MPC Series - Syncing your MPC with Ableton Live

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akai mpc all all mainThe MPC series of drum machines are powerful sequencers in their own right. Additional capability can be added to our MPC when used in conjunction with Ableton Live. The following guide will show you how to use your MPC as both a master and slave device with Ableton Live.

 

Ableton Live as a Slave

In Ableton Live: 

  1. Open Ableton Live Preferences:
    1. Macs: Press "Command + ," to open Live Preferences or navigate to Live Menu > Preferences.
    2. PCs: Press "CTRL + ," to open Live Preferences or navigate to Options > Preferences.
  2. Press the MIDI Sync tab on Left Menu.
  3. Under "MIDI Ports / Output," enable "Sync ON" for the MIDI OUT port to which you have connected your MIDI cable from the MPC.
  4. Close the Preferences window.
  5. Press Play on the Transport or a Clip to initiate sync. The MPC will now play in sync with Live.

On the MPC5000/MPC2500:

  1. Go to the MIDI/Sync menu.
  2. Set "Sync Out" to the MIDI output port on the MPC to which you have connected your MIDI cable (e.g., "SyncOut: A (Master)".
  3. Set "Mode" to "MIDI Time Code." Set "Frame Rate" to "30." (Note: Do not use "30D" which is a drop-sync and is intended for video equipment.)
  4. Set "Send MMC" to "ON."
  5. Press play or Play Start on the MPC. Ableton Live should now be playing in sync to the MPC.

On the MPC500:

  1. Go to the MIDI/Sync menu.
  2. Press Mode + PAD 7.
  3. Turn the data wheel to display "Sync."
  4. Press the DOWN cursor.
  5. Use the data wheel to change the sync mode to "Master."
  6. Press Play on MPC. Ableton Live will play in-sync to MPC.

On the MPC 1000:

  1. Go to the MIDI/Sync Menu:
  2. Press Mode + PAD 9.
  3. Sync [F2].
  4. Sync In: OFF.
  5. Sync Out: A or B or Both (whichever MIDI input you plugged your MIDI cable into).
  6. Press Play or Play Start on MPC. Ableton Live should play in-sync to MPC.

On the MPC Renaissance/Studio in Standalone mode:

  1. Launch the MPC software. Open the MPC Preferences.
  2. Click on the Sync tab on the left hand side of the Preferences window. In the Send dropdown box select MIDI Time Code(MTC).
  3. In the To dropdown box select AkaiPro Internal MIDI. Close the Preferences window.
  4. Launch Ableton Live. Open the Preferences and select the MIDI Sync tab on the left hand side of the screen.
  5. Under MIDI Ports enable the Sync button for AkaiPro Internal MIDI. Exit the Preferences.
  6. Click on the EXT button in the top left hand corner of the screen. Press play on your unit. Ableton Live will now be slaved to the MPC software.

Ableton Live as a Master

In Ableton Live:

  1. Open Ableton Live Preferences:
    1. Macs: Press "Command + ," to open Live Preferences or navigate to Live Menu > Preferences.
    2. PCs: Press "CTRL + ," to open Live Preferences or navigate to Options > Preferences.
  2. Press the MIDI Sync tab on Left Menu.
  3. Under "MIDI Ports / Output," enable "Sync ON" for the MIDI OUT port to which you have connected your MIDI cable from the MPC.
  4. Close the Preferences window.
  5. Press Play on the Transport or a Clip to initiate sync. The MPC will now play in sync with Live.

On the MPC5000/MPC2500:

  1. Go to the MIDI/Sync menu.
  2. Set "Sync In" to the corresponding MIDI input port on the MPC.
  3. Set "Mode" to "MIDI Clock."
  4. Set "Receive MMC" to "ON."

On the MPC500:

  1. Go to the MIDI/Sync menu.
  2. Press Mode + PAD 7.
  3. Turn the data wheel to display "Sync."
  4. Press the DOWN cursor.
  5. Use the data wheel to change the sync mode to "Slave."

On the MPC1000:

  1. Go to the MIDI/Sync Menu:
  2. Press Mode + PAD 9.
  3. Sync [F2].
  4. Sync In: 1 or 2 (whichever MIDI input you plugged your MIDI cable into).
  5. Sync Out: Off.

On the MPC Renaissance/Studio as a Plugin:

Please click here for the full MPC Renaissance/Studio transport control setup guide in Ableton Live.

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