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Akai Professional MPC Live II Retro Edition

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The limited-edition MPC Live II Retro pays homage to the legendary MPC models that cemented its place in music history, sporting the iconic cream chassis and classic grey pads of the MPC 60, MPC 3000 and MPC 2000. The MPC Live II Retro gives you the best of both worlds - the powerhouse feature-set of a modern MPC combined with a sleek vintage aesthetic. These are surefire collector’s items so be sure to pick one up before the run ends!

True Portability

The Live II can be the centrepiece of any music production studio or hardware rig as well as a fully-equipped production station that enables you to create music wherever you take it, with up to five hours of on-the-go use thanks to its onboard rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. It’s also handy if you’re using it a gig and someone accidentally unplugs the power cable! Whenever inspiration strikes, the Live II can be there to realise your ideas.

Built-in Speaker

The portability of the Live has been taken to another level as it weighs less than the original and boasts a built-in stereo monitoring system. Featuring a dual tweeter-woofer system, MPC Live II’s monitor is no slouch and can be used for anything from impromptu tabletop jams to a solid mixing platform. It’s a far cry from most built-in speakers that come included with hardware, with an impressive amount of depth and clarity. There’s also a switch on the rear if you want to turn them off and connect the Live II to external speakers.

Intuitive Workflow

Melding an incredibly intuitive user interface with plenty of power (it uses the same multi-core processor as its bigger brother the MPC X), the MPC Live is a perfect sonic playground for you to unleash your creativity. The sheer amount of possibilities is easily tamed with an array of hands-on control (including Akai Professional’s tried-and-tested 16 pad format, four capacitive touch-knobs and an assortment of dedicated buttons) and the crystal-clear 7 inch touch-screen display. Put simply, it’s a professional production workstation with the expressivity and intuitiveness of an instrument.

Modern Connectivity

A huge advantage of the MPC Live II is its versatile connectivity, meaning it can seamlessly integrate into any rig, gig or studio setting. Featuring three stereo ¼ inch TRS outs (6 mono), phono/line level inputs, Bluetooth, MIDI, USB, Wi-Fi and four TRS CV/Gate outs, the MPC Live II gives you a vast amount of options and makes it simple to hook up to your studio gear.

Standalone Production Sweet

Harnessing Akai’s innovative MPC 2 Software, the MPC Live II contains a fully-fledged production suite that merges real-time time-stretching, clip-launching, onboard synth engines, VST compatibility in controller mode, the ability to be used as a standalone app on Mac/PC and host of other powerful features. The flexibility on offer with the MPC Live II makes it a great solution for those wanting to break from the shackles of computer-centric music creation in standalone mode and, in controller mode, a fantastic control-surface for more DAW-focused producers.

Expandable Memory

On top of all this functionality, the MPC Live II features native support for Splice and tight integration with Ableton Live - it comes pre-mapped to Live and can also control the DAW wirelessly via Wi-Fi - in addition to expandable memory options (SD Card, USB thumb drive and a 2.5 inch SATA bay) that give you the ability upload your own sample libraries.

If the retro-style of this version isn’t your thing - check out the striking black looks of the first MPC Live II.

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  • • Standalone MPC – no computer required
  • • Built-in monitors
  • • 7-inch high-resolution multi-touch display
  • • 16 velocity sensitive RGB pads
  • • Internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • • Also acts as a control surface for MPC 2 software
  • • Phono and line level inputs
  • • (3) Stereo outputs (6 Mono)
  • • (2) 5-pin MIDI In, (2) 5-pin MIDI Out
  • • 2GB RAM
  • • 16GB onboard storage
  • • Full-size SD card slot
  • • User-expandable 2.5-inch SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)
  • • (2) USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers
  • • (4) TRS CV/Gate jacks, 8 outputs total
  • • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth enabled
  • • Ableton Link for cross-platform collaboration
  • • Includes 3-Months Free Access to Splice*
  • *Offer available to new Splice customers only
  • Pads:
  • (16) velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit
  • (8) banks accessible via Pad Bank buttons
  • Knobs
  • (4) 360° touch-sensitive Q-Link Knobs
  • (4) Q-Link Knob columns accessible via Q-Link button
  • (1) 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push
  • Buttons:
  • (27) dedicated function buttons; red-, amber-, or green-backlit
  • Display:
  • 6.9” / 176mm (diagonal)
  • 5.9” x 3.7” / 150 x 93mm (width x height)
  • Full-colour LED-backlit display with touch interface
  • CPU:
  • Processor: Quad-core ARM® processor
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB, expandable via SATA connections
  • Connections:
  • (2) ¼” (6.35mm) TRS inputs (1 stereo pair)
  • (6) ¼” (6.35mm) TRS outputs (3 stereo pairs)
  • (1) ¼” (6.35mm) stereo headphone output
  • (2) RCA inputs (1 stereo pair)
  • (2) 5-pin MIDI inputs
  • (2) 5-pin MIDI outputs
  • (4) Stereo CV/Gate outputs
  • (1) Ethernet link port
  • (2) USB Type-A ports
  • (1) USB Type-B port
  • (1) SD card slot
  • (1) power adapter input
  • Power:
  • via power adapter: 19 V, 3.42 A, centre-positive, included
  • via battery: lithium-ion, rechargeable, up to 5 hours of battery life
  • Dimensions (width x depth x height):
  • 16.2” x 9.6” x 1.8”
  • 411.5 x 243.8 x 45.7mm
  • Weight:
  • 7.45 lbs.
  • 3.38kg
  • Specifications are subject to change without notice

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    21/8/2021

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    20/7/2021

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    02/7/2021

    Great bit of kit and ultra fast delivery from Gak.

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