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Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 - Downloading and Installing the MPC 2.5 Update

With the release of MPC 2.5, users will have access to new MIDI maps for popular Ableton, Arturia, Korg, M-audio, and Native Instruments controllers. In this article, we'll show you where you can download the MPC 2.5 software update and how to install it.

MPC 2.5 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

CompatibilityThis is a firmware and software update.Desktop SoftwareThe MPC 2.5 desktop software includes MIDI maps for popular Ableton, Arturia, Korg, M-Audio and Native Instruments controllers.Downloading the UpdateTo download the MPC 2.5 Desktop Software Update, log into your Akai Pro user account or through MPC 2.4 when prompted. For instructions on installing the update, please visit our knowledge base article here.FirmwareThis...

Force 3.0.1 Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware update. Downloading the UpdateTo download the 3.0.1 Firmware Update, navigate to the Force product page and click on Downloads to find the link: Force For instructions on installing the update, please visit our knowledge base article here. New Features Launch / Note mode - Hold down both the Launch and Note mode buttons to combine...

MPC 2.4 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware and software update. Desktop Software The MPC 2.4 desktop software includes MIDI maps for popular Ableton, Arturia, Korg, M-Audio and Native Instruments controllers. Downloading the Update To download the MPC 2.4 Desktop Software Update, log into your Akai Pro user account or through MPC 2.3 when prompted. For instructions on installing the update, please visit...

MPC 2.3 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware and software update. Desktop Software The MPC 2.3 desktop software includes MIDI maps for popular Ableton, Arturia, Korg, M-Audio and Native Instruments controllers. Downloading the Update To download the MPC 2.3 Desktop Software Update, log into your Akai Pro user account or through MPC 2.2.1 when prompted. For instructions on installing the update, please visit...

MPC 2.2.1 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware and software update. Desktop Software The MPC 2.2.1 desktop software includes MIDI maps for popular Ableton, Arturia, Korg, M-Audio and Native Instruments controllers. Downloading the Update To download the MPC 2.2.1 Desktop Software Update, log into your Akai Pro user account or through MPC 2.2.0 when prompted. For instructions on installing the update, please visit...

MPC 2.2 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware and software update. Desktop Software The MPC 2.2 desktop software can now be controlled by any external MIDI control surface such as keyboards and pad controllers enabling hands-on control of MPC’s predefined parameters. Downloading the Update To download the MPC 2.2 Desktop Software Update, log into your Akai Pro user account or through MPC 2.1...

MPC 2.1 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware and software update. Important: Projects created and saved in MPC 2.1 desktop or standalone will not be compatible with earlier versions. We strongly recommend updating both the desktop software and the firmware. Desktop Software The MPC 2.1 desktop software can be controlled by MPC X, MPC Live, MPC Touch, MPC Studio Black, MPC Studio, MPC...

MPC Version 2.0.8 Release Notes

Important: MPC now supports macOS 10.13 High Sierra.This software is for 64-bit operation only. Compatibility The MPC 2.0 release can be controlled by MPC X, MPC Live, MPC Touch, MPC Studio Black, MPC Studio, MPC Renaissance and MPC Element.Integration for pads, pad colours and bank switching for MPK225, MPK249 and MPK261 has now been added.Integration for pads for MPD218, MPD226...

MPC Version 2.0.6 Release Notes

Important: MPC now supports macOS 10.13 High Sierra.This software is for 64-bit operation only. Compatibility The MPC 2.0 release can be controlled by MPC X, MPC Live, MPC Touch, MPC Studio Black, MPC Studio, MPC Renaissance and MPC Element. Integration for pads, pad colors and bank switching for MPK225, MPK249 and MPK261 has now been added. Integration for pads for...

MPC Version 2.0.4 Beta Release Notes

Important: This software is for 64-bit operation only. This release can be controlled by MPC X, MPC Live, and MPC Touch. Support for MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio (black and standard models), and MPC Element will be in the official MPC 2.0 public release. New Features MPC now supports macOS 10.13 High Sierra.The Pads section in the bottom panel now contains...

MPC Version 2.0.2 Beta Release Notes

Important: This software is for 64-bit operation only. This release can be controlled by MPC X, MPC Live, and MPC Touch. Support for MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio (black and standard models), and MPC Element will be in the official MPC 2.0 public release. New Features Dual monitor support, MPC can now display a second window. In the status bar click on the Mixer Window icon...

MPC Version 2.0 Beta Release Notes

About MPC 2.0 is a major software release that provides support for Akai Professional’s revolutionary new MPC Live and MPC X. Version 2.0 vastly expands the software’s capabilities, adding audio tracks, real-time audio warping, and a new graphical user interface to improve your efficiency and the overall MPC experience. MPC 2.0 also provides many significant workflow enhancements and audio processing improvements. All of us...

MPC 2.2.3 Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware update for MPC X and MPC Live hardware. Downloading the Update To download the 2.2.3 Firmware Update, navigate to the MPC X or MPC Live product page and click on Downloads to find the Mac and PC download links: MPC Live product pageMPC X product page For instructions on installing the update, please visit our...

MPC 2.2.2.1 Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware update for MPC X and MPC Live hardware. Downloading the Update To download the 2.2.2.1 Firmware Update, navigate to the MPC X or MPC Live product page and click on Downloads to find the Mac and PC download links: MPC Live product pageMPC X product page For instructions on installing the update, please visit our...

MPC 2.2.2 Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware update for MPC X and MPC Live hardware. Downloading the Update To download the 2.2.2 Firmware Update, navigate to the MPC X or MPC Live product page and click on Downloads to find the Mac and PC download links: MPC Live product pageMPC X product page For instructions on installing the update, please visit our...

MPC 2.2.1 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware and software update. Desktop Software The MPC 2.2.1 desktop software includes MIDI maps for popular Ableton, Arturia, Korg, M-Audio and Native Instruments controllers. Downloading the Update To download the MPC 2.2.1 Desktop Software Update, log into your Akai Pro user account or through MPC 2.2.0 when prompted. For instructions on installing the update, please visit...

MPC 2.2 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware and software update. Desktop Software The MPC 2.2 desktop software can now be controlled by any external MIDI control surface such as keyboards and pad controllers enabling hands-on control of MPC’s predefined parameters. Downloading the Update To download the MPC 2.2 Desktop Software Update, log into your Akai Pro user account or through MPC 2.1...

MPC 2.1 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware and software update. Important: Projects created and saved in MPC 2.1 desktop or standalone will not be compatible with earlier versions. We strongly recommend updating both the desktop software and the firmware. Desktop Software The MPC 2.1 desktop software can be controlled by MPC X, MPC Live, MPC Touch, MPC Studio Black, MPC Studio, MPC...

MPC X/Live 2.0.5 Firmware Update

This release is for MPC X and MPC Live hardware. Downloading the Update To download the 2.0.5 Firmware Update, navigate to the MPC X or MPC Live product page and click on Downloads to find the Mac and PC download links: MPC Live product pageMPC X product page For instructions on installing the update, please visit our knowledge base article...

MPC X/Live 2.0.3 Firmware Update

This release is for MPC X and MPC Live hardware. Stability and reliability Improved audio recording latency; audio region positions now align accurately with input signalFixed an issue with internal SATA drives disconnectingFixed a crash when exporting a song with solo automationFixed a crash in the Channel Mixer mode when switching to the “Returns” viewMany other minor bug-fixes and stability...

VIP 3.1.1 Release Notes

New Features The VIP mixer solo behaviour can now be configured to Exclusive solo. Go to Settings > Preferences and enable the Exclusive solo option. You can now pass plugin automation parameter names from VIP to your DAW host. Go to Settings > Preferences and enable the Automation parameters display parameter names option. Improvements Assigning a parameter to a macro...

VIP 3.1 Release Notes

Important: VIP is now iLok-protected, go to your user account to obtain your iLok authorization code. Compatibility The VIP 3.1 release includes new MIDI maps for: AKAI MPD218AKAI MPD226AKAI MPD232Alesis VI25Alesis VI49Alesis VI61Alesis VminiAlesis V25Alesis V49Alesis V61 New Features Macro controls can now control multiple parameters: Each knob or button in the Multi tab of the Control Panel can now...

VIP 3.0 Release Notes

New Features VIP is now iLok-protected, go to your user account to obtain your iLok authorization code. VIP Native Plugin Map Standard - The VIP plugin map format allows third-party virtual instrument and effect developers to produce their own plugin maps quickly and efficiently.  Developers can specify the control interaction and preset tagging for their instruments/effects to ensure the best...

Optimizing Your System, Improving Performance, and Managing Latency

So you bought an audio recording interface, followed all the instructions, and set everything up. Now what? A typical PC or Mac recording setup may contain software and hardware products from a dozen or more companies. i.e. Dell, Microsoft, Belkin, Steinberg, Syncrosoft, Waves, Universal Audio, Arturia, FXpansion, Native Instruments, Akai Pro, Alesis. Even with a minimalist setup, getting all the...

Mac OS X - Problems with MIDI devices after an update

I use a Mac, and after installing an OS update, one or more of my MIDI devices aren't communicating with the computer or are acting strangely.  What should I do? When installing a major Mac OS update over an existing one (not using a clean install), or when using Apple's Migration Assistant to transfer files and preferences from one Mac...

Troubleshooting USB MIDI devices on Mac

This guide covers basic troubleshooting steps to determine whether your USB MIDI device is recognized, and working properly on a Mac computer.  Testing to see if a MIDI device is recognized on Mac Testing to see if MIDI devices are transmitting data using MIDI Monitor What to do if your MIDI device is not connecting to your Mac Additional resources...

Troubleshooting Class Compliant USB Computer Peripherals

Most USB audio and MIDI computer peripherals are Class Compliant USB devices. This means that to communicate with the computer, they use drivers that are built right into the host computer’s operating system. These drivers are written by Microsoft (or Apple for Macintoshes), and come pre-installed on all computers. The advantage of Class Compliant USB devices is that they work...

Akai MPK2 Series - Setup in PreSonus Studio One

The Akai MPK2 series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK225, MPK249, and MPK261 are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This articles walks through how to setup the MPK2 series controller with PreSonus Studio...

Akai MPK2 - Setup in Logic Pro X

The Akai MPK2 series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK225, MPK249, and MPK261 are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This articles walks through how to setup the MPK2 series controller with Logic Pro...

Akai MPK2 Series - Setup in Pro Tools 11

The Akai MPK2 series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK225, MPK249, and MPK261 are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This articles walks through how to setup the MPK2 series controller with Pro Tools...

Akai MPK2 Series - Complete Download, Unlock and Setup in MPC Essentials

The Akai MPK2 series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK225, MPK249, and MPK261 are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This article walks through how to set up the MPK2 series controller with the...

Akai MPK2 Series - Setup in FL Studio 11

The Akai MPK2 series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK225, MPK249, and MPK261 are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This articles walks through how to setup the MPK2 series controller with FL Studio...

Akai MPK2 Series - Setup in Steinberg Cubase

The Akai MPK2 series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK225, MPK249, and MPK261 are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This articles walks through how to setup the MPK2 series controller with Steinberg Cubase...

Akai MPK2 Series - Setup in Ableton Live

The Akai MPK2 series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK225, MPK249, and MPK261 are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This articles walks through how to setup the MPK2 series controller with Ableton Live...

Akai MPD and MPK Series - Setup in Ableton Live 9 Lite

The MPD and MPK series controllers are extremely versatile USB MIDI controllers. Whether you are looking for an all in one production setup with keys and pads, or a more beat-oriented workflow, the MPD and MPK controller series gives you a ton of creative potential in a single piece of hardware. This guide covers how to set up the MPD and MPK controller for...

Akai MPC Element - Software Installation And Unlock Process

  The Akai MPC Element is a portable solution for musicians looking to take their work on the go. Using the included MPC Essentials Software, or an unlocked copy of the MPC Software, the MPC Element allows for powerful groove production and composition in a compact form factor. This guide walks through registration, installation, and unlocking the software for your...

Akai MPK and MPD Series - Setup with Studio One 2

The Akai MPK series controllers are amazing machines that inspire creativity with every touch of the keys, or smash of the pads.  They link seamlessly with music production DAW's and give you the power and flexibility every musician needs.  With built in tools that integrate perfectly with a variety of popular digital audio software your imagination is your only battle...

Akai Pro Advance Keyboards - Using with Native Instruments Komplete

  Akai Professional’s Advance Keyboards are like nothing else you've ever played. The Advance keyboard controllers give you unprecedented playability and unrestricted manipulation of any virtual instrument with our exclusive interactive, full-color display, complemented by performance-friendly hardware controls.  This video walks through all you need to know about using the Advance controller with VIP and Native Instruments Komplete.     Video Links...

Akai Pro MPX16 - Mapping to the MPC Software

The Akai Pro MPX16 makes a great stand-alone sample recorder and player.  The MPX16 can also be used to control the legendary MPC software.  There is some basic MIDI mapping that you need to perform in order to properly control your pads.  The MPX16 will control all 16 of the pads in the MPC software.  This guide will get your pads to correspond...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - Complete Setup with FL Studio

The Akai MPK mini MKII series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK series are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This articles walks through how to setup the MPK mini MKII series controller with FL...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - Complete Setup in MPC Essentials

  The MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact controller designed for the travelling musician and desktop producer.  For the latest guide and video walkthrough of downloading, installing, and authorizing the software, and how to quickly get up and running and making music, vist the following article: Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - How to Obtain, Download, and Install Included Software  ...

What plugins can I use with the VIP Software?

The VIP (Virtual Instrument Player) software included with your Akai Pro Advance series, M-Audio CTRL49, and Alesis VX49 controllers gives you immediate access to any virtual instrument in your collection. Virtually any VST Instrument (VSTi) and effect will work in VIP, including VST and VST2 instruments.   Do all VST Instruments work with VIP? Yes. All VST and VST2 instruments...

Akai Pro Advance - How to Download, Install and Authorize VIP

With the Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software application, your entire VSTi library is controlled by one application.  The videos in this article walk through how to log into your akaipro.com user account, download the included software, and install it on your computer.   Contents Windows Installation and Authorization Process Mac Installation  and Authorization Process Frequently Asked Questions and Troubleshooting Additional...

Akai MPK2 Series - Setup in Reason 7

?The Akai MPK2 series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK225, MPK249, and MPK261 are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This articles walks through how to setup the MPK2 series controller with Reason 7...

32-bit vs 64-bit - Your Questions Answered

In the world of computing, the differences between 32-bit and 64-bit anything can be quite confusing.  The following article helps to clarify the differences between 32 and 64-bit operating systems as well as between 32 and 64-bit programs.  It also explains the reasons for choosing one way or the other and walks through the steps to determine if your current...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - How to Obtain, Download, Install and Setup the Included Software

The MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact controller designed for the traveling musician and desktop producer.   In this guide and video, we cover setup with the MPK mini mkII with the included MPC Essentials software and the AIR Hybrid plugin. We walk through downloading, installing, and authorizing the software and how to quickly get up and running and making music...

Mac OS X: Accessing Hidden Library Folders

In this Tip's N Tricks article, I want to point out a very important tip for getting around one of Apple's more peculiar security precautions in Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion.  By default, the User Library folder is hidden in Mac OS 10.7 and above.  We'll cover a few different methods to easily access this hidden folder.  ...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - Downloading, Installing and Using the Sample Content

The MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact controller designed for the traveling musician and desktop producer. Along with MPC Essentials, the MPK mini mkII comes with three content packs to help you get started producing beats and making music. This guide walks through where to find those content packs and how to use them.   Contents What is included and...

Akai Pro MPD226 - Setup in Logic Pro X

  The MPD226 is a USB/MIDI pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. This provides presets, preference files, and instructions on how to easily map setup the controller with Logic...

Akai Pro MPD232 - Setup with MPC Essentials

The MPD232 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. This guide walks through how to setup the MPD232 with the included MPC Essentials program. Contents MPD232 Setup...

Akai Pro MPD226 - Setup with MPC Essentials

  The MPD226 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production.  This guide walks through how to setup the MPD226 with the included MPC Essentials program.  ...

Akai Pro MPC Touch - Installation, Calibration and Unlock Walkthrough

  Combining the might of a pro-level piece of production gear truly fit to carry the MPC shield with the tactile ease of use found on smartphones and tablets, the Touch is truly a workflow revolution.  It incorporates the ease of a touch screen right on the device for quicker production.  This guide thoroughly walks through the installation procedure.  ...

Troubleshooting Serato & Audio Issues When Using DVS Or A Controller With Motorized Platters

Some users have reported that audio stops or cuts out unexpectedly when using Serato with DVS or a controller with motorized platters like the Numark NS7 series, Akai AMX, Denon DJ DS1, Rane SL2, etc. What causes hardware disconnects and audio dropouts in Serato DJ when using DVS or a controller with motorized platters? A bug was identified in Serato DJ...

MPC Touch - Display Configuration Troubleshooting Guide

The Akai MPC Touch boasts a 7" touchscreen that allows you to have full control over your projects without ever looking away from the hardware.  The MPC Touch is recognized by your computer as an extra display, so making sure that it is set up properly is very important. This guide reviews some of the most common questions and concerns...

Akai Pro MIDImix - Setup with Ableton Live Lite

  Up until now, there was just no solution for musicians and producers who needed a compact, easily portable way to mix and process their projects on site. But MIDImix is the best solution for portable mixing on the go.  MIDImix offers an intuitive, familiar mixer layout, solid connectivity with the most popular DAWs, and legendary Akai Professional quality. MIDImix...

Akai Pro MPD218 - Setup with Ableton Live Lite

The MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. Here is a guide to show you how to set this up with the included Ableton Live...

Akai Pro MPD226 - Setup with Ableton Live Lite

    The MPD226 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. Here is a guide to show you how to set this up with the included Ableton...

Akai Pro MPD232 - Setup with Ableton Live Lite

The MPD232 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production.  Here is a guide to show you how to set this up with the included Ableton Live...

Akai MPC Renaissance - Troubleshooting USB Audio Artifacts or Latency

As with any USB audio interface, there are many potential causes of symptoms like distortion, artifacts (clicks/pops/crackling), and latency. This guide provides some helpful tips to troubleshoot the issue and get you back to making music!    Contents Troubleshooting USB Audio Symptoms USB 3.0 Ports and USB 2.0 Devices 2015 Apple Macbook Pro USB Data Issues Further Support   Troubleshooting...

Akai Pro MPC - Troubleshooting Invalid Serial Number and Other Common Unlock Problems

The MPC Software provided with the MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, MPC Studio Black and MPC Touch is a necessary part of the workflow for these machines, so it's important to get it unlocked and working quickly so you can get up and running. If you're running into common problems like an invalid serial number or too many activations, this guide...

Akai Pro MPD218 - How to Download and Use the Included Sample Content

The MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. This guide walks through downloading, installing and using the included Sample Content.    Contents Getting Started Mapping...

Akai Pro MPD218 - How to Download, Install, And Unlock the Included Software

The MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. This guide walks through downloading, installing and authorizing the included MPC Essentials, Big Bang Drums and Big...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII and MPC Essentials Training

So you've got your MPK mini mkII and installed all of the included software, but now what? To help you get started, we've included a 13 video playlist that will help walk you through loading samples, recording, editing, and exporting music with MPC, MPC Essentials, and several other software titles. Before Getting Started The video playlist below will cover how...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - How to use the Editor

The MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact keyboard controller designed for the traveling musician and the desktop producer. With an array of hardware controls, MPK mini lets you record, compose, and perform with virtual instruments, effect plugins, and DAWs whenever inspiration strikes.  This article walks through the basics of getting to know the MPK mini mkII Editor.     Contents...

Activating and Deactivating AIR and Sonivox Plugins

? Before getting started with your new AIR or Sonivox plugins, they'll first need to be authorized. While there are several ways that you can do this, the most efficient method is entering the license directly into the iLok License Manager. This article walks through the easiest way to create an account and authorize your new plugins, as well as...

MPC Touch - Complete Setup And Routing in Logic Pro X

  The MPC Touch and included MPC software combine to create a powerful beat-making machine, incorporating all elements of the legendary MPC workflow. Using the MPC software as a plugin adds even more features and options to connect and interact with your favorite DAW. This guide walks you through everything you need to know about using the Akai Pro MPC...

macOS Sierra 10.12 and iOS 10 Support For Akai Pro Products

Whenever a new operating system is released, it is crucial to check the compatibility of your hardware and software before choosing to make the jump. This article will be updated periodically to reflect the current status of Akai Pro hardware and software compatibility with macOS Sierra and iOS 10. Please note: It's important to us that your work and creativity are...

Akai Professional BT500 Turntable - Playing and Bluetooth Pairing

In this video, we take a look at the back of the BT500 and show you how to set up the turntable for playback via RCA out or Bluetooth speakers.  For more on the BT500, visit: www.akaipro.com/product/bt500  

Redeeming Your Copy of Blackhole by Eventide

For a limited time, all Advance and MPC Touch users will be eligible for a free copy of the Eventide deep space reverb plugin, Blackhole. This offer will be available inside registered users' Akai accounts until expiring on September 30th, 2016.   Once the promo ends, the software will no longer be available from your Akai account, so interested eligible...

VIP - Everything You Need To Know About FX Plugin Maps

With the addition of FX Plugin support in VIP 2.0, plugin maps will be provided to map VIP with the most popular effect plugins on the market today. Plugin Maps give you automatic factory preset importing, automatic category tagging, and automatic controller mapping. The list currently includes over 600 FX Plugin maps and will continue to grow. Keep in mind...

Akai Pro MPC Renaissance & Studio Black - Complete Download, Installation and Unlock Process

  The MPC Renaissance, Studio, and Studio Black fuse legendary MPC production with the processing power of your computer.  But before getting started you'll want to authorize and unlock your MPC software. This video and guide walks through how to download, install and unlock your MPC software with your MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio and MPC Studio Black.    Contents Video...

Akai Pro MPD232 - Setup in Logic Pro X

The MPD232 is a USB/MIDI pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. This provides presets, preference files, and instructions on how to easily map setup the controller with Logic Pro...

Akai Pro MPC Essentials - Creating and Using a Keygroup Program

A keygroup is a type of program in MPC that will take a sample and pitch it across all of the keys on your MIDI controller or pads on your MPC, essentially creating your own virtual instrument. For example, you could turn a single bass note sample into an entire playable bass program by creating a keygroup with the sample...

So you just bought an MPC Touch. Now what?

Introducing a new approach to music production with an ultra fast and super intuitive workflow, the Touch is powered by a radiant 7" color multi-touch display. Literally grab and pinch waveforms, draw midi events, adjust envelopes, chop samples, add effects and precisely set your controls using your fingertips. If you just purchased one of these production machines, you may be...

Akai Pro MPD226 - How to Download and Use the Included Sample Content

MPD226 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller designed for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs. Its blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with USB connectivity brings the feel of classic beat making into computer music production. This guide walks through downloading, installing and using the included Sample Content.   Contents Getting Started MPD226 Hardware Setup Downloading and Installing the Content Where to...

Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 - Downloading and Installing the MPC 2.3 Update

With the release of MPC 2.3, users receive their biggest update yet. New features include three new software instruments, an arpeggiator, auto-sampler, and all new workflow enhancements. The best part is that all of these features are now also available for the MPC X and MPC Live with the MPC 2.3 firmware update. In this article, we'll show you where you can download the MPC 2.3 software update and how to install it.

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - Firmware Update 2.3 Walkthrough

In this video, we show you how to download and install the massive new v2.3 update for your MPC X and Live. This includes where to download and how to run the update, as well as all the great new features you can expect on the other side.

Akai Pro MPC Touch - Uninstalling and Updating MPC Touch Drivers

If you've updated your operating system from a previous version of macOS and you're having trouble getting everything up and running smoothly, remnant settings from the old OS may be causing the issue. This article will walk you through the steps to configure the operating system, hardware drivers, and resolve any issues.

Akai Pro Fire - How to Download and Install FL Studio: Fruity Fire Edition

The Akai Fire is the first dedicated control surface built to interface directly with FL Studio. This article will walk through the complete registration, download, and setup of the included software.

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - Installing MPC 2.2 Firmware Update via USB

The MPC 2.2 firmware update for the MPC X and MPC Live can now be installed straight from a USB drive without connecting the MPC to a computer. In the video below, we walk through the process of downloading and installing the MPC 2.2 update with a USB drive.

Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 - Downloading and Installing the MPC 2.2 Update

With the release of the MPC 2.2 software and firmware update, users will receive all new features for their MPC software and hardware, like the long-anticipated MIDI Learn function. MPC 2.2 also comes with a vast amount of bug fixes and stability updates to virtually every aspect of MPC. In this article, we'll show you where you can download the update and how to install it.

Akai Pro MPC Live and X - Exporting Expansions from the MPC Software

With the MPC 2.1 update, you can export MPC expansions directly onto an external drive for use with the MPC software or in standalone with the MPC X or MPC Live. The MPC software and your MPC X/Live hardware will both need to be updated to at least firmware/software version 2.1, where this feature was introduced.

Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 - Downloading and Installing the MPC 2.1 Update

With the release of the MPC 2.1 update, users get all new features and improvements like the ability to export expansion packs to an MPC X or Live, improved MIDI sync, and new display drivers for the MPC Touch. In this guide, we'll walk through downloading and installing this latest update for the MPC 2.0 desktop software.

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - Firmware Update 2.1 Walkthrough

In this video, we walk through the process of updating the firmware on an MPC X and MPC Live to the latest 2.1 update. This includes where to download, how to connect the MPC, and how to run the firmware updater.

Activate Serato DJ or an Expansion Pack with a license number or voucher code

If you have purchased a license for Serato DJ or an expansion, or have received a voucher code for Serato DJ or an expansion, this article explains how to activate your Serato DJ software or expansions using a license number or voucher code.

VIP 3.0 - How to Use Chord Progressions in Key Control

Key Control allows you to play select Scales, Harmonies, or Chord Progressions up and down your keyboard without worrying about playing a note outside of the selected key or scale. This article will take a more in-depth look at Chord Progressions within the Key Control feature.

VIP 3.0 - How to use Key Control

Key Control allows you to play select Scales, Harmonies, or Chord Progressions up and down your keyboard without worrying about playing a note outside of the selected key or scale. This article will walk you through how to use the Key Control feature within the VIP 3.0 software.

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - Firmware Update 2.0.3 Walkthrough

In this video, we walk through the process of updating the firmware on an MPC X and MPC Live to the latest 2.0.3 update. This includes where to download, how to connect the MPC, and how to run the firmware updater.

So you just bought an MPC Studio/Renaissance. Now what?

Fusing Akai Professional's legendary MPC layout and workflow with the power of your computer, MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio are the unrivaled instruments for music production. If you just purchased one of these productions beasts, you may be wondering: what do I do next? Look no further! This guide compiles all the best articles and tutorials to help you get completely up and running with your new MPC and take your productions to the next level.

MPC Academy - MPC Touch Video Tutorials

Just getting started with your MPC Touch? These videos will provide in-depth step-by-step walkthroughs on sampling, sequencing, building programs and so much more.    Contents Sampling & Editing Creating Drum Programs Sequencing Grid Mode and Saving Keygroups Program Edit Plugin Programs Song Mode Exporting Stems Ableton Additional Guides & Videos Further Technical Support   Sampling and Editing   Creating Drum...

Akai Pro MPD232 - How to Download and Use the Included Sample Content

MPD232 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller designed for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs. Its blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with USB connectivity brings the feel of classic beat making into computer music production. This guide walks through downloading, installing and using the included Sample Content.   Contents Getting Started MPD232 Hardware Setup Downloading and Installing the Content Where to...

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Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 - Downloading and Installing the MPC 2.5 Update

With the release of MPC 2.5, users will have access to new MIDI maps for popular Ableton, Arturia, Korg, M-audio, and Native Instruments controllers. In this article, we'll show you where you can download the MPC 2.5 software update and how to install it.

MPC 2.5 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

CompatibilityThis is a firmware and software update.Desktop SoftwareThe MPC 2.5 desktop software includes MIDI maps for popular Ableton, Arturia, Korg, M-Audio and Native Instruments controllers.Downloading the UpdateTo download the MPC 2.5 Desktop Software Update, log into your Akai Pro user account or through MPC 2.4 when prompted. For instructions on installing the update, please visit our knowledge base article here.FirmwareThis...

Force 3.0.1 Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware update. Downloading the UpdateTo download the 3.0.1 Firmware Update, navigate to the Force product page and click on Downloads to find the link: Force For instructions on installing the update, please visit our knowledge base article here. New Features Launch / Note mode - Hold down both the Launch and Note mode buttons to combine...

MPC 2.4 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware and software update. Desktop Software The MPC 2.4 desktop software includes MIDI maps for popular Ableton, Arturia, Korg, M-Audio and Native Instruments controllers. Downloading the Update To download the MPC 2.4 Desktop Software Update, log into your Akai Pro user account or through MPC 2.3 when prompted. For instructions on installing the update, please visit...

MPC 2.3 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware and software update. Desktop Software The MPC 2.3 desktop software includes MIDI maps for popular Ableton, Arturia, Korg, M-Audio and Native Instruments controllers. Downloading the Update To download the MPC 2.3 Desktop Software Update, log into your Akai Pro user account or through MPC 2.2.1 when prompted. For instructions on installing the update, please visit...

MPC 2.2.1 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware and software update. Desktop Software The MPC 2.2.1 desktop software includes MIDI maps for popular Ableton, Arturia, Korg, M-Audio and Native Instruments controllers. Downloading the Update To download the MPC 2.2.1 Desktop Software Update, log into your Akai Pro user account or through MPC 2.2.0 when prompted. For instructions on installing the update, please visit...

MPC 2.2 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware and software update. Desktop Software The MPC 2.2 desktop software can now be controlled by any external MIDI control surface such as keyboards and pad controllers enabling hands-on control of MPC’s predefined parameters. Downloading the Update To download the MPC 2.2 Desktop Software Update, log into your Akai Pro user account or through MPC 2.1...

MPC 2.1 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware and software update. Important: Projects created and saved in MPC 2.1 desktop or standalone will not be compatible with earlier versions. We strongly recommend updating both the desktop software and the firmware. Desktop Software The MPC 2.1 desktop software can be controlled by MPC X, MPC Live, MPC Touch, MPC Studio Black, MPC Studio, MPC...

MPC Version 2.0.8 Release Notes

Important: MPC now supports macOS 10.13 High Sierra.This software is for 64-bit operation only. Compatibility The MPC 2.0 release can be controlled by MPC X, MPC Live, MPC Touch, MPC Studio Black, MPC Studio, MPC Renaissance and MPC Element.Integration for pads, pad colours and bank switching for MPK225, MPK249 and MPK261 has now been added.Integration for pads for MPD218, MPD226...

MPC Version 2.0.6 Release Notes

Important: MPC now supports macOS 10.13 High Sierra.This software is for 64-bit operation only. Compatibility The MPC 2.0 release can be controlled by MPC X, MPC Live, MPC Touch, MPC Studio Black, MPC Studio, MPC Renaissance and MPC Element. Integration for pads, pad colors and bank switching for MPK225, MPK249 and MPK261 has now been added. Integration for pads for...

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