The Ultimate Guide to Updating Your Akai MPC: Simplified

Ready to take your Akai MPC to the next level? The latest update is waiting for you, and it’s packed with new features to supercharge your music-making experience. We’ve made a straightforward guide on updating your MPC, so let’s get started!

Where to Download the Latest MPC Update

You’ve got two easy options:

Via InMusic Account

  1. Log into your InMusic account.
  2. Register your MPC if you haven’t already.
  3. Go to ‘Your Registered Products’ and click ‘View Downloads’ for your MPC.
  4. Download the Firmware update under the Firmware section.

Directly from Akai website

  1. Visit the MPC download page
  2. select your version of choice
  3. download.

Before You Update Your MPC

Do I Need to Update?

If you’re notified via the MPC software, email, or social media, or if you just want the latest features and fixes, it’s time to update.

Check Your Current Version

  1. Press ‘Menu’ on your MPC.
  2. Hit ‘Preferences’ (look for the Gear icon).
  3. Find your current firmware version under the ‘Info’ tab.

Prep Steps

  • Back up your data.
  • Update drivers if there’s a software update.
  • Plug your MPC into a power source.
  • Connect the MPC directly to your computer’s USB port.
  • Don’t use or turn off the MPC during the update.
  • Remove distractions like other USB devices or MIDI cables.

Updating the MPC Firmware

PC or Mac

  1. Download the updater.
  2. Connect and power on your MPC.
  3. Run the updater and follow the on-screen instructions.

USB Drive

  1. Use a formatted USB drive with the .img file on it.
  2. On your MPC, go to ‘Preferences’ > ‘Info’ tab.
  3. Tap ‘UPDATE’ and choose ‘USB Drive Update’.

WIFI or Ethernet

  1. Connect your MPC to the internet.
  2. Go to ‘Preferences’ > ‘Info’ tab.
  3. Tap ‘UPDATE’ and select ‘Online Update’.

Emergency Update

If things don’t go as planned:

Review Your Update Path

  • Check your USB cable and internet connection.
  • Make sure your USB drive is formatted correctly.

Remove Peripherals

  • Disconnect any extra devices, including internal SSD drives.

Manual Update Mode

  • If you can’t access settings, use a button combo to boot into Update Mode (see the specific combo for your MPC model).

Is updating your MPC worth it?

Updating your MPC is crucial for the best performance and latest features. Follow this guide, and you’ll be set up in no time. And remember, if you hit a snag, Akai’s support team is just a click away.

If you want more detailed information for each update, head over to the patch notes.

For more detailed instructions and support, head over to Akai Professional’s support page.

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