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Akai MPC Live Standalone Music Production Center

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Quick Overview

Introducing the Akai MPC Live Standalone Music Production Center the new ultra-portable MIDI controller that offers superior control over multiple parameters whether that is in standalone mode or integrated into a computer setup.

Akai MPC Live Standalone Music Production Center


Introducing the Akai MPC Live Standalone Music Production Center, the small but mighty MIDI controller that features numerous ways to make sure you stay creative for longer, whether that is in the studio or on stage.

MPC Live

Stunning Design

The MPC Live features a 7" multi-touch screen, four touch-sensitive Q-Link controls, a push-down master encoder button, as well as 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads. All these controls are housed in the beautiful slim black chassis that is guaranteed to look great in any studio or live setup.

Multi-Purpose Functionality

Akai's MPC Live weighs in at less than 6lbs and brings about the next generation of super-portable music production. Featuring 16 gigs of onboard memory and is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery making this ideal for live performance. Files can be transferred to the on-board memory or accessed via the built-in SD card slot and/or USB hub. The MPC Live comes with a 2.5" SATA drive connector which provides more external storage via an SSD or HDD drive.

Computer Integration or Standalone

Akai's MPC Live is powered by MPC 2.0 Software which runs with the controller either in standalone mode or as external VST inside a Digital Audio Workstation. The software features capabilities such as audio track recording, intelligent Q-Link control, MIDI and audio drag and drop all within a stunning user interface.

Superior Sound Quality

The MPC Live comes with 10GBs of pre-installed sounds from world-class sound design companies including kits made specially by Akai themselves. You can twist and create sounds from already sonically advance sounds and push them even further. Future updates will allow the MPC to be integrated into Ableton Live.

Akai MPC Live:

  • Standalone MPC – no computer required 
  • 7-inch full-color multi-touch display
  • Also acts as a control surface for MPC 2.0 software
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Turntable (RCA) inputs with ground peg
  • 16GB of on-board storage (over 10GB of sound content included)
  • User-expandable 2.5” SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)
  • 2 pairs of MIDI inputs and outputs
  • 2GB of RAM
  • SD Card slot
  • 2 USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers
  • Ableton Link and WiFi will be supported in future updates

Akai MPC Live Tech-Spec:


  • 67.5 x 410 x 223
  • 2.7 x 16 x 8.8


  • 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 Tutorial: Audio Tracks

In this episode of the MPC Lounge, we show you how the new MPC Live handles audio tracks. Using a vocal acappella, we tweak the pitch and tempo of the audio using our new powerful real-time time-stretch and pitch-shift algorithm. Editing audio in every way imaginable is quick, intuitive and easy using Live.

MPC Lounge: Audio Tracks

MPC Live Tutorial: Clip Launch

In this episode of the MPC Lounge, we demo the brand new Clip Launching program using the MPC Live. Powered by the MPC's new time stretching algorithm, the clip launch feature lets you trigger audio loops and samples in real time. The MPC Live opens up new possibilities for performing and remixing your tracks on the fly.

MPC Lounge: Clip Launch

MPC Live Tutorial: Drum Programming

In this episode of MPC Lounge, we look at drum programming and editing inside MPC Live. We also show you how to quickly navigate the Browser to find the right kits and samples for your project.

MPC Lounge: Drum Programming

MPC Live Tutorial: Enhanced Q-Link

Enhanced Q-Link

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