The Akai Professional MPC Live II
is a complete standalone music production workstation with an
integrated sampler, sequencer, 7" touchscreen, 16 velocity-sensitive
RGB-backlit pads, and 4 endless encoder "Q-Link" controls.
Live II now features a built-in dual tweeter/woofer monitoring system,
allowing you to work anywhere (with or without headphones), and four
stereo 3.5mm TRS CV/Gate connectors are there for interfacing with your
favorite analog synthesizers, drum machines, and Eurorack modules.
MPC 2.0 software has been updated for full MIDI Multi control,
providing command over all your studio equipment. Simultaneously connect
and route all the MIDI gear in your studio, including class-compliant
USB Keyboards, MIDI interfaces, and USB-to-CV modules. Fuse this with
deep internal MIDI routing capability across tracks, comprehensive MIDI
routing to any MIDI compatible synthesizer, drum machine or sound
module, and even multitrack recording capability.
The MPC Live
incorporates a powerful quad-core ARM Cortex processor, 2GB of RAM, and
16GB of storage to power the MPC 2.0 software without the need to
connect to a host computer. What's more, the music production center can operate in Control Mode, which further expands the functionality by connecting to a computer to operate the same MPC 2.0 standalone software as a plugin in your favorite DAW. The MPC 2.0 software has powerful features including
audio track recording, real-time time-stretching (audio warping),
pitch-shifting, audio and MIDI drag-and-drop, clip program mode for clip
launching, an updated mixer layout with advanced signal routing, and
enhanced Q-Link control.
The Akai Professional MPC Live II features 16GB of internal MicroSD storage, includes a built-in SD card slot, and has a 2.5" SATA drive bay for adding your own SSD or HHD drive for immediate access to your own sample libraries.
The full-color 7" multi-touch screen
offers quick and easy visual feedback and editing capabilities. View
samples with pinch zooming, trim start and end times, and adjust and
process samples on the fly. The XYFX allow you to control multiple
effect parameters simultaneously, while the sequencer and mix page make
short work of entering/deleting notes, editing values, and adjusting mix
The rear panel offers a comprehensive set of inputs
and outputs including two 1/4" inputs and two RCA inputs with a
turntable ground for sampling directly from vinyl, while the six
line-level 1/4" outputs are arranged in three stereo pairs. For MIDI
I/O, the unit offers two MIDI inputs and two MIDI outputs on full-sized
5-pin DIN connectors. Connect a computer via the USB Type-B connection,
while two USB Type-A connectors allow for the integration of MIDI
controllers to further expand your MIDI inputs, or connect thumb drives
or hard-drives. A dedicated 1/4" headphone output is available for
monitoring the Master L/R outputs.
The Akai Professional MPC Live II is premapped for Ableton Live, allowing you to take command over Live's clip launching, mixer, and instrument macro controls wirelessly via Wi-Fi network or by Ableton Link over Ethernet connection. Also included is a
Splice integration for simplified sample browsing and auditioning of
millions of high-quality, royalty-free samples, sounds, presets, and
loops. The MPC Live II music production center can be powered via the internal Lithium-ion battery for up to six hours or by the included power adapter. The unit also ships with a USB cable.