There are now a number of software applications that can be used to create or convert MPC format files. Below are a list of all the MPC compatible apps that I could find out there – no affiliation to me, just a list of apps you might want to check out.
Free MPC Applications
Amit Talwar’s Apps – a collection of Amit’s personal apps, many of which work with MPC/Force files
MIDI-to-Pattern Convertor – free online tool that can convert a MIDI file into an MPC pattern, good tool for Force owners (MPCs can load MIDI files natively, the Force cannot). Supports multi-track MIDI files as well.
Convert with Moss – convert wavs and sampler instruments into mpc xpm files
MPC Beats – Akai’s free version of the MPC Software (registration required for download). Has track limits and missing some instrument plugins and FX, but is otherwise pretty much identical to the 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.
Paid MPC Applications
Akai’s MPC Software – The software version of the current MPC eco-system. Can be used as a standalone app or controlled by MPCs or most MIDI controllers.
Instrumap – creates keygroup instruments from folders of sounds. This is able to create an instrument from multiple pitched samples recorded over multiple dynamic levels.
MPC Keygroup Creator – batch creates ‘single sample’ MPC keygroup programs from folders of samples (one sample per instrument)
Kit Creator – Windows/Mac app that automatically generates sample kits for MPCs and Ableton Live.
Kit Maker – converts Maschine kits and other sample kits into MPC format
MIDI-MPC – converts MIDI files into MPC patterns, supports batch processing, but only converts single track MIDI files (multitrack MIDI not supported at all). Windows only. I’ve removed the link to this app as after I purchased it I found the converted patterns in all my tests were the incorrect length (20 bars instead of 2), with the two bars of MIDI data ‘stretched’ over those 20 bars. Have reported this to the developer and will update if the he ever fixes this issue.
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. Used to have a paid option with more features, but this has been removed. Free version appears abandoned so YMMV. Creates programs that work in all MPCs, but was written in the days of MPC2000/XL/MPC3000/60 so while the programs it creates will work in newer MPCs, it won’t support any of the newer features.