Akai Pro MPD232 - Setup in Logic Pro X

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akai MPD232 mainThe MPD232 is a USB/MIDI pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's 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 provides presets, preference files, and instructions on how to easily map setup the controller with Logic Pro X.





Getting Started

For your convenience, we've put together a preset file and Logic Pro Control Surface Preference file to easily map the controller parameters to Logic Pro X. The files can be downloaded at the link below:

Keep in mind, this will come in a zipped folder. Please make sure to double-click on the folder to unzip it once it has completed downloading.

In order to load the preset file onto the MPD226, you will also want to download and install the MPD226 Editor. You can download the editor here:


Loading the Logic Pro X Preset

  1. Connect your MPD232 to a USB port on your computer and power it on.
  2. Close all other Audio/MIDI software, including Logic, and launch the editor.
  3. From the top left of the editor window, select File > Open Preset.

     MPD232 Preset

  4. In the window that opens, locate the MPD232 - Logic Pro X Mapping folder and select the MPD232_LogicProX.mpd226 file. A new window will appear.

     MPD232 open

  5. In the new window, select File > Send to Hardware.

     MPD232 send

  6. If asked to select your MIDI ports, choose MPD232 Port A in the Output section and click Apply and OK.
  7. Choose a preset location on the MPD232 where your Logic preset will be stored. It's recommended to choose one of the generic presets (17 and up) to avoid overwriting another software's preset. Click Send

     MPD232 number

  8. Use the scroll knob on the MPD232 to scroll to your new preset number and push the knob in to select the preset. If you were already on the preset number, select a different preset and then go back to the Logic X preset and select it again to load it into the RAM.

Your preset should now be loaded and you are ready to install the MPD232 control surface preference file!


Installing The Control Surface Preference File

Important: In order to share a mapping profile for Logic Pro X, the control surface preference file must be replaced. This will overwrite any "learned" control assignments previously made in Logic Pro X.

  1. Close Logic Pro X.
  2. Open a finder window and click on Go at the top of your screen.
  3. Hold down the Option key and click on Library when it appears in the list.
  4. In the window that appears, navigate into the Library and find the Preferences folder.
  5. Find the com.apple.logic.pro.cs file in your MPD232 - Logic Pro X Mapping folder and drag it into this Preferences folder. This should replace an existing file of the same name in this folder. If given the option, make sure to select Replace and not Rename.

Once the file has been installed, power on your MPD232, select the Logic X preset and open Logic Pro X. Once the Logic has opened and fully loaded the control surface preferences (this may take a few seconds), you should start to see response from the faders, knobs and buttons. To check the current assignments in Logic, navigate to Logic Pro X > Control Surfaces > Controller Assignments. Click on the Expert view and the window should look something like this

 MPD232 map

If your window does not look like this and you do not see the listed controls and parameters, try the process above again. Ensure that Logic Pro X is completely closed first and try deleting the com.apple.logic.pro.cs file in the Preferences folder before dragging in the file provided by Akai Pro.


Enable the Transport and Sync

  1. In Logic, select File > Project Settings > Synchronization.

     MPD226 transport


  2. Click on the MIDI tab.
  3. Next to Transmit MIDI Clock, check off the box for Destination 1 and in the drop-down menu, select MPD232 Port A.
  4. Under MIDI Machine Control (MMC), check off the box for Listen to MMC Input.

    MPD232 transport

The Logic X preset on the MPD232 should already be set to the proper settings and you should see the transport (Play/Stop/Record) start working immediately. If not, check your Clock Source setting and Transport Type on the MPD232:

  1. Press GLOBAL on the MPD232.
  2. Use the right arrow to find the Clock Source page.
  3. Set this to External.
  4. Press the EDIT button.
  5. Press the PLAY button to edit the transport controls.
  6. Set the Type to MMC/MIDI.


Current Mapping Assignments

MPD232 Logic Pro X
Faders (Bank A, B, and C) Track Volume 1 - 24
Knobs (Bank A, B and C) Track Pan 1 - 24
Buttons (Bank A, B and C) Track Mute 1 - 24



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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