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
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.
Akai MPC 2.6 Desktop Software and Firmware Update
With the new MPC 2.6 software update, you get MIDI maps for popular controlls from Ableton, Arturia, Korg, M-Audio and Native Instruments for even more in-depth control and performance potential.
New features include Step Automation which allows you to input, edit and view automation in the Step Sequencer.
Grid Automation has also been added, allowing you to input, edit and view automation in Grid Edit and Audio Edit.
In addition to the above, there have been several workflow enhancements along with bug fixes and stabiity improvements across the board.
MPC 2.4 Desktop Software and Firmware Update
2.3 saw standalone synth engines, now it's time for premium mixing tools in MPC! Now, MPC 2.4 has introduced 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.
Among the many improvements in this latest update, these 16 Classic FX from Pro Tools are now available in your standalone MPC:
- AIR Distortion
- AIR Enhancer
- AIR Ensemble
- AIR Filter Gate
- AIR Flanger
- AIR Freq Shift
- AIR Fuzz-Wah
- AIR Kill EQ
- AIR Lo-Fi
- AIR Multi-Chorus
- AIR Non-Linear Reverb
- AIR Phaser
- AIR Reverb
- AIR Spring Reverb
- AIR Stereo Width
- AIR Talkbox
These 12 all new plugins are also included:
- AIR Channel Strip
- AIR Compressor
- AIR Delay
- AIR Diff Delay
- AIR Filter
- AIR Maximizer
- AIR Noise Gate
- AIR Para EQ
- AIR Pitch Shifter
- AIR Pumper
- AIR Transient
- AIR Tube Drive
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