Reviews and Problems with Akai APC40 Ableton Performance Controller
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Akai APC40 Hands On! – We Put The Ableton Performance Controller To The Test
21 December 2012
Excerpt: The new APC40 from Akai and Ableton has caused quite a stir within the tight-knit community of Live users since it was first announced at the 2009 NAMM show. We recently had the opportunity to spend some quality time with the APC40, and have determined, for the most part, the controller lives up the hype. But, don’t call it a controller. What Akai has produced in some ways is really move of an instrument, than merely a MIDI controller.
Excerpt: Nostalgia Bytes Remember when you were young, during the glory days of 8 bit computing, when miners were manic, eggs were dizzy and Far Cry was nothing more than a noise your sister made when you hit her with a frisbee? Fantastic wasn’t it? And yet, as good as those games were, can you remember how you also longed for better, more colourful graphics, more realistic gameplay and a multi-button controller that didn’t look like a prop from those naughty films your dad...
Excerpt: Akai and Ableton have paired up to make the first completely integrated controller for Ableton Live, and what a great controller it is. With over forty buttons, nine faders, and sixteen knobs that can control over 96 functions, the amount of flexibility presented here is staggering.
Summary: The APC40 is the missing link that turns Live into a true performance instrument straight out of the box.
Pros: You can control multiple Clips simultaneously and select and control all devices/plug-ins from the surface., It’s easy to drop Clips in and out of record., Thoughtful selection of transport and mode buttons provided., It will gain many new features when Max For Live is available.
Cons: No indication of which parameters are mapped in devices/plug-ins., Offers limited functionality with other applications.
Excerpt: Ableton Live takes a unique approach to the task of recording and producing music, and version 8 brings some great new features. Something else it has gained is support for the APC40, a new hardware controller created by AKAI and Ableton and designed specifically to control Live. The pairing is a logical one, with AKAI having years of experience designing tactile controllers and sequencers (first with its MPC series and, more recently, the MPD and MPK products), while...