Akai releases with the MPC Live II, an improved version of its popular standalone MPC & published the big MIDI update for the MPC software.
The leak is true. Akai Pro has today released the MPC Live II, a new version of its portable beat production system. The MPC Live 2 has everything that the MPC Live has but expanded with integrated stereo monitor speakers, master volume knob, new shortcut buttons, and 8 assignable CV/Gate outputs on the rear panel.
A bit of a shame: the internal power is still the same: the same CPU, 2GB of RAM, internal memories, and a lithium-ion battery. So seen a device from 2017 only slightly expanded
To be honest, not a big leap from version 1 to version 2. Rather an MPC Live I 1/2
- Standalone MPC – No Computer Required
- Powerful Multicore Processor System
- Built-in Stereo Monitors
- 16 Full-size Velocity Sensitive RGB Pads
- Brilliant 7-inch Multi-Touch Display
- 2 GB RAM, 16GB Onboard Storage, Over 10GB pre-installed content
- Mac & PC Controller for MPC Software (included)
- Stereo Inputs
- 3 Stereo Outputs
- Phono Level RCA Jacks
- 2 x MIDI In & 2 x MIDI Out
- 4 TRS CV/Gate Jacks, 8 Outputs Total
- USB 2.0 Slot for Storage Drives or Midi Controllers for use in Standalone
- SD Card Slot
- 2 USB 3.0
- Expandable SSD Bay
MPC Software Update 2.8
In addition to a half-baked MPC Live 2 upgrade, there is a good update for the firmware. The new MPC Software 2.8 brings MIDI Multi capability, which enables connection to class-compliant MIDI interfaces, USB keyboards, and USB to CV modules. Plus, it offers deeper internal MIDI routing options.
The MPC Live 2 and MPC Software update 2.8 are available now. The unit is priced 1299€.
More information here: Akai Pro
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