The Akai Professional APC20

With the included Akai Pro APC Edition of Ableton Live, these controllers provide an accessible point of entry into the most exciting and popular live ahleton music performance software. All 16 of the endless encoders are surrounded by LED rings that instanly indicate the value of the current parameter as you navigate around a Live Set.

The APC20 is the link between human and computer that perfectly balances analytical parameter control with creative expression. Soloed tracks are indicated with a blue LED, and record enabled tracks show up red. Get more out of Live. Many aspects of the Live interface are replicated in the APC You can shift your clip focus and get an overview of the clips you have loaded for your set.


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How does that work if you bank through channels? Read on to find out just how much these controllers allow you to do, and how they stack up in terms of function and value against a growing field of competitors.

A password will be e-mailed to you. Excellent build quality includes a metal chassis, hard rubber siding, solid faders and encoders, and rugged rubber buttons. Outstanding return on investment.

Faders are solid and precise for pinpoint performance. Pressing Shift and any of the Clip Stop buttons stops all clips. The mixer section gives you control of eight tracks at a time, as well as the Master track.

Akai Professional APC20 Compact Ableton Performance Controller

First-time setup is literally three steps: Pressing a Clip Launch button triggers the clip in the corresponding clip slot in Live. You can shift these eight tracks around the Session View. The upper left-hand buttons include an 8 x 5 Clip Launch grid; in the Live software, a red ring encircles tracks and scenes apc220 by the button grid, and you use the the Bank Select arrow buttons to navigate this grid over a session of up to 64 tracks and scenes.

You can stop all music in a track with its Stop Clip button and fire horizontal lines of clips with the Scene Aoc20 buttons.

The smart color-coding system lets you know exactly what’s happening in each clip, and simple directional controls let you move around inside your Session View. I also used Note Mode to very easily control drum libraries in Native Instruments Kontakt 4 sample player running as a plug-in. The cursor controls and shift button give you access to a whole lot more than the initial eight by five grid.


Both units feature the same build quality, the same tight integration with Ableton Live software — either separately sold versions or the included APC version of Live — and similar value for the dollar.

That said, you can use it with other programs, but you will have to manually map it out in the other programs.

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Likes Followers Subscribers Followers. For the stiffest APC40 competition, you have to look to the Vestax VCMwhich is also impressive but much more expensive, or perhaps the Novation series of SL Mk II controllers, which despite their Automapping prowess, do not match the same tight integration with Ableton Live and program-specific layout that you get with the APC Designed in partnership with Ableton, the APC20 is the ideal controller for performers who like to perform in a small amount of space for maximum portability.

Press the right or left buttons to move incrementally, one track at a time. This bidirectional communication makes the APC20 an advanced controller in that it can receive feedback from the software and akkai it on its Clip Launch Matrix.