Akai Pro MPC Renaissance - Using Keyboard Controllers

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You can always track your instruments right from the MPC by using the 16 velocity sensitive pads, but when you want to record intricate chord changes, large key sweeps, or even perform something across multiple octaves, using a keyboard controller can make all the difference in your performance.

When using the AKAI Pro MAX49 along with the MPC-R/S you gain the ability to use the exclusive features of the MAX controller to manipulate and adjust parameters that you could not do otherwise. Use of the buttons and touch faders, intuitive step-sequencer, and even it's unique CV controls will bring your MPC projects to a whole new level.

How to setup the Akai MAX49 Controller with the MPC Plug-in

Before you begin, make sure your MPC and MAX49 driver software with AKAI Connect has been installed correctly, your USB cables are connected, and that both units are on.

  1. Open AKAI Connect, and select the Plug-In Wrapping tab. Scroll down, and wrap the MPC software plug-in by changing NO to YES in the Wrapped tab.


  2. Open your DAW application and make sure MAX49 is set up as a control surface and input device in the Preferences menu.
  3. Rescan your audio plug-in's from the DAW in the PREFERENCES > FILE FOLDER menu, and you will now see MPC [AC] in the plug-in library. AC stands for AKAI Connect, and this is the 'wrapped' plug-in version you will want to use in order to map and control it using the MAX49. 


  4. Insert and open an instance of the MPC [AC] plug-in inside your DAW.


  5. Now insert any plug-in instrument inside of the MPC software plug-in, and you will hear the MAX49 keys and pads are triggering it.
  6. Press PLAY on your DAW transport controls and you will see the MPC software is now synced up with your DAW.

    You should now be able to record MIDI from the MAX49 and the MPC hardware to both the DAW and MPC software. Additionally, you can use AKAI Connect along with the included Vyzex49 Editor to re-map and adjust your settings and controls as you see fit.

    Remember, you can easily set up the MAX49's keys and pads to trigger the MPC stand-alone application just by selecting the MAX49 under Preferences > MIDI.


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