Akai Pro MPC Renaissance & Studio - Using as a Plugin in FL Studio

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akai mpc all main blackThe MPC software can be used as a plugin inside of a variety of DAWs. This guide will cover how to open the MPC software as a plugin with FL Studio. 



Adding the MPC Software as a Plugin to FL Studio

  1. Open FL Studio

  2. Go to Channels -> Add One -> More

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  3. Open the VST 1 & 2 Plugins drop down list

  4. Check the box to the left of MPC64 [64Bit]

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  5. Hit the Refresh button in the bottom right hand corner

Opening the MPC Software as a Plugin in FL Studio

  1. Go to Channels -> Add One -> MPC64

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  2. The MPC Plugin is now available in FL Studio!

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Setting up the Transport Controls

Once you've got your plug-in added and loaded, you will need to set up the transport controls to talk to both Fruity Loops and MPC. The transport controls will allow you to trigger Play, Stop, and Record in Fruity Loops straight from your MPC hardware.

  1. From the MPC plug-in, click the menu button right next to the folder icons to bring up the main menu

  2. Travel to Edit > Preferences...


  3. In the Hardware tab, set the Transport Controls drop-down to DAW


  4. Now click on the message that says, "To use DAW mode you must install an additional driver. Click here to install."

  5. This will prompt you to install the MMC Driver. Click Install


  6. The install process is very general. Choose the default options and allow it to install as normal


  7. At some point during the install, you may see the below window. Click Install to move forward


  8. At the last screen, un-check Show user manual, and click Finish


  9. Now we need to enable the new MIDI port both in Fruity Loops and the computer itself. In the bottom-right corner of your screen, next to the clock, click on the up arrow to reveal more icons. Click the icon that looks like what is circled below


  10. Simply un-check Disable, and click OK


  11. Now we need to restart Fruity Loops. Save the project if you like, close Fruity Loops, and then re-open

  12. Open your saved project. If you did not save your project, you will need to add a new instance of MPC

  13. Go to OPTIONS > MIDI Settings


  14. In the Input section, highlight AkaiPro Internal MIDI, check the box labeled Enable, and leave Controller type set to (generic controller)


  15. At this point, your MPC hardware should now be triggering the transport controls in Fruity Loops!

Transport Modes Outlined

Now that you have the Internal MIDI port installed and configured, you should learn about the different Transport modes that the MPC plugin has available. Below is a quick outline showing what each button does in each mode. You can change the mode you are using at anytime by going to the Preferences of the MPC plugin (steps 1-3 from above). The mode determines how the Record and Over Dub buttons operate on the MPC hardware.

DAW Mode:

  • Play = Play/Pause in Fruity Loops, Play in MPC
  • Play Start = Play/Pause in Fruity Loops, Play Start in MPC
  • Stop = Stop in Fruity Loops, Stop in MPC
  • Record = Record Arm in Fruity Loops
  • Over Dub = Record Arm in Fruity Loops

Plugin Mode:

  • Play = Play/Pause in Fruity Loops, Play in MPC
  • Play Start = Play/Pause in Fruity Loops, Play Start in MPC
  • Stop = Stop in Fruity Loops, Stop in MPC
  • Record = Record in MPC
  • Over Dub = Over Dub in MPC


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