The 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 MOTU's Digital Performer. This guide walks you through using key features of the MPC plugin inside Digital Performer.
- Getting Started
- Setting up the MPC Renaissance as an Audio Device
- Creating an MPC Instrument Track
- Setting up the Transport Controls
- Routing Your Audio to Auxiliary Tracks
- Warranty and Technical Support Information
As of the first publishing of this article, the most current version of the MPC software is version 1.3.1. This version of the MPC software only supports use in a 32-bit application. MOTU provides both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of DP 8 on Windows machines, however on Mac OSX you must locate DP in your APPLICATIONS folder, right click on it, choose Get Info, and click on the Run in 32-bit Mode option. Digital Performer will continue to run in 32-bit mode until you change this option back.
- Open up a new or existing Digital Performer project.
- Go to Setup > Configure Audio System > Configure Hardware Driver.
- On a Mac, choose CoreAudio from the drop down menu and then select MPC Renaissance. On a Windows PC choose ASIO from the drop down menu and then MPC Renaissance ASIO Driver.
The MPC Renaissance is now set up as your audio device in Digital Performer!
- Go to Project > Add Track > Instrument Track > Akai > MPC (Stereo).
This will create an instrument track named MPC-1 that is running the MPC Plugin and outputting through it's main outputs.
- Double click on the track name (MPC-1) to bring up the MPC plugin. From here you can load up an MPC project file. You may notice that the tempo will be set to 120 bpm. The MPC plugin will slave it's tempo to Digital Performer so it must be set from the DP transport window.
- In the MPC plugin go to Edit > Preferences. Click on the Hardware tab and make sure that the Transport Controls are set to DAW.
This will allow the MPC hardware to control Digital Performer's transport.
- In the main Digital Performer window go to Setup > Commands.
The Command window allows you to assign different commands in Digital Performer to keyboard shortcuts and to external MIDI devices. It is important to make sure that Master Master and Transport Master are selected under the MIDI Masters heading, otherwise you will not be able to contral the transport via the MPC Renaissance.
In the search bar, type the word "PLAY". This will display only the play functions in the Commands window. In the "Play" column, click the field under he MIDI Event heading and press the PLAY button on the MPC Renaissance. Press ENTER on your computer keyboard. The PLAY button of the Renaissance is now mapped to the PLAY button in Digital Performer.
Use the same process to map Stop, Record, Overdub, Rewind, Fast Forward, and Fast Reverse. It should be noted that Rewind actually brings you to the beginning of your session while Fast Reverse "rewinds" your session in the traditional sense.
- In order to route your tracks from the MPC plugin to their own tracks in Digital Performer you must assign them to separate outputs. Outputs 1 & 2 are routed through the instrument track that the MPC plugin is currently in, so start with outs 3-4 and continue until all of your MPC tracks have their own assignment. This can be done from the Track Mix window.
Create auxiliary tracks in Digital Performer by choosing Project > Add Track > Aux Track. You will need as many Aux tracks as you have tracks in your MPC Project.
Go Through and assign the input of each Aux track to the corresponding tracks from the MPC Plugin.
- After your tracks are routed you may want to rename them to correspond with their sounds from the MPC plugin.
Congratulations! You're MPC Renaissance is fully setup with Digital Performer!
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!