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Akai Professional APC40 MkII Ableton Performance Controller


The Akai Professional APC40 MkII is a performance pad controller designed specifically for use with Ableton Live. Building on 5 years of user feedback, Akai Professional worked with Ableton to redesign and improve the APC40 for the MkII version. This latest iteration brings expanded functionality and capability with an improved workflow thanks to new features like the RGB clip-launching grid, reinforced fader design, revised knob layout, and more. For a smooth and natural Ableton workflow on stage or in the studio, the APC40 MkII is the ideal controller for your setup.

Perfect Partner for Ableton Live

The APC40 MkII makes working in Ableton Live a breeze, especially if it's a part of your live performance setup. The 5x8 clip-launching grid allows you to create and perform tracks intuitively right from the controller. The pads are RGB so you can colour-code the clips and the grid can be manipulated using the Shift and arrow buttons. There are 9 reinforced faders and 8 channel knobs for shaping your sound on-the-fly, as well as 8 Device Control knobs for controlling device parameters quickly and easily. Also, the A/B crossfader can now be assigned and re-assigned without having to touch your computer.

The APC40 MkII comes pre-mapped to Ableton Live with the controls on the controller corresponding 1-to-1 with the software. Those familiar with Ableton Live will find using the APC40 MkII a breeze with no awkward setup or steep learning curve to get started.

Software Included

The APC40 MkII comes with free software to help you jump right into making music. As it's designed for Ableton Live, it naturally comes with Ableton Live Lite, a slimmed-down version that's a great starting point for music production. In addition, you get Ableton's Puremagnetik Effects Racks plugin as well as virtual synths like Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech and Twist by SONiVOX. You even get free samples from Prime Loops and Toolroom Records.

Akai Professional MPC Beats

Akai Professional are now offering that classic MPC beat-making workflow in a software format. Introducing MPC Beats! With both Simple and Advanced modes, MPC Beats has features to satisfy both beginner and experienced beat producers. The accessible interface, streamlined Simple mode, and the included templates make MPC Beats a great starting point for those looking to get into making beats. More experienced users will enjoy the over 80 audio FX plugins for warping, manipulating, and transforming audio, as well as the VST/AU compatibility for using third-party virtual instruments and audio plugins. You also get two stereo tracks for recording instruments or vocals.

MPC Beats comes free with this controller but is also free to download and use with any class-compliant USB MIDI controller regardless of brand. You can also expand the sample library in MPC Beats by purchasing expansion packs from premier sound designers.


  • Seamless 1 to 1 integration with Ableton Live (v9.1.3+)
  • 5x8 clip-launch matrix with RGB feedback for clip status and colour coding
  • 9 channel faders, 8 control knobs, and 8 device control knobs
  • USB-powered
  • Plug-and-play connectivity for Mac and PC
  • Sends button for quick access to 8 send buses
  • Assignable A/B crossfader
  • Revised knob layout
  • Included software: Ableton Live Lite with Puremagnetik Effect Racks, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist, Prime Loops sample packs, and Toolroom Records artist launch packs (downloads)
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