Akai Professional MPC Live Standalone Sampler and Sequencer

Hybrid Standalone Hardware DAW with Software Integration, 7" Multi-touch Screen, 16 Velocity-/Pressure-sensitive Pads, 16GB Storage (expandable), and MPC 2.0 Internal Software
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The Future of Mobile Production Is Here

Akai's MPC Live completely redefines the portable sampler workstation. It includes most of the key elements that make the MPC X freakishly cool, trading a share of surface-level control, the extended I/O, and some screen size for a lightweight and compact body that can run on rechargeable battery power. Like its big brother, the MPC Live actually runs the MPC 2.0 software platform for completely standalone operation, but you can also connect it to your computer. A set of 16 amazing pads, four Q-Link encoders plus a master encoder, dedicated buttons, and a 7" multi-touch display deliver an impressive amount of control, so although this MPC is more complex than any old-school model, you'll never find one that's easier to learn than the MPC Live.

Simply put, mobile electronic-music production will never be the same, thanks to the Akai MPC Live. Here's what you have to look forward to:

  • A compact standalone DAW that lets you untether from your PC or AC
  • Classic sampling workstation with the flexibility of a modern DAW
  • Compact body weighs 5.5 lbs. and runs on a rechargeable battery
  • 7" multi-touch screen complements streamlined controls
  • 16 of the best velocity-/pressure-sensitive pads you'll ever feel
  • 16GB of internal storage and external hard drive support
  • Preloaded with an epic collection of sounds you'll actually use
  • MPC 2.0 adds audio track recording and upgraded time warp
  • Improved Q-Link control and drag-and-drop MIDI/audio also included
  • 10GB Vault 2.0 sample library includes production-ready content

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Brilliantly simple yet totally flexible layout

Measuring roughly 8.5" x 16", the MPC Live is by no means a large gadget, yet Akai managed to use that space so well that you'll never feel like you're producing on a compact workstation. The design philosophy behind the MPC Live is so simple it's pure genius. Anything you'd want to manipulate with a mouse is available on the multi-touch display, while Q-Link encoders and dedicated buttons put all the important functions you need at your fingertips. On that note, your fingertips will love the next-gen MPC pads, which respond dynamically and deliver full velocity and pressure sensitivity, so you can jump between percussive and melodic instruments smoothly.

Your go-anywhere next-gen MPC workstation

As an electronic-music producer, you never know when or where inspiration might strike, and the best ideas can come to you when your studio is miles away. It only weighs about 5.5 lbs., so you can keep your MPC Live in a backpack or messenger bag without even noticing it's there. What's more, this fantastically powerful music workstation can run for hours from the internal Li-ion rechargeable battery, so you don't have to be anywhere near AC to get seriously creative.

Perfect for studio and standalone production

MPCs have combined software and hardware from the very beginning. The only thing new about that is that the software running on your MPC Live is the same software you can run on your computer. That means you can stay hooked up to your computer if you like, taking full advantage of your computer's plug-ins and any additional recording gear, while still having access to MPC Live's controls, but you don't have to. This integration is beyond cool. You can start a project in the studio, head out to find inspiration with everything loaded on your MPC Live, and when it's time to head home, you can toss everything back onto your computer effortlessly.

MPC 2.0 delivers serious workflow upgrades

When Akai announced a software DAW that thought like an MPC back in 2012, the electronic-music-production world went nuts. The immediate success of the MPC Studio and the MPC Renaissance paved the way for the next generation of standalone MPCs and the MPC 2.0 platform. The one thing many of us at Sweetwater love about MPC 2.0 is that you can finally record audio tracks right alongside your loops. This feature alone pushes the MPC software DAW out of the realm of beat production into the big leagues with other loop-based DAWs. While they were at it, Akai also updated their time-warp algorithm and enhanced their Q-Link control system. What's more, drag-and-drop MIDI and audio makes the most of the MPC Live's touchscreen.

Tons of sample space plus tons of samples

Sporting 16GB of internal storage, the MPC Live offers you plenty of space for your sample collection. If you're a sample hoarder like some of the producers at Sweetwater, then you'll appreciate being able to hook up any hard drive (HDDs and SSDs) via the 2.5" SATA drive connector, or to plug in an SD card or USB flash drive and only load up a few extra GB of samples. Speaking of samples, the MPC Live comes with the massive 10GB Vault 2.0 sound library. We're talking about the best Capsun Audio, MVP Loops, and CR2 Records has to offer, as well as a ton of unique content from the sampling gurus at Akai.

Tech Specs

Type Performance Pad and Control Surface
Screen 7" Multi-touch display
Sequencer Yes
Sounds 10GB pre-installed sounds
Analog Inputs 2 x 1/4", 1 x stereo RCA
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" (master out), 4 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" (headphones)
MIDI I/O 2 x In, 2 x Out
Sampling Yes
Looper Yes
Additional Media Storage SD card, USB port, 2.5" SATA drive connector
Pads 16 x velocity/pressure-sensitive RGB pads
USB 2 x 3.0 Type A, 1 x 3.0 Type B
Software MPC 2.0 software
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 8.1 or later
Power Supply 19V DC power supply (included) / Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Depth 8.8"
Width 16"
Height 2.7"
Weight 5.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MPCLIVE

Customer Reviews

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Healthy Beating

I wouldn't dare call this machine a meal replacement because it has it's own unique way of preparing your DJ/production meals. If you're desiring to slim down some gadget pounds this is a great way of transitioning to a perfect size without losing music-tone. If you want a steak with the loaded baked potato you can have that too. This machine for me is about portion control. I love it because it allows me to get away from the all you can beat buffet and become more creative in preparing my music recipes. It's standalone capability keeps me inspired while being able to beat healthy away from home. I love cooking music on the MPC Live.
Music background: songwriter producer and national recording artist

The closest thing to a DAW in a portable box you will ever get

Not to be compared to anything else. If you already own a Toraiz, an OP-1 or an Octatrack, you still need this MPC. Why? Because it is the final stop in standalone machines ...that is until there are standalone VST supported sequencer/samplers - who knows what will be here before 2020?. You can automate all the pararmeters (similar to Elektron's P-Locks), you can use the looper to record fast ideas, plug in a midi keyboard and turn it into a modulating synth, pile on a ton of FX per pad or program, hook a turntable directly up to it or apply insert FX to build a pretty decent guitar rig. Layer samples and make huge-sounding percussive hits or patches, leads, basses and sound effects. Make beats in your car while you wait in the parking lot, or on your front porch. Slap in a 2 TB SSD and cram your entire music collection onto it, use the rock solid sequencer to make beats sound perfectly polished or nudge triggers in any resolution to give it a staggering drunken sounding time signature. My favorite feature is the simplest....you can import an hour-long .MP3 file and trim it right down to a snare drum! If you like to layer sounds, FX, destroy audio, experiment and make perfectly-controlled masterpieces everywhere you go, this is the one machine that will not disappoint. Battery life is decent...4-5 hrs of continuous and intense usage. Rubber pads, tactile knobs and screen are all super-responsive....zero latency. The overall sound is great and processes audio lovely. It is the best thing going right now. I would have given it 10 stars if Sweetwater had more stars to select! Akai knocked it out of the ballpark with this one! Free shipping AND they send you candy! What are you waiting on?


If you are happily married to a computerI I understand why you won't understand this Machine. It may have a bit of a learning curve but it makes the learning open up useful possibilities at every moment. It is difficult to make a musical Swiss army knife there are always compromises. The MPC could be a bit smaller like the Teenage Engineering OP-1 but the size is a necessary evil. This machine is the perfect companion to the the Op1 and other machines that allow exploration but don't have enough presets or memory and pull you back to a computer which is not my first choice. Sure you can dump everything to a laptop but you have to bring a controller with you. And while your diligently working on sounds you get an email, or decide to surf the web for cat videos, or a new piece of gear that isn't a laptop. To sum up this thing is awesome if you are a computer person you may not like it and it is not horribly big or heavy but it is not going to fit in your pocket and it may be pushing the carrying parameters of most messenger bags.

Super fun and powerful

I was debating between buying his and the elektron octatrack. I am glad I chose the MPC Live. This interface is intuitive and friendly, even without a full manual. I jumped right in without any prior experience with the MPC line. I have been sequencing rhythms for a couple years on the korg electribe 2 and using it to drive my -- been waiting for an intuitive standalone sampler. After a few hours of working on the MPC Live, I can see endless possibility. While there are still a few quirks with the software (or my understanding of it) it is super powerful and fun. Pick this up, you won't regret it.
Music background: Just getting started
See also: Akai Professional, Akai Professional Sequencers