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How To Transfer Downloaded Files To Your Akai MPC

Downloading Your Files

Once you have purchased your digital products from, you will be directed to your 'File Bank' where you will see a list of all the products you have ever purchased under your customer account. Just click on 'Download File' and your product will download you the chosen location on your computer (you will also receive an email with copies of your download links).

Extracting From The Zip Archive

All digital downloads on this site are sent to you as zip files (this reduces the file size of the download), so the first thing you'll need to do is extract them from this archive. Modern Windows and Mac computer systems come with their own built in extraction software - just double click the zip file and it will extract all the files and folders inside. Please be aware that extracting the archive with 'WinRar' may cause issues with accessing folders in the MPC2000XL.

The following instructions are for a Windows PC, but the process is similar on all systems. Please select the type of product you have purchased:

Samplepack Purchases

First, locate the downloaded zip archive on your computer (i.e. the location you selected when instigating the download) and double click on the zip file - this will  extract all your files to the current location. If you get an error message, this is usually due to the archive being corrupted during download, so just re-download the file from the link we gave you.

Once extracted, you should see something similar to the following:

The folder (in the example, 'West Coast Drums') contains your all your sounds, and the readme.htm file (if present) will contain some useful information about the product. Your files are now extracted! Go into the main folder and you'll see something similar to the following:

All your different instrument types are placed in separate folders - inside each folder you'll find your samples and program files (PGM) to allow for quick loading in your MPC. Please note that some of the files in your purchase will be in MPC-specific format (e.g. PGM, SND, PRJ etc) - this means that they will not play on your computer and instead must be transferred to your MPC
The next step is to transfer these files to your MPC

Ebook Purchases

The extraction process is identical if you have bought an ebook, except once the zip archive is extracted, you will see something similar to the following:

(If instead you get an error message, this is usually due to the archive being corrupted during download, so just re-download the file from the link we gave you.)
Here we have the actual ebook, which is the 'pdf' file, and a bunch of folders which contain the MPC format files needed to recreate the ebook's tutorials in your MPC - each folder is named after the tutorial it refers to. To open up your PDF file in your computer, you will need a PDF reader - Windows users can use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (which is most likely already installed on your system), while Mac users will find PDFs open automatically in the 'Preview' application that comes with OS X.  To open the PDF, simply double click it.
As you read through the book, you'll probably want to start loading up the example files in your MPC and recreating the tutorials, so let's look at how we transfer your files to your MPC.
Please note that many of the tutorial files found in the tutorial folder are in MPC-specific format, such as PGM, PRJ, SND etc - these files will not play on your computer and must be transferred to your MPC first.

Transferring Files To Your MPC

The method for transferring files to your MPC vary depending on MPC model. Please select the model of MPC you use:

MPC Software (MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, MPC Element)

Once you have extracted your kits from the downloaded zip file, transfer the resulting folders of sounds to your preferred location on your computer. This would usually be the place where you store all your existing kits, libraries and projects, for example, an external drive, the 'Documents > MPC' folder, or any other location you prefer (e.g. Desktop etc).

Now simply launch the MPC Software and in the File Browser navigate to the location of the kits. You can now load the samples and if programs are included in the kits, you can also load these by double clicking the program files (XPM, PGM etc) - or from the hardware, simply highlight the sounds you wish to load and hit LOAD.

MPC1000, MPC2500, MPC500, MPC5000

Transferring to these MPCs is very simple. If you have a CF card reader in your computer, simply put a CF card in the reader and drag and drop your files to the card. Now take out the card from your computer reader and place it in your MPC - hit LOAD (or DISK on the MPC5000) and select CF card as the loading source. Alternatively, if you don't have a CF card reader on your computer, simply place your CF card in your MPC, hook up your MPC via USB to your computer - go to SAVE (or DISK on the MPC5000), and hit USB. At this point your computer should recognise your MPC as a removable drive. You can then drag and drop your files to your MPC as if it were an external hard drive.


For these models, it depends on what type of disc drive you have in your MPC. If it is a CDROM, simply burn a standard data CDROM of your files from within your computer and your MPC should read it fine. If it's a zip drive or CF card reader installed in your MPC, you'll need a zip drive or CF card reader connected to your computer - just copy the files to a disk/card and then place that disk in your MPC drive. We suggest you use PC formatted disks.

If your XL only has a floppy, then you'll need a floppy drive in your computer - for laptops, you'll need to obtain a USB floppy drive for this (try eBay for low cost ones).

If you use an external USB or SCSI hard drive with your MPC, simply turn off your MPC, disconnect the drive, plug the drive into your computer, drag and drop the files and reconnect to your MPC.


Note that the MPC2000 cannot read folders, so when you transfer your files to disk, you will need to remove all folders first. Please also note that the MPC2000 struggles to read computer formatted data CDROMs. Apart from this, the transfer process is identical to the MPC2000XL.


As with the MPC2000, these MPC's cannot read folders, so before you transfer make sure you take all your samples out of the folders they are organised into. To transfer files you will probably need a copy of MPCEditor, as this includes a disk formatter for these MPCs. MPCEditor is now free. Due to size limitations of floppies, you will probably need to transfer your sounds in small 1.4MB batches!

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