5 Cool Things
about the AKAI MPC Live

5 Cool things we love about the MPC Live

Chop Mode

Chopping samples on the MPC Live is a dream there are several ways to do it. My favorite way to get inspired is to load up a break or sample and lazy chop, you basically hit the pads in time with the sample and then convert the chops to a program. It’s easy enough to load an entire WAV, MP3 or FLAC file and get chopping into something creative.


The Live has a solid set of i/o options. I mostly use my MPC in stand-alone mode and then bounce all my tracks to a memory card for importing into a DAW. Here are the i/o other expandability details:

(2) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS inputs (1 stereo pair)
(6) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS outputs (3 stereo pairs)
(1) 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo headphone output
(2) RCA inputs (1 stereo pair)
(2) 5-pin MIDI inputs (2) 5-pin MIDI outputs
(2) USB Type-A ports (1) USB Type-B port
(1) SD card slot
(1) power adapter input


Storage on the MPC Live is expandable via USB or the internal drive bay that accepts a 2.5″ SSD. I installed a 500GB Samsung EVO in my Live a few years ago and haven’t thought about storage since. Don’t waste your time with spinning drives.

Exporting Tracks

Workflow. As a long time user of MPC’s I know firsthand how productivity can be reduced if your workflow from MPC to DAW is cumbersome and slow. I still have nightmares about tracking 8 outputs at a time! Thankfully those days are gone and the current MPC models have a handy export all tracks feature. With a few screen taps, you can export your project as individual tracks to your internal SSD or an external USB stick. This is such a time saver!

Form Factor

Portability is a wonderful thing. The MPC Live is battery powered so you can move around while still remaining creative. There’s nothing better than relaxing on the couch with the MPC and a great pair of headphones. A purpose-made travel bag or case is recommended if you plan on taking the MPC Live on the train or a road trip.

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