Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live – Firmware Update Walkthrough

In this video, we walk through the process of updating the firmware on an MPC X and MPC Live. This includes where to download, how to connect the MPC, and how to run the firmware updater. 



  1. Downloading the Update
  2. Preparing for the Update
  3. Updating the Firmware
  4. Further Technical Support


Downloading the Update

To download a Firmware Update, navigate to the MPX or MPC Live product page and click on Downloads to find the Mac and PC download links:


Preparing for the Update

Before updating any firmware on any operating system, it's important to take the following precautions:

  1. Ensure the MPC Live and MPC X are connected securely to a power source before updating. The MPC Live will not be able to be updated while running on battery power.
  2. Connect the MPC directly to a USB port on your computer. Avoid using any USB hubs, adapters, extenders or long USB cables to prevent any lost data during the update.
  3. Disconnect all other USB/MIDI devices from the computer.
  4. Unplug any MIDI cables plugged into the MIDI ports on the module.
  5. Make sure that the downloaded firmware update is properly unzipped or extracted before installing the updater.
  6. Close all other software running on the computer.

In general, the MPC should have a consistent and working connection to your computer. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms like the ones listed below, do NOT attempt to update the firmware in order to remedy this. 

  • Doesn't connect to a computer
  • Doesn't communicate with software at all
  • Latency/delay in playback or any audio playback related issues
  • Unexpected messages or graphics on the display
  • Unit will not power on or powers off intermittently

If you experience any trouble with this, please contact our support team before continuing with the update. 


Updating the Firmware


Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Pro product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Akai Pro technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.