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  • Controlador USB-MIDI preconfigurado para uso con Ableton Live
  • Colaboración con Ableton
  • Matriz para los clips con 40 pads iluminados en multicolor que indican si un clip está presente, activado o no
  • 8 faders de canal y 16 encoders rotativos ceñidos de LED para indicar parámetros como la posición
  • 2 entradas para pedales

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Detalles técnicos
MarcaAKAI Pro
Año de fabricación2014
Peso del producto2,6 Kg
Dimensiones del producto33 x 42,7 x 4,6 cm
Número de modelo del productoAPC40
Número de producto0825213002388
Interfaz del hardwareUSB
Pantalla a colorNo
Pilas / baterías incluidasNo
Pilas / baterías necesariasNo
Incluye batería recargableNo
Incluye mandoNo
Información adicional
Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon nº128.397 en Electrónica (Ver los 100 más vendidos)
Restricciones de envíoEste producto se puede enviar a España y a otros países seleccionados.
Producto en desde29 de septiembre de 2010

Descripción del producto

Akai APC40 Controlador DJ Ableton Live USB MIDI

- Controlador USB-MIDI preconfigurado para uso con Ableton Live
- Colaboración con Ableton
- Matriz para los clips con 40 pads iluminados en multicolor que indican si un clip está presente, activado o no
- 8 faders de canal y 16 encoders rotativos ceñidos de LED para indicar parámetros como la posición
- 2 entradas para pedales

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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Solid and Fun 20 de septiembre de 2011
Por Paul in Austin - Publicado en
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Price and Delivery :
I purchased this wonderful item from Amazon, best price around and he arrived quickly and safely, as usual, well done Amazon.

Impressions before purchase :
This hardware is getting a bit long in the tooth (2009) and must be due a revamp soon, but for the current Amazon price it is excellent value for money when compared to its nearest hardware competitor the "Novation Launchpad". There is new software available for the iPad called "Touchable" - for only $25 which, in many ways, does a better job (you see the names of the samples under the buttons and they have a play bar so you can see how far through the sample is, this means you rarely have to look at the screen - go to YouTube and search for touchable). However, 1) I don't have an iPad and b) An iPad 2 costs over $500 and iii) it lacks the physical feedback you get from the APC40.

Use :
This unit is basically a rearranged Midi keyboard with colored lights under the keys (which are not touch sensitive) it has been put together to serve purely as a controller for Ableton's LIVE software, it produces no sounds on its own. As an input device with visual feedback it performs fantastically. If you want to know how this unit works I would suggest spending some time watching people play with it on YouTube. A great example of what you can do with the Software included (a lite version of Ableton Live) is demonstrated by a French DJ called Madeon. His track "Pop Culture" is a great tune created on the full version of the software that comes with this hardware but a) Madeon uses a Novation Launchpad (8x8 grid, APC40 8x5 grid) and 2) Madeon is a 17 year old who has been doing nothing but this all his free teenage hours for the last four years so do not expect to match him any time soon.

Software :
Strangely enough, the hardware is useless without the software so the software is key in any review of this piece of equipment. This hardware is custom designed for Ableton Live which is probably the premier piece of software for mixing, remixing and live performance of modern synthesized sound. It is used by many people at the top of the industry right now, The Dust Brothers (the samplers behind the Beastie Boys and Beck), DeadMau5, Skrillex, NOT GIRLTALK (he uses audiomulch) but you can totally Girltalk it up on Ableton Live.

The "APC40 Live Lite" software that comes with it is immediately upgraded to Live 8 Lite, even this upgraded version has a lot of shortcomings if you are used to the full package but as a starter piece of software it is perfect and great fun. I have not upgraded yet but I will do as soon as I can raise the cash.

IMPORTANT NOTE : The packaged software is NOT Live 8 INTRO, it is Live 8 LITE. You do get an upgrade path to the full versions of Live 8 if you wish to do that...

Suite Download $579 (Normally $699)
Suite Boxed $649 (Normally $849)
Live 8 Download $329 (Normally $449)
Live 8 Boxed $419 (Normally $549)

There is a nice comparison of the differences between Live 8 Intro $100 and Live 8 $450-$550 on Tom Cosm's site (search google for TomCosm live vs live intro), Tom is a licensed Ableton Trainer in New Zealand.

Ableton Suite includes Live 8, lots of sample loops and a number of VSTs (Virtual Synths), the boxed version includes a printed manual and even more loops (8Gb as opposed to 1Gb).

Check Ableton's website to find out more about the different versions on offer.

To be honest, Ableton's number of poorly named, different versions is completely confusing to any new potential customers approaching this area of software and almost pushed me onto the Native Instruments Komplete package.

I am glad I went the way of Ableton as the "time to get going" from receiving the hardware to producing a cool track has been very short indeed. I have spent all waking (and many of my sleeping) hours watching demos and instructional videos on youtube both before purchasing and since receiving the APC40. I am now confident I have gone from someone who could hear cool mixes in his head whenever he heard a good beat/rhythm/sample/bassline to someone who can actually produce it to a high quality in a few weeks! My second ever production and first public production is on youtube /watch?v=8HyBN4kF6io if you want to get an idea of what you can achieve if you do as I did.

Would I buy it again : Hell yes!

Why 4 stars : iPad Touchable!

Worst part of the purchase : Discovering that iPad Touchable was available, I might have to get that AS WELL!!!

Best tip : If you get "Waiting for Pickup" on the pots or the sliders go into Options, Preferences, Midi Sync, Take Over Mode, Value Scaling.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Not built as strong as it looks, but still OK 2 de julio de 2012
Por Ben - Publicado en
When I bought the Akai APC40 7 months ago, I was looking for a controller which would work well for DJing with Ableton Live. I had previously been using an M-audio controller which was cheaper and made of plastic. I was always worried that the m-audio controller would break and I wouldn't be able to perform my set. The APC 40 looked like it was built well, and because it was designed to work specifically with Ableton, I thought that it was the perfect controller for my needs.

In some ways I was wrong.

After using the controller for 7 months, two of the faders are now broken. I have been carrying it in a large metal, foam padded hard case, but it was clearly damaged after receiving some pressure after a set a few weeks ago. One of the faders was slightly bent. Now the channel 1 fader sends signals for both channels 1 and 2, and the channel 2 fader can only send a very faint signal. If I move it from 1-100, it sends the signal that I moved it from 1-5.

The case is made of metal and the device is very heavy (it does not really need to be so heavy; 75% of the weight is just the metal case). The knobs seem strong but I knew the faders would be a problem from the start.

As for the design, I am very unhappy that most of the mapping is pre-assigned to the controller and you can't modify it without using MAX/MSP. This is over-complicated and unnecessary. For instance, the bottom two rows of knobs (half of all the knobs!) are premapped to control effects that I never use. This makes it so that half of the knobs are useless for me. Also, I have no need for the record arm buttons or the scene launch buttons; these are another 16 buttons that I can't use. I realize that everyone uses Ableton in a different way; that is why we should be able to reconfigure the controller however we wish!

Overall, I might still have bought the controller, as long as you can get it for a good price (I paid US$199 on sale). Be very careful with it, and don't have unrealistic expectations. Also, the power cord is way too short; you'll need to purchase an extension cord ASAP!
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Most likely the best midi controller for Ableton 23 de agosto de 2016
Por J Tom - Publicado en
If you use Ableton Live as your DAW, then this is hands down the midi controller that you want. For the money, it well deliver the best results; it contains all of the necessary features that one would need for working with Ableton, and it integrates seamlessly with the software. After hundreds of hours of use, I have not had one single issue with it, not one, which is not true of any of the many other midi controllers that I use. Even my most reliable controllers will have a problem every so often; not the APC40, however. Build wise, it's a beast; the faders and encoders are smooth and feel good and are of high quality, different from the cheap feeling/looking knobs and sliders that I've experienced with other midi controllers. With heavy use, the black plastic covers on top of the encoders can come loose and fall off. This is quite an easy fix with just a little glue though. It has a crossfader, perfect for DJing or just messing around, and a master fader, which I appreciate because it annoys me when a manufacturer puts 8 faders on a midi device but no master fader. Furthermore, this controller is a tough cookie, as I take it with me everywhere and have traveled with it extensively, usually by way of simply sliding it into a backpack with padded laptop pockets. And yet, still, it looks and performs as if it were fresh out the box straight from the factory. Go ahead and pick this thing up and you will not be sorry. It has practically become a staple of Ableton users, especially if you're performing live. And it makes a big difference in the studio as well, as it makes the software actually tangible, providing a whole new experience when producing. I promise you, once you start using this controller to produce/perform, you'll wonder how you ever got along without out!
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Everything you'll want it to be 24 de septiembre de 2009
Por Eon Fontes May - Publicado en
I've been drooling over this since it was announced, and I am so happy that I finally broke down and bought one. It's a shame that there are no reviews up yet, so let me be the first to say that this controller is amazing. Make sure that you erase any previous midi mapping that you've done and then restart Ableton, and you'll find that it has perfectly automapped itself. At first I thought that it was a little strange that there's no manual included... but after five minutes, I realized that it DOESN'T NEED A MANUAL. That's just how intuitive it is, from top to bottom.

The hardware itself is up to usual Akai standards: the knobs and faders feel weighty and responsive. This thing is both larger and thinner than I thought it would be, but after playing around with it the size feels perfect. The two-way communication is killer- just drop an audio clip into Live and it will instantly appear on the grid, color-coded to match its status. Recording and triggering loops couldn't be easier, and the entire interface perfectly emulates what you're used to seeing on the screen.

In the upper right-hand corner you have control over the pan and sends A through C for tracks 1-8, which is really nice. My only complaint is that I would have preferred to have it become all the sends for whatever track is highlighted, but I'll get used to the new workflow. Part of what makes Ableton Live great is that it accommodates so many different styles of music, so making a universal controller for the program was a bit of a challenge. Akai really stepped up and once you get your hands on it, you'll see what all the hype is about: this really is the be-all and end-all of hardware for the program.

One downside I've found is that navigating the plugins can be sort of clunky. First you highlight a track and then the knobs in the lower right are assigned to the first plugin you've placed there. Then you use the left and right buttons to scroll through each unit, and when you do the knobs reassign themselves to control the appropriate effects. I find that having to click through them all is sort of difficult, but there's nothing stopping me from using the mouse like I used to. I guess the only thing that is stopping me from handing out a 5-star rating is that the APC40 sort of forces you to use the workflow they've designed. Remapping the controls isn't difficult, but everything is laid-out and labeled in such a way that it sort of corrals you into getting used to doing things their way.

This review is starting to look a little long, so I'll just sum it up: I absolutely love this thing. I wish I had picked it up sooner and if you are AT ALL considering this purchase, just do it already. Well-constructed, well-programmed, and absolutely worth the money. Like me, you're probably used to using an assortment of controllers and you're wondering if you need to spend the cash. Well, this thing will replace all of those and more, and you'll quickly get used to the layout. Just do it!
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Solid build, intuitive use. 5 de octubre de 2009
Por Bjørn Borud - Publicado en
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The APC40 feels like a quality product. The knobs and sliders have good feel, the buttons are precise. The integration with the software (Ableton Live 8) is surprisingly intuitive and I managed to figure out how to use the APC40 within a few minutes of playing around with it.

The only thing I am missing is some more visual cues that makes it easier to see which "track control" knobs belong to which track. A backlit LCD might be a good idea for the next revision.