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Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Routing MIDI to tracks in Pro Tools

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Many readers have written in to ask, "How can I route MIDI messages from the MPC Renaissance or Studio hardware to other Pro Tools Instrument tracks that are not running the MPC plugin?" In this quick guide, we show you how!Refer to the following user-created video for a walkthrough of the steps we've detailed below:

 

First, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Refer to the following user-created video for a quick walkthrough of the steps detailed below.

 

 

You can easily route MIDI messages from the MPC Renaissance or Studio hardware to other Pro Tools Instrument tracks that are not running the MPC plugin.  To do this, perform the following:

  1. Create an Instrument track in Pro Tools, and launch the MPC plugin on it.
     
  2. In the MPC plugin, select a track, and set the INSTRUMENT option to Midi.  Then set the MIDI PORT to A - DAW.

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  3. In the MPC Plugin, under Preferences > MIDI > MIDI Mapping, set each Output Port to DAW.

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  4. In Pro Tools, create a second instrument track.  Add the plugin of your choice to this second track.
     
  5. Set the Input of the second instrument track to Predefined > MPC Renaissance, MPC Port 1 > channel-1. You can use other channel (1-16) as needed.

 

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MPK Mini mkII - Redeeming Your Copy of Reason Lite

 Reason 10 Lite                                                 

Your MPK Mini mkII comes bundled with many great software plugins and Digital Audio Workstations (DAW). One of which is Reason 10 Lite. While it is a streamlined version of Reason 10, its small footprint makes a big mark in the Music Production space. It is a fully functional DAW that will allow you powerful Midi and Audio recording with built-in instruments and audio FX processing. This guide will walk you through the process of downloading and installing Reason Lite.

 

Contents

1. Creating an Account

2. Download Reason 10 Lite

3. Installation & Setup

4. Additional Guides & Video

5. Further Support

 

Creating an Account 

In order to retrieve the Promotional Offer for Reason 10 Lite, you'll need to login into your Akaipro.com account. If you have not done so or need a refresher on how to, refer to this guide. Follow the link in your Account (Redeem Now) to the Propellerhead website. As you click that link, make note of the authorization code directly above it.

REASON REDEEM

This 2-part code, separated by a semi-colon will need to be submitted before you are able to download Reason Lite. We'll come back to this later. Click the Get Started button and you will be taken to a new page. If you do not already have a Propellorhead Account, you will need to create one. 

REASON SIGN UP

Create a unique username. If your choice is already taken, a message will display so. Otherwise, continue creating the account by entering your email, full name, and creating a unique password. Please note, when creating a password, you will not be asked to confirm it by reentry so make sure you type it exactly as you intend it to be. It will need to be entered exactly as created when you go to log into your Propellerhead account when launching Reason 10 Lite.

 

Downloading Reason Lite

After submitting your account creation, you will be taken to the Product Registration page. Select the Akai Product you purchased, in this case, the MPK Mini mkII. Next, refer to the Authorization code we highlighted earlier in your account. If you look closely, you will see it is 2 codes, separated by a semi-colon.

The first part is your License Code and the Second part is your Registration code. Copy and paste these into the respective fields.

REASON REG

 

Once entered successfully, you will see the download links for both PC and Mac. Choose the appropriate one for your platform.

REASON DOWNLOAD

Installation & Setup

Retrieve the installer in your downloads folder. Extract the contents and run the executable file. If you are on a Mac, move the Reason 10 Lite folder to your applications folder. Launch Reason 10 Lite. You will be prompted to enter your login credentials.

REASON SIGN IN

These are the same as the ones used when you created your account. You may be prompted to update your rack extensions. Once you do that, Reason will begin to scan your plugins folder. This will make all compatible plugins on your computer available for you to use in Reason 10 Lite.

You will be prompted to select an audio output device, audio input device and midi controller. If you have an audio interface, select it accordingly as your output and/or input device. Otherwise, you can select your computer's built in audio device. You can then add your Midi Controller device. You can always do this later if you prefer.

Reason 10 Lite comes with a demo project. When prompted, load this song. It will give you a great idea of what the software can do and brief higlight of the various modules and components. 

Additional Guides & Video 

Now that you have installed Reason 10 Lite, you might want some tips and ideas to get going with your own music creation. The following videos from Propellerhead will demonstrate some ways you can use Reason 10 Lite to create music.

Reason 10 Tutorial part 1

Reason 10 Tutorial part 2 

Further 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.

  • www.akaipro.com/support
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