Can APC40 be used as controller without LIVE?

Aug 12, 2011 at 11:47pm

Can APC40 be used as controller without LIVE?

I’m thinking about getting an Akai APC40 to control my max patches. I don’t run Live and I wanted to check that it’s possible to get it working without Live.



Aug 13, 2011 at 9:26am

Absolutely it can; at its core its still just a dumb MIDI controller. The ‘special’ integration with Live is all done at the DAW end of things. Similarly you can use a Launchpad (see my implementation of this here: completely divorced from Live.

I believe there is a document available from Akai’s website that gives the full MIDI implementation for the APC. This should help you get full control of various LEDs direct from Max.

Aug 13, 2011 at 10:04am

Thanks I thought that might be the case. I have no trouble with using my Launchpad. I just heard something about a ‘handshake’ being necessary between the APC and Live.

I take it you have to send back messages from Max to change the lighting states of the various APC indicators?


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