Once again, Akai Professional has completely redefined the portable sampler workstation. The MPC Live II offers everything its predecessor had, plus a built-in stereo speaker system, CV/gate outputs, and a cache of user-requested features. This ultra-portable, battery-powered workstation boasts a 7-inch multitouch display, which complements 16 velocity-/pressure-sensitive pads and an array of streamlined controls. The MPC Live II runs the MPC 2.0 software platform for completely standalone operation, but you can also connect it to your computer, and thanks to MIDI Multi capability, it can easily become the centerpiece of your MIDI-based studio. You also get 16GB of internal storage, plus external hard drive support, a full-size SD card slot, and USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives. Complete with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, along with Splice and Ableton Live integration, the MPC Live II is Akai’s most powerful portable music production center yet.
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. The MPC Live II is small and lightweight, so you can toss it in a backpack or messenger bag without even noticing it's there. This fantastically powerful music workstation can run for up to six hours from its internal Li-ion rechargeable battery, so you don't have to be anywhere near AC to get creative. And the MPC Live II’s built-in stereo speaker system delivers immersive sound wherever you go. This top-notch dual tweeter-woofer system offers a full-range picture of your production. A thumping 808, thunderous bass line, crisp-sounding cymbals — you’ll hear it all. Want to work silently? No problem. Shut off the built-in speakers, plug in your headphones, and you’re good to go.
The Akai Professional MPC Live II boasts the same robust multicore processor as the MPC X, along with a bevy of user-requested features. Sequence, edit, and chop samples on a bright 7-inch touchscreen, while 16 next-gen MPC pads respond dynamically and deliver full velocity and pressure sensitivity, so you can jump between percussive and melodic instruments smoothly. Four capacitive-touch knobs and an arsenal of dedicated buttons put all the important functions you need at your fingertips. To top it off, a super-intuitive UI ensures a laser-focused workflow.
With the MPC Live II, you’ll be able to tackle any project. This versatile music production center comes loaded with three stereo 1/4-inch TRS outputs, plus phono/line-level inputs, USB, MIDI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and four TRS CV/gate outputs. Thanks to MIDI Multi capability, the MPC Live II can command all of your external MIDI gear, including class-compliant USB keyboards, MIDI interfaces, and USB-to-CV modules. Deep internal MIDI routing across tracks, plus comprehensive MIDI routing makes the MPC Live II the perfect centerpiece for your MIDI-based studio. Synthesizers, drum machines, sound modules, and more can all be controlled by the MPC Live II. Add to that multitrack recording capability, and you have everything you need to turbocharge your next production.
When Akai Professional 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 Music Experience 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 Professional 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 II's touchscreen.
Sporting 16GB of internal storage, the MPC Live II offers you plenty of space for your sample collection. If you're a sample hoarder, 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 an SD card or USB flash drive directly into the MPC Live II and only load up a few extra GB of samples.
Splice has been a major asset for producers, supplying millions of high-quality, royalty-free samples, sounds, presets, and loops, covering the full gamut of genres. The Akai Professional MPC Live II includes onboard Splice integration to simplify sample browsing and auditioning. Thanks to this baked-in Splice integration, you’ll gain quick, easy Wi-Fi access to your Splice library directly from the MPC Live II’s touch user interface.
The MPC Live II was tailor-made for Ableton Live. It comes pre-mapped for the software right out of the box, giving you intuitive command over Live’s clip launching, mixer, and instrument macro controls wirelessly via Wi-Fi Ableton Link or by ethernet using a USB-to-ethernet adapter. The MPC Live II is primed for cross-platform collaboration.
Meet MPC Live II, the full MPC experience in its most portable configuration yet. Everything you need to make music, anywhere, right at your fingertips.
There’s no need to compromise for portability. MPC Live II is the complete MPC experience without missing a step. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery means you can work anywhere for hours. Full-size MPC pads give you the ultimate in drum performance and the expanded function buttons allow for quick editing on-the-fly so you never miss a beat.
For the first time ever, you now have studio-grade monitors built-in directly to your MPC. No need to waste precious time looking for your headphones, untangling cables or powering up external monitors. These full range stereo monitors deliver low end thump along with tight top end to make portable beat-making the sonic experience you need to feel your music.
MPC Live II integrates into your creative space with all the ports, jacks and connectivity you need. USB 3.0, 2x2 MIDI, CV/Gate, 3 stereo outs and more. WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity make for a completely wireless workflow. No matter the device, MPC Live II is ready to get connected!
MPC Live II will super charge your production. With MIDI performance to tap in to as many devices as you need, an intuitive and streamlined layout not to mention the MPC workflow features you need; 16 Levels, Note Repeat, Auto Sample, Chords & Notes More and so much more. Get ready to level up to the MPC Live II.
MPC Live II is Ableton Integration ready. WiFi brings you tightly synced Ableton Link integration. ALS export makes sharing your projects super simple. Ableton Control means seamless clip launching and parameter control right from MPC Live II.
Our dedicated resource to learn and master MPC Live II. In this video series, we’ve tackled every function and feature to make it possible for you to master the MPC workflow in no time at all.
|Type||Standalone Sampler and Sequencer with Built-in Speakers|
|Internal Sound Engine||Multicore system with plugin instruments, multi-sampled keygroup instruments, and drum expansion libraries|
||7" Multi-touch display|
||16 x Velocity-sensitive RGB Pads, Full-sized|
|Other Controllers||4 x Encoder Q-Link Knobs|
||10GB pre-installed content including 3 MPC instrument plugins, multi sampled keygroup instruments and drum expansion libraries|
||128-track MIDI, 8-track Audio|
|Sampling||Advanced Sampling & Audio Editing/Recording, Auto Sample|
|Analog Inputs||2 x 1/4" TRS (L/R), 1 x Dual RCA Stereo|
|Analog Outputs||2 x 1/4" (master L/R), 4 x 1/4" TRS|
1 x 1/4" TRS
2 x In, 2 x Out, USB, Bluetooth
Ethernet (Link), 4 x 1/8" (stereo CV/Gate)
2 x Type A 3.0, 1 x Type B
||2GB RAM, 16GB Onboard Storage, SD Card Slot, Expandable SSD 2.5" Bay|
|Additional Media Storage||SD card, USB port, 2.5" SATA drive connector|
|Software||MPC 2 software|
|OS Requirements - Mac||OS X 10.13 or later|
|OS Requirements - PC||Windows 8.1 or later|
|Power Supply||19V DC power supply (included) / Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery (up to 4 hours)|
|Manufacturer Part Number||MPCLIVE2XUS|