help loading mpc 2000 samples into mpc live

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Hi everyone, hopefully someone here can help me. I am having trouble loading mpc 2000 samples into the mpc live. I am able to load some programs that are only short one shot samples like kicks, snares, hi-hats, etc, although some drum sounds wont load & show up on the mpc live with a "?" mark before the file name but no sound. When I try loading a program with samples that are not drum sounds, like for example a 2-4 second loop from a vinyl record, it wont load sound. It once again has a "?" mark before sample name but doesn't play. I googled it & found a forum where someone was able to successfully load mpc2000 & 2000xl programs & sequences into the live & it worked perfectly, with no issues.

This led me to call Akai tech support & they suggested to try a sound converter app like Audacity to convert the .snd files to .wav or to resample all the sounds into the mpc live (not an option cause I have hundreds of samples & no time for this). I tried converting the .snd samples on Audacity & when I loaded the newly converted Wav samples into the mpc live, they didn't play back, only like half a second played of each file I tried converting. I don't know what else to do & am getting frustrated at what I thought would be a fun creative process, (working on my old beats on the new mpc live). Do you think I have a buggy machine? I asked the Akai rep & he said no cause all the bugs would be fixed with newest, OS/firmware. Please help me, thanks so much.
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Ritche C

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Eliza, Employee

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Hey Ritche C,

Thanks for posting!

Sorry to hear that you are having trouble. This definitely doesn't sound like a bug or hardware issue. While the MPC Live does support .snd files, it seems that there is another compatibility issue at play. After some research, it seems that users have had success in converting their snd files with the following programs:



  • RS-16X

  • Chicken Systems

Try this and let me know how it goes!