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The Akai MPC Studio Black is a fresh new take on the popular and top-selling original, MPC Studio. Now they have made the Studio look even 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 even 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, Akai 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.

Akai MPC Studio Specifications:


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

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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)