Can APC40 be used as controller without LIVE?

    Aug 12 2011 | 11:47 pm
    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 | 9:26 am
      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 | 10:04 am
      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?