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Akai Pro APC20 (APC20X110)

Compact Ableton Controller with 40 Matrix Cells and 9 Faders

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Everything you need. Nothing you donít
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 APC20 compact professional Ableton Live performance controller. The APC20 transforms your Ableton Live experience from constructing tracks on a computer to fluid, musical creation. The second model in the APC series, the APC20 offers a smaller footprint than the APC40, enabling musicians to more easily create a personalized setup with multiple APCs, effects controllers, and other devices.

The 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 APC20 to the intuitive, powerful instrument that directly links your inspiration with Ableton Live.

Instant Performance
Because Akai Professional and Ableton designed the APC20 specifically for Ableton Live, you donít need to map its controls to talk to the software. Just connect your laptop to the APC20 via USB and you're ready to make magic. The 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 APC20, and select the APC20 as Ableton Live's controller. That's it. No mapping, no setup, no hassles.

The APC20 comes pre-mapped for instant use with Ableton Live software, so if you're new to it, you'll find using the APC20 to be easy to get around on. And if youíre 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.

Visual Feedback
The APC20 talks directly to Ableton Live, and Live talks directly to the APC20. This bidirectional communication makes the 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 color 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.

Professional Construction
Ableton selected Akai Professional as its partner in developing the APC20 because of Akai Pro's 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 APC20 is built with a rugged, metal chassis and slip-proof rubber detailing. Thereís no flimsy plastic here. Faders are solid and precise for pinpoint performance.

Creative Control
The APC20 comes with Ableton Live Akai Professional APC Edition software, which is fully functional for performance and production. Owners of the full edition of Ableton Live 8.1.3 or higher can also work seamlessly with the APC20. Live 8.1.3 has full support for the APC20.

The APC20 also enables special clip-status views and feedback that only the APC20's matrix can display. The matrix is not limited to only 40 clips: you can scroll and shift, enabling you to access, control, and perform with an unlimited number of cells.

The APC20 has nine faders, which you can assign to volume control, pan, sends, and a choice of three user-mapped modes. You have even more control power with special controls including Tap Tempo, Tempo Nudge, record enables, and solo/cues. A new User Mode enables you to use the Clip Launch buttons to control instruments and the Drum Rack.

Designed in partnership with Ableton, the APC20 is the ideal controller for performers who like to perform in a small amount of space for maximum portability. Itís also perfect for players who want to combine multiple controllers in their setup thanks to its small footprint. Donít settle for cheap, plastic imitations. From the company whose name is synonymous with the word production, the APC20 is the serious choice.

Product Features:
  • Professional DJ Ableton Live Controller
  • Clip Launch matrix with multicolor lighting displays current clip status
  • No drivers required
  • Rugged, premium metal chassis enhances durability
  • USB plug-and-play connection for Mac or PC
  • No mapping required; every knob, button, and fader is customizable
  • Ableton Live Akai Professional APC Edition software
  • Unique clip matrix with multicolor lighting displays current clip status
  • Designed in partnership with Ableton, mapped for Live, and fully customizable
  • Bidirectional hardware/software communication for visual feedback on APC20
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty
Product Specifications:
  • Connection: USB input
  • Power Supply: DV 12V 2.0A pin-positive, auto-switching (100-240V, 50-60Hz)
  • Mac System Requirements: G4/Intel recommended, OS X 10.3.9/10.4+ recommended
  • PC System Requirements: 1.5GHz, Windows XP or Vista, Windows-compatible sound card/ASIO driver support recommended 512MB RAM/1GB recommended, QuickTime 6.5 or higher, DVD-ROM drive, USB port
  • Dimensions: 13-1/8"D x 29-1/2"W x 5-3/4"H
Package Includes:
  1. APC20 Ableton performance controller
  2. USB cable
  3. Power supply
  4. Software CD
  5. Quick start guide

Controller Features

Number of Rotary Encoders
This specification refers to the number of assignable rotary encoders featured on the controller.
Number of Fader Encoders
The number of assignable fader encoders featured on the controller.
Crossfader
A horizontally mounted fader for switching between sources or virtual decks within the software.
Jog Wheels/Platters
The jog wheels or platters are used to control the playback and various other parameters of the software.
Pre-Mapped for Software
This is the software that the DJ controller is designed and optimized for.
Power Supply
The power source for the controller.

Sound Card Features

Sample Rate
Sample rate defines the number of samples per second (or per other unit) taken from a continuous signal to make a discrete signal.
Bit Depth
Bit depth represents the bits of information that are recorded for each sample. Bit depth directly corresponds to the resolution of each sample in a set of digital audio data. Common examples of bit depth include 16-bit CD audio, and DVD-Audio that can support up to 24-bit audio.
Line Level Analog Inputs
This refers to the number of line level analog inputs featured on the DJ controller.
Line Level Analog Outputs
This refers to the number of line level analog outputs featured on the DJ controller.
Phono Inputs
This is the number of phono inputs built into the unit.
Number of Microphone Inputs
This is the number of microphone inputs that the unit has.

Media Playback Features

CD/DVD Playback
This specification refers to whether or not the controller is capable of CD/DVD playback.
USB
This specification refers to whether or not the DJ controller is capable of media playback through the USB port.
iPod
This specification refers to whether or not the DJ controller is capable of media playback from Apple iPod devices.

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

APC20

UPC

0825213002517

Weight

3.80lbs

Internal SKU

apc20

Internal Product ID

25804

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Product Name: Akai Pro APC20 (APC20X110)