Standalone Music Production Center combines power and portability to deliver pound-­for-­pound the best MPC to date

Cumberland, RI USA (January 9, 2017) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the newest addition to the iconic MPC line, the MPC Live. Starting with the immersive production workflow and game-­altering performance breakthroughs introduced by the MPC Touch, Akai Professional ratchets up the stakes with MPC Live by adding standalone functionality.

At the heart of the new MPC Live is a beautiful, full-­color 7-­inch multi-­touch screen and 16 amazingly responsive, velocity-­ and pressure-­sensitive RGB pads, and a large, clickable master encoder knob. Featuring 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-­board storage, Live is as powerful as any MPC that has preceded it. But weighing in at just 5.5 lbs., MPC Live is compact enough to easily transport from studio to stage. The portability is taken even further with this MPC’s ability to run battery-­powered via the internal, rechargeable lithium-­ion battery.

Powering Live is MPC 2.0TM, Akai Professional’s new update to 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 Live tethered 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.


  • 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

“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.”

MPC Live will ship with an MSRP of $1999/$1199 MAP and will be available Q1 2017.

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About Akai Professional

The world’s most influential manufacturer of music production gear, Akai Professional  develops creative technologies to empower music makers with tools that are unmatched in expressive capability. Akai Professional is best known for creating the legendary MPC, an instrument that has inspired generations of producers and performers and spawned entirely new genres of music. Akai Professional is a part of the inMusic family of premiere music brands.

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