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Akai Pro has been actively testing all applicable hardware and software products with each beta release of macOS 11 Big Sur. We understand how important it is for all our users to know exactly what works before they make the jump on any new updates. Please refer to this article for all Akai Pro hardware and software compatibility with macOS 11 Big Sur.

For this reason, we encourage all our dedicated Akai hardware and software owners to refrain from updating to macOS 11 Big Sur until compatibility with the new operating system can be confirmed.


This page will be updated regularly to reflect any updates to product compatibility as testing is completed. We encourage all our users to remain on their current OS until all necessary hardware and software products have been qualified for support.



Support for Apple M1 Silicon Processors

Apple has announced the use of a new-style of processor called the M1 that is to be included in their newer computer models. This is a gigantic step for computing power but rewrites a lot of the requirements previously used when developing new software and drivers.

For this reason, all Akai Pro software and hardware will additional testing, separate from Big Sur qualification. At this time, all Akai Pro hardware and software should be considered not supported for use with these new M1 processors. Please look for additional announcements to be released here for M1 compatibility once testing is completed.

macOS Big Sur Supported Hardware

Class-Compliant Supported Hardware

The following products will work with macOS Big Sur without any need for additional drivers.

  • AFX
  • AMX
  • APC20
  • APC40
  • APC 40MKII
  • APC Key 25
  • APC Mini
  • BT100
  • BT500
  • EIE
  • EWI5000
  • EWI4000s
  • LPD8
  • LPD8 Wireless 
  • LPK25
  • LPK25 Wireless 
  • MAX 25
  • MAX 49
  • MIDImix
  • MPD18
  • MPD24
  • MPD26
  • MPD32
  • MPD218 
  • MPD226 
  • MPD232 
  • MPK25
  • MPK49
  • MPK61
  • MPK225
  • MPK249
  • MPK261
  • MPK88
  • MPK Mini
  • MPK mini mkII 
  • MPK mini mk3
  • MPX8
  • MPX16
  • Rhythm Wolf
  • Timbre Wolf
  • Tom Cat

Please note: If you do not see your product listed in this article, it is not officially supported for use with macOS Big Sur. Compatibility testing is only necessary for products with USB or Firewire connectivity and therefore does not affect any Akai Pro speakers or headphones. 


Driver Supported Hardware

ProductSupportedDriver Version
Advance 25SupportedAdvance Series Driver v1.0.4
Advance 49SupportedAdvance Series Driver v1.0.4
Advance 61SupportedAdvance Series Driver v1.0.4
MPC ElementSupportedv3.3.11
MPC LiveSupportedAvailable in latest MPC software package
MPC Live IISupportedAvailable in latest MPC software package
MPC RenaissanceIn Testing 
MPC StudioSupportedv3.3.11
MPC Studio BlackIn Testing 
MPC Touch*SupportedDisplayLink: 5.1.1
Audio: 1.0.4
MPC Build
MPC XSupportedAvailable in latest MPC software package
MPC OneSupportedAvailable in latest MPC software package


*The MPC Touch Displaylink driver will require activating additional permissions in order to work properly on macOS Big Sur. Navigate to macOS System Preferences > Security and Privacy > Privacy (tab at top). Select Accessibility on the left-hand side and check off all boxes for "Displaylink". Then, select Screen Recording on the left-hand side and do the same.

 Note: you may need to click the lock icon in the bottom left-hand corner and enter your password before you can make any changes. Click the lock again when you are finished in order to save your changes. 


macOS Big Sur Software Support

Many of our products are dependent on software for all functionality and control while the device is connected to a computer. Our products may be considered "supported" for an operating system, but will not be functional until software support is also available. So, It is crucial that you weigh software compatibility before choosing to update your system.

Please check with the developers for your preferred software titles for the latest in Big Sur compatibility before choosing to update. We've listed a few key titles below for your convenience.

SoftwaremacOS Big Sur Support
EWI USB Aria Software PlayerIn Testing
MPC 2.xSupported
MPC BeatsIn Testing
VIP 3.xSupported with version 3.1.2 or higher. Available in user accounts.

To check compatibility for any third-party software you use with your Akai Pro product, please visit the software developer's website to check software system requirements and Big Sur compatibility announcements. For your convenience, we've gathered links to some of our key software partners' Big Sur announcements below so you can stay up to date on the latest details: