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At an inch-and-a-half thick, with low-profile controls and a dark, sleek, brushed-aluminum body, MPC Studio Black is made to move and look good doing it.

The MPC Studio Black merges real MPC pads, iconic workflow, and the same MPC Software used by the MPC Renaissance to give you a fully integrated portable production solution anywhere you can connect it to your computer.

Akai Professional listened to four years of user feedback to find a way to improve the best-selling MPC Studio. It’s still small, sturdy, and covered in features: 16 Genuine MPC pads and 4 Q-Link control knobs with MPC Note Repeat, Full Level, and 16 Level for inspirational workflow.

But the MPC Studio Black also has better knobs, scroll wheel, and the MPC Renaissance’s spun aluminum data dial so they’ll hold up even longer and give you a better feel during your performances.

Technical Specs


  • Display: 360×96-dot monochromatic backlit LCD
  • Pads: (16) velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, multicolor-backlit
  • Buttons
    • (32) dedicated function buttons (26 backlit)
    • (10) transport control buttons (3 backlit)
    • (4) cursor buttons
    • (6) multi-function (“soft”) buttons
  • Knobs
    • (1) Data Dial (selection and navigation)
    • (4) Q-Link knobs, column configuration
    • (1) Q-Link column selector (scroll)
  • Connections
    • (1) 1/8” MIDI input
    • (1) 1/8” MIDI output
    • (1) USB port
  • Power: via USB connection
  • Dimensions (width x depth x height): 11.2” x 10.1” x 1.5”
  • Weight: 1.96 lbs


  • Maximum events: unlimited (based on CPU)
  • Resolution: 960 pulses per 1/4-note
  • Sequences: 128
  • Tracks per sequence: 128
  • Drum pad: 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)
  • Drum pad banks: 8
  • Sync mode: MIDI clock, MIDI Time Code
  • Transport Controls: MIDI Machine Control

MPC Software

  • Polyphony: 64
  • Dynamic filtering: 1 State Variable Filter per voice (up to 8 pole, depending on type)
  • Filter types: Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass, Band Boost, Band Stop, Analog Modeling, Vocal Formant
  • Number of programs: 128
  • Memory capacity: System Dependent. 2 GB minimum (4 GB recommended)
  • Plugin Supported as Host: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)
  • Plugin Formats Available to other DAWs: VST, AU (Mac Only)
  • Audio files supported: WAV, MP3, REX, AIFF, SND
  • Word lengths supported: 32 and 64-bit


  • Program Effects: 4 Insert Slots per Pad, 4 Sends to Track Effects per Pad
  • Track Effects: 4 Inserts and 4 stereo Sends per Track
  • Master effect: 4 Master Effect Slots Over 50 high-quality effects Included
  • Plugin Formats supported: VST (Mac / PC), AU (Mac)


  • MIDI inputs: (1) 5-pin DIN via TRS to MIDI breakout cable (included)
  • MIDI outputs: (1) 5-pin DIN via TRS to MIDI breakout cable (included)

Box Contents

  • MPC Studio Black
  • USB Cable
  • (2) 1/8”-to-5-Pin MIDI Adapters
  • Neoprene Case
  • Software Download Card
  • Quickstart Guide
  • Safety & Warranty Manual

Best-selling MPC Studio upgraded to look and feel even better
1.5″ profile, less than 2 lbs., and USB-power provide sleek digital music production anywhere you can take your laptop
Larger knobs, scroll wheel, and MPC Renaissance-style aluminum dial for improved tactile experience
16 genuine MPC drum pads and 4 control knobs with all the dedicated buttons of classic MPC line
7+ GB of sounds included for inspired-production out of the box

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