* SPECIAL OFFER * Akai APC40 Control Surface with Ableton Live 9
This great bundle includes the Akai APC40 Control Surface with the Ableton Live 8 Upgrade and a FREE Upgrade to Version 9 upon registration
- Designed in partnership with Ableton, mapped for Live, and fully customisable
- Clip Launch matrix with multicolour lighting displays current clip status
- Ableton Live 8 upgrade from the included Live Lite included
- FREE upgrade to Live 9 upon release
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• 1 x Akai APC40 Ableton Control Surface
• 1 x Ableton Live 8 upgrade from Live Lite/ Live APC (with FREE upgrade to Live 9 upon release)
Akai APC40 Ableton Control Surface
Ableton Live performance, perfected.
The Akai APC40 is the world's finest Ableton Live control surface. Ableton and Akai Professional worked in a joint partnership to make The Akai APC40 the perfect Ableton Live control surface. Whether you are an electronic-music performance artist and Live is your canvass, a DJ using Live to mix tracks, or a traditional musician using Live on stage or in the studio, The Akai APC40 is designed for intuitive, powerful control.
Because Akai Professional and Ableton designed The Akai APC40 for Live, you don't need to map its controls to talk to the software. Just connect your laptop to The Akai APC40 with its USB cable and you're ready to make magic. The Akai APC40 is class compliant, so you don't even need to install drivers. And if you're an advanced Live user, The Akai APC40 gives you the ability to remap every one of its controls to suit your own style.
The Akai APC40 talks directly to Live and Live talks directly to The Akai APC40. This exclusive bidirectional communication makes The Akai APC40 an advanced controller in that it can receive feedback from the software and display it on its clip matrix of 40 triggers and on LED rings surrounding each knob. 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 on the matrix 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. The Akai APC40 has 16 knobs, each surrounded by a ring of LEDs. These LED rings make seeing your settings a breeze on dark stages, indicating the currently selected parameters' values. This advanced visual feedback makes performing with The Akai APC40 focused more on the music and less on squinting at the computer screen. In fact, you might even forget that the computer is there!
Ableton selected Akai Professional as a partner because of its leadership position in great-feeling controllers that are rock solid, rugged, and precise. From the legendary MPC series that changed the way music is made to the industry-standard MPD and MPK controllers, Akai Professional is revered by musicians, DJs, and producers everywhere for creating the feel that powers their creativity. The Akai APC40 is built with a rugged, metal chassis and slip-proof rubber detailing. Knobs and faders are solid and precise for pinpoint performance. It even features a high quality, replaceable crossfader.
The Akai APC40 comes with a special edition of Ableton Live Lite so you can use it out of the box even if you're new to Live. There's also a free patch that upgrades full versions of Live so if you're already a Live user, you can take full advantage of The Akai APC40.
The Akai APC40 has two banks of eight knobs. The first set controls Global parameters so you'll always have instant access to your main sends, pans, and other essentials. The second bank of eight knobs is dynamically reassigned to the Track you select. You can control eight track parameters at a time, and as you switch channels, the Track knobs follow your focus. You also get special clip-status views and feedback that only The Akai APC40's matrix can display. The matrix is not limited to only 40 clips: you can scroll and shift, enabling access to an unlimited number of cells.
The Akai APC40 has a wide range of controllers. The eight Global knobs can access four banks of controls - the eight Track knobs control nine different track parameters each. This gives you a massive total of 72 controllers that are dynamically reassigned. Channel faders, bus faders, and a crossfader give you smooth control of key values. You have even more control power with special controls including Tap Tempo, Tempo Nudge, record enables, solo/cues and two assignable footswitch inputs.
Designed in partnership with Ableton, The Akai APC40 is the most advanced Live controller for the most advanced performers.
Ableton Live 8 upgrade from Live Lite/ Live APC
This upgrade is for registered owners of Ableton Live Lite/Live APC
Ableton Live is about making music: for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. Live's nonlinear, intuitive flow, alongside powerful real-time editing and flexible performance options, make it a unique studio tool and a favourite with live performers. If you'd rather be 'making music' than just 'using music software', Ableton Live is for you. Live 8, the latest version, includes a wealth of new techniques and improvements with a new groove engine, revamped warping, live looping, new effects, crossfades in the Arrangement View and a reworked MIDI editor.
Live is the only music production software with the 'Session View': a unique grid for recording and playing musical ideas and phrases. The Session View is non-linear, so you can record and play back your ideas in any order you want. When you're working on a new track, this is a smart, flexible way to write and record. If you're performing music live, it gives you complete flexibility and freedom to improvise.
Live also has a second view: the 'Arrangement View,' a complete music production environment. This is the linear counterpart to the Session View and is well-suited to 'traditional' recording, arranging and mixing. These two views interact with one another, each with its own strengths and intricacies. Both views are based on the single principle of creative, intuitive music-making.
Uninterrupted creative flow
In Live, you never have to stop the music. Record audio and MIDI on the fly, drop in loops and samples, add effects and swap sounds without ever hitting the stop button: everything happens in real time. You're free to improvise and the computer actually becomes a musical instrument—an expressive and creative tool, perfectly at home on stage or in the studio.
Beats made easy
Live's unique Drum Rack combines drag-and-drop simplicity in a familiar pad-style interface. Each of the 128 drum pads can have its own instrument or sample plus effects. Slice beats, loops or REX files to MIDI for additional control options and use the new groove feature (which includes grooves from the legendary MPC and SP1200 machines) to add swing to your beats.
Creative expression for DJs
Mix and match tracks and loops automatically, remix on the fly, capture audio loops in real time from decks and other external sources, incorporate your own productions into the mix, and much more. Whether it's the centerpiece of the DJ rig or just a creative sidearm, Live gives DJs entirely new worlds of creative expression.
Looping with Live
Not only for guitarists, the Ableton Looper gives you classic sound-on-sound looping without the limitations of a hardware device. Looper is set up for remote operation, so you can record, overdub, undo and more without touching the computer.
Live works seamlessly with controller hardware and assigning custom MIDI controls is simple. Live supports AIFF, WAV, MP3, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC files, VST and AU effects and instruments. Live can handle REX files and runs as a ReWire Master or Slave, so it works nicely alongside other DAWs like Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase or Reason. And if you have a multicore or multiprocessor system, Live supports that, too.
• Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz
• Nondestructive editing with unlimited undo
• Powerful and creative MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
• Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching
• Supports AIFF, WAV, MP3, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC files
• A comprehensive selection of built-in audio and MIDI effects
• Built-in instruments: Simpler for sample-based synthesis, Impulse for sampled drums
• Instrument, Drum and Effect Racks
• New groove engine- apply and extract grooves in real time
• VST and AU support- automatic plug-in delay compensation
• REX file support plus built-in audio to MIDI slicing
• Video import and export for scoring, video warping
• Simple MIDI mapping plus instant mapping for selected hardware
• Full ReWire support- runs as Slave or Master
• Single-screen user interface for simple, creativity-focused operation
• Multicore and multiprocessor support
• A selection of loops
• Essential Instrument Collection 2: a wide range of sampled instruments (box only*)
• Printed reference manual in English, French, German or Japanese (box only)
• Built-in interactive lessons
• Localized software menus, tutorials and PDF reference manuals in English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese
Mac: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended), DVD-ROM drive
Windows: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Windows XP or Windows Vista, Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended), DVD-ROM drive, QuickTime recommended
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