Akai Pro Announces Standalone MPC Live

2017 NAMM Show: Akai Professional today announced a new addition to its iconic MPC line, the MPC Live.

While the new MPC X is designed to be a flagship MPC, the MPC Live expands on the production workflow of the more compact MPC Touch by adding standalone functionality.

At the heart of the new MPC Live is a full-color 7-inch multi-touch screen, 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads, and a large, clickable master encoder knob. The MPC Live is designed to be both portable and powerful, packing 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage, but weighing in at just 5.5 lbs. It can even run battery-powered, via the internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Powering MPC Live is MPC 2.0, Akai Professional’s new version of the MPC software. Capable of running natively on MPC Live in standalone mode, MPC 2.0 can also be run from a Mac or PC, with the MPC Live connected to a computer.

Among the new features added to 2.0 are: audio track recording, an improved time warp algorithm, enhanced Q-Link control, drag and drop audio/MIDI – all appearing on a new graphical interface.

Here’s the official intro video:

Features:

  • Works standalone or 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 full-size MIDI inputs and outputs
  • 2GB of RAM for sampling
  • SD Card slot
  • 2 USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers

“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.

Here are a few beatmaking demos with the MPC Live:

In this ‘Standalone Challenge’ video, above, Grammy-award winning Trap producer Zaytoven (Gucci Mane, Migos, Drake, Future) creates a track from scratch using only the MPC Live and an MPK249 plugged directly into the Live. No computers were used.

Akai Pro also shared a few videos, demoing features of the MPC Live:

Pricing and Availability

The MPC Live is expected to be available in Q1 2017, price at US $1,199.

inMusic will be showing Akai’s new MPC 2.0 series, including MPC Live, later this month at the 2017 NAMM Show.