MPC Software Applications

By MPC-Tutor | Last modified: Oct 10, 2012 | 12 Comments

Akai MPC Software Applications

MPC Software applications let you build MPC format programs on your computer, plus often include other useful features for the MPC beat maker.  Below are a list of the best MPC software applications out there – no affiliation to me, just a list of apps you might want to check out.

Free MPC Software

Blue Box – PC only. Creates MPC1000/500/5000/2500 programs, plus AKP import.

MPC Maid – Free, cross platform program creator for MPC1000/500/2500/500 program format only.

Pad 187 – Free, Mac only. Similar to BlueBox, creates MPC1000/500/2500/5000 format programs.

2KXL – Free, Mac & PC. Creates XL format PGM files, which also work in newer MPCs. Requires Adobe Air.

Commercial Software

Akai’s MPC Software – The software that hooks up with the MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio.

RS-16X – Mac only. Drum machine/sequencer with MPC2000/3000 PGM import/export

mpcPGMmaker – Original version of RS-16x, no longer supported, but accepts RS-16x serials. Appears to be no longer available for download

MPC Editor – PC only, free version has limited features. Creates programs that work in all MPCs.

REX2MPC – Mac only, trial available. Converts Recycle files into MPC programs. ‘Lite’ version available.

 

12 Responses

    • mithun

      Mar 1, 2016 5:16 pm

      sir, I have one mpc 5000 and I need help please help me. The problem is, when I creat one seq. in 2/4 or 3/4 time sig, first time when I creat it, its play like loop but when I save it in my harddisk and when I reload the same seq. it play only one bar. why???

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  1. Casey Sweten

    May 28, 2013 7:49 am

    Welp….hows about a “compare//contrast” of functionality? I’ve used a small number or these on Mac as well as owning Chicken Systems’ Translator (a massive joke for a software, by the way). I use my MPC 1000 as a brain for my electronic drums….it takes FOREVER to set up all of the Velocity settings for a kit. Any of these programs allow you to copy layer settings? Any of them help you set up mute groups any easier (hi-hat programing sucks!). Not to mention a form to place output routing! A constructive guide to the best software editor-per-intended-use would be amazing. I feel slighted…just because Akai made headway with the rap/hip-hop market, that means the rest of us can’t enjoy/participate in the innovation? Just say’n.

    ::casio

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  2. Kenneth "K-Phlx" Manning

    Jun 17, 2013 12:31 am

    Hello, I’ve had my MPC-60 since 1992 and I still use it with my Ensoniq ASR-10. But, I now have Logic Pro 9 and would like to know how to transfer my MPC-60 files from floppy to my DAW without having to track the full songs. I’ve purchased the new MPC Renaissance and would love to trigger my MPC-60 sounds in it as well as play the sequences in the Renaissance from my MPC-60 songs. Can you tell me what software I need to get to be able to do this? My MPC-60 is running OS 3.10, and I use a Mac.

    Thanks in advance and take care.

    K

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    • xpez2000

      May 8, 2016 5:05 am

      well you can do sys-ex file export through midi. that might take awhile it will let you send your midi files and samples thought midi to your computer….takes a while…

      Hmm its sounds like you want the recorded song midi files from the MPC…

      Send those via Sys Ex send to your computer OR via floppy

      then hook up all of your gear with midi cables in and outs correctly then open your midi files in LOGIG

      assign the midi channels to play the right samples – just make sure its all the same…

      now hit play…

      Logic should be triggering all of your midi devices correctly….

      so the MPC have to be put into a receive mode as I recall…

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  3. J

    Nov 10, 2013 8:47 pm

    are there any mpc editors for mac that allow you to hear your drum layering??

    when i was on a pc i used do this this easily in buebox..

    however in both pad 187 and mpc maid it seems that you can only hear ONE layer at a time..am i missing something?? and rs-16 seems not to do layers at all..

    i would really appreciate any help..

    warm regards,
    J

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  4. eddie

    Mar 24, 2015 9:33 pm

    Hi Andy!
    many compliments for your work, it’s really a great web site, full support!
    may I ask you which is the best way/software in your opinion to create programs on mac for my mpc 5000?
    thanks a lot man

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  5. Mr Trek continues

    Jan 18, 2016 3:22 pm

    Hi i have a new mpd 232 and search for better SW like MPC Essentials?
    It seems the The full Version of MPC Software 1.9.1 is not 2 buy or update ?!

    i have Magix samplitude (Win with i3) and a older Mac Book. 🙂

    Thanks for reading (and answers)

    Mr Trek continues

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  6. Brian Baker

    Apr 3, 2016 5:23 pm

    I am trying to connect my MPC 5000 to my Mac and make music from the MPC to the computer. Is there a software program like garage band where I can play my MPC to my Mac with ?

    Thanks
    Brian

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    • xpez2000

      May 8, 2016 5:12 am

      ABELTON Live you can trigger and actually reprocess the audio coming out of the MPC…

      So say you want USE ableton for some synths plugins…and use MPC for drums..

      you can set it up to record the MPC drum pads while sending that audio to incoming audio channels in ableton to process them further…

      You have to get the software and some midi cables and a digital audio interface…

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