Ableton Live software is a powerful, flexible environment for creating, performing, and producing music. This unique software demands an equally unique control instrument. Akai Professional and Ableton are proud to present the Akai APC20 compact professional Ableton Live performance controller.
The Akai APC20 transforms your Ableton Live experience from constructing tracks on a computer to fluid, musical creation. The second model in the APC series, the Akai APC20 offers a smaller footprint than the Akai APC40, enabling musicians to more easily create a personalized setup with multiple APCs, effects controllers, and other devices. The Akai APC20 is the link between human and computer that perfectly balances analytical parameter control with creative expression. Whether you are an electronic music artist and Live is your canvas, a DJ using Live to mix or remix tracks, or a more traditional musician using Live on stage or in the studio, you will find the Akai APC20 to the intuitive, powerful instrument that directly links your inspiration with Ableton Live.
Because Akai Professional and Ableton designed the Akai APC20 specifically for Ableton Live, you don't need to map its controls to talk to the software. Just connect your laptop to the Akai APC20 via USB and you're ready to make magic. The Akai APC20 is plug and play, so you don't need to install drivers. First-time setup is literally three steps: load the included Ableton Live software, plug in and power up your Akai APC20, and select the APC20 as Ableton Live's controller. That's it. No mapping, no setup, no hassles. The Akai APC20 comes pre-mapped for instant use with Ableton Live software, so if you're new to it, you'll find using the Akai APC20 to be easy to get around on. And if you're an experienced Live user, you'll be happy to note that you can custom-map every single button and fader on the APC20 to completely customize the controls for the way you like to work.
The Akai APC20 talks directly to Ableton Live, and Live talks directly to the Akai APC20. This bidirectional communication makes the Akai APC20 an advanced controller in that it can receive feedback from the software and display it on its Clip Launch matrix. The Clip Matrix gives you an instant view of clip status: what's loaded, what's playing, and what's being recorded. Each state displays in the grid in a different colour so you can get a quick picture of clip state. You can shift your clip focus and get an overview of the clips you have loaded for your set. Ableton selected Akai Professional as its partner in developing the Akai APC20 because of Akai Pro's leadership position in great-feeling controllers that are rock solid, rugged, and precise.
- Pre-mapped Ableton live control surface
- USB midi controller
- Dedicated clip matrix:
- 40 x clip action triggers with backlight status indication (5 clips per each of the 8 channels - expandable via bank select)
- 5 x Scene launch triggers
- 9 x scence stop triggers
- 9 x track selection buttons
- Dedicated mixer section
- 8 x activator triggers (1 per channel)
- 8 x track solo / cue buttons (1 per channel)
- 8 x record arm buttons (1 per channel)
- 8 x channel faders
- 1 x master fader
- 1 x cue level control
- 1 x master play button
- 1 x master play stop button
- 1 x master record button
- Backlit clip design (Green = play, red = record, orange = clip armed)
- USB output
- No mapping required for use with Ableton Live
- Metal chassis design
- Includes Ableton Live Akai Professional APC Edition, upgrade available for full versions of Live
- USB plug-and-play connection for Mac and PC
- USB Cable supplied
- Power Supply included