Akai MPC Live II Portable Music Production Workstation


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The Akai MPC Live II Music Production Workstation will be the new centre of your studio. Unlock the future of music production and let your creativity flourish.

  • Built-in monitors
  • 7-inch high-resolution multi-touch display
  • 16 velocity sensitive RGB pads
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
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The MPC Live II is battery powered so you can create whenever inspiration strikes. This is the first MPC model to feature built-in monitors so you can get instant mix feedback. If you then want to integrate this into a larger studio setup, you can hook-up full-sized studio speakers for even accurate mixing functionality.

The multi-core processor in this model is the same processor used in the world-renowned and groundbreaking MPC X. Capable of delivering impeccable speeds; the Akai MPC Live is effective at providing professional standard usability. The 7-inch touch screen provides crucial visual feedback on every aspect of the music production process. You can chop, edit and sequence samples from the touchscreen to then perform with the 16 velocity-sensitive pads. The four control knobs are touch-capacitive, and this is where you can alter various settings such as effects and automation to craft your sound. The user interface is intuitive enough that advanced music producers will be up and running in no time and for beginners and intermediates, this is a perfect tool for learning as well as creation.

Not only is the MPC Live MK2 capable of being a standalone production controller, it is also ideal for producers with lots of outboard gear. With 3 TRS outputs, phono/line level inputs, MIDI, USB, WIFI and Bluetooth functionality you can be sure you are getting a diverse performance controller. With four additional TRS CV/Gate outputs, modular and hardware synth fanatics will be able to control other instruments direct from the MPC Live 2. Hook up USB and MIDI compatible controllers and devices to dive further into processing, connect a turntable for when you want some old school sampling functionality.

The MPC-Live Two is the central command module of your studio. The multi-core processor means MIDI sequencing can be performed on multiple devices at the same time. Connect and route your MIDI gear for new untold creative potential. Add in multitrack recording capability to get professional quality production results that rival even the most complex of DAWs.

The rechargeable battery provides users with 5hrs of battery life so you can take this on the road for live performances as well for switching studios. At the centre of the device is the powerful MPC Software 2. Enabled for use in both controller and standalone modes, this cutting edge onboard production engine lets users clip-launch, time-stretch audio, and control VSTs direct from the Live II.

With Splice already embedded within the MPC Live II, you have direct access to your sample libraries for increased workflow. Additionally, the Akai MPC Live II comes pre-mapped to Ableton for complete production and performance functionality. Launch clips, control macro controls, and more thanks to the WIFI Ableton network link function. The MPC Live comes with 16GB of internal SD storage. For producers with large sample libraries, you also get a built-in SD Card slot, a 2.5-inch SATA drive bay for inputting SSD or HDD drives.

Akai MPC Live II Key Features

  • Standalone MPC – no computer required
  • Built-in monitors
  • 7-inch high-resolution multi-touch display
  • 16 velocity sensitive RGB pads
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Also acts as a control surface for MPC 2 software
  • Phono and line level inputs
  • (3) Stereo outputs (6 Mono)
  • (2) 5-pin MIDI In, (2) 5-pin MIDI Out
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB onboard storage
  • Full-size SD card slot
  • User-expandable 2.5-inch SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)
  • (2) USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers
  • (4) TRS CV/Gate jacks, 8 outputs total
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth enabled
  • Ableton Link for cross-platform collaboration
  • Includes 3-Months Free Access to Splice

Akai Professional has released a new firmware update, MPC version 2.10. This new update is a big one and brings with it the first-ever standalone vocal tuner. There are also fourteen new plugins, ten new drum pad effects, four new synth engines and seven new insert effects.

The AIR Vocal Tuner is the first-ever vocal tuner for standalone units and can be used to correct pitch. Also available is the AIR Vocal Harmonizer, great for creating rich, layered harmonies and AIR Vocal Doubler for adding lovely thickness and dimension.

The four new plugin instruments consist of Hype, Mellotron, Odyssey and Solina. The seven new insert effects include AIR limiter, AIR Diffuser Delay, Stutter, Half-Speed, Granulator, Diode Clipper and Sample Delay. Additionally, the MPC 2.10 update offers other features, including USB Class Compliant Audio Interface support and new sample key detection.

You can see the complete list with full details of all the new and improved features on our MPC 2.10 Firmware Update blog article.

Akai MPC Live II Tech Spec


  • (16) velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit
  • (8) banks accessible via Pad Bank buttons


  • (4) 360° touch-sensitive Q-Link Knobs
  • (4) Q-Link Knob columns accessible via Q-Link button
  • (1) 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push


  • (27) dedicated function buttons; red-, amber-, or green-backlit


  • 6.9” / 176mm (diagonal)
  • 5.9” x 3.7” / 150 x 93mm (width x height)
  • Full-colour LED-backlit display with touch interface


  • Processor: Quad-core ARM® processor
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB, expandable via SATA connections


  • (2) ¼” (6.35mm) TRS inputs (1 stereo pair)
  • (6) ¼” (6.35mm) TRS outputs (3 stereo pairs)
  • (1) ¼” (6.35mm) stereo headphone output
  • (2) RCA inputs (1 stereo pair)
  • (2) 5-pin MIDI inputs
  • (2) 5-pin MIDI outputs
  • (4) Stereo CV/Gate outputs
  • (1) Ethernet link port
  • (2) USB Type-A ports
  • (1) USB Type-B port
  • (1) SD card slot
  • (1) power adapter input


  • Via power adapter: 19 V, 3.42 A, centre-positive, included
  • Via battery: lithium-ion, rechargeable, up to 5 hours of battery life

Dimensions (width x depth x height)

  • 16.2” x 9.6” x 1.8”
  • 411.5 x 243.8 x 45.7mm


  • 7.45 lbs.
  • 3.38kg

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