Akai Pro MPK Mini MKII - Complete Setup in Presonus Studio One Prime

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The Akai MPK mini MKII series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK series are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This article walks through how to setup the MPK mini MKII series controller with Presonus Studio One Prime.





Studio One Prime Software Setup

  1. Open Studio One 3 Prime and create a new song/project.

    MPK Studio One Open

  2.   Click on Studio One in the top task bar and choose Options from the menu.

    MPK Mini Studioone Options2

  3. Select External Devices to then click Add... to add a new keyboard controller. 

    MPK Ext Setup 

  4. Under the AKAI folder, select MPKmini. Set the MIDI channels to ALL and set the Receive From and Send to as MPKMini2.

    MPK Setup Studione Midi

    Studio One will now receive the incoming MIDI notes from the MPK mini MKII keyboard and pads.


Setting up the Arpeggiator/Note Repeat

To use and sync the arpeggiator on your MPK Mini MKII with Studio One, you have to synchronize the clock of the MPK with the software.  Arpeggiators and other time-based effects, like Note Repeat, require a MIDI clock signal

  1. Add the second External Device. 

  2. This time we are going to add a New Instrument.

  3. Change Send To to MPKmini2 and check off Send Midi Clock, you may also select ALL for MIDI channels if you want it to work across all MIDI channels.
    (By selecting Send MIDI Clock, the tempo for the MPK Mini's arpeggiator is now going to be in sync with the tempo within Studio One.

    MPK Mini Arp Studioone

  4. Press OK to confirm the new external instrument

With this newly created "External Instrument, we can now use the arpeggiator and note repeat function with the Presence plug-in withing the software.

Note: Note Repeat and Arpegiattor require clock information, so they will only work when you have your session playing.



Virtual Instruments

The Presonus Studio One software is an all in one software that includes everything you need to start creating!  All of your instruments are included in the Presence Plug-in.  
Note: You can not use 3rd Party Plug-ins in this software

To load an instance of the Presence sound font

  1. Press the + sign on the left-hand side of your window.

  2. Select Instrument for Type

  3. Select Output as New Instrument

  4. Select Presence, and press OK.

    MPK Mini StudioONe INst

  5. To view the Presence track you have just created, click on the Instrument Editor Button next to the name of your Track.

    MPKmini openPresence

    MPK Mini Presence

  6. With the Presence instrument open, you can now select from a vast library of patches across a range of different instrument types. By clicking the word default, you can see all the available categories of instruments and sounds.

    MPK Mini Presence Patches



Mapping the Knobs

Mapping your knobs to specific parameters is very simple in the Studio One Prime Software. In this example, we will be using the K5 knob and the Presence Volume slider in our console.

Note:  If you cannot see your console, press F3 on your keyboard to make it appear.

  1. Select the knob you want to assign on your MPK mini MkII by rotating it slightly.

  2. Right-click on the parameter you want this knob to control.

  3. Select Assign Volume to K5 on MPK Mini.

    MPK Mini Knob Map

And that's it! You have now assigned a knob in your software!  Repeat these steps for all the knobs for whichever function you want.

Note: You can also map your knobs to any parameters in your Presence Plug-in, such as LFO, Cutoff, etc.


Mapping the Pads to Presence Drums

If using Presence to play drum parts, you may need the pads to trigger specific drum sounds. For instance, Pad A1 is the kick, Pad A2 is the snare, etc. To help you with this, we've built a preset that will automatically assign the pads to trigger certain drum sounds. Download the preset below:

To send the preset to the MPK mini, first close Studio One and open the MPK mini MkII Editor. Follow the guide below for a full process on loading presets onto your MPK mini MkII:

Once the preset has been assigned and loaded onto the MPK mini MkII, the pads will trigger the following drum sounds in Presence:

Bank A

MPK Mini Pads Map A

Bank B

MPK Mini Pads Map B



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