Akai Professional and Ableton have collaborated and are ready to proudly present the APC40! A unique control instrument that is tailor-made to handle the demands of the equally unique Ableton Live software suite.

The APC40 and Ableton Live, when combined, will enhance your track making experience like nothing else.

Your control instrument is the bridge between you, the musician, and the computer. No matter what genre of music you create, the APC40 is the best link between your creativity and Ableton Live.

The APC40 is designed to make your life easier. The APC40 is made for ease of use with Ableton Live. You just connect your computer to the APC40 and you're ready to go! The APC40 comes pre-mapped for use with Ableton Live. No mapping controls, no setup hassle, no problems whatsoever.

The APC40 is designed to fit you like a glove. Every single knob, button and fade can be custom mapped to suit your needs and preferences. The APC40 is your tool to use as you see fit. 

The APC40 lets you know what you're doing. The APC40 communicates directly with Ableton Live and lets you see feedback from Ableton Live directly on the APC40. The clip matrix of 40 triggers gives you, the musician, an eagle-eyed view of every clip status. Every state is shown on the matrix in a different colour for you to get a quick picture of exactly what's going on. LED rings around all 16 knobs let you see and know your settings even in the darkest of venues. 

The APC40 gives you complete creative control. The APC40 is Ableton Live 7 or 8 ready for standalone software users. For those that don't have Ableton Live 7 or 8, don't worry. The APC40 comes with Ableton Live Akai Professional APC40 Edition Software. The APC40 has two banks of 8 knobs, a matrix not limited to only 40 clips and a massive range of controllers. With the APC40, you have everything you need to be in control. The APC40 strikes the perfect balance of analytical parameter control and creative expression.

The APC40 is a high quality, premium product. The APC40 is made of a rugged, metal chassis and slip-proof rubber detailing. All the knobs and faders are pinpoint precise and rock solid. You can not doubt the quality of the APC40.


Provides hands-on control of Ableton Live

Seamlessly integrates 1 to 1 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 controls interface with Ableton Live

USB-powered and plug-and-play connectivity for Mac and PC

Sends button for quick access to 8 send buses

Assignable A/B crossfader for dynamic mixing on the fly

Shift button and directional arrows manipulate the scope of the grid

Revised knob layout with in-line controls for streamlined workflow

Production package included: 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)


  • Dimensions: 16.88 x 13.13 x 2.62 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Power supply: 12V 2.0A pin-positive, included
  • Communication: USB-MIDI with proprietary hardware/software handshake
  • Inputs: USB, Two assignable footswitch inputs
  • Mac system requirements: G4 or faster/Intel Mac recommended, 512 MB RAM/1 GB recommended, OS 10.3.9, 10.4 or later. recommended, QuickTime 6.5 or higher, DVD- ROM drive, USB port
  • PC system requirements: 1.5 GHz or faster, 512 MB RAM/1 GB recommended, Windows XP or Vista, Windows-compatible sound card/ASIO driver support recommended, QuickTime 6.5 or higher, DVD-ROM drive, USB port