When comparing Launchpad Pro vs Akai Pro APC40 mkII, the Slant community recommends Launchpad Pro for most people. In the question“What are the best MIDI pad controllers?” Launchpad Pro is ranked 2nd while Akai Pro APC40 mkII is ranked 4th.
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Pro Cheaper than Ableton Push
Pro RGB Pads and an new 'User' mode
Similar to the previous 'User 1' mode, the new 'User' mode allows for many bespoke creative applications. RGB LEDs bring a whole new level of possibility for those using the device for visuals and light shows during performance.
Pro Works with most DAWs not just Ableton Live
Pro MIDI Iin & Out / Standalone Mode
Works independently of a computer for controlling external hardware
Pro Designed for live performances
Pro Good pads
Pressure and velocity sensitive pads.
Pro Designed to work with Ableton Live
Pro Great for live performances if used with Ableton Live
The controller has buttons dedicated to actions in Live's session view and is laid out exactly like the DAW. The clip launch grid even uses the same light colors Live does.
Pro Completely USB powered
No external power source is required.
Pro Footswitch works with Live's session record
Con Record quantization is removed in mkII
Record quantization that was present in APC40 mkI is not anymore.