Akai Pro MPD232 - Setup with MPC Essentials

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The MPD232 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. This guide walks through how to setup the MPD232 with the included MPC Essentials program.


  1. MPD232 Setup
  2. MPC Essentials Software Setup
  3. Virtual Instruments and Plugins
  4. Further Technical Support


MPD226 Setup

  1. Before opening the software!  Plug your MPD232 into the computer with the included USB cable, and power on the unit.
  2. Use the Data Dial at the top of the controller to scroll to the MPC Essentials preset.  Push the Data Dial to confirm the preset. 

    akai mpd226 ess preset

  3. Press the EDIT button, and then tap the PLAY button on the transport to enter the midi edit selection for the transport controls.

     akai mpd232 trans

  4. The screen should now say Transport at the top and the selection for Type should be blinking.  Change the type to MMC/MIDI by turning the Data Dial. 

    akai mpd226 midi

  5. Once you set this, you can tap the PRESET button to confirm your selection.   

    You are now done setting up the MPD232.


MPC Essentials Software Setup

  1. Launch the MPC Essentials software.
  2. Open the Preferences window in MPC Essentials.  In the Audio tab, choose your Audio Device Type and Device, which is dependent upon your audio interface.

    Select MPC Essentials > Preferences
    or use the key command shortcut - [Command + comma]

    Select Edit > Preferences
    or use the key command shortcut - [Control + comma]


  3. Choose the MIDI tab and add a check to the box next to MPD232 in the Active Midi Inputs box as shown in the image below.

     akai mpd232 pref

  4. Select the Sync tab from the left side of the window.  Under the heading MIDI Machine Control (MMC) click on the boxes next to Receive and Send to add a check mark to each box.  Also, to ensure synchronization for functions such as the Noterepeat, choose MIDI Clock from the Send drop-down menu and the MPD232 from the To drop-down menu. Press OK at the bottom of the box, and you are now done setting up the software to work with the MPD232.

     akai mpd232 sync 


Virtual Instruments and Plugins


Adjusting the MPC Essentials Plugin Sources

Note for Windows users only: If you have difficulty locating a plugin in your VST folder within the MPC Essentials software, be sure the MPC Essentials program is reading plugins from the correct location where your plugin is installed. To do this:


  1. Mac:
    Select MPC > Preferences...
    or use the keyboard shortcut - [Command + comma]

    Select Edit > Preferences...
    or use the keyboard shortcut - [Control + comma] 

  2. Choose the Plugins tab.

     akai mpk2 mpcessentials preferences

  3. Add a check to the box at the beginning of one of the rows under the heading VST Folders, then click on the browse box akai mpk2 mpcessentials browse box at the end of that row to browse to your plugin installation location.

    akai mpk2 mpcessentials check 

  4. Click on the drop-down menu to browse and then select the correct location of your plugin.  Press Open

    akai mpk2 mpcessentials browse

  5. Click on Scan New, allow the MPC Essentials software to scan all plugins in the selected location and then press OK.


Default Plugin Installation Locations

Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion Default Installation Locations:

32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\SONiVOX\VstPlugins\
64-bit: C:\Program Files\vstplugins

(AU): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > Components
(VST): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST


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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