Akai MPC Live

Groovebox / Sampler

  • Standalone operation (MPC without computer), and computer supported via PC and Mac
  • Integrated lithium-ion battery for mobile use
  • Full-colour 7" multi-touch display
  • 16 Backlit MPC pads
  • 5 Rotary control knobs
  • 16 GB internal memory (over 10 GB of sounds are included)
  • Full-size SD card slot
  • 2.5" SATA connector for optional hard disk (SSD or HDD)
  • MPC functions: Note Repeat, Swing, and Transport
  • MPC software, including: Audio track recording, realtime time stretch and pitch shift, optimised Q-Link control, and audio / MIDI drag and drop
  • MPC software can run on MPC X in standalone mode or, if connected to a computer, via PC and Mac
  • 64-Bit MPC software support for all versions (standalone, VST, AAX, and AU)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Supported audio formats: WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX, and SND
  • 2x Audio inputs, can be switched between 6.3 mm jack line level and RCA phono input with grounding terminal
  • 2x MIDI inputs and 2x MIDI outputs in standard size
  • 6x 6.3 mm Jack audio output
  • 1x 3.5 mm Headphone output
  • 2x USB-A 3.0 ports for USB sticks or MIDI controllers
  • Power supply connection with cable protection
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 424 x 224 x 69 mm
  • Weight: 2.7 kg
  • Incl. power supply and MPC computer software (an internet connection for registration and possible downloads is required)

Further information

Display Yes
Pads 16
Fader(s) 0
Effects Yes
Sampling Function Yes
Storage Medium SD Card, HD
MIDI interface 2x In, 2x Out
USB Yes
Number of analog outputs 6
Headphone Output Yes

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Amazing live tool

kayer, 10.05.2018
Such a great performance tool!
Workflow is not the best to get your hand on though. but you have, it's gold.
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The buyer as an AKAI experimental rabbit?

Frank265, 20.07.2017
Actually a great product concept, the MPC Live, but?

? AKAI has in my experience, the MPC Live much too premature and immature launched on the market.

In particular, AKAI's download and support pages were offline for days on my purchase date in July, reportedly for updates. > https: // [LINK]? Also, I find that a no-go for such a company in such a crucial market introduction phase.

For this complex device there is also 6 months after market launch with some search only an online manual in English and poor instructions on the Web.

Bluetooth and Wifi is advertised on the packaging but is still far from being implemented!

The installation of the MPC software 2.0 and the expansion sound packages is cumbersome and very time consuming.

A total of 20 GB must be downloaded via the Internet, sometimes in packages up to 8.5 GB. ? Some downloads were canceled at night or were faulty and I could start over. ? Then follows a confusing installation procedure over iLok several test runs until the packages are then somewhere in the program folder distributed by manufacturer name.

Granted, my MacBook Pro is not the youngest anymore. But El Capitan runs smoothly with all the current programs. MPC 2.0 also runs smoothly in controller mode with MPC Live and onboard sounds.

But?

? After days of patiently downloading the expansion packages, these were finally, after many attempts and with multiple AKAI email support not in the browser of the MPC software and also on the MPC Live accessible and therefore not usable.

? the live firmware update to 2.0.3 crashes with some Mac users and can not be used with it> [LINK]? so also with me.

Concluding conclusion of the AKAI email support:
"The problem is not the live, it is your computer."

My conclusion:

I send the device back to Thomann and will follow in the forums, if and how AKAI nachbessert, then maybe in 6-12 months to order the MPC Live again, in the hope. that then maybe everything works better. :-(
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