Akai Pro MPC1000 - Mapping to the Ableton Live Drum Rack

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akai mpc1000 mainThe Akai MPC1000 is a portable but powerful version of the larger MPC series units. It not only operates as a standalone production studio, but can easily control Ableton Live via MIDI. The following article will walk you through how to map your MPC1000 to be used with the Ableton Live Drum Rack.



  1. MPC1000 Setup
  2. Ableton Live Setup
  3. Akai Technical Support and Warranty Service

MPC1000 Setup

  1. Connect MIDI OUT A or B from the rear panel of the MPC1000 to the input of a MIDI interface connected to your computer.
  2. Press MAIN. To designate a track to control Ableton, make sure Type is set to MIDI and Midi is set to either 1A or 1B, depending on which output you've used on the previous step.

    akai mpc1000 abletonrack setup 5a

  3. Press the MODE button and then PAD7 - PROGRAM.
  4. Press the F3 button, which should be labeled NOTE. Here you will see a grid of all the pads and their assigned note outputs. Hit a pad to select it, and turn the DATA knob to change the note output. You can change which pad bank you are editing by pressing A, B, C, or D in the PAD BANK section.

    akai mpc1000 abletonrack setup 3

Ableton Live Setup

  1. Open Ableton Live and click on the Options menu and select Preferences

    akai mpc500 abletonrack setup 1

  2. Select the MIDI/SYNC tab on the left hand side of the window.

    akai mpc500 abletonrack setup 2

  3. Under Input select the MIDI input of your audio or MIDI interface that the MPC1000 is plugged into.

    akai mpc500 abletonrack setup 3

  4. Under the MIDI Ports section of the window be sure that your MIDI input has the TrackSync, and Remote values set to On.

    akai mpc500 abletonrack setup 4

  5. Drag a new drum program or Drum Rack to the main Ableton window. The Ableton Drum Rack has 8 banks of 16 pads. A blank Drum Rack defaults to the bank with C1-D#2, as shown below.

    akai mpc1000 abletonrack setup 4

  6. When loading a preset Drum Rack, you will no longer see these note numbers but rather the names of the samples. The default MIDI notes remain the same. The best approach here is to refer back to Step 4 of the MPC1000 Setup and manually change the notes the MPC1000 is outputting to your preference.

    akai mpc1000 abletonrack setup 6

Akai Pro Technical Support & Warranty Service

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