Akai MPC Live II Music Production Workstation

Akai MPC Live II Music Production Workstation

Now with a built-in monitoring speaker system, the Akai MPC Live II lets you take your creativity anywhere, so you never miss an inspirational moment again.

Akai MPC Live Music Production Workstation

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Lose the laptop and build beats on Akai's standalone MPC Live. With 16 RGB pads and a 7" touchscreen, this battery-powered beat machine was born to perform.
The Akai MPC Live takes the immersive production workflow and game-altering performance breakthroughs first introduced by the MPC Touch and ratchets up the stakes by adding standalone functionality. The result is the MPC Live, a portable MPC that's ready to dominate the studio and the stage.

MPC 2.7 FIRMWARE UPDATE

Live Control seamless integration
You can now control Ableton Live using your MPC X or Live. Your MPC X / Live comes pre-mapped to Ableton Live for an instant performance and production setup. For cable-less operation your MPC can control Ableton over a Wi-Fi network. For a more tightly controlled setup connect a USB to ethernet adaptor and ethernet cable between your MPC and computer. MPC provides an unparalleled level of Ableton integration within a standalone device. The MPC’s Live Control mode has been carefully designed to allow you to instantly switch between standalone operation and Live Control mode without ever stopping playback

Features:

- The portable MPC: Same bangin' sounds as the MPC X in a much smaller footprint
- Battery-powered with an internal lithium-ion battery
- Run standalone or connect to your Mac or PC
- Made to travel: Weighs only 5.5 lbs
- Stunning full-color 7" multi-touch screen
- 16 responsive, RGB backlit MPC pads built for performance

The Iconic MPC

An argument can be made that the Akai MPC, with its classic workflow, legendary swing and instantly recognizable sound, is the most important instrument to read more be created in the last 50 years. The iconic MPC has given life to groundbreaking musical genres that have left an indelible mark on global pop culture. In turn, the massive technological and creative influence of our production machine has spawned numerous products released with the aim of repackaging that MPC magic. Following in the footsteps of greatness is never easy. But Akai did it.

Touch Meets Feel

At the heart of the MPC Live is a beautiful, full color 7" multi-touch screen that puts boundless amounts of creative control at your fingertips. Simple gestures instantly become complex polyrhythmic drum patterns. Sophisticated effects automation can be crafted quickly and precisely. Your sound is at your fingertips.

Of course, banging out drum patterns is at the core of any beat-oriented production workflow. The MPC Live features 16 amazingly responsive, velocity and pressure-sensitive RGB pads, perfect for getting the full expressive range out of your kits.

Studio Centerpiece, On Stage Powerhouse

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 MPC Live makes the process of transporting your studio creations on to the stage incredibly seamless by combining the power of a production centerpiece with the portability and rugged design of an on stage workhorse.

Weighing in at just 5.5 lbs., the MPC Live is compact enough to fit into a small gig bag or backpack and light enough to effortlessly carry to the gig or another studio. But what makes the MPC Live truly unprecedented is nothing so portable has ever been this powerful.

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. The same USB hub can also be used for MIDI controller connectivity. If that's not enough room to win any storage war, 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).

Want to cut more cords out of your life? The MPC Live can also be powered via battery (rechargeable Lithium-ION).

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

Whether you prefer to go computer-free or not, it can't be denied that there are some fantastic sounding VST instruments and effects out there. For those times when you need your favorite plug-ins, the Live effortlessly goes from formidable standalone to high-powered MIDI controller, explicitly engineered to run the powerful MPC Software 2.0 on the computer in a DAW or standalone. A number of features added to 2.0 include: Audio track recording, improved time warp, enhanced Q-Link control, audio and MIDI drag and drop--all appearing on a graphical interface.

Infinite Sounds, Unlimited Inspiration

The MPC has a well-earned reputation for sounds that hit hard and sound great, right out of the box. The X builds on that reputation. 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.

"In creating the concept for the MPC Live we wanted to preserve the MPC feel and workflow that people love, but turn it on its head and put the best of what a modern touch-screen interface can offer. What we have now is the fastest MPC workflow ever," said Product Manager Dan Gill.

The MPC Live is the pinnacle of lengthy research and development, detailed feedback from our passionate user base and the merging of the best technologies from across our product line.
We proudly present the Music Production Center that embodies the best of past, present and future beat-oriented production machines. The MPC Live will be your studio centerpiece and live performance instrument of choice for years to come.
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Dimensions: 16.7" x 8.8" x 2.7"
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 401-658-4032
(12 ratings)
Submitted August 5, 2019 by Alfred T in Roosevelt, NY
"A current take on this beauty."
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I realize that most of the reviews on this machine are 2+ years old, so I am going to talk about it now - post updates and such. I purchased this to accent the MPC-X for my travels and I have to say that this has actually taken more of my time than using the X. You see, while out in the world, its easy to be taken away by real life. Time is of the essence and the ability to chill at home and make beats can become sparse if studio work is not your full-time job. With that being said, the MPC Live has replaced my cell phone game playing time during my down times. Imagine this: You are in the waiting room of a doctors office or you have some down time in your work vehicle. You might pull out your cell phone and play Angry Birds or some sort of game to kill some time. Now, I reach into the same bag, pull out a fully functioning MPC-Live (No plug needed) with not only 10 GB of sounds pre-loaded, but a 500gb Micro-SD card with nothing but drums and other sounds that I literally swap out of my MPC-X and bang out. Fully featured effects, XY control, chopping up samples, the whole nine. My cell phone loaded with more music than a cell should have plugged in to sample. Youtube as well. Doesn't matter. The 1TB SSD that I put into the Live has 1000's of sounds loaded as well and make everything borderline instantaneous. If I don't get a chance to finish, Save the beat on to my Micro SD and voila, pop it into the X when I get home and continue where I left off. Track out my read more sounds and tether it to my computer to record into my Studio 4. No eight outs needed, simply explode the tracks during export and it saves each track as an individual wav file that you can drag over to Studio 4 or Pro-tools and they are automatically tracked out. Easy as pie. I love this machine!!

Musical Background:
Come on, what do you think?!?!? Turntablist supreme, and whatever else is needed.

Musical Style:
Hip Hop!!! R&B!! and recently, I dabbled into Modern Gospel.
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