Fixing Errors After An MPC Firmware Upgrade (MPC X, MPC Live, MPC One & Akai Force)

By MPC-Tutor | Last modified: Feb 14, 2020 | 7 Comments

  • MPC Model: MPC X, MPC Live, MPC One, Akai Force
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Estimated Completion Time: 30 mins

If you’re experiencing some oddness with your MPC X, MPC Live, MPC One or Akai Force, such a error messages or unusual quirks and bugs, particularly after a firmware upgrade, try some or all of the following:

  1. Reboot Your MPC – Yep, the classic advice of ‘switch it on and switch it back on again’ can certainly fix all manner of MPC oddness. In the end it’s not going to hurt to perform a reboot, so the first course of action in the face of any issues is to simply switch off and boot up again.
  2. Check Social Media – if your MPC is exhibiting random bugs check your favourite social media hangouts to see if other users are experiencing the same problems. It’s possible that it could just be an actual bug in the firmware itself. so post up your issue on your favourite Facebook group or over at and see if anyone is struggling with the same problem. If that’s the case then make sure you contact Akai support to report the issue.
  3. Remove any attached devices – if you’ve attached disks to your MPC, or have controllers or synths attached via USB or MIDI, try disconnecting them and rebooting, just to rule out any hardware conflicts.
  4. Perform a Reset – this is one trick that has worked for many people after a firmware upgrade. Go to MENU > SETTINGS and hit the RESET button at the bottom right of the screen. This will reset the MPC’s settings to the factory defaults. According to Akai this process should not ever delete any data on your disks, but that said, I always recommend you back up your work before doing any procedure like this, just in case there’s a problem (see below). Remember all custom preference settings will be lost when performing a reset so you’ll need to re-apply them afterwards.
  5. Contact Akai – if all else fails, contact Akai support for further assistance.

A Quick Word About Backing Up

Ideally you should always backup your work on a regular basis as your MPC disks could fail or get corrupted at any time, especially if you are already experiencing issues that require continual reboots or resets.  You can easily back up attached disks (including any installed SATA disks) by attaching your MPC to your computer via USB as your disks will then appear as removable drives in your computer.  I don’t recommend saving any work to the MPC’s 16GB internal drive as it’s not accessible via USB and hence isn’t easy to backup, but if you’ve already saved projects to this drive you can transfer them to an attached disk by loading them up into memory one project at a time and re-saving them to the new location – I  cover this technique in my ‘MPC Projects 101‘ tutorial.

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MPC-Tutor (Andy Avgousti) is a beat maker, musician, sound designer and a leading expert on the Akai MPC sampler, who since 2002 has been creating critically acclaimed MPC tutorial books including the groundbreaking 'Beat Making on the MPC' and MPC Bible series. He runs the network of sites, which includes and the thriving MPC community at, regularly helping tens of thousands of MPC users every month with MPC technical support and guidance.


7 Responses

  1. Dontae Watson

    Dec 30, 2020 12:01 pm

    Hello Andy I’ve been a MPC user since 1991. I’ve had horrible experiences with MPC software. I have an MPC X and Live. I like your platform here and I’m interested in knowing if there is a lane for support for users that don’t get support from inbrandmusic ?

    • MPC-Tutor

      Dec 30, 2020 12:25 pm

      Hi, no sorry, I’m not able to provide any form of direct tech support for Akai’s products. My MPC Bible course is usually enough for most people to understand the MPC, but if you are having specific problems or unique technical issues then the options are to try getting a response from Akai or perhaps posting on as third party forum or group, such as (where I’ll often be hanging out and if I get the time I will try to help).

  2. michael karhan

    Mar 8, 2021 6:24 am

    My audition isn’t working on my drum kits when I browse but instruments do work in audition set to auto and sync
    Drum kits nothing I have to load it to hear it
    No audition can’t figure it out

  3. Djtraey

    Mar 21, 2021 4:21 pm

    I have a mpc 5000 upon load up screen it says “codec failed to write” is this a bad hardrive issue or something I can solve. Thanks for the help.

  4. Steve

    Jul 19, 2021 5:11 pm

    Thanks so much for this post. My power button stopped working after the update and I didn’t make the mental connection. THIS FIXED the issue. Visions of contacting customer support, sending my unit back are no longer haunting me. lol.

  5. Dj

    Oct 12, 2021 6:53 am

    My factory content mpc expansions are disappearing and reappearing i did a reset to the factory settings but its still doing the samething. it wasnt doing it until i updated tp 2.10.1


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