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How To Transfer Downloaded Files To Your Akai MPC

Downloading & Extracting Your Files

After your order is completed at the web site you will immediately receive your download links both on-screen and via email. Just click on these links from any desktop or laptop browser and your products will download to your computer as standard 'zip' archives.

Important: Please download from a desktop or laptop computer as mobile devices (i.e. smartphones & tablets) do not natively support downloading and opening of zip files.

Just double click each zip file to extract the contents to a folder your computer (or use a third party zip application such as 7zip).

Samplepack Purchases

Most samplepacks on our site are mutli-format containing sub folders for each supported sampler model:

Locate the sub folder for your sampler model - please refer to any included documentation if you are unsure which folder is most suitable. 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:

All book purchases include a PDF version of the book which can be opened in any device - to read in a computer, simply double click the PDF file.

Most of our books also include EPUB and MOBI versions optimised for reading in smartphones, tablets and ebook readers. Find out how to transfer your MPC books to a mobile device.

Our books also include all the files you need to recreate the tutorials in your MPC. These are contaied in the Tutorial Files folder. You'll need to transfer this folder to your MPC as detailed below.

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 Live & MPC X (Standalone Mode)

Transfer the 'MPC X-MPC Live (or MPC Software)' folder to your MPC

External Disk: Put an SD card or portable USB drive in your computer and drag & drop the folder containing your kits to this disk. Now place the disk in your MPC's USB or SD card port. Open the BROWSER and navigate to this external drive and locate the sounds and programs.

Internal SATA drive: If you have installed an internal SATA drive, connect your MPC to your computer and enter 'controller mode'. Your internal SATA drive should now appear as a removable drive in your computer. Drag & drop your sample pack folder to your preferred location on SATA drive.

Please note that it is currently not possible to copy files & folders to the internal 16GB drive in the Live/X (this is a restriction created by Akai).

At the time of writing, 'XPN' Expansion installers are not supported by standalone MPCs, so instead copy the standard 'MPC Software' folders over to your MPC.

MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, MPC Touch (+ MPC Live/X in 'controller mode)

Transfer the 'MPC Software' folder to your MPC

Transfer your samplepack folders 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.

Expansion Pack Installation: If your product includes an expansion pack , drag and drop the provided XPN file into the MPC Software 'grid' or 'project' panel and follow the on-screen instructions.

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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