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Akai Pro MPC Touch - Sequencing and Sampling with a Synthesizer or Drum Module


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Article updated 06-28-2017

MPCTOUCHThe MPC Touch offers all of the connectivity and features you need to integrate your favorite synthesizers and drum modules into your performance workflow. This guide will walk through the steps necessary to get your analog synthesizer/drum modules connected and synchronized with your MPC Touch.

 

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Hardware Setup

For this setup, you will need two (2) MIDI cables, two (2) 1/8" MIDI adapters (provided with MPC Touch), and two (2) 1/4" TS or TRS cables. 

  1. With the included 1/8" MIDI adapters, connect one MIDI cable from the MIDI Out of your synthesizer to the MIDI input on the Touch. Use the other MIDI cable to connect the MIDI Output on the Touch to the MIDI Input on your synthesizer. This will route all MIDI output from your synthesizer to the MPC software for recording and playback. 
     
  2. Connect one end of the 1/4" TS/TRS cables to the main outputs of your synthesizer or module and the other end of the cables to the 1/4" inputs located on the back of your MPC Touch. This will route the output of your synthesizer or module into the MPC Touch for recording and playback.
     
  3. In the MPC Software, go to the Preferences in the MPC Software and select the MIDI tab.
     
  4. Check off MIDI Port in the Active MIDI inputs box to receive incoming MIDI data through the MPC Touch MIDI port.
     
  5. Set MIDI Out Port A to MIDI Port to send MIDI data out through the MPC Touch MIDI Out port.

    midi send preferences

 

Recording and Sending a MIDI Sequence to/from your Synthesizer/Synth Module

This following section will walk you through how to record a MIDI sequence and send it to your external MIDI device.

  1. In the Sequence section, change the Track Type to MIDI. This can be used to record incoming MIDI data and re-route it back out to a synthesizer or analog drum module.

    midi track mpc
     
  2. Find the port menu and set this to MIDI Port to send MIDI data from the track out to the MPC Touch MIDI Out port. The options you see here will be the same port assigned in Step 5 of the Hardware Setup section.  Now, the MIDI data you send from your sequence will be routed to the MPC's MIDI Out port.

    midi track port

    Note: The MIDI channel can also be set using the MIDI CH box. Make sure this matches the MIDI channel on which your synthesizer or drum module will be receiving data. 

You will now be receiving MIDI data from your external device through the MIDI In port on the MPC Touch. Use this to record a sequence part and the recorded MIDI sequence will be sent back out to the MIDI Out port on the Touch to trigger the attached synthesizer or module. 

If you do not get any response, check that the cables are connected properly (output from one device to input on another) and that both devices are sending/receiving on the same MIDI channel. 

Important: Your keyboard or synthesizer may have its own settings to determine if MIDI is sent or received through it's MIDI In/Out ports. This is often called "Local Mode." Please check the documentation for your module to confirm that all settings are assigned appropriately.

 

Recording a Sample

You may now want to record the audio from your synth sequence into MPC so that you can disconnect the synth. To do this, use the Sample Recording feature.

  1. Choose the Sampler Mode at the top of the window or find the Sampler Mode in the Menu of the MPC Touch.

    sampler?
     
  2. On your MPC Touch, press the button reading ARM and use the meter to set the threshold and ensure that the recording level is appropriate. Use the REC VOL knob on the back of the MPC Touch to adjust the incoming volume level.
     
  3. Press the RECORD button to begin the recording and press play to start your sequence. The MPC software will record the incoming playback from the synth or drum module.
     
  4. Once you are done recording, you will have the option to name the sample, trim or edit the sample, and assign it to a program and pad to place in a sequence.

For a more in-depth look into sample recording and editing with the MPC Touch, see our video below:

 

 

Additional Guides and Videos

Here are some helpful resources that will answer other questions you may have about your MPC Touch.

 

 

Further Technical Support

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