Akai Pro MPD and MPK Series - Updating the Firmware

akai mpkmpd series main3The following guide walks through the procedure to erase and update the firmware on the Akai Professional MPK or MPD series controllers. This applies to the MPK25, MPK49, MPK61, MPK88, MPD24, MPD32.

Generally users will look for a firmware update for their product for one of two reasons:

  1. They are hoping that a firmware update will add additional features or functionality to their product.
  2. They are experiencing some difficulty or symptom that they are hoping will be resolved by updating or reinstalling the firmware on their product.

Akai has added new controller presets for select software titles which may interest some customers.  However, the feature set of the MPD and MPK products generally will not change over time via Firmware updates, and reinstalling the firmware is not recommended as a troubleshooting method for any specific difficulty.  Because of this, only customers who require specific new controller presets offered by a particular update are encouraged to update. 

Please carefully review the remainder of this guide for more information about whether you should consider a firmware update for your MPD or MPK series controller.

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Akai Pro MPK Series - Frequently Asked Questions

akai mpk series mainWe know - you love your MPK.  We do too!  We also know that there are a lot of questions on how to utilize the MPK to its fullest extent.  So we put our heads together and created a list of often-asked questions and answers about the Akai MPK series controllers and here is what we came up with!  

 

 

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPK and MPD Series - Setup in FL Studio

akai mpkmpd flstudioThe MPK and MPD controllers are extremely versatile USB MIDI controllers. Whether you are looking for an all in one production setup with keys and pads or a more beat oriented workflow, the MPK and MPD controller series give the user as much creative potential as they can dream up. This guide covers how to configure the MIDI setup in FL Studio for an MPK or MPD and how to MIDI map your controller in the software. 

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPD and MPK Series - Syncing With Pro Tools

akai mpkmpd ptoolsThe Akai MPD and MPK series controllers offer powerful options for electronic music creation. The transport controls, Arpeggiator, and Note Repeat functions require that your controller be synced together with your DAW via MIDI. This guide walks through syncing your MPD or MPK with Pro Tools.

 

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPK and MPD Series - Set Up in Cubase

akai mpkmpd cubaseThe MPK and MPD controllers are extremely versatile USB MIDI controllers. Whether you are looking for an all-in-one production setup with keys and pads, or a more beat-only oriented workflow, the MPK and MPD controller series give the user as much creative potential as you can dream up. This guide covers how to configure the MIDI setup for an MPK or MPD series controller in FL Studio.

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPD Series - Using the Vyzex Preset Editor

akai mpd series mainThe Akai MPD series preset settings can be adjusted and changed in a nearly infinite amount of ways by using the Vyzex editing software, which can be downloaded from the MPD product page.  By default, the pad banks overlap on most presets.  This guide walks through how to use the Vyzex editing software to change an existing preset or create a brand new one with four independent, non-overlapping pad banks.

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPK and MPD Series - MIDI Mapping and Transport Control in Logic Pro

akai mpkmpd logicLogic Pro can create and save templates, which can then be used as starting points for new projects. Templates store the number of tracks, their names, the effects created in them, window positions, and just about every aspect of your project except for the Audio and MIDI itself. Making good use of templates can dramatically increase workflow speed.

This guide details how to map knobs and sliders in the Logic Pro mixer to the knobs and sliders on a MPK or MPD controller and then how to save these mappings as part of a template.

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPK and MPD Series - Setup with Studio One 2

akai mpkmpd studiooneThe Akai MPK series controllers are amazing machines that inspire creativity with every touch of the keys, or smash of the pads.  They link seamlessly with music production DAW's and give you the power and flexibility every musician needs.  With built in tools that integrate perfectly with a variety of popular digital audio software your imagination is your only battle. This guide covers how to setup your MPK with Presonus Studio One 2.

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPD and MPK Series - Setup in Ableton Live 9 Lite

akai mpkmpd abletonThe MPD and MPK series controllers are extremely versatile USB MIDI controllers. Whether you are looking for an all in one production setup with keys and pads, or a more beat-oriented workflow, the MPD and MPK controller series gives you a ton of creative potential in a single piece of hardware. This guide covers how to set up the MPD and MPK controller for use with Ableton Live 9 Lite.

 

 

 

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