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Live Control

The most advanced controller for Ableton Live has just dropped from Akai

The APC40 was designed by both companies and is so tightly integrated with the software that values are fed back to its LEDs.

So called APC40 for its 40 square pads which correspond to Ableton's clip matrix - they light up according to what's on screen. Green for clips ready to play, amber for clips playing, red for record-ready clips and off for empty cells.

It requires no mapping at all with Live, but can also work with any other software. And it's fairly reasonable at £399 from