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Akai MPC Live II




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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


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.”



Standalone MPC – no computer required
7” high-resolution multi-touch display
Internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Also acts as a control surface for MPC 2.0 software
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


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



67.5mm x 410mm x 223mm
2.7" x 16" x 8.8"
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