MPC Touch - Complete Setup and Routing in Cubase

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The MPC Touch and included MPC software combine to create a powerful beat-making machine, incorporating all elements of the legendary MPC workflow. Using the MPC software as a plugin adds even more features and options to connect and interact with your favorite DAW. This guide walks you through everything you need to know about using the Akai Pro MPC Touch as a plug-in inside Cubase.





Authorizing MPC

The MPC software authorization process occurs in the stand-alone version of the MPC application rather than in the plugin.  Before using the plugin, first launch the standalone version of the MPC application to authorize it.  For a complete walkthrough on authorizing the software, check out the following article:



Loading the Plug-in

For Windows user's, the Cubase software is pre-configured to search for your plugins in the Steinberg folder within your Program Files on your hard drive. If you have created a custom location for your plug-ins, be sure to direct Cubase to this location by creating a new path in the plug-in manager before completing this section.

  1.  In Cubase, press Project > Add Track > Instrument

    MPC Touch Cubase instument

  2. Select the MPC Plug-in as your instrument and press Add Track.

    MPC Touch Cubase Insturment Select

  3. The MPC Plug-in will then launch in your Cubase Session.


Mapping the Transport Controls

Cubase uses .xml files to map controls like the transport to their software.  We have a pre-configured .xml file prepared to help you quickly the sync the MPC Touch transport with Cubase. Download the file below and follow the steps to install:


  1. Navigate to the Device Menu and select Device Setup.

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

    MPC Touch Cubase Remote

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

    MPC Tpuch Cubase Transport XML

  4. Select Apply, then OK.



Using the Multi Output plug-in option

While MPC is running as a plugin inside Cubase, you can route individual MPC tracks to their own tracks in Cubase to make it easier for mixing. 

  1.  In the Inspector, Click the Activate Outputs button - the arrow to the right of the VST name.

    MPC Touch Multi Output

  2. Click the All Outputs option to highlight and enable all of MPC's 16 stereo outputs or just select the outputs you plan to use.

    MPC Touch Multi Ouput Select

  3. On the MPC software instrument track, click the Show/Hide Automation button to reveal the individual output tracks. 

    MPC Touch Cubase Automation Select

    MPC Touch Cubase Multi Output

  4. In MPC, route your programs or tracks to different output channels. You can do this from the Program or Track Mixer in MPC by clicking on the output drop-down menu for the chosen track, just above the channel fader and pan for each track.

    MPCTouch Output

And that's it! The individual audio tracks in Cubase will receive audio from the corresponding tracks in MPC.



Exporting Audio from the MPC Plug-in

You may have noticed that the sequences you have created within the MPC plug-in do not show up in your Cubase session.  This is normal.

The sequence you have created will export within the region you select in your session.

  1. Choose the region length of the song you want to export.

    MPC Touch Cubase region Export

  2. With your region selected, go to File > Export > Audio Mixdown

    MPc Touch Cubase Export

  3. Name your track, choose a location, and select the desired quality of the export.

    MPC Touch Cubae Export End

  4. Click Export to bounce your sequence/song. 



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