Moog Releases Multi-pedal OS 2.0 DV and MIDI Controller

Want to go really high-end with your footwork? Try this foot pedal on for size. The super foto control gadget - the MP-201 Multi-Pedal CV and MIDI Controller from Moog has received an software upgrade. It is now on OS 2.0. Supports MIDI to CV conversions, has loopable envelope generators and more. Full details of the brand new awesomeness can be found at

From Moog: -

Introducing Multi-Pedal OS 2.0

There’s good news for all you control freaks out there. Moog’s mighty Multi-Pedal has received a major software upgrade. OS 2.0 adds a host of new features that cements the Multi-Pedal’s position as the premier Analog, MIDI and USB Control Hub.

Connect, Control & Create with MP-201 Multi-Pedal.

Multi-Pedal Quick Start Guide
Hit the ground running with these basic Multi-Pedal applications

Multi-Pedal Power
An overview for power-users

Multi-Pedal - Basic Moogerfooger Applications
Control your Moogerfooger pedal board

Multi-Pedal - Basic MIDI Applications
Control your MIDI effects, Moogerfoogers and more


Motu Releases Ultralite MK3 Hybrid USB2.0/FireWire Portable Audio Interface

Just the other day I was thinking about getting a new audio interface for my old MacBook. But then I realized that if I buy a new quad-core iMac next year like I am planning to, I should probably for USB2.0 interfaces.

Problem is that my MacBook has a FireWire 400 port and the new iMacs have only one FW800 port and multiple USB2.0 ports. So I was looking at all sorts of convertible cable debates online. And now I notice that Motu had released this!

It is a hybrid version of their extremely popular UltraLite mk3 Firewire Interface. It is a small and portable interface that is built to last. I am seriously thinking about buying this. Let's see what happens.

MPK88 Keyboard MIDI Controller In Stores Now

Those who want a solid, travel-ready keyboard MIDI controller that has full 88 hammer action keys at an affordable price - the AKAI MPK88 is going at a reasonable price now that it is finally here.

Other than the fact that owning the MPK49 has really made me like the entire line, I also know that the other keyboard controllers (edrirol's, m-audio's) pale in comparison. I have tried them all out and I have come to the same conclusion. The MPK88 also has 16pads (4x4) instead of 12pads (4x3). The rest is more or less the same, with the same great build quality. And both the customizability and the ability to change almost everything on-the-fly is something that I really appreciate. Makes it a breeze to use it with different DAWs and all.

I really like my MPK, you can tell can't you?

It is selling for $799 at Musician's Friend, Zzounds and W&B. The last one has a lowest price guarantee, so you can check them out.

Livid Instruments Brings Out Block MIDI Controller

Not sure if all you guys have seen this yet, so I am posting about it. Towards the ned of last month, Livid Instruments (those really great guys who made the Ohm64 controller), unveiled the Block MIDI Controller for interactive audio performance. This is basically like the Akai APC 40 or the Novation Launchpad and has a matrix of light up buttons, two faders and 8 pots. Looks like it is pretty solidly built and is really portable. It also looks like something that can easily be used with Ableton Live. What say?

As you might know, Livid Instruments folks lean towards live video performance and hence this is integrated with the Cell DNA video software as you can see in the video below. This new interface is meant to be something as minimal as the monome and (hopefully) as versatile. Lemme know if any of you have checked it out. Would love to hear what you think about it.

Check out the Block controlling Ableton Live

Word from Livid Instruments: -
Block is a compact and programmable MIDI control surface designed for interactive audio performance. Built on the same bi-directional and adaptable platform as the Ohm64, Block provides a powerful interface for creating and interacting with sound in a small easy-to-transport body. Sixty four backlight led buttons provide endless possibilities for visual feedback with the instrument by connecting it to Ableton Live, Max/Msp, our open source sounds apps, or any other software that supports MIDI. The open source blockEditor application lets you reprogram any of the controller's sixty four clip buttons, eight knobs, two faders, and seven function buttons. Block is hand crafted from lightweight wood and aluminum for easy portability.

Block has bi-directional talkback communication allowing the controller to talk to your software, and software to your device. MIDI messages can be sent to the Block to light up the buttons for an interactive performance. Completely programable and mappable, block provides a flexible control surface that be used with any software or setup. Completely USB powered means you don’t have to worry about adapters and and power strips, and it is plug and play so no drivers are required.


A compact and lightweight design lets you slip this controller into your backpack. Plug it into your computer's USB, and you are powered to play. more>

Block is completely plug and play and USB powered. This means you don’t need drivers to use it and it works with a single USB cable. more>

Reprogrammable buttons with LED talkback provides visual feedback by sending MIDI commands back to the controller. more>

A growing collection of open source sound applications and utilities provide a wide range of uses and endless customization. more>

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All of our controllers are handcrafted by artists with care in our Austin, Texas shop. more>

Technical specifications and details of the of the block controller. more>

And we're back in business

 Okay, so that's not me or my cat but that is sort of how I feel :P, Image credit: Sappymoosetree

Yes, I know I have not been posting for a long time. Professional obligations insisted that I spend most of my waking hours hacking away at the keyboard in a zombie-like manner. But now that I have more or less broken even, I am catching up on my music and my gear-lust for the latest in midi controllers.

I am also thinking of moving this blog to a WordPress one. What do you guys think? It will give you more features for navigating and searching through the blog. And it will be more cool looking of course! :D

Incidentally, do you like this template? or should I change to a simpler one? Let me know through the comments section. I moderate everything personally here, so you are guaranteed a response (eventually, from a sleep depp'd me :P ).

Till later!

Native Instruments Kontrol X1 DJ Controller

Native Instruments is really having a go at the digital DJ with their various products. Not to mention the fact that they are also making waves in the electronic producer circuits with products like Maschine and Komplete suite of virtual instruments and tools.

Their Traktor DJ-ing software is now more or less standard amongst DJs world over and gives serious competition to Serato's Scratch and and ITCH with more versatility and sophistications, especially since Traktor Pro was released and updated.

So now they have gone ahead and made a dedicated midi controller for Traktor users and are calling it Kontrol X1. They developed it with Traktor's favorite poster boy Richie Hawtin. This product has been in development for a long time and even though both NI and Hawtin were pretty much mum about details, the thing has been spied and leaked multiple times over. Now we finally have the official take, so enjoy!

From Vestax: -
From the makers of TRAKTOR comes TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 - the first official TRAKTOR controller for use with any DJ software. Whether you are a DVS timecode or software DJ, simply connect the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 to a computer running TRAKTOR (or other performance software) and gain instant control of your decks and effect parameters. Robust rotary knobs with a heavy-duty feel and backlit buttons provide precise visual and tactile status feedback- letting you delve deep inside TRAKTOR without having to touch your computer.

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 features a total of 30 buttons, 4 push encoders and 8 knobs arranged in the following sections:

8 high resolution potentiometers and 8 buttons make up the effect section of TRAKTOR KONTROL X1. This section allows control of all the parameters of 2 TRAKTOR effect units simultaneously. In Chained mode, this means simultaneous control over 3 effects per deck. The effects section buttons are programmed to give direct access to 3 of your favorite effect presets.

One push encoder per deck is dedicated to browsing through play lists and loading tracks. Simply turn the push encoder to find the track you want, and push it to load it into the corresponding deck. Once the track is loaded the same encoders seek through the track, using tempo sync'd beat jumps to remain in time.

This section allows for intuitive control of TRAKTOR's loop function, giving clear visual feedback about the loop status via LEDs. The section offers first level access to auto loops and manual loops as well as loop editing functions such as loop size and loop position, both coarse and fine.

This section provides direct access to basic playback controls as well as shifted access to 8 secondary functions for each deck. All buttons for industry standard workflows (Play, Sync, Cue + Cup) are located here. Switch to hotcue mode and you get another 16 buttons for controlling the 8 hot cues or hot loops per track. Plus, the CUP button flashes in time with the deck's BPM as an added visual mix aid.

Use TouchOSC To Control Ableton, Natasha Shows You How

iPhone TouchOSC: Natasha and the Reject from Natasha and the Reject on Vimeo.

This is a video by Natasha and the Reject, using the TouchOSC app as an OSC to MIDI Controller for Ableton Live.
Sourced via Synthopia

Maschine Turns 1.1

Heads up people, NI has just released the Maschine 1.1 Update. Maschine is a new wave hardware/software combo that allows you to use your laptop like an MPC through a hardware controller. But there are quite a few advantages to Maschine that you will not get with the MPC machines and that has mainly to do with the flexibility that software tools have.

Anyway, I would've gone on to describe the the 1.1 version but this three part video series from its makers do a far better job. So Ima let 'em finish ;).

PS - nearly forgot to tell you that it is available (the update that is) for free to all Maschine Users From The NI wesbite. Check it out here - yee haw!

PPS - Found a cool video of the Maschine in Live action. (last video was, erm... sorry about that one!)

Novation Launchpad finally available

If you have been looking forward to this fantastic alternative to the APC 40, your wait is finally over. This beauty has hit the stores earlier this month and the user verdicts have been pouring in -- it's a hit! Also, looks like people have been hacking away at it too! Check out this video.

Vestax Ships TR-1 Traktor MIDI Controller

Vestax has developed yet another laptop friendly USB midi controller for Traktor. If you want a feel that matches professional Vestax Mixers, this looks like the perfect controller to use. Features no jog wheels or all that, just sheer practicality and build quality. Does not contain a soundcard though. It has been available since 2 Nov '09.

Official Word From Vestax:-

The TR-1 is a compact, user-friendly controller designed to emulate the touch and feel of a traditional DJ mixer while providing the features and usability that professionals demand in a laptop-based system.

Working directly with Watanabe over 2-1/2 years, the Vestax design team has created an easy-to-use, compact and logical design with an array of faders, switches and rotary controllers tuned to combine the natural touch of a DJ mixer with the advanced functionality offered by Native Instruments Traktor software. By merging ease of use with advanced software command, the TR-1 offers new creative possibilities for computer-based DJs.

The TR-1 features seamless command of Traktor Pro software for control of up to four laptops through two program channels. Key features include soft-push switches and smooth 60mm slide faders for high-precision mixing, with an adjustable Input Fader curve to adapt to any mixing style. A new Shift switch feature allows the user to customize control functions by assigning a second command to a single button.

All standard controls are present and accounted for – tempo faders with pitch bend, three-band EQ with pan on both sides, back and forward cue controls, dual effects loops per side, and more. And connectivity is USB-easy.

The Vestax TR-1 comes bundled with Native Instruments Traktor LE software, can command over 160 parameters right out of the box, including live signal processing effects, beat matching, loop programming, filter sweeping and EQ sweetening in real time. Both the TR-1 and Traktor LE software are compatible with both Windows (XP, Vista) and Mac (OS 10.4 or higher) operating systems. Please see our website for full details on minimum system requirements.

Visually, the TR-1 feature's the traditional Vestax white gold faceplate and knobs, housed in a compact, road-tough chassis design that ensures reliability on tour. Hardware features include adjustable brightness of the surface's LED lights for adaptability to any working conditions, and all control knobs are ergonomically designed for easy grabbing and smooth, noise-free adjustment.

Vestax And Djay Software Makers Make New MIDI Controller

If you are a fan of the Djay software for Mac OS, you will love this new controller. Vestax and DJay together bring you a new controller Called Spin. Made to look like the VCI series, this is definitely part of a family of heavy duty controllers.

For those who don't know, DJay is an easy to use software that is meant for bedroom DJs and casual users who are just looking to throw some tunes together. Features include full auto mode. superb iTunes integration and more.

Image taken from Djay Website.

Pioneer Dawn of A New Species Pictures

So Pioneer has recently been fueling our imaginations with all this new species thing. I do want to know what's going on but there's only about a week or so left before they reveal what's really going on. With so much hype all over the internet, I sure hope they know what they are doing!

After all, tempting us with this is one thing. Then delivering an HDD-based Serato ITCH controller is another thing. Pioneer, your new species better be very new mate.

But what are the odds here? We already have HDD-based table tops. We already have MIDI controllers. We already have Hybrids in between. So what is this now? And I hope Pioneer will go the SSD way because HDDs are known to drop out because the bass thump is usually too much in the booth.
Enjoy the voyeurism ;)

Mixxx Hits 1.7.0!

Well, you guys probably don't know this yet but I am a great supported of Free (Libre) Open Source Software. It is a great thing for enthusiasts and developers all over the place. Sadly, there aren't too many of them around for us Music/Sound guys but there are a few.

One of those is Mixx – a truly cross-platform Dj-ing tool that works even on Linux! That's right. They have recently hit 1.7.0 and that is a bug deal you guys! I just wanted to show them my support and give you guys a heads up by blogging about them. Pay them a visit at - and download the software at It is absolutely, completely, one hundred percent, no-catch, free forever! Music to the recession bitten (y)ears.

Have fun!

Audio Interfaces/Sound Cards for MIDI Controllers - Working Live

This post has been a long time coming. My sincere apologies to Vilhelm to whom I promised this post and then got delayed two weeks over what I said. Anyway, better late than than never I guess!

So the idea for this post and inspiration was given to me by a reader called Vilhelm. He brought up the topic saying that there really wasn't that much info on the internet about which audio interfaces/sound cards can be used with MIDI Controllers that lack built-in sound.

Now theoretically, you can actually go ahead and use any damn audio interface you want. Anything that floats your boat that gets the job done is the right one to use. But there are some that work better than others and in this post I am going to focus on the the controllers I would choose for working live.

The reason why I am choosing live situations is because – a)That's what got me in to MIDI Controllers in the first place and b)It is often the situation where people want to know which ones are the most suitable.

If you are solo performer things will be that much simpler. However, if you decide to hook up for some live PA action – that is where problems begin. DJs do not have this problem though. They will just plug in to the same Mixer and be done with. But if you are a modern DJ who uses a laptop and a controller, hooking up might be confusing. For this, I find the best solution is to either hook up to the same analogue mixer and output from their or use an audio interface that has robust I/O and routing capabilities.

For now, here are some of the smaller audio interfaces that can used in Live situations (i.e. with laptops). Most of them are meant for recording situations but they have the requisite I/Os and dedicated monitoring capabilities to work for live situations. All of the images link to their product pages where you can get more detailed information about them and also find some user reviews and ratings.

Apogee Duet FireWire Interface

My first option would be the Apogee Duet for simple and high quality audio interface. Although it is meant for recording, it can be translated in to live performance. It has balanced and unbalanced inputs. Two outputs for powered speakers and also headphone monitoring. You will be losing out on the functionality of the knob but you have your MIDI Controller for those works. This is a FireWire 400 audio interface and should be used with a Mac. For new MacBooks, Apogee has a FW800 to FW400 adapter.

Native Instruments AUDIO 4 DJ Interface

Next are the purpose built audio 8 and audio 4 Dj audio interfaces from Native Instruments. These are made for DJs and performers who want pro quality sound. With switchable inputs and cool number of outputs, you will have all your bases covered.

PreSonus Inspire 1394 FireWire Audio Interface ¹

This here is the Presonus Inspire 1394 FireWire audio interface. I am deliberately choosing smaller interfaces so that they are easier to carry (and okay to keep in public view). Presonus has a name for making good quality audio interfaces and this one is a favorite for small start up home and project studios. It has separate headphone and line outs. Works on both OS X and Windows. It has balanced mic inputs as well so you can have someone MC-ing along. This boxes can be daisy-chained, so you can have up to 16 inputs and proportionate outputs with multiple Presonus Inspire boxes.

Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 USB-Audio Interface

If you want a USB interface for REALLY cheap, you have the Behnringer UControl UCA202 USB audio interface at your disposal. At only $30, you cannot be asking for more than what it already provides. It gives you a pair in and a pair out with separate headphone monitoring (1/4") and it even has digital audio out via the optical S/PDIF out.

Mackie Onyx Satellite Recording Interface Factory B-Stock ¹

This piece from Mackie has been on my radar for quite some time now. Even though Mackie is not primarily known for making audio interfaces, this is a great little piece that will serve double purposes. The Mackie Onyx Satellite is a FireWire Interface that has two parts. The pod and the dock. The idea here is that the pod can be carried along for location work and the dock will stay attached to your studio back home. Why this appeals to me is because for under $200 I can get something that will essentially act as two separate audio interfaces. Once I am done with my live work, I can easily come back to my studio and plug the pod back in, without having to worry about rewiring the entire thing. After all, I do not have the budget to buy two audio interfaces! I am just a poor musician.

Native Instruments AUDIO KONTROL 1 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface

Since this is the Control MIDI blog and this post is about audio interfaces, I cannot help but mention this nifty little piece from Native Instruments. This is another purpose built audio interface meant for working with software and it incorporates MIDI functionality. So this can act as your secondary controller. It is meant to be used with a few specific apps but since there's MIDI, it is as good as a second MIDI controller waiting to be mapped to your favorite software. It is a FireWire device and works on both Mac and Windows.

Stanton FinalScratch OPEN DJ FireWire Audio Interface ¹

Stanton brings this piece of audio interface goodie that has all the I/Os a digital DJ can ever need. The Stanton Final Scratch Scratchamp is a FireWire Interface and has 2 pairs of output and 2 pairs of input along with 1 pair of auxiliary input and one balanced mic input. That's everything you will ever need onstage. Further more, Stanton advertises this as a system meant for audio apps like Live and MixVibes.

Stanton SCS.1m Digital Mix Controller

This is the second most expensive piece that I am going to mention on this post. This is the Stanton SCS.1m Digital Mix Controller. This amazing piece that has scribble strips, infinite rotary knobs and a four channel setup for one helluva digital DJ-ing experience. It is also a great FireWire audio interface that has been designed for DJs and live performers. This one retails for about $600-800 depending on where you are buying it form.

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And this is just for kicks because most of us mere mortals do not need this kind of power. This by far the most expensive piece on this post. It has amazing Allen&Heath audio quality. The name speaks for itself. It is an interface that has a lot of MIDI control, everything glows under UV and a lot of them are backlit. All in all, if you want to blow about $2800 on some fantastic audio and MIDI gear – this beast is it.


When it comes to using audio interfaces at home with your MIDI controllers, your choice is completely your choice. It is only restricted by the laptop/desktop that you are using and the amount that you are willing to spend on it. If you any of you guys and gals have suggestions, do drop a line. I will add the thing on the list. Till next time, keep 'em fingers busy! And if you are planning to buy something in the mean time, it is a good time to head over to They are are having a grand sale, look below:

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Ableton MIDI Controller: AKAI APC40 Ableton Performance Controller Review

Ableton MIDI Controller: AKAI APC40 Ableton Performance Controller Review
The NAMM has always been a place where a lot of excitement gathers and everything sort of goes into the public domain as soon as the news is released. So it came as a surprise to no one that the news of a new, ‘officially approved’ Ableton Live Controller would spread like absolute wildfire.
Since it was first announced at the 2009 NAMM, it has been the center of attraction within the community of Live users. Nothing has garnered so much attention from the Live users than the APC40. Not even the announcement of Cycling ’74 bringing the flexibility of Max/MSP to Live. Let’s face it, that one was a bit too technical to suit t he taste of the masses.
But this delectable offering from the MPC making people at Akai has caught everyone’s attention. So here we go, taking a headlong plunge in to the depths of the APC40 and see what it’s all about.
The APC40 brings back the ‘Live’ part into Ableton Live. It is a MIDI Controller, true but it is more than that. It is like an instrument that let’s you do whatever you want with it. It allows the user to harness everything that is Ableton Live. And that very statement should tell you how much potential it carries.
Let’s take a quick look at the main features: -
  • Every control on the damn this is customizable and that means every pot, slider and button
  • The clip launch button matrix with multicolor feedback is an absolute first in a consumer product. And it completely sells the product (else it is not very different from the MPD32).
  • Session overview
  • Mixer Section
  • Transport control
  • Track Selection and Device Control Encoders
  • Track Control
  • Tempo control
There’s a crossfader yes, but it is too darn close to the Stop, Play and Record buttons. So don’t expect to be busting out two click flares on this one.
And once the Max for Live is completely implemented, you can use the grid like a step sequencer (or anything else that you want actually!)
You might have had a lot of controllers before that claimed to ‘Plug ‘n Play’ but we know where those things went. You’d either spending way too much time figuring out what was going on or it wouldn’t work at all. Well, you will be glad to hear that with this baby, it is all about connecting the USB cable and firing up Live on your system. Once you’ve done that, you are all set to do whatever you want with it.
The two-way communication (apparently proprietary) between the APC40 and Live makes the controller reflect (almost) everything that is happening within the software and vice-versa. So the problem of not knowing what the heck is going on in there is gone now.
The controller is not hard to figure out at all and is actually very intuitive. Those who have been working with Ableton for a while now will not need the Quickstart manual at all. For those have started on Live only yesterday, there’s a handy manual that familiarizes you with the major areas of the controller, but that’s where it ends.

 The APC40 is very well laid out and made to reflect the session view as much as possible. So you have the clip launching button matrix and 8 faders corresponding to the columns. There is a 9th fader that represents the master line fader. So if you can get your head around the basics of Live, you will easily know what’s what on the APC40.
As is usual with Akai, the construction quality of the APC is really good. So it is safe to take it on several tours without needing to mollycoddle it. It has a metal chassis that instantly reminds of my own MPK49 from Akai. The side panels are rubber textured and have a solid and non-slip feel to them. With so many rubber buttons on thing you will really want to start messing around as soon as possible.

A lot of people have complained about the ‘plasticky’ feel of the knobs and they are justified in saying that. Rubberized knobs would’ve been a great idea because both the stage and the booth tend to get sweaty. There have also been complaints about the faders being too close together. But there is a flipside to this one where people are saying that they like being able to control two or more faders with one hand. So this one is a matter of personal choice it seems. However, all the controls are placed firmly within the circuit board and hence feel sturdy enough to take abuse.
The clip launching button matrix/grid has an 8x5 layout. The buttons have four states in total: -
Off – No clip present in the slot
Amber – Clip present but not playing
Green – Clip present and playing
Red – Recording.
All that is really intuitive, so no worrying about what means what. Once again, if you know live this will be a cinch to pickup. There’s a row of buttons directly below the grid. These are clip stop buttons, one dedicated button for each track. Beneath that is a row of track select buttons that choose which track is being controlled by the knobs on the APC. Tracks in Live are the vertical rows of clips that have a name or number assigned to them at the top.
Below these are three rows of half buttons. From top row to bottom, these toggle track mute, Solo/cue and Arm Record respectively.

Ableton Session view is called that for a reason. It has become the default choice for those who are developing interfaces for the live. This has already been proven by the likes of Ohm from Livid and Monome from the Monome Project. But the main complaint is about the layout of the knobs on the APC. Having such crucial controls as bank select, tempo nudge, shift and tap tempo in the middle of all that knob real estate is actually a bit cramped. Most people have taken issues with the ergonomics of the APC and that is mainly where the APC loses points. Some also have pointed out that it is a right hand oriented setup.
However, there is a large group of people who said that will just get used to the new setup after a few sessions with it. So for some it is not that big a deal and certainly not a deal breaker.
Regardless of the different things that people have to say about the layout, one thing has hooked them all – they all love the lighting around the knobs. These LED position indicators are simply great to look.
A lot of people (including me) would’ve liked to have some more buttons underneath the knobs to make the thing more customizable. Even though we can live with that, I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would put something like a crossfader so close to the transport controls! I mean really! One missed crossfade or cut and your entire set is ruined because you accidentally hit a transport button!
The multicolored LEDS were a great idea and I love the feedback they give out. The USB interface is great as well. The thing does not crash even when a lot is going on within the software. But since the only thing that is flowing through the USB is MIDI data, it cannot be too much for modern USB2.0 standards that are known to handle not only live MIDI but also live Audio quite well without failing. Just make sure that you have a good USB2.0 cable. Apparently there is a difference and I sure would not like to find out the hard way.

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So that covers everything that I wanted to say about the APC40. Should Akai want to bring out another version (and it really should) – they should concentrate more on the ergonomics and well – read these reviews! J
Catch you people later!

Oh, and here's the official description and a place to buy: -

Akai APC40 Ableton Performance Controller
Akai APC40 Ableton Performance Controller
The Akai APC40 Ableton Performance Controller is designed to be a powerful, intuitive controller for electronic-music performance artists, DJs, hip-hop producers and traditional musicians using Ableton Live on stage and in the studio. Virtual view The APC40 talks directly to Ableton Live and Live talks directly to the APC40. This exclusive bidirectional communication makes the Akai Professional APC40 an advanced controller that receives feedback from the software and displays 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 color so you quickly get a picture of clip state. Shift your clip focus and get an overview of the clips you have loaded for your set. The Akai APC40 controller has 16 knobs, each surrounded by a ring of LEDs. These LED rings indicate the currently selected parameters' values, and make seeing your settings on dark stages a breeze. The APC40 controller's advanced visual feedback focuses your performing with focused more on the music and less on squinting at the computer screen. In fact, you might even forget that the computer is there. Premium controls 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 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.Creative control The Akai APC40 controller 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 APC40. The 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 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 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 controller

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