AKAI seems to be constantly at work breathing new life into its MPC production workstations. Just three months after the manufacturer announced MPC One at NAMM 2020, a putative schematic for the MPC Live 2 surfaced on Reddit. As far as we can tell from studying these images, and assuming they are genuine, the revision is more of a refinement of the original with the addition of the following features:
- CV Outputs: the rear panel features four CV outputs for controlling analog synthesizers.
- More buttons: the upper left section has been expanded with more shortcuts mapped to buttons, and there’s also a new Master Volume knob.
- An armrest has been added to the device’s bottom section.
These features aside, the MPC Live 2 is rumored to be exactly the same as the original. With more shortcuts and CV outputs, the new maschine is certainly more apt for live performances. The armrest is also an improvement in ergonomics. But these things aside, the Live 2 is likely running the same operating system and not much is there in terms of under-the-hood changes. Maybe AKAI is not willing to tamper with what it considers a solid product. Maybe the big innovation will happen later in the MPC line’s life. We shall see.
If we assume these diagrams are the real deal, then this device is already conceptualized. I assume AKAI is targeting a second or third quarter release. We will update this post if any additional details surface.