Akai Pro MPK2 Series - Setup in Reason 7

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akai mpk2 series main7The Akai MPK2 series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK225, MPK249, and MPK261 are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This articles walks through how to setup the MPK2 series controller with Reason 7.



  1. Hardware Setup
  2. Software Setup
  3. Mapping Individual Controls
  4. Further Technical Assistance


Hardware Setup

  1. First, connect the Akai MPK2 series controller to an available USB port on your computer using the supplied cable and power the controller on.

  2. Press the PRESET button and use the data dial to scroll to Preset: 7 Reason. Press the PUSH TO ENTER knob.

    Note: The presets, preset names, and order of presets may vary depending on the specific model.

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  3. Next, press the EDIT button and then tap a transport control such as STOP, PLAY or REC.  Use the data dial to change the Type: to MMC.  Then press the PUSH TO ENTER knob.

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  4. Press the PRESET button to return to the Reason preset screen.

  5. To sync the MPK controller as a slave to the Reason software, press the GLOBAL button to enter the Global settings menu. Press the right arrow key until the display reads Clock Source:   Use the rotary knob to select External.

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  6. Hit the right arrow key until the display reads Save Globals. Press the PUSH TO ENTER knob to save the settings. The display will flash <Saving Globals>. When this is complete, the display will read <Enter To Store>.

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  7. Press the PRESET button to return to the Reason preset screen.

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Software Setup

Note: Ensure that you have the latest update of Reason 7 installed.  Support for the MPK2 series controllers was added to Reason as of Reason 7.1.1.

  1. Launch Reason 7.

  2. Open the Preferences window by choosing Edit > Preferences.  Then click on the Control Surfaces tab.

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  3. Now choose Auto-detect surfaces and allow Reason to scan for the MPK controller.

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  4. Once Reason finishes scanning, The Akai MPK controller will show in the Attached surfaces window.  Ensure there is a check in the box next to Use with Reason.

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  5. Click on the Sync tab.  Under the section labelled MIDI clock sync, choose the MPK controller from the drop-down menu next to Output:  Also, add a check to the box next to Send MIDI clock while sequencer is stopped.  Then close the Preferences window.

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  6. From the main Reason window, choose Options > Sync and ensure that Internal and Send MIDI Clock both have checkmarks next to them.

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Mapping Individual Controls

In Reason 7, MIDI mapping individual controls like a fader or knob to a parameter in the Reason interface takes just a few simple steps.  The steps described below can be followed for mapping nearly any parameter in Reason to any knob or fader on the MPK controller.

  1. Locate the parameter in Reason that you want to control with a knob or fader from the MPK controller.  In this example, we will map the Volume parameter of the Line 6 Guitar Amp.

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  2. Right-click the Volume parameter and choose Edit Remote Override Mapping... 

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  3. In the window that opens, add a check to the box next to Learn from control surface input then move the knob or fader you want to map and Reason will automatically recognize the control being moved.  Once Reason recognizes the control, press OK.

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  4. Move the physical knob or fader you just assigned and you will see the corresponding parameter in Reason move simultaneously.


Further Technical 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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