Akai Pro MPK2 Series - Setup in Pro Tools 11

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akai mpk2 series main7The Akai MPK2 series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK225, MPK249, and MPK261 are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This articles walks through how to setup the MPK2 series controller with Pro Tools 11.




Hardware Setup

  1. First, connect the Akai MPK2 series controller to an available USB port on your computer using the supplied cable and power the controller on.

  2. Press the PRESET button and use the data dial to scroll to Preset: 9 ProTools. Press the PUSH TO ENTER knob.

    Note: The presets, preset names, and order of presets may vary depending on the specific model.

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  3. Press the PRESET button to get back to the main preset screen.

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Software Setup

  1. Launch Pro Tools.  

  2. Choose Setup > Peripherals.

    akai mpk2 protools setup

  3. In the window that opens, click on the Machine Control tab.

    akai mpk2 protools machine control

  4. Choose Enable within the MIDI Machine Control Remote (Slave) box, and ensure that the ID is set to 127.

    akai mpk2 protools remote control slave

  5. Click on the MIDI Controllers tab. In row #1, adjust the settings as follows:

    • Type to M-Audio Keyboard
    • Receive From to MIDIIN2 (MPK249) [Emulated]
    • Send To to MIDIIN2 (MPK249) [Emulated]

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      akai mpk2 pt11 5b     akai mpk2 pt11 5c


    • Type to M-Audio Keyboard
    • Receive From to MPK249, Port B
    • Send To to MPK249, Port B

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      akai mpk2 pt11 mac b     akai mpk2 pt11 mac c

6.  Press OK.

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Syncing the Apreggiator and Note Repeat

Hardware Setup

    1. Press the GLOBAL button.

    2. Press the right arrow key until the display reads Clock Source:   Use the rotary knob to select EXTERNAL.

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    3. Hit the right arrow key until the display reads Save Globals.  Press the PUSH TO ENTER knob to save the settings.  The display will flash <Saving Globals>.  When this is complete, the display will read <Enter To Store>.

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    4. Press the PRESET button to return to the ProTools preset screen.


Software Setup

    1. Select Setup > MIDI > MIDI Beat Clock.

      akai mpk2 protools beatclock

    2. In the window that opens, check the box next to Enable MIDI Beat Clock for...  Then also check the box next to the MPK2 [Emulated] controller from the list.  

      akai mpk2 protools beatclock enable

    3. Press OK.

The Arpeggiator and Note Repeat functions will now follow the tempo of the Pro Tools session. Note that the session must be either playing or recording in order to receive MIDI clock. 

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