AKAI Professional
MPC Live Hero

Specifications:

Pads

  • (16) velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit
  • (8) banks accessible via Pad Bank buttons

Knobs

  • (4) 360° touch-sensitive Q-Link Knobs
  • (4) Q-Link Knob columns accessible via Q-Link buttons
  • (1) 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push

Buttons

  • (22) dedicated function buttons; red-, amber-, or green-backlit

Display

  • 6.9” / 176 mm (diagonal)
  • 5.9” x 3.7” / 150 x 93 mm (width x height)
  • Full-color LED-backlit display with touch interface

CPU

  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 16 GB (user storage, 10 GB pre-installed content), 4 GB (MPC operating system)

Connections

  • (2) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS inputs (1 stereo pair)
  • (6) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS outputs (3 stereo pairs)
  • (1) 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo headphone output
  • (2) RCA inputs (1 stereo pair)
  • (2) 5-pin MIDI inputs (2) 5-pin MIDI outputs
  • (2) USB Type-A ports (1) USB Type-B port
  • (1) SD card slot
  • (1) power adapter input

Power

  • via power adapter: 19 VDC, 3.42 A, center-positive, included
  • via battery: lithium-ion, rechargeable, up to 4 hours of battery life

Dimensions (width x depth x height)

  • 16.7” x 8.8” x 2.7”
  • 424 x 224 x 69 mm

Weight

  • 5.9 lbs.
  • 2.7 kg

Requirements:

  • Controller Mode: Windows 8.1 or newer
  • Controller Mode: Mac OS X 10.9.5 or newer
  • MPC 2.0: Minimum 2GB free disk space (20GB for all content), Minimum 4GB RAM (8GB recommended), Minimum Dual-core 2.5GHz CPU
  • MPC Live - Product Overview Video MPC Live - Product Overview Video
  • Introducing the Next Generation of MPC: X and Live Introducing the Next Generation of MPC: X and Live
  • Akai Pro — MPC Live Overview & Demo Akai Pro — MPC Live Overview & Demo
  • Standalone Challenge: Melissa Reese Standalone Challenge: Melissa Reese
  • MPC LIVE & Sound Design MPC LIVE & Sound Design
  • Akai MPC Live Demo & In-Depth Feature Overview Akai MPC Live Demo & In-Depth Feature Overview
  • Standalone Challenge: Fuse of 808 Mafia Standalone Challenge: Fuse of 808 Mafia
  • Standalone Challenge: Zaytoven Standalone Challenge: Zaytoven
  • MPC Lounge: Drum Programming MPC Lounge: Drum Programming
  • MPC Lounge: Audio Tracks MPC Lounge: Audio Tracks
  • MPC Lounge: Clip Launch MPC Lounge: Clip Launch
  • Behind the Scenes: UK/EU MPC Artist Days Behind the Scenes: UK/EU MPC Artist Days

Portable Powerhouse

Unrivaled combination of power & portability — bringing the studio to the stage

Standalone MPC — no computer required | 7” high-resolution multi-touch display | Internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Phono, instrument, mic and line inputs | 2 pairs of MIDI Inputs and Outputs | 16GB of on-board storage (over 10 gigs of sound content included)
2GB of RAM | Full-size SD card slot | User-expandable 2.5” SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD) |2 USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers

  • 7” high-resolution multi-touch display
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Phono, instrument, mic and line inputs
  • 2 pairs of MIDI Inputs and Outputs
  • 16GB of on-board storage (over 10 gigs of sound content included)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Full-size SD card slot
  • User-expandable 2.5” SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)
  • 2 USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers
More Info

Versatility is crucial for all producers. Being able to easily pivot from creator to performer means more people have the opportunity to see and hear your music. The new MPC Live makes the process of performing your studio inventions on stage incredibly seamless by combining the power of a production centerpiece with the portability and rugged design of an on stage workhorse.

At the heart of the new MPC Live is a beautiful, full color 7” multi-touch screen, four touch-capacitive Q-Link controls, a clickable master encoder knob and 16 amazingly responsive, velocity and pressure-sensitive RGB pads.

Weighing in at less than 6 pounds, the MPC Live ushers in a new era of ultra-portable production. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and packing 16 gigs of on-board storage, the MPC Live features numerous ways to take your beloved sample library and MPC sessions anywhere. Files can be accessed and transferred to the built on-board storage via the built-in SD card slot and/or two-port USB hub. If that’s not enough storage, the MPC Live also features a 2.5” SATA drive connector providing additional storage via installation of a fixed hard drive – SSD or HDD (sold separately). The same USB hub can also be used for MIDI controller connectivity.

Standalone? Check. Battery powered? Check. Contains massive amounts of internal storage? Check. Your creative flow now knows no borders and bounds.

To Plug or Not to Plug

Powering Live is MPC 2.0, Akai Professional’s new update to the MPC software. Capable of running natively on the MPC Live in standalone mode, MPC 2.0 can also be run from a Mac or PC with the Live tethered to a computer. A number of major workflow enhancements have been added to 2.0, including: audio track recording, an improved time warp algorithm, refined Q-Link control, audio and MIDI drag and drop – all appearing on a new graphical interface. Future versions will support Ableton Link.

Infinite Sounds, Unlimited Inspiration

The MPC has a well-earned reputation for sounds that hit hard and sound great, right out of the box. MPC Live is no exception. Pre-installed with 10 gigs of world-class sounds, The Vault 2.0 features samples and kits from top-notch sound design companies including Capsun Audio, MVP Loops, CR2 Records, as well as our own radio-ready kits. Want to incorporate your own samples without tethering to a computer? MPC Live features a 2.5” SATA drive connector providing more storage via external hard drive – SSD or HDD. Additionally, sounds can be accessed and added to the library using the built-in SD Card slot or the USB thumb drive.

“The MPC Live is an absolute beast. It truly represents a huge step forward in the product category,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Professional. “MPC Live is the most powerful MPC we’ve made to date and yet it’s portable enough to take anywhere.”

LIVE AND DIRECT

In this product overview video, we introduce you to the hardware and software features that make up the new MPC Live. Portable, powerful and fully standalone, the MPC Live is set to stoke the creative fire of producers and performers worldwide.

LIVE AND DIRECT
UNPLUG AND PLAY

UNPLUG AND PLAY

Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the MPC Live can run up to 6 hours without plugging into a power source. Whether on a plane, at the coffeeshop or in the park, professional music production power is no longer limited to the studio.

KEYS AND CRATES

KEYS AND CRATES

Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the MPC Live can run up to 6 hours without plugging into a power source. Whether on a plane, at the coffeeshop or in the park, professional music production power is no longer limited to the studio.

SOUNDS FOR DAYS

SOUNDS FOR DAYS

The MPC has a well-earned reputation for sounds that hit hard and sound great, right out of the box. The MPC Live comes pre-installed with 10GB of radio-ready sounds from the world’s top sound design companies as well as our own signature sounds.

MPC STANDALONE CHALLENGE

The concept is simple. We get some of the best producers and musicians across different genres to make an original track from scratch using only the new MPCs - no computers allowed. Now it’s your turn. Take the #standalonechallenge and share your creations online. We'll repost the best tracks on our social channels.

Standalone Challenge | Zaytoven

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MPC Lounge

Short, sweet and straight-to-the-point, the MPC Lounge series focuses on specific production techniques using the MPC Live and MPC Software 2.0.

MPC Lounge | Clip Launch

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MPC Software 2.0 Logo

Latest version of the acclaimed composition software features audio track recording,
real-time audio warping, Audio and MIDI drag-and-drop, along with enhanced Q-Link™ control.

New graphical interface | Audio track recording | Real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting | Clip Program mode for clip-launching workflow
Reimagined mixer layout — resizable faders, an adaptive channel strip, a dedicated audio track | Editing window, resizable waveform view
Advanced signal routing capability — submixes, FX returns, multi-output plugin support | More efficient and streamlined MPC workflow
Audio and MIDI drag and drop | Enhanced QLink control

  • New graphical interface
  • Audio track recording
  • Real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting
  • Clip Program mode for clip-launching workflow
  • Reimagined mixer layout — resizable faders, an adaptive channel strip, a dedicated audio track
  • Editing window, resizable waveform view
  • Advanced signal routing capability — submixes, FX returns, multi-output plugin support
  • More efficient and streamlined MPC workflow
  • Audio and MIDI drag and drop
  • Enhanced QLink control
More Info

Reimagined GUI:

MPC 2.0’s redesigned GUI offers a vastly improved creative experience that enhances MPC’s revered workflow. Combining a reimagined mixer layout outfitted with resizable faders, an adaptive channel strip, a dedicated audio track editing window, resizable waveform view and much more, MPC 2.0 presents the ultimate platform for unrestricted creative versatility alongside must-have tools that deliver unprecedented surgical control.

Audio Tracks:

Capture, edit and mix up to 8 studio-grade resolution audio tracks in standalone mode (MPC X and MPC Live), or expand your track limit to an immense 128 tracks in controller mode. Furnished with critical audio recording functionality - including multi-track capture, selectable monitoring options (Off, On & Auto), monitoring via effects, Punch In/Out Recording and Record Start options – MPC 2.0 empowers producers and performers with core audio-capture and the convenience of full featured standalone operation.

Edit, Mix, Create:

Used in conjunction with an Akai Professional MPC unit, performers and producers will find that MPC 2.0 will Edit, Mix and Create in a manner unmatched by any other production software. There is a comprehensive suite of audio editing tools: Pointer, Eraser, Audition, Scissors, Fade In, Fade Out, Reverse, Mute, Pitch Adjust and BPM Adjust. For mixing, users can automate any effect, instrument or mixer parameter. With its advanced signal routing capability—submixes, FX returns, multi-output plugin support (up to 16 stereo outputs) and more—there is virtually no limit to the versatility on tap for the artist.

Manipulate Tempo or Pitch:

With MPC 2.0, total-command of user’s audio is possible courtesy of a new real-time time-stretching and pitch shifting algorithm. Change the duration of any audio region, drum/keygroup sample or clip to match the tempo of your project with MPC Software’s real-time time-stretching; or, use real-time high quality pitch shifting to change the pitch of any audio region, drum/keygroup sample or clip for creative manipulation or to change the key of the source material. MPC 2.0 makes it easy to manipulate the time and pitch of any source material: a chopped vocal in an audio track, a drum loop in a clip program or an orchestral phrase loaded into a chromatic sampler program.

Perform:

For performers, MPC 2.0 brings their presentation to the next level. MPC Software’s XYFX and a Phrase Looper now combines with an all-new Clip Program mode powered by MPC’s real-time warping algorithm, providing users with an intuitive clip launch workflow and the ultimate platform for creative versatility. Features like Enhanced Q-Link functionality for precision control mapping of MPCs editable functions and selectable hardware outputs providing seamless assimilation into multiple usage scenarios make MPC 2.0 a powerful creative tool.

Versatility:

MPC 2.0 is versatile and adaptable as well. It supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND, as well as supporting samples and sequences from any MPC ever made. There is full 64-bit support in all versions: standalone, VST, AAX and AU.



Features

  • New graphical interface
  • Audio track recording
  • Real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting
  • Clip Program mode for clip launching workflow
  • Reimagined mixer layout – resizable faders, an adaptive channel strip, a dedicated audio track
  • editing window, resizable waveform view
  • Advanced signal routing capability - submixes, FX returns, multi-output plugin support
  • More efficient and streamlined MPC workflow
  • Audio and MIDI drag and drop
  • Enhanced QLink Control

Specs & Requirements

  • Controller Mode: Windows 8.1 or newer
  • Controller Mode: Mac OS X 10.10.5 or newer
  • MPC 2.0: Minimum 2GB free disk space (20GB for all content), Minimum 4GB RAM (8GB recommended), Minimum Dual-core 2.5GHz CPU

As musical styles evolve and new genres emerge, we stay on top of the current movements in sound to ensure your MPC is always stocked with the freshest new samples. Check here as we constantly release high quality, subgenre focused Expansion Packs for your MPC.

Slo mo trap
Chilled trap
Lo fi soul
Dark parallax
Melodic horizon
Raw cutz