MPC X & MPC Live Forum: Support and discussion for the MPC X & MPC Live, Akai's current generation of standalone MPCs.
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By autotech Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:01 am
Greetings all,

Just wanted to share with other users, some useful info regarding Ubuntu Linux and the MPC Live.

I installed ExFAT utils and put my MPC Live in controller mode. Since the MPC Software is Linux based, I expected it to work flawlessly. Indeed that is so.

Install ExFAT utils with the following command:

sudo apt install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

Put your MPC Live in controller mode and it should mount your installed SSD and USB externals drives without a problem.

Not to mention that it also functions as a generic audio interface in Ubuntu.

This was tested in Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10

You can now transfer files and use it as an audio interface in Ubuntu.
Hope this info is helpful to the very few Linux Pro Audio users out there.

Cheers,

AT
By CharlesRandolph Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:59 am
autotech wrote:Greetings all,

Just wanted to share with other users, some useful info regarding Ubuntu Linux and the MPC Live.

I installed ExFAT utils and put my MPC Live in controller mode. Since the MPC Software is Linux based, I expected it to work flawlessly. Indeed that is so.

Install ExFAT utils with the following command:

sudo apt install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

Put your MPC Live in controller mode and it should mount your installed SSD and USB externals drives without a problem.

Not to mention that it also functions as a generic audio interface in Ubuntu.

This was tested in Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10

You can now transfer files and use it as an audio interface in Ubuntu.
Hope this info is helpful to the very few Linux Pro Audio users out there.

Cheers,

AT



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By boomspot Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:36 am
It works as a class compliant device. Cool, but I wouldn’t say the MPC software works with Ubuntu. :lol:
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By NearTao Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:01 am
Somebody might be able to run WINE and get the MPC Software working on Ubuntu... but I'll pass on that experiment myself :P
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By autotech Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:43 pm
That's right, correction: The MPC Live firmware operating system is Linux based.
Since I rarely use the MAC or PC software, it didn't occur to me that it is also called MPC Software.

I doubt that WINE will function properly with the legit copy protection drivers.
That's the nice thing about stand alone hardware. It doesn't really matter.

The important thing is getting my samples into the MPC through Linux without too much fuss.
The MPC Live hooked up to my Ubuntu setup is proving to be a formidable weapon of choice.

Hope everyone who produces on Linux can spread the word.
Tell 'em AutoTech sent-cha!

Cheers.

AT
By rvense Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:03 pm
I, too, was pleasantly surprised to find how well the MPC works with Linux. MIDI works too, including input from all the buttons and pads.

I haven't tried MIDI feedback yet, but it should be possible to use it as a control surface and make the pads light up.

The screen will be useless (displaying the "Searching for computer..." screen) unless you change the firmware to run something else when in controller mode. It's doable but would be a large task to make it do something useful.

I've done some experiments running test apps on the Live, but the thing about controller mode is that the internal computer loses its connection to the control surface and the audio I/O as those get attached to the host, and then the Live firmware (which controls the touch screen) talks to the MPC software on the host over a USB serial connection as I recall.
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By zangetsu01 Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:23 pm
Can someone please explain why one would produce using Linux? (Not meant sarcastic)

Are there any benefits? Are there good Daws & plugins to use?
By rvense Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:09 pm
zangetsu01 wrote:Can someone please explain why one would produce using Linux? (Not meant sarcastic)

Are there any benefits? Are there good Daws & plugins to use?


I find Ardour to be an adequate DAW for editing and arranging. I don't really use plug-ins much, I have hardware for synths and sound design-y effects, but the Calf suite is fine for EQs, dynamics, etc. in my opinion. I should note that I probably don't have very high standards, I'm not very familiar with the state of the sonic art on other platforms my plug-in usage is quite light (and my mixes not very good; in fact you probably should not be listening to me, I'm just some rando with no releases to my name).

As to why, it's just what I prefer for everything else. I have it setup for software development and web browsing etc. in a way that that fits me like an old pair of boots. For a time I kept a Mac and/or Windows machine for Ableton Live, but I can't really stand either anymore and I also just like having my music software on my main computer or something that works exactly like it.

I also enjoy the lack of copy protection and the knowledge that my music is not locked in a format that can only be read by a piece of software that could go away any day.