Akai MPC Live Sampler and Drum Machine
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Akai MPC Live Sampler and Drum Machine

by Akai
Akai MPC Live is a hybrid workstation for live performance and powerful studio production. With a similar footprint and layout as the MPC To..

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Akai MPC Live is a hybrid workstation for live performance and powerful studio production. With a similar footprint and layout as the MPC Touch, MPC Live now provides a standalone solution without the requirement of PC or Laptop connectivity.

Take the MPC Live anywhere creativity strikes - it's even battery powered for truly portable production.

The Next Generation of Standalone

Akai MPC Live represents a forward step from MPC Touch, MPC Studio and MPC Renaissance - a hybrid of all 3 systems in one compact, road-ready unit.

The latest incarnation of the legendary Akai MPC 'Music Production Centre' features a full-colour, 7” multi-touch screen, 16 amazingly responsive, velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads and 16 gigs of internal storage. At the heart of MPC Live lies the powerful MPC 2.0 Software - all run inside-the-box.  MPC Software 2.0 can also be run from a Mac or PC as a plugin in all popular DAWs, or as a full-featured standalone application.

Weighing in at less than 6 pounds, the Akai 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.

Akai MPC Live Key Features:

  • Standalone MPC – no computer required – natively powered by MPC Software 2.0
  • Also acts as a control surface for MPC 2.0 software, compatible with Mac & PC
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Selectable inputs: Turntable (RCA) with ground peg and stereo balanced 14-inch jack
  • 6 configurable 14" balanced jack outputs
  • 1/8" headphone output
  • 7-inch full-colour multi-touch display
  • 2 pairs of full-size MIDI inputs and outputs
  • 16GB of on-board storage (over 10GB of premium sound content included from leading sound designers including CR2, TOOLROOM, Loopmasters, Capsun Pro Audio, and more)
  • User-expandable 2.5" SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)
  • 2 USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers
  • SD Card slot for loading samples and projects

Immersive Workflow

With older MPC designs, we were limited to a tiny pixel screen to trim audio files and navigate your sequences. A full-colour 7" touch screen now makes everything faster, more precise and intuitive. Instantly see where you are in your project, cut and chop samples in no time, and spend more time creating new musical ideas.

Many have come close, but nobody has quite captured the response of authentic Akai MPC drum pads. The backlit-RGB pads on MPC Live feel every bit as responsive as the iconic MPC 2000, 2500 and 4000, but with the modern benefits of colour co-ordination! The same note repeat, quantize and swing parameters still feature - creating beats is a breeze on MPC Live.

Akai MPC Live also features 4 Touch-capacitive Q-Links controls with OLED displays - a dream come true for trimming samples and tweaking parameters on the fly. Sequencer buttons provide direct access to all aspects of MPC Software 2.0. Navigate the on-board sequencer in no time at all, with a full transport control section to overdub and record as you play.

The Most Powerful MPC Ever

In terms of hardware, Akai MPC Live has a wealth of Input and Output connectivity to make it a central part of your live or studio setup. A Stereo 1/4" Jack input is ideal for synths and other line level instruments, as well as an RCA Phono connection for direct turntable sampling. After all, the joy of sampling vinyl is at the core of what made the classic MPC workflow legendary! 4 Mono Jack Outputs also open up MPC Live to connect to multiple mixers or speakers.MIDI I/O and USB Inputs also make connection to MIDI Controllers and Keyboards seamless.

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 Akai's in-house content. 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). Additionally, your own custom sounds can be accessed and added to the library using the built-in SD Card slot or the USB thumb drive.

NEW MPC 2.4 Software

From February 2019, Akai MPC Live users can enjoy the latest version of the acclaimed MPC2 Software - v2.4.

2.3 saw standalone synth engines, now it's time for premium mixing tools in MPC! Akai Professional has just announced MPC 2.4 that introduces a plethora of user-requested features and workflow enhancements, notably the addition of 28 must-have effects from critically-acclaimed DSP gurus AIR Music Technology and a much-requested side-chain compressor, the Mother Ducker.

The original AIR Creative FX collection has been included as part of Pro Tools since Version 8 and is considered the reference FX suite by some of the world's most respected audio professionals.

With MPC 2.4, this legendary suite of 16 mix essentials has been ported to MPC for immediate use with standalone or desktop MPC software; this core range of effects has also been expanded to include 12 new plugins, including the AIR Channel Strip and AIR Transient. Each effect has been expertly designed with ease of use in mind and the stunning new TUI layouts take using effects inside MPC to a whole new level.


Weight (kg)3.0000

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