Akai Pro MPC Renaissance - Using as a plugin in Cubase

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akai mpc all main blackThe MPC Renaissance and Studio include a powerful standalone MPC application.  You can also use the MPC software as a plugin within your favorite DAW such as Cubase.  This guide walks you through using key features of the MPC plugin inside Cubase. 






MPC Renaissance Audio Setup

  1. Power on and connect the MPC Renaissance to a USB port.

  2. Launch Cubase

  3. Navigate to Device menu and select Device Setup…

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  4. In Device Setup, select VST Audio System from the Devices list, and select MPC Renaissance from the ASIO Driver drop-down menu.

  5. When prompted to change the ASIO driver select Switch.

  6. To review Latency and Active IO settings in Cubase, in Device Setup select MPC Renaissance from the Devices list, underneath VST Audio System.

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MPC Renaissance/Studio MIDI Device & Cubase Transport Control

  1. Navigate to Device menu and select Device Setup…

  2. In Device Setup, select Generic Remote from the Devices list, and select MPC Renaissance MPC Public from both MIDI Input & Output drop-down menus.

  3. Still in the Generic Remote page, select the Import button, and load the Akai MPC Renaissance v2.xml, which will provide transport control from the MPC Renaissance to Cubase.

  4. Select Apply, and OK.


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MPC Plugin Setup & Preferences

  1. Navigate to Device menu and select Plugin Information.


  2. In the Plug-In Information window, from the VST Plug-Ins tab, MPC should be selected, which is indicated by a check-box found left of the plugin's name.

  3. Navigate to Device menu and select VST Instruments.

  4. Select MPC from the list of plugins.

  5. When prompted, select Create to assign a MIDI track to the MPC plugin.

  6. The MPC Plugin has now been loaded to a VST Instrument Track, and a MIDI Track has been associated with the VST Instrument.


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Transmit MIDI Data from the MPC Plugin to the Cubase MIDI track

  1. In the MPC Software select the page icon next to the Main tab, select Edit, then Preferences.


  2. Select the Other tab, and set the Hardware Transport to DAW, then select OK.


  3. From the MPC Renaissance or MPC Software set the Instrument type to MIDI.


  4. From Cubase's MIDI track, which has the MPC Plugin loaded, select 1 - MPC - MIDI Out, and Record Enable the MIDI Track.


  5. Now, when playing Pads on the MPC Renaissance you will find that MIDI notes can be recorded into the MPC Plugin, and Cubase, to record onto a MIDI track, or to trigger Cubase's VSTi on an Instrument track.


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Transmit Audio from the MPC Plugin to a Cubase Audio Track

  1. In Cubase, create an Audio Track, and a VST Instrument Track that includes the MPC Plugin.

  2. Navigate to Project > Add Track, and select Group Channel.

  3. Change Cubase's Audio Track Input Bus to Group 1.

  4. Change Cubase's VST Instrument Track Output Bus to Group 1.

  5. Record Enable the Audio Track. Now when recording commences audio from the MPC Plugin will be recorded to the Audio Track


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