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 MPC Live from Akai Professional makes the process of performing your studio inventions on stage incredibly seamless, by combining the power of a production centrepiece with the portability and rugged design of an on stage workhorse.
At the heart of the new Akai MPC Live is a beautiful, full colour 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 3 kg, 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 Akai MPC Live features numerous ways to take your beloved sample library and MPC sessions anywhere.
Files can be accessed and transferred to an inserted SD Card and/or an external drive attached to the USB hub on the back. If that’s not enough storage, the Akai MPC Live also features a 2.5” SATA drive connector providing additional storage via installation of a fixed hard drive – SSD or HDD.
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 Akai MPC Live in standalone mode, MPC 2.0 can also be run from a Mac or PC in controller-mode.
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
Infinite Sounds, Unlimited Inspiration
The Akai MPC has a well-earned reputation for sounds that hit hard and sound great, right out of the box. The Akai 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.”
- 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
Akai Professional MPC Live Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the system specs of the Akai MPC Live?
The Akai MPC Live has its own embedded system which sports a 1.8GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.
For internal storage, the MPC Live has 16GB on board. There are 10GB of studio quality sounds pre-loaded and another 6GB for you to work with. You can use the 2 onboard USB ports to add more samples or to provide extra storage. There is also a compartment on the bottom of the MPC Live which houses an SATA port for installing an optional HDD or SDD.
What operating systems will the MPC Live be supported on?
The MPC X, MPC Live and MPC 2.0 software will all be supported for use on Windows 8.1 and up, as well as Mac OS X 10.10 and up. This will only require the installation of a single driver to use the MPC X or MPC Live as a controller with MPC 2.0.
As a side note, the MPC X and MPC Live can be connected to virtually any operating system for simple file transfer. That means if you need to transfer files off of your Windows 7 computer, you can connect your MPC and your OS will be able to recognize any connected USB drives or SATA drives.
How big is the display? Is it a touch screen?
The Akai MPC Live features a 7" full colour, multi-touch display (16:9 resolution) for navigating and controlling the internal software. This means that not only is it touch capable, but it can handle multi-touch gestures like pinching to zoom in/out and double-tap for advanced settings.
How much storage is there? How big is the internal hard drive?
The MPC Live has 16GB of internal storage. There are 10GB of studio quality sounds pre-loaded and another 6GB for you to work with. You can use the 2 onboard USB ports to add more samples or to provide extra storage. There is also a compartment on the bottom of the MPC Live which houses an SATA port for installing an optional HDD or SDD.
The Akai MPC Live has a battery?! How long will it last?
Yes! The MPC Live comes complete with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, so you can be completely untethered! On a full charge, the battery will power the MPC for around 4-6 hours of consistent usage (that's non-stop touching, performing, playing, display brightness all the way up, etc.). But with conservative use, you'll likely get much more!
When you're ready to charge again, just plug in the power supply and keep playing! A small light will come on in the back of the unit and the battery symbol on the display will come on to indicate charging. The light will go off again when fully charged.
Is the battery user-replaceable?
It is definitely replaceable, though we do not recommend that customer's try this on their own to avoid voiding warranties and/or causing any damage to the unit. If the battery requires service or replacement, our support team is standing by and ready to provide service options!
Does the MPC Live include MPC Software version 2.0?
MPC Live includes the latest version of the MPC Software, version 2.0. You can use the MPC Live entirely standalone or as a controller for MPC Software 2.0.
Can I record full audio tracks on the MPC Live?
Yes! One of the great new features on the MPC X, MPC Live and MPC 2.0 software is the addition of audio track recording. In the standalone mode, the MPC will capable of up to 8 full audio tracks, but the MPC 2.0 software can record as many tracks as your system can handle.
Can I plug a USB MIDI controller into the USB ports of the MPC Live?
The USB ports on the MPC Live have a variety of uses. They can be used to transfer files on and off of the MPC Live, as extra storage, and as input for USB MIDI controllers.
If you have a class compliant MIDI controller (one that does not require drivers), you will be able to plug it directly into an available USB port on the MPC Live and control MIDI information in the embedded system software.
The MPC X and Live feature Bluetooth and WIFI. How can I use this?
Good question! The MPCX and MPC Live support Bluetooth MIDI. While this means you can't connect your Bluetooth speakers or Bluetooth turntable, it does mean that you can use Bluetooth MIDI keyboards like the new LPD8 and LPK25 Wireless, as well as Ableton Link via WiFi.
Are the MPC X and MPC Live USB 3.0?
Yes! The MPC X and MPC Live will both ship with USB 3.0 cables and work at USB 3.0 speeds when connected to the computer as a controller. While USB 2.0 may work, we do recommend using 3.0 cables and ports whenever possible for the best results.
If the MPC is in standalone mode, any connected thumb drives or storage devices will operate at USB 2.0.
Can I add additional storage space?
Yes! The Akai MPC X and MPC Live both feature two (2) USB ports for connecting thumb drives and other USB storage devices, an SD card slot for standard SD/SDHC cards, as well as a port for adding an additional 2.5" SATA drive (either HDD or SSD).
Virtually all drive sizes are supported, but we recommend formatting drives to exFAT, FAT32, or NTFS for the best results. SATA drives will be mounted to the compartment door with the included screws.
Please make sure that the MPC Live is turned off before connecting or disconnecting an SATA drive.
Are there any differences between running a project in standalone vs. with MPC 2.0?
Yes, but not many. You may notice some differences depending on your work style, though the main difference will be with VST support. MPC 2.0 supports VST plugins when used on your computer, however, these will be disabled when using the projects on the MPC X and MPC Live in standalone.
Are projects transferable between the MPC X and MPC Live?
Yes! Projects can be transferred and opened on any MPC live or MPC X considering all of the project's contents (samples, programs, sequences) are transferred as well. Considering there are differences in outputs and inputs on the MPC X versus MPC Live, you may notice that outputs or inputs are disabled if they are not available on the current controller.
How many inputs and outputs are on the Akai MPC Live?
The Akai MPC Live features two (2) 1/4" balanced TRS inputs (Line) and two (2) RCA inputs (Phono), along with a grounding terminal and adjustable Record Volume knob. Only one set of inputs can be used at a time, selectable via the Line/Phono Switch on the back of the MPC Live.
Important: The RCA inputs are intended only for phono-level audio. Please be sure not to connect line-level audio sources to this input.
The MPC Live also features six (6) balanced TRS outputs, as well as a dedicated headphone output.
On top of the audio i/o, the Akai MPC Live also has 2 full-size 5-pin MIDI inputs and 2 full-size 5-pin MIDI outputs.
Can I transfer content direct to the internal storage?
All content will need to be stored on a thumb drive or the internal SATA drive before transferring to the internal storage on the MPC X or MPC Live. The Internal storage will not appear as an available drive when connected to your system.
If I record a sample while the MPC Live is in controller mode with MPC 2.0, is the sample recorded to my MPC X or my computer?
The sample will be recorded onto your computer hard drive and into your MPC 2.0 project folder. While connected in controller mode, the MPC X will act only as a controller/interface, similar to the MPC Renaissance. But once disconnected from controller mode, your project can be transferred to a USB drive, SD card or additional drive on the MPC X to open in standalone.
Will the MPC Live support legacy file types?
Absolutely! The MPC Live will be fully compatible with projects, programs and sequences from previous MPC versions and legacy hardware MPC's such as the MPC5000, MPC4000, MPC3000, MPC2500/2500XL, MPC1000, and MPC500.
The MPC Live will support the following file types .AKP, . ALL, .IPT, .PGM, .PRJ, . SND, .MID, .SEQ, . APS, .50k, and .50s.