Akai Pro MPC Software (Sneak Preview)

Product Specialist, Andy Mac, gives you a sneak preview of the new Akai Pro MCP Software – a new app that will put an MPC into your computer.


  • 128-track sequencing capability
  • Massive 6GB+ sound library, including all of the sounds of the classic MPC3000
  • Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plug-ins
  • Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program or VST plug-in
  • Works alone as your main DAW or works seamlessly with your current studio as a VST/AU/RTAS plugin
  • Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND
  • Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
  • Mac and PC-compatible

This is the platform that will drive the new MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio Music Production Controllers.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

27 thoughts on “Akai Pro MPC Software (Sneak Preview)

  1. All their introductions this year seem a bit like a response to Maschine.

    Cheap and mass market is where everything seems to be going.

    1. “Cheap and mass market is where everything seems to be going”–

      I wonder if the iPad and iOS in general is playing a big part in that, with inexpensive apps making it possible for such a wide market, “normal” people, to experiment and play with cool sounds and experience making music.

      So now companies have to try to sell to such a large market, where everyone is expecting price points like the app stores, and not everyone has experience or similar opinions about quality, as old time pros or even old time hobby enthusiasts. It can’t really be a bad thing, if re-setting some of our quality expectations gets so many more people making music, and making cool music. (It was jarring watching parts fall off the Minibrute in one or two videos. But look at what a great machine people are getting at such a low cost. Does it matter if we have to handle it a little carefully?)

  2. As a long time mpc2000xl user.
    What’s the point on having an “mpc on you computer screen”?
    This is just a audio software,with an mpc look-a-like interface.
    Something close to “drums rack” in ableton actually.

    I assume you will need a badass computer aswell if you want to use this as a vst.

    I’m curious about it, but i don’t like the fact that you can’t use the renaissance as a stand alone.

  3. It Would have been nice to see some features in this software that work with other, dare I say older models.
    Like the MPC 2500, 1000, 500. Maybe just as an editor kind of like MPC Maid. It never hurts to give current customers something. Not leaving us feeling left out. I know they need to draw a new crowd but as a current MPC 1000 user I feel a bit abandon and probably wouldn’t buy another Akai Product.

    1. yes i own a mpc 2500 and see the advantages of using this software as a form of editing my project then exporting it to my mpc 2500.. are you telling me this is not possible?

  4. they should have done this 10 years ago, it would have been the Sh..#%^$ ….so late to the game, and that GUI does looks from 2001

  5. i would LOVE it if akai just turned ableton drum racks in a tangible interface……

    another side note….whats wrong with all these big companies? take the apc40, for instance. they made an innovative product with lots of promise (esp w/ scripts and m4l), but most of the cool things you can do with it are made by users who are not working for akai and dont have the means/time/energy to support a large user base. then thats it, akai just makes a shitload of them, dumps them into the market and is ready for the next thing.

    im sick of buying new midi controllers! cant i have something that i wont want to ditch next year when the next cool thing comes out?

  6. You could buy, say, a Carvin guitar or a Landell flute and then spend a lifetime learning to play one instrument, but doesn’t that take the FUN out of ditching things and getting the next cool thing?

  7. Ever since Numark bought Akai things have taken the plunge and Akai is NOT the same company it used to be. The last real MPC is the 2500, and with JJ OS, well it makes it all the better. The first MPC the Nukai made was the MPC5000 an it turned out to be somewhat of a lemon this is what happened to mine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py7TcleGCn4 ever since that happened I just do not trust anything made by Nukai… I went back to the mpc2500 with JJ OS and I am staying there.

    As far as this VST thing goes, well I would not buy any of it until it’s been tested. Nukai has 0 experience in the software world and as they said above, What’s the point of having an ,mpc in your computer again? Meh.

    1. I was hired to help make the transition from Akai to ownership under Numark in 2004.

      You are dead wrong. The Numark owned Akai put out the MPC2500, the Black edition of the MPC1000 with the superior pads, and they also put out the MPC500.

      1. First and foremost, “putting out” does not equal designing, lets be clear on that.

        Now, I went through hell with that MPC5000 because I trusted Akai and bought a machine I thought was going to be solid… that was not the case and you guys did not do anything to help me out. Did you see the video, SMOKE was coming out of my MPC5000, that is obviously a design flaw! What if my house had burned down? So now, feel and understand my rage, next time take care of your customers as a reputable company should.

        As far as Nukai releasing the MPC 2500, yeah maybe you did release it, but the original Akai company designed it and that is what matters here. The MPC 2500 was released in 2005 and you are telling me you worked on transferring ownership in 2004… thus you are implying Numark desinged the MPC2500 with Akai in 1 year while this transfer of power was going on? try again please. We all know it takes ages to design and manufacture an MPC properly.

        JJ OS exists for the akai MPC2500 and the akai MPC1000 and not the MPC 5000. that is further evidence that these two machines were designed in Japan by the original team and not by Numark which designed the MPC5000. JJ is Japanese and he is an ex engineer that worked for AKAI in Japan, this is why he knows the architecture of the 1000 and the 2500 so well.
        Anyhow, the point is, Nukai did not help me out when I needed help.. I shelled out $2,500 dollars for an MPC 5000 that just made me waste 2 years of making music and also almost burned my house and Nukai did not even say “We are sorry”. For that reason as a customer you have completely lost my patronage and respect and I will always voice my opinion against your company until you make things right.

        Thanks for understanding and to everyone else sorry for my rant.

        1. No, The reason he knows the architecture is that the MPC 1000 is the base for the MPC2500 but the MPC2500 was designed in the London office quite a while after the takeover. Also the MPC500 architecture is essentially half of a MPC1000 but due to the screen size and other considerations like battery life, there had to be a whole new front end interface code. The ability to use sliced loops easily between the 500, 1000, and 2500 shows this.

          For the record, the MPC5000 was released after my time there and If i was handling support it would have been different.

  8. Because that’s why being a kinda sucks…..guitar, synth, flute, or whatever….when you love gear you tend to pursue and hoarde, much like myself with no space yet still stacks and racks consuming my life… Old or new, I’m always chasing cool shit like a fiend looking for rocks and ending up about as broke too…except I’m a bit more appreciative of my purchases, just ain’t gonna be hittin a bus station bathroom for a Nord. Maaaark, I’m lookin at you…..=O

  9. i hear you both and you make sense. as i look at my microkontrol and zero8 which had amazing potential but were abandoned by korg, and the apc40 which is in a similar boat, i’m just wonder where it ends? when will companies make a product for long haul development….not keep coming out with new ones and calling the old ones obsolete….

    at least a synthesizer, whether its from 1984 1994 or 2004….can still have its own character that will never die. but for a midi controller its rare.

  10. So underwhelming… would choose maschine or even arturia spark over this. Or machindedrum, or DI Tempest. This is just so boring… trying to sell it with their ‘legendary mpc groove’ engine, which Roger Linn revealed is simple percentages! What’s the big innovation? There just doesn’t seem to be one. The only new mpc version I like is the ipad one. But still, they look like a sinking ship to me.

  11. I don’t see how this product would appeal to anyone. You can buy any usb midi controller with 16 pads and do exactly the same. You can then connect it to a real DAW with proper support sound and functions and years of development behind.

    I bought my MPC1000 because it sounds awesome and it’s rock stable. This controller thing that is also an audio interface…why?

    How good are the converters? Are they as good as on proper akai hardware?
    Why would I want a computer and an Akai on stage instead of just an Akai sampler?

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