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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 new MPC Live makes the process of performing your studio inventions on stage incredibly seamless by combining the power of a production centre-piece with the portability and rugged design of an on-stage workhorse.
At the heart of the new MPC Live is a beautiful, full colour 7" multi-touch screen, four touch-capacitive Q-Link controls, a clickable master encoder knob and 16 amazingly responsive, velocity and pressure-sensitive RGB pads.
Weighing in at less than 6 pounds, the MPC Live ushers in a new era of ultra-portable production. Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and 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. If that's not enough storage, 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). The same USB hub can also be used for MIDI controller connectivity.
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:
Powering Live is MPC 2.0, Akai Professional's new update to the MPC software. Capable of running natively on the MPC Live in standalone mode, MPC 2.0 can also be run from a Mac or PC with the Live tethered to a computer. A number of major workflow enhancements have been added to 2.0, including: audio track recording, an improved time warp algorithm, refined Q-Link control, audio and MIDI drag and drop - all appearing on a new graphical interface. Future versions will support Ableton Link.
Infinite Sounds, Unlimited Inspiration:
The MPC has a well-earned reputation for sounds that hit hard and sound great, right out of the box. MPC Live is no exception. 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 radio-ready kits. Want to incorporate your own samples without tethering to a computer? MPC Live features a 2.5" SATA drive connector providing more storage via external hard drive - SSD or HDD. Additionally, sounds can be accessed and added to the library using the built-in SD Card slot or the USB thumb drive.
"The MPC Live is an absolute beast. It truly represents a huge step forward in the product category," said Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Professional. "MPC Live is the most powerful MPC we've made to date and yet it's portable enough to take anywhere."
***Akai Professional introduces the 2.3 update for MPC software, MPC Live and MPC X, now including three virtual synths - Tubesynth, Bassline & Electric***
Pivotal software / firmware update for standalone music production centres & desktop software adds three full featured plugin instruments in standalone mode, an autosampler, realtime crossfade looping for sample playback, plus a real-time arpeggiator and phrase looper.
Redefining the creative vista and driving MPC X and MPC Live in standalone and controller mode is Akai Professional's reimagined MPC Software 2.3; a cutting-edge production suite combining 128-track sequencing capability, real-time time stretching, clip-launch functionality, advanced MIDI editing capability, VST compatibility in controller mode, operation as a standalone application on Mac & PC, advanced sampling & audio editing / recording functionality, seamless DAW integration, a redesigned GUI and much more. Whether you're seeking freedom from computer-based music production, or searching for the perfect controller for DAW-centric creative exploration, MPC Software 2.3 grants the ultimate in adaptive creative versatility.
***Introducing MPC 2.4 Desktop Software and Firmware Update***
2.3 saw standalone synth engines, now it's time for premium mixing tools in MPC! Akai Professional has just announced MPC 2.4 that introduces a plethora of user-requested features and workflow enhancements, notably the addition of 28 must-have effects from critically-acclaimed DSP gurus AIR Music Technology and a much-requested side-chain compressor, the Mother Ducker.
|Controls||Pads, Knobs, Buttons|
|Display(s)||6.9" / 176 mm (diagonal), Full-colour LED-backlit display with touch interface|
|Inputs||(2) 1/4" (6.35 mm) TRS inputs (1 stereo pair), (2) RCA inputs (1 stereo pair), (2) 5-pin MIDI inputs|
|Outputs||(6) 1/4" (6.35 mm) TRS outputs (3 stereo pairs), (1) 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo headphone output, (2) 5-pin MIDI outputs|
|Power Supply||Battery OR Mains Adapter|
|Dimensions (mm)||424 x 224 x 69|
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