Akai Pro MPC Renaissance and Studio - Installing and Setting up the Expansion Pack Plugins

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akai mpc all main blackThis article walks through all the basics steps of how to install and open your Expansion plugin in the MPC software.  Third-party plugins can be opened in the same manner.  To find out how to install and setup the Expansion Pack plugins, check out this article and then jump right in!




What is the MPC Expansion Pack?

The MPC Expansion Pack is a group of virtual instrument plugins only for use with the MPC software. 

Each Expansion plugin utilizes a specific type of preset file to make a sound.  The preset (SVX) file calls upon samples that are installed by the Expansion disks.  These samples are a specific type of WAV formatted sound files. The actual WAV files cannot be directly accessed or utilized in the MPC software and can only be used with the corresponding Expansion plugin. 

  • The MPC Renaissance is bundled with 4 MPC Expansion pack plugins: the 809, the Bank , then Noise and the Wub.
  • The MPC Studio is bundled with 2 MPC Expansion pack plugins: the 809 and the Bank.

To obtain the Expansion pack, log into your Akaipro account by clicking here.  Register the MPC controller and you will find download links for the Expansion pack as it shown in the image below:

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NOTE: Please do not use the disks that are bundle with your MPC controller, we recommend installing the software from the link above.


Install the MPC Expansion Pack

To install the an Expansion Pack, follow the steps suggested below.  We will demonstrate the process using the 809. You can replicate the same steps with each of the other expansion packs in your account.

  1. Click on the link for the 809 (PC) if you are a Windows user or the 809 (Mac) if you are a Mac user to begin the download.


  2. Once the file is download, run the installer and follow the steps to install the expansion plugin.  You will find screen shots of the process below.

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 Once this process is complete, you are now ready to access the expansion virtual instruments into MPC software.


Adjusting Plugin Sources in the MPC Software

Note for Windows users only: If you have difficulty locating a plugin in your VST folder within the MPC software, be sure the MPC software program is reading plugins from the correct location where your plugin is installed. To do this:

  1. Open the Preferences menu.

    Select MPC > Preferences...
    or use the keyboard shortcut - [Command + comma]

    Select Edit > Preferences...
    or use the keyboard shortcut - [Control + comma]

  2. Choose the Plugins tab.

    akai mpk2 mpcessentials preferences

  3. Add a check to the box at the beginning of one of the rows under the heading VST Folders, then click on the browse box akai mpk2 mpcessentials browse box at the end of that row to browse to your plugin installation location.

    akai mpk2 mpcessentials check


  4. Click on the drop-down menu to browse and then select the correct location of your plugin.  Press Open.

    akai mpk2 mpcessentials browse


  5. Click on Scan New and allow the MPC Software software to scan all plugins in the selected location and then press OK.

    vmini MPC2 setup


Accessing MPC Expansions/3rd Party Plugins

The Expansions cannot be accessed through the browser. The WAV files used for the MPC Expansions are formatted to work only with the Expansion, so you’ll need to open that Expansion. Below are steps to accessing these Plugins/Expansions. Next to the pad bank under the Track box, you can select which program is going to be the source of the selected track. For more information on Program Types see p.55 of the MPC manual under the help menu.

  1. In the Track box, under Type select Plugin.


  2. On the lower portion of that box you will see an option to choose which plugin. Click the Plugin drop down menu to open your available plugins.


  3. In this window you’ll see any plugins/expansions that you have available. For expansions, open MPC Expansions. For the VST/AU pluginsopen the respective VST/AU folder.

  4. Choose the plugin/expansion that you want to use by double clicking it. This will load this plugin/expansion into the selected track. You’ll see the name of the plugin/expansion displayed in the Plugin drop down menu.


  5. Next to the name of your plugin you’ll see a lowercase cursive “e”. Click the “e” button. This will open your plugin/expansion interface to allow for parameter changes of your sound. For expansions such as The 809, this will be where you can choose the sounds you want to use within the expansion.


    Now you’ll be able to play, record and manipulate sounds from your plugins/expansions. To add another plugin/expansion, simply select a new track and repeat the 5 steps above.



Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Akai Pro product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the experienced Akai Pro technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support. 


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