Akai Pro MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio - Controlling Instruments in Reason on Windows

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akai mpcren reason mainThe MPC Plugin allows users to transmit MIDI data from the plugin to a software instrument track in their DAW. For most DAW's that support VST, AU and RTAS this is relatively simple to set up. However, Reason, which does not support those plugin formats needs additional workarounds to make this kind of routing capable to control its instruments. Sometimes it's realistic to have Reason slaved in Rewire to a DAW, that can then transmit MIDI to various instruments. Sometimes this is not practical because you don't have another DAW to Rewire. This guide will help you setup the Standalone MPC Software to transmit MIDI to Reason's instruments.

 

  1. Install LoopBe1, a virtual MIDI driver
  2. Setup MIDI ports in the MPC Software
  3. Setup Reason to receive MIDI data from the MPC's MIDI Mapping ports
  4. Further Product Support

Install LoopBe1, a virtual MIDI driver

  1. Navigate to http://www.nerds.de/en/download.html and download the free version of LoopBe1.

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  2. After downloading, run the downloaded file titled setuploopbe1.exe to install it on your computer.

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  3. Once installed, check hidden items in the system tray - most often located in the bottom right corner of your taskbar - and you’ll see a new icon that shows LoopBe1 when you hover your mouse over it.

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  4. Double-click the new icon and a window will open.  Ensure that LoopBe1 not muted.

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Setup MIDI ports in the MPC Software

  1. Open the MPC Software.

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  2. Choose Edit > Preferences.

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  3. Change the drop-down menu next to Midi Out Port A to LoopBe Internal MIDI.  Then choose OK.

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  4. Add two MIDI tracks to a Sequence.   On both tracks, set the Port to A: Loop.rnal MIDI.  

    Set Track 1 to MIDI CH 1.  

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    Set Track 2 to MIDI CH 2.

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  5. Keep the MPC Software open


Setup Reason to receive MIDI data from the MPC's MIDI Mapping ports

  1. Open Reason and create a blank session.

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  2. Go to Edit > Preferences.

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  3. In the Advanced tab of the window that opens, under External Control, choose LoopBe Internal MIDI from the drop-down menu next to Bus A:  Close the Preferences window.

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  4. Add a couple of instruments to your project in Reason. In the example below, Thor and Subtractor have been added.

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  5. Click on the arrow next to the Hardware Interface at the top of your project to unfold it.  Select the tab for Advanced MIDI. Now click on the arrow next to Channel 1, Channel 2, etc. and add your instruments to each individual channel.  The arrow to the right of each channel will let you select the desired instrument in Reason to receive MIDI.

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    In the example below, Thor has been chosen to receive from CHANNEL 1, and Subtractor to receive from CHANNEL 2.

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That's it!  MIDI notes coming from from the MPC Software will now trigger Reason's instruments.

 

Further Product Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Pro product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Akai Pro technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.

 

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