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We've put together answers to some of the most common questions about the Akai Pro APC40 and APC20. With the tips in this FAQ under your belt, you'll have even better control over your new hardware.
Dimensions - 16.88” x 13.13” x 2.62” (WxDxH) / 429mm x 334mm x 67mm (WxDxH) Weight - 5.80 lbs / 2.64 kg
Yes it is. Should a replacement be necessary, the crossfader can be easily replaced in the field by removing a small 2-screw access panel on the underside of the APC40.
Same unit and same adapter for (110V) US and (220V) Europe. It is a switching power supply 100-240V. If you buy it in the US and need to go to Europe with it, you will need the European Prong Adapter, and vice versa.
No, it has too many LEDs (around 380) to be bus powered. It uses an included Power supply with the output - 12V 2.0A pin positive (US).
Yes, you can use up to six APC40s at the same time. In Ableton a red box around the clips is indicated for the first APC40. A yellow box is indicated for the 2nd APC, and so on. Each will show a different colored ring around the clips.
Yes. To control parameters for two independent effects or instruments right-click the device in Ableton and choose to lock one APC40 to the device, and by the same method, lock the alternative APC40 to another. By default, when both APC40's have the same bank selected, movements of Device Control knobs used on one APC40 will be mirrored on another APC40. Independent Device Control banks can be used to control an individual effect or instrument. However, moving between instruments and effects using the Device Control cursors will default the Device Control bank for both devices back to 1.
You need Live 7 with the latest update. This update adds the APC MIDI template to remote control in MIDI preferences, or you can use Ableton 8 which comes ready for the APC40.
The clips send MIDI notes so they can technically be played to play a synth or drum machine in Live. You would have to turn off remote control in MIDI preferences to do this however. Also, they are not velocity sensitive so you can't send 'varied' performances into Live.
This was made to be a controller for Ableton Live. Yes, you can use it in other programs but you will have to manually map it out in the other programs. Akai will not be issuing any MIDI control templates for other DAWs and programs. If you do manually map things, a DAW with the learn feature in MIDI mapping mode, will easier to map then one without. (APC40 has no screen and the CC#s and MIDI Note numbers it is assigned to can't be edited - you either need a DAW program with MIDI learn or a second program such as MIDI monitor or MIDI ox opened at the same time as mapping so you know what MIDI messages the APC40 is set to). Possibly some other companies will add APC40 support themselves. You cannot change the midi note numbers and CC numbers that the APC40 is assigned to.
If you want to change how the default APC40 mapping acts in Live, you would need to purchase Max for Live. And of course in each Live Set, you can edit what any controller or button does by going into MIDI mapping mode in Live. Akai Professional will not be releasing a separate template editor. You cannot change the midi note numbers and CC numbers that the APC40 is assigned to.
No, you do not. Max for Live has been developed and released around the same time as the APC, but you don't need it to use the APC40. If you do get max for Live you can do some advances things with your APC40 such as edit the standard template and make the clip lights function like a step sequencer.
The APC40 Sends simple MIDI messages however most of the banking and Session View control is handled internally in Live. Connecting another controller and selecting the APC40 preset will not work, even if that controller sends the same MIDI messages.
They are similar to an Akai XR20.
As motorized faders were not possible at this pricing, these will follow the takeover mode (see 23.1.3 Takeover Mode in the manual for more info). If the volume on the screen is down at the bottom, and the fader is at the top, Live won't start responding until you move the fader up to the top position it really is at (in the software), then the fader and Live control will sync and move together.
With the banking buttons, you can move around a 64 track by 125 scene grid. i.e. when you press the shift button, and press the second button down in the second row, you'd be move the ring to tracks 9-16 and scenes 6-10. The scene buttons 1-5 move you to extra banks of scenes, i.e. scene 1 button lets you select 5 banks of scenes from 1-25, scene button 2 brings up 5 more banks of scenes from 26-50, and so on.
Any momentary, non-latching switch (a.k.a. an on/off switch) will do. So you can use a sustain pedal, or a simple open close foot pedal, any momentary non-latching switch.
Yes. You can map the APC40 in the usual way by clicking map in Live.
The APC40 does not lock out the mouse.
Yes, this feature was added with the newest updates to Live 8.
There are 16 physical rotary knobs on the top of the unit. They each have 4 banks. This makes 64.
No. The APC40 only has a USB port.
The APC40 was designed to be a controller for Ableton Live software.
If you wanted to control a hardware synth or drum machine you would have to have a computer and software in the middle between the APC40 and the Hardware Device.
The MIDI note numbers, channels and CC numbers cannot be edited on the APC40 (unless you use Max for Live), so you would have to edit the Hardware device to conform to the APC40.
Live APC edition does not have Rewire Support. If you have a full version of 7 or 8, then you do have rewire support.
The APC40 will not work in LIVE when LIVE is the REWIRE slave to Pro Tools. The control surfaces selection is not present when Live is the REWIRE slave. You would have to select your control surface from within Pro Tools (the Master), and we do not provide a Pro Tools template that maps the controller and provides light feedback for Pro Tools.
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