The MPC Live is the newest addition to the MPC hardware and software controller family! Featuring both complete standalone operation and full control over the brand new MPC 2.0 software, this machine is the best of both worlds. This guide will discuss some of the popular questions about the MPC Live and MPC 2.0 features and functionality. This guide will be updated periodically to reflect new information and popular questions as they appear, so be sure to check back for updates! For all questions regarding the latest MPC 2.0 Beta, visit our MPC 2.0 Beta FAQ here.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the system specs of the MPC Live?
- What operating systems will the MPC Live be supported on?
- How big is the display? Is it a touch screen?
- How much storage is there? How big is the internal hard drive?
- The MPC Live has a battery?! How long will it last?
- Is the battery user-replaceable?
- Does the MPC Live include MPC Software version 2.0?
- Can I record full audio tracks on the MPC Live?
- Can I plug a USB MIDI controller into the USB ports of the MPC Live?
- The MPC X and Live feature Bluetooth and WIFI. How can I use this?
- Are the MPC X and MPC Live USB 3.0?
- Can I add additional storage space?
- Can I open my current MPC projects on the MPC X?
- Are there any differences between running a project in standalone vs. with MPC 2.0?
- Are projects transferable between the MPC X and MPC Live?
- How many inputs and outputs are on the MPC Live?
- Can I transfer content direct to the internal storage?
- Are there any cases or bags available?
- If I record a sample while the MPC Live is in controller mode with MPC 2.0, is the sample recorded to my MPC X or my computer?
- Will the MPC Live support legacy file types?
- Will the full MPC 2.0 software be available as a free upgrade for MPC Touch, MPC Renaissance, and MPC Studio/Studio Black owners?
- Where can I download MPC 2.0?
- How many times can I authorize MPC 2.0?
- Can I authorize my MPC 2.0 license to an iLok dongle?
- What operating systems will MPC 2.0 be supported on?
- Can I use MPC 2.0 with my MPC Renaissance, Studio or Touch?
- Does MPC 2.0 support audio recording?
- Is there a limit to the number of tracks I can use?
- Will MPC 2.0 run as a VST plugin in my DAW, just like the previous MPC software?
- Does MPC 2.0 support third-party plugins?
- Can I open my current MPC projects in MPC 2.0?
What are the system specs of the MPC Live?
The MPC Live has its own embedded system which sports a 1.8GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. For internal storage, the MPC Live has 16GB on board. There are 10GB of studio quality sounds pre-loaded and another 6GB for you to work with. You can use the 2 onboard USB ports to add more samples or to provide extra storage. There is also a compartment on the bottom of the MPC Live which houses an SATA port for installing an optional HDD or SDD.
What operating systems will the MPC Live be supported on?
The MPC X, MPC Live and MPC 2.0 software will all be supported for use on Windows 8.1 and up, as well as Mac OS X 10.10 and up. This will only require the installation of a single driver to use the MPC X or MPC Live as a controller with MPC 2.0. As a side note, the MPC X and MPC Live can be connected to virtually any operating system for simple file transfer. That means if you need to transfer files off of your Windows 7 computer, you can connect your MPC and your OS will be able to recognize any connected USB drives or SATA drives.
How big is the display? Is it a touch screen?
The MPC Live features a 7" full color, multi-touch display (Resolution: 1280x800 Aspect ratio: 16:10) for navigating and controlling the internal software. This means that not only is it touch capable, but it can handle multi-touch gestures like pinching to zoom in/out and double-tap for advanced settings.
How much storage is there? How big is the internal hard drive?
The MPC Live has 16GB of internal storage. There are 10GB of studio quality sounds pre-loaded and another 6GB for you to work with. You can use the 2 onboard USB ports to add more samples or to provide extra storage. There is also a compartment on the bottom of the MPC Live which houses an SATA port for installing an optional HDD or SDD.
The MPC Live has a battery?! How long will it last?
Yes! The MPC Live comes complete with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, so you can be completely untethered! On a full charge, the battery will power the MPC for around 4-6 hours of consistent usage (that's non-stop touching, performing, playing, display brightness all the way up, etc.). But with conservative use, you'll likely get much more. When you're ready to charge again, just plug in the power supply and keep playing! A small light will come on in the back of the unit and the battery symbol on the display will come on to indicate charging. The light will go off again when fully charged.
Is the battery user-replaceable?
It is definitely replaceable, though we do not recommend that customers try this on their own to avoid voiding warranties and/or causing any damage to the unit. If the battery requires service or replacement, our support team is standing by and ready to provide service options!
Does the MPC Live include MPC Software version 2.0?
MPC Live includes the latest version of the MPC Software, version 2.0. You can use the MPC Live entirely standalone or as a controller for MPC Software 2.0.
Can I record full audio tracks on the MPC Live?
Yes! One of the great new features on the MPC X, MPC Live and MPC 2.0 software is the addition of audio track recording. In the standalone mode, the MPC will be capable of up to 8 full audio tracks, but the MPC 2.0 software can record as many tracks as your system can handle.
Can I plug a USB MIDI controller into the USB ports of the MPC Live?
The USB ports on the MPC Live have a variety of uses. They can be used to transfer files on and off of the MPC Live, as extra storage, and as input for USB MIDI controllers. If you have a class compliant MIDI controller (one that does not require drivers), you will be able to plug it directly into an available USB port on the MPC Live and control MIDI information in the embedded system software.
The MPC X and Live feature Bluetooth and WIFI. How can I use this?
Good question! The MPCX and MPC Live support Bluetooth MIDI. While this means you can't connect your Bluetooth speakers or Bluetooth turntable, it does mean that you can use Bluetooth MIDI keyboards like the new LPD8 and LPK25 Wireless. WIFI was added to the MPC X and MPC Live with plans to expand its purpose in the future. Potential uses include Ableton Link, Dropbox-style file transferring and more. Stay tuned for any updates!
Are the MPC X and MPC Live USB 3.0?
Yes! The MPC X and MPC Live will both ship with USB 3.0 cables and work at USB 3.0 speeds when connected to the computer as a controller. While USB 2.0 may work, we do recommend using 3.0 cables and ports whenever possible for the best results. If the MPC is in standalone mode, any connected thumb drives or storage devices will operate at USB 2.0.
Can I add additional storage space?
Yes! The MPC X and MPC Live both feature two (2) USB ports for connecting thumb drives and other USB storage devices, an SD card slot for standard SD/SDHC cards, as well as a port for adding an additional 2.5" SATA drive (either HDD or SSD). Virtually all drive sizes are supported, but we recommend formatting drives to exFAT, FAT32, or NTFS for the best results. SATA drives will be mounted to the compartment door with the included screws. Please make sure that the MPC Live is turned off before connecting or disconnecting an SATA drive.
Can I open my current MPC projects on the MPC X?
Yes! The MPC X and MPC Live will recognize MPC projects, programs and sequences made with earlier versions of the software and even older MPC hardware project and program formats. The MPC will convert them to the modern formats upon importing.
Are there any differences between running a project in standalone vs. with MPC 2.0?
Yes, but not many. You may notice some differences depending on your work style, though the main difference will be with VST support. MPC 2.0 supports VST plugins when used on your computer, however, these will be disabled when using the projects on the MPC X and MPC Live in standalone.
Are projects transferable between the MPC X and MPC Live?
Yes! Projects can be transferred and opened on any MPC live or MPC X considering all of the project's contents (samples, programs, sequences) are transferred as well. Considering there are differences in outputs and inputs on the MPC X versus MPC Live, you may notice that outputs or inputs are disabled if they are not available on the current controller.
How many inputs and outputs are on the MPC Live?
The MPC Live features two (2) 1/4" balanced TRS inputs (Line) and two (2) RCA inputs (Phono), along with a grounding terminal and adjustable Record Volume knob. Only one set of inputs can be used at a time, selectable via the Line/Phono Switch on the back of the MPC Live. Important: The RCA inputs are intended only for phono-level audio. Please be sure not to connect line-level audio sources to this input. The MPC Live also features six (6) balanced TRS outputs, as well as a dedicated headphone output. On top of the audio i/o, the MPC Live also has 2 full-size 5-pin MIDI inputs and 2 full-size 5-pin MIDI outputs.
Can I transfer content direct to the internal storage?
All content will need to be stored on a thumb drive or the internal SATA drive before transferring to the internal storage on the MPC X or MPC Live. The internal storage will not appear as an available drive when connected to your system.
Are there any cases or bags available?
There are no plans for official MPC X or MPC Live cases at the moment, but we’re glad to hear that there is interest! In the meantime, you may be able to find an alternative third-party case/bag that meets the size requirements:
- HxWxD in mm: 67.5 x 410 x 223
- HxWxD in inches: 2.7 x 16 x 8.8
If I record a sample while the MPC Live is in controller mode with MPC 2.0, is the sample recorded to my MPC X or my computer?
The sample will be recorded onto your computer hard drive and into your MPC 2.0 project folder. While connected in controller mode, the MPC X will act only as a controller/interface, similar to the MPC Renaissance. But once disconnected from controller mode, your project can be transferred to a USB drive, SD card or additional drive on the MPC X to open in standalone.
Will the MPC Live support legacy file types?
Absolutely! The MPC Live will be fully compatible with projects, programs and sequences from previous MPC versions and legacy hardware MPC's such as the MPC5000, MPC4000, MPC3000, MPC2500/2500XL, MPC1000, and MPC500. The MPC Live will support the following file types .AKP, . ALL, .IPT, .PGM, .PRJ, . SND, .MID, .SEQ, . APS, .50k, and .50s.
Will the full MPC 2.0 software be available as a free upgrade for MPC Touch, MPC Renaissance, and MPC Studio/Studio Black owners?
See our guide here for a full rundown on upgrade options for MPC 2.0.
Where can I download MPC 2.0?
All MPC Touch, MPC Live, and MPC X users can find a download link and authorization code for MPC 2.0 in their Akai Pro account once they have registered their product. For a complete walk-through on downloading, installing and activating the MPC 2.0 Software, see our video and guide below: Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 - How to Download, Install, and Activate
How many times can I authorize MPC 2.0?
The MPC 2.0 license can be authorized on two separate computers/iLok dongles simultaneously, so you can have two active versions at the same time. If another computer or iLok dongle needs to be authorized, the license can be deactivated and re-authorized to a different location using the iLok License Manager. This means that you are fully in control of your software authorizations! Check out our article here for a full walk-through on activating and deactivating iLok licenses.
Can I authorize my MPC 2.0 license to an iLok dongle?
Absolutely! Make sure your iLok is connected to the computer while authorizing the software and you will be able to choose it as a location to store the license during the authorization process.
What operating systems will MPC 2.0 be supported on?
Windows: Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.1 (64-bit) Mac: Mac OS X 10.10 - 10.12 (Yosemite - Sierra)
Can I use MPC 2.0 with my MPC Renaissance, Studio or Touch?
Yes, MPC 2.0 will support the older MPC series including the Renaissance, Studio, Studio Black, Element, and Touch, as well as the new MPC X and MPC Live.
Does MPC 2.0 support audio recording?
Yes! One of the big new features with MPC 2.0 is the addition of full audio track recording! Audio tracks will play back over the course of an entire song while any sequences loop behind it, similar to recording in arrangement mode in Ableton.
Is there a limit to the number of tracks I can use?
MPC 2.0 and standalone MPC X and Live will have a total track limit of 128. Keep in mind, this is still subject to each system's limitations and CPU constraints.
Will MPC 2.0 run as a VST plugin in my DAW, just like the previous MPC software?
Yes! MPC 2.0 will come with VST, AU and AAX versions to run as a plug-in in your favorite DAW, exactly like the older MPC software versions.
Does MPC 2.0 support third-party plugins?
Of course! MPC 2.0 will support VST2 plugins, as well as AU plugins for Mac, just like the previous MPC software versions.
Can I open my current MPC projects in MPC 2.0?
Absolutely! MPC 2.0 will be fully compatible with projects, programs and sequences from previous MPC versions and even legacy hardware MPC's like the MPC5000 and MPC2500. MPC 2.0 will support the following file types: .AKP, .ALL, .IPT, .PGM, .PRJ, .SND, .MID, .SEQ, .APS, .50k, and .50s.