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Akai Professional APC40 MKII | Ableton Performance Controller with Ableton Live Lite Download (5x8 RGB Clip-Launch Grid)

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When Akai Professional’s original APC40 arrived in 2009, it set a new standard for controller design, revolutionized hardware and software integration, and proved to be an essential performance tool for Ableton Live users everywhere.

With the MKII, we did it again.

Incorporating five years of user feedback, almost every aspect of the original APC40 has been deliberated, reworked, and improved to provide extended controller functionality, countless musical capabilities, and a smarter workflow.

The APC40 MKII comes pre-mapped to Ableton Live: use the USB connection to your computer for power and get started without any further configuration. The 5x8 RGB clip-launching grid is built for dexterous exploration, so you can intelligently perform without looking at your computer.

Eight Device Control knobs make it easy to tweak device parameters and light up to provide visual feedback of each parameter. In addition, the Sends button enable users to cycle through all eight send buses right from their APC40 MKII.

APC40 MKII comes packed with a music production suite that includes a version of Ableton Live, two high-definition virtual synthesizers, and 5GB of professional samples and loops for immediate out-of-the-box music creation.


Frequently Asked Questions

What software is included with my purchase, and where can I download?

The APC40 mkII includes Ableton Live Lite 9 with PureMagnetik Effects Racks, Hybrid 3, SONiVOX Twist, Prime Loops sample packs, and Toolroom Records artist launch packs.

Ableton Live lite can be downloaded from All of the additional software and samples can be downloaded from your user account upon registering the product.

Is Ableton Live 9 required?  Or can I use Ableton Live 8?

The APC40 mkII is supported on Ableton Live 9.1.3 or later for correct operation.  The included Ableton Live Lite 9 Akai Edition is supported and functions as expected.  However, he APC40 mkII can be manually MIDI mapped for use with earlier versions of Ableton Live.

Is the product compatible with the latest Windows, and Mac operating systems?

Since the APC 40 mkII is class compliant, and does not require a driver install, it is immediately compatible with all current Windows, and Mac operating systems.

Does the product require an additional power supply?

The APC40 mkII is powered by the included USB cable, and does not require an additional power supply.


Technical Specs

  • Knobs
    • (8) 360° track pan/send/assignable knobs
    • (8) 360° device control knobs
    • (1) 360° cue level knob
    • (1) 360° tempo knob
  • Clip Launch Buttons
    • (40) backlit RGB buttons in a 8x5 matrix
    • (5) scene launch buttons
  • Faders
    • (8) 45mm track volume faders
    • (1) 45mm master volume fader
    • (1) 45mm crossfader
  • Inputs / Outputs
    • (1) USB port
    • (1) 1/4” TS jack for footswitch input
  • Power: USB-powered
  • Dimensions(width x depth x height; no cable): 16.7” x 10.0” x 1.8”
  • Weight(no cable): 3.97 lbs


Box Contents

  • APC40 mkII
  • USB Cable
  • Ableton Live Lite (download)
  • User Guide
  • Software Download Card
  • Safety & Warranty Manual
  • Compact Ableton Live controller powered by USB connection to computer

  • 40 pad (5x8) clip-launch matrix seamlessly integrates 1-to-1 with Ableton Live

  • RGB pad feedback for clip status, color coding, and more

  • 8 channel faders, 1 master fader, and 8 device controls map to Ableton directly

  • Premapped controls and plug-and-play setup for maximum portability

Product Information   Specifications for Akai Professional APC40 MKII | Ableton Performance Controller with Ableton Live Lite Download (5x8 RGB Clip-Launch Grid) Below:

Manufacturer inMusic Brands Inc.
Brand Akai Professional
Model APC40 mkII
UPC 694318015711
Item Weight 3.97 pounds
Item Size 16.68 x 1.8 x 1.8 inches
Package Weight 5.25 pounds
Package Size 12.83 x 4.25 x 4.25 inches
Units in Package 1

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