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Transferring Samplepacks to the MPC Live & MPC X (Standalone Mode)

A lot of people are wondering exactly how they can transfer their sounds, kits and expansion packs to the MPC Live and MPC X for use in 'standalone mode'. In this article I'll look at the various options available, including the current restrictions and workarounds.

Internal 16GB Drive vs 'Attached Disks'

Your MPC ships with a built-in 16GB internal drive, however Akai have provided no way of ‘externally’ accessing this drive, so currently it's not possible to copy samplepacks and expansions to it from your computer.

Currently the best way to work with samplepacks and expansions is to copy them to an ‘attached disk’. This is any disk that is directly connected to your MPC and subsequently recognised in the BROWSER. This can be:

  • An SD card connected to the SD card slot at the back of the unit.
  • A USB flash disk or USB portable hard drive connected to any of the USB ports.
  • A SATA disk installed inside the MPC via the provided access port underneath your unit.

Before a drive can be used in your MPC it should be formatted to a recognised disk format - exFAT format is a good choice. We would also recommend you create some sub folders on the disk to help organise the content you intend to store on it. For example, ‘Projects’, ‘Exports’, ‘Sound Library’, and so on. The ‘Sound Library’ folder could be further categorised into ‘Drum Kits’, ‘Expansions’, ‘Loops’, ‘Instruments’ etc.

Transferring Samplepacks

Samplepacks purchased at typically contain multiple versions of the kits optimised for different MPC models:

MPC X & MPC Live owners should locate the sub-folder that contains the words 'MPC Live-MPC X' or (if this isn't present), the one for 'MPC Software' - before transferring we suggest you rename this folder to reflect the name of the samplepack itself. You can transfer this folder to your MPC by two distinct methods:

Method 1: Controller Mode

Firstly, connect the ‘square’ USB port on your MPC to a spare USB port on your computer using a standard USB cable. From the MENU screen, click on the ‘MPC Chip’ icon at the top of the page:

This will bring up the ‘ENTER CONTROLLER MODE’ screen. Click on the CONTROLLER MODE button at the bottom of the page - within a few seconds all your attached MPC disks should appear as ‘removable’ drives in your computer’s file manager (e.g. ‘Finder’ on a Mac, ‘Explorer’ on a PC). Click on the drive to open its file system:

You can now drag and drop your samplepack folders to this disk. Once copied, make sure you safely eject all your MPC disk(s) from your computer and then tap the STANDALONE button on your MPC screen to return your MPC to standalone mode.

Please note: For the purpose of file transfers, the MPC Software app on your computer does not need to be running, only the USB connection is required. If you have problems connecting, try a different USB cable.

Method 2: Direct Disk Transfer

If you are using an SD card or USB flash drive with your MPC, first 'eject' it from your MPC via the BROWSER:

You can now remove the disk from your MPC and insert it into your computer. From Finder/Explorer, drag and drop your samplepack folders from your computer over to the disk. Once completed, eject the disk from your computer and place the disk back in your MPC.

Loading Your Sounds & Kits

Once you've transferred your samplepacks to your MPC disk, go to the BROWSER and navigate to their location on the disk. In the example below, my 'Dirty Drummer 2' samplepack folder is located within the 'Sound Library > Kits' subfolder on on my MPC DATA disk. In the following example I've selected the PROGRAMS filter, this ensures only 'program' files are visible:

Double tap a program file to load the kit and all associated samples into your current project. You can now assign your program to a track in your sequencer.

Alternatively, single tap a folder, hold down SHIFT, and hit LOAD ALL to load the entire contents of the folder into memory.

Remember you can set up a browser shortcuts to quickly access your favuurite disk locations; simply navigate to the desired location, hold down SHIFT and press an available shortcut folder to assign that location to that particular shortcut.

Transferring Expansion Packs?

Currently the MPC X and MPC Live in 'standalone mode' do not support use of 'Expansion packs' like the computer version of the MPC Software, so you cannot use any provided 'XPN' installers (these are only intended for installation into the computer GUI). Instead simply transfer the provided 'MPC Live & MPC X' (or MPC Software) folder to your MPC, as detailed above.

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