MPC X Special Edition
MPC X Special Edition

The Legendary MPC

The legacy continues with more power for your most inspired music ever.

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Introducing the MPC X Special Edition

With 35 years of history-making performance, the next chapter of MPC has arrived with MPC X Special Edition. Discover superior sonics found only in the premier MPC plugin collection to push beyond your limits. MPC X SE features unrivaled standalone performance with the most internal storage, the most memory, and most hardware controls for the demanding music-makers of today. MPC X Special Edition is the ultimate standalone MPC.


The Iconic Look Meets the Most Powerful MPC

More Powerful Performance

Loaded with the premium MPC Plug-in Instrument Collection, 48GB of internal storage, 4GB of RAM for sampling capabilities, MPC X Special Edition is the most powerful standalone music production machine ever, delivering exciting music-making abilities right to your fingers.


The Timeless Look and Feel

With the iconic workflow and time-tested functions, MPC continues to the be the leading sampling and sequencing production platform for every generation of hit-maker. With its retro colorway, MPC X SE bridges the legend of MPC and cutting-edge music technology


Total Hardware Integration for Complete Control of Your Studio.

Built for Creative Connections

MPC X SE brings your creative space together with all the connections needed to transform your project studio into a modern music production suite. Control MIDI, instrument, CV/gate, and modular enabled devices without skipping a beat.

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A Source of Superior Sound

Capture pristine audio directly from vinyl turntables for clean sample and loop creation right into your sample memory. Record longer pieces of audio from instruments, microphones, and beyond with expanded internal memory.


The Winning Workflow

Step into the driver’s seat of an integrated workflow. Sequence all your devices, route audio to multiple outputs independently, and connect wireless to devices over WiFi thanks to Ableton Link 3. An adjustable 10” multi gesture display keeps you comfortable in even the longest sessions.


The Premier Collection of Plugin Instruments, Sounds, and Insert Effects To Inspire You.

The Power of Sound

Experience a new dimension in sound powered by 25 plug-in instruments at your fingertips. Access over 6000 cutting edge pre-sets including deep atmospheric pads, drone basses to rich electric and grand pianos. Each plug-in features advanced synthesis with deep parameter editing and effects for the most demanding productions.

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Award-winning Insert Effects Plugins

Finalize your beats into mixed and mastered recordings. MPC X SE offers a growing collection of insert effects like the AIR Vocal Suite, Half Speed, Stutter, Flavor, and more for creative arranging and mixing to bring any project across the finish line.

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World-Class Samples & Sounds

Enjoy the best sound and sample libraries available anywhere to ensure you have the most inspiring sounds. Find one-shots to loops from MSX audio, Marco Polo, Snipe Young, and many more of the leading sound designers.

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Total DAW Control

MPC X SE features seamless DAW integration with the powerful MPC 2 desktop software. MPC 2 brings expanded track counts, increased plugin instances, and VST/AU support for all your 3rd party plugins. Take control of Ableton Live using MPC’s powerful onboard “Ableton Controller Mode” for instant Live performance and production.

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The Perfect Modern Music Production Workflow

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Capture clear audio from any source

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Intuitive creative features and functions

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World-class synthesizer and acoustic instruments

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Celebrating 35 Years of the Most Influential Sampling Drum Machine

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Celebrating 35 Years

Thirty-five years ago, in 1988, artists such as Erik b and Rakim, Rob Base and DJ Ease Rock, EPMD, to the legendary sound of Dr Dre and NWA were changing the airwaves bringing the sound of HipHop to the mainstream. The sound of HipHop was a mixture of sampled drum chops, and melodies sampled directly from vinyl. That very same year, Akai Professional/Roger Linn debuted the very first MPC. “The MPC 60”. This one pivotal moment transformed the sound of HipHop and electronic music forever introducing a new fusion of genres such as NewJackSwing, Boombap to the deep souful sound of Chicago House. 35 Years later, HipHop has become the biggest and most influential genre with the MPC at the forefront of its DNA. MPC is regarded today as the most influential sampling drum machine ever created embedding itself into the history of music.

1988 was a pivotal year in Hip-Hop. Legendary artists like Erik B and Rakim, Rob Base and DJ Ease Rock, Erick Sermon and EPMD, Dr Dre and NWA, along with others were cementing the sound of Hip-Hop. The innovative sound of drum breaks and melodic grooves sampled directly from vinyl flooded the airwaves with new music from the inner cities of the US where artists had so much to express and share with the rest of the world.

That year also saw the introduction of the MPC by Akai Professional and Roger Linn. The MPC60 delivered an intuitive platform that streamlined the music production process with an efficient sampling and sequencing workflow that would ultimately revolutionize groove-based music creation in genres like New Jack Swing, Chicago House, and of course, Hip-Hop.

Now after 35 years, MPC continues to maintain it’s influence across all musical genres with an indelible mark on Hip-Hop thanks in part to it’s contributions to the golden age of Hip-Hop music production and performance. MPC is regarded today as the most influential sampling drum machine ever created cementing itself into the history of music.

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Key Specs

  • (16) velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit
  • (8) banks accessible via Pad Bank buttons
  • (16) 360° touch-sensitive Q-Link knobs for parameter adjustment
  • (1) 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push
  • (7) 270° knobs for gain, mix & level adjustment
  • (63) dedicated-function buttons
  • 10.1” / 257 mm (diagonal)
  • 8.5” x 5.5” / 216 x 139 mm (width x height)
  • Full-color LED-backlit display with touch interface
  • Processor: Quad-core ARM® processor
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 48 GB (over 10 GB available for user storage)
  • via power adapter (19 V, 3.42 A, center-positive, included)
  • (2) XLR+1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS inputs (Input 1/2)
  • (2) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS inputs (Input 3/4: 1 stereo pair)
  • (2) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS instrument inputs (Inst 1/2)
  • (2) RCA inputs (Input 3/4: 1 stereo pair, phono- or line-level)
  • (2) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS footswitch inputs (FS 1/2)
  • (2) 5-pin MIDI inputs (8) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS outputs (Main L/R, Outputs 3/4–7/8: 4 stereo pairs)
  • (4) 5-pin MIDI outputs
  • (8) 1/8” (3.5 mm) CV/Gate outputs
  • (1) 1/4” (6.35 mm) stereo headphone output
  • (1) 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo headphone output
  • (2) USB Type-A ports (1) USB Type-B port
  • (1) SD card slot (1) power adapter input
Dimensions (width x depth x height)
  • 19.9” x 16.7” x 3.4” / 50.5 x 42.4 x 8.7 cm (display flat)
  • 19.9” x 15.3” x 8.4” / 50.5 x 38.8 x 21.4 cm (display upright)
  • 12.57 lbs. 5.66 kg