MPC Series - Syncing the MPC with Digital Performer

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akai mpc all all mainThe MPC series are powerful sequencers and drum machines. Additional capability can be added to the MPC when used in conjunction with Digital Performer. The following guide shows how to use the MPC as both a master and slave device with Digital Performer.

Digital Performer as a Slave

In Digital Performer: 

  1. Open Digital Performer Preferences:
  2. Select Edit then Preferences.
  3. Click Receive Sync in the left hand column. Under Type of Sync select MIDI beat clocks. Click Done.
  4. Select Setup at the top of the screen and then Slave to External Sync. Click on the Play button to prepare Digital Performer to receive sync. 
  5. Press Play Start on your MPC to begin synced playback.

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.

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.

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).

On the MPC Renaissance/Studio in Standalone mode:

Launch the MPC software. Open the MPC Preferences.

  1. In the MPC software, click on Help -> Set up MMC Control. Follow the instructions to install and enable MMC for your operating system.
  2. In Digital Performer, 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 Digital Performer. Open the Preferences and select Receive Sync in the left hand column.
  5. Select MTC as your protocol and AkaiPro Internal MIDI as your source. Click Done.
  6. Click on the External Sync button. Click on the Play button to set Digital Performer to receive external input. 

Digital Performer as a Master

In Digital Performer: 

  1. Open Digital Performer Preferences:
  2. Select Edit then Preferences.
  3. Click Transmit Sync in the left hand column. Set Transmit MTC to your MIDI output device. Set Transmit Beat Clocks via ports to your MIDI output device. Click Done.
  4. Press Play Start on your MPC to begin synced playback.

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:

  1. Right click in the Track column in Digital performer. Select Add Track -> Instrument Track -> Akai ->MPC(Stereo).
  2. In the MPC plugin, click on the Options Menu icon to the left of the to the Main and Program Edit tabs.
  3. In the menu that opens, select Edit > Preferences.
  4. On the left of the window that opens, select the Other tab.  Then set Hardware Transport C to DAW

 

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