You can now load your Akai Force, MPC X and MPC Live projects into Ableton Live

Akai Force and MPCs
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One of the biggest USPs of Akai’s Force, MPC X and MPC Live products is that you can produce music on them without the need for a computer.

However, there are going to be times when you need the flexibility that only a desktop-based DAW can provide, so we’re pleased to be able to report that, thanks to a couple of firmware updates, all of the aforementioned products now offer Ableton Live Set Export functionality.

The transition from MPC/Force to Live is said to be seamless, so you can easily continue to develop your tracks in Ableton’s software. Other features of the new firmware - version 2.6 for the MPCs and version 3.0.3 for the Force - are listed below.

Both updates will be available this month from the Akai Professional website.

New in MPC Firmware 2.6

  • Grid Automation - Users can now input, edit and view automation in Grid Edit and Audio Edit.
  • Step Automation - Users can now input, edit and view automation in the Step Sequencer.
  • Support for up to eight submixes in the mixer window.
  • All-New TUI layouts for Akai Vintage effects.

New in Force firmware 3.0.3

  • Grid Automation - Users can now input, edit and view automation in Clip Event/Region editors.
  • Step Automation - Users can now input, edit and view automation in the Step Sequencer.
  • Functionality to export all clips or export a single clip - users can now export the clips in their Force project to audio, MIDI or MPC Pattern files.
  • Matrix Mode enhancements - Users can now copy, paste, create and delete clips from the Matrix mode.
  • Convert to Keygroup function - On a Drum track, users can quickly convert a sample assigned to a pad into a Keygroup track so they can play the sample chromatically.
  • Improved external keyboard support for scales selected in Force.
  • New Step Sequencer Mode - Mono Lanes, perfect for single line melodies and basslines.
  • Support for up to eight submixes in the mixer window.
  • Force now works as an audio interface in Computer Mode.
  • All-New TUI layouts for Akai Vintage effects.
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