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We are pleased to announce that the critically acclaimed MPC Software 2.0 is now included with MPC STUDIO BLACK greatly enhancing the capability and functionality of these full-featured production solutions.

For existing owners of MPC Studio Black see your upgrade path here.

MPC Software 2.0 is a cutting-edge production suite combining 128-track sequencing capability, real-time time stretching, clip-launch functionality, advanced MIDI editing capability, VST compatibility in controller mode, operation as a standalone application on Mac & PC, advanced sampling & audio editing/recording functionality, seamless DAW integration, a redesigned GUI, Ableton Link Compatibility and much more. Whether you're seeking freedom from computer based music production, or searching for the perfect controller for DAW-centric creative exploration, MPC Software 2.0 grants the ultimate in adaptive creative versatility.

Introducing MPC Studio Black

The MPC Studio Black is a fresh take on the top-selling original, MPC Studio. We made the Studio look cooler than ever by introducing a sleek and stylish black brushed-aluminum body. To elevate the parameter editing experience, the master encoder wheel as well as the Q-Link knobs have been raised and made larger. The 16 RGB MPC pads are now thicker and more responsive, inspiring greater expression in performance and programming.

Legendary MPC Production on Your PC or Mac

The Studio Black fuses legendary MPC production with the processing power of your computer. Its compact design is a minuscule 1.5” thin. Weighing in at less than two pounds, the Studio Black easily fits into a laptop bag or backpack. Its USB-powered and includes the powerful MPC Software for Mac and PC with 128-track sequencing capability. Equipped with the legendary MPC workflow, MPC Swing, plus powerful features such as “lazy” chop, you'll be producing great music in no time. A large LCD screen (360 x 96 dot graphic LCD) allows you to make tracks without having to look at your computer.

Included MPC Software

Featuring 128-track sequencing capability and up to eight pad banks--more than any other MPC ever—the included MPC Software delivers a massive 7GB+ sound library, including all the sounds of the classic MPC3000 and including 2 MPC Expansions. Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plugins lets you record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program, or VST/AU plugin. Use MPC Software alone as your main creation tool or seamlessly call it up in your favorite DAW as a VST, RTAS, or AU plugin.
MPC Software supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX, and SND, as well as samples and sequences from any MPC ever made, and it's compatible with both Mac and PC.

It's all in The Bank

7 Gigabytes. 300 Instruments. The Bank is an MPC Expansion workstation exploding with all the essential sounds of modern production including basses, leads, effects, keyboards and much, much more. It's included with MPC Studio Black. You also get The 809, an MPC Expansion for punchy analog drums—a full collection of classic drum machine sounds, each with its own controls for maximum tweak ability.

Professional Go-Anywhere Capability

Designed in collaboration with dozens of working producers and musicians, MPC Studio Black maintains the workflow that has made the Akai Pro MPC the industry standard in music production for decades. Its power, style and portability gives you the full MPC experience anywhere.



  • Display: 360 x 96 dot graphic LCD w/back light
  • Height: 1.55 inches (39.4mm)
  • Width:11.2 inches (284mm)
  • Depth:10.1 inches (257mm)
  • Weight: 1.96 pounds (0.89kg)
  • Power: USB
  • MIDI I/O interface: 1 In / 1 Out via TRS to MIDI breakout cables (Included)


  • Maximum events: unlimited (based on CPU)
  • Resolution: 960 pulses per 1/4-note
  • Sequences: 128
  • Tracks per sequence: 128
  • Drum pad: 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)
  • Drum pad banks: 8
  • Sync mode: MIDI clock, MIDI Time Code
  • Transport Controls: MIDI Machine Control

MPC Software

  • Polyphony: 64
  • Dynamic filtering: 1 State Variable Filter per voice (up to 8 pole, depending on type)
  • Filter types: Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass, Band Boost, Band Stop, Analog Modeling, Vocal Formant
  • Number of programs: 128
  • Memory capacity: System Dependent. 2 GB minimum (4 GB recommended)
  • Plugin Supported as Host: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
  • Plugin Formats Available to other DAWs: VST, AU (Mac Only)
  • Audio files supported: WAV, MP3, REX, AIFF, SND
  • Word lengths supported: 32 and 64-bit


  • Program Effects: 4 Insert Slots per Pad, 4 Sends to Track Effects per Pad
  • Track Effects: 4 Inserts and 4 stereo Sends per Track
  • Master effect: 4 Master Effect Slots Over 50 high-quality effects Included
  • Plugin Formats supported: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)


  • MIDI inputs: 5-pin DIN x 1 via TRS to MIDI breakout cable (included)
  • MIDI outputs: 5-pin DIN x 1 via TRS to MIDI breakout cable (included)
  • Standard accessories: Operator's manual TRS to MIDI breakout cable x2 (Included
  • - See more at: http://www.akaipro.com/product/mpc-studio-black#specs


  • Minimum System Requirements
  • Mac: Dual-Core CPU, 2GHz or better and 2GB RAM (4GB Recommended)
  • Win: Dual-Core CPU, 2GHz or better and 2GB RAM (4GB Recommended)

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Does the MPC Renaissance or Studio work as a standalone sequencer?

    No. The MPC Renaissance & Studio are fully integrated USB MIDI controllers for your computer. Both are designed to work seamlessly with the included MPC Software, and MPC Essentials providing all of the major workflow points of the Legacy MPC's, while including lots of new enhancements.

  • How do I turn pad lights off?

    The pads will light up different colors, depending on how hard you play them (ranging from yellow at a low velocity, and red at the highest velocity). To disable (or re-enable) these lights, on the MPC Renaissance or Studio, press PAD ASSIGN then F6 (Velo Col).

  • Will the MPC Renaissance or Studio burn CD’s?

    The MPC Renaissance and Studio does not include a CD disk drive, or option for one. The MPC software will export an Audio Mixdown in WAV, AIFF, and MP3 formats, which can be burned to a CD from your computer’s disk drive.

  • Does the MPC Studio use a power Supply?

    No. Wire free! The MPC Studio is powered from USB connection, and does not include any other connections for power.

  • What Does the Vintage Mode button do on the MPC Renaissance?

    Vintage Modes allow you to choose an emulation of vintage sonic qualities from classic drum machines and samplers, for example, the MPC3000 or MPC60.

  • Is Vintage Mode available with the MPC Studio?

    No. Currently, Vintage Mode is an exclusive feature of the MPC Renaissance.

  • What's different about the MPC Studio, compared to the MPC Renaissance?

    The MPC Studio is designed to be slim, and is easily portable. Adding to this portability, an MPC Studio Neoprene Case is provided in the box to help keep your new controller protected! Smaller in size, the MPC Studio will provide all of the same controls over the MPC Software as the MPC Renaissance. New to the MPC Studio is a Scroll knob, this knob will allow you to select sections of 4 parameters in the MPC Software's interface, which can then be manipulated by the device's 4 Q-Link knobs. Exclusively, the MPC Renaissance includes Vintage Mode, and has an audio interface built in.

  • Can I use the MPC Renaissance and Studio with other programs?

    As of MPC Software version 1.5, and included in MPC Essentials, a MIDI Mapping Mode feature assists with assigning MIDI values for controlling external MIDI gear, and with mapping control inside DAW environments when using the MPC Software plugin. That said, MPC Renaissance & Studio can be used without the MPC Software running, but manually MIDI mapping will generally be a required feature of the DAW's environment. If you do manually MIDI map your MPC hardware without the MPC Software running, a DAW with a MIDI learn feature will be easier to map than one without. You cannot change the MIDI note numbers and CC numbers that your MPC Hardware is assigned to unless you are using the MPC Software's MIDI map mode.

  • Like the MPC Renaissance, is the MPC Studio an audio interface?

    No. The MPC Studio is a fully integrated controller for the MPC Software, and will require audio input and output from your computer's sound card, or external audio interface, like an Akai Pro EIE or EIE Pro. In choosing to use a sound card or audio interface, ASIO driver types are strongly recommended along with the latest updates for your sound card or audio interface's drivers.

  • Does the MPC Studio include MIDI ports for external sequencers and hardware sound modules?

    Yes. The MPC Studio includes MIDI In and Out ports. Included with the MPC Studio are 2, 1/8" to 5-Pin MIDI conversion breakout cables. 1 for the MPC Studio's MIDI Input and Output ports.

  • There are lots of new features in the MPC Hardware & Software, right?

    Definitely! We'll give you details on a few of the new features that will be found in the MPC Hardware & Software. “Half Level” – like “Full Level” with a 127 velocity output. “Half Level” will allow a medium velocity output of 64. “Latch” – when activated this feature will permanently turn on “Note Repeat”, so that the Note Repeat button does not need to be held down. Q-Link Trigger – Holding this button, and touching one of the Q-Link knobs will make the parameter’s value jump to a predetermined value. And, on the MPC Studio, the Scroll knob, which allows the device's 4 Q-Link knobs to access any parameter point in the MPC Software! These are just a few of the new features available. Akai Pro is excited for you to discover all the new features.



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