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Akai Pro MPC X and Live - Complete Setup in Pro Tools


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Article updated 08-01-2018

 

 MPC X MainWhether you prefer to go computer-free or not, it can’t be denied that there are some fantastic sounding VST instruments and effects out there. For those times when you need your favorite plugins, the MPC X effortlessly goes from formidable standalone to high-powered MIDI controller, explicitly designed to run the feature-rich MPC Software 2.0 in your favorite DAW. This article will walk you through a full setup with the MPC X or MPC Live and Pro Tools, including hardware setup, opening MPC 2.0, and routing tracks in Pro Tools.

Contents

  1. Hardware Setup
  2. Mpc Live/X Audio Setup
  3. Transport Control Setup and Overview
  4. Routing Audio form the MPC Plug-in to Pro Tools
  5. Routing Midi Data from the MPC Plug-in to Pro Tools
  6. Additional Resources
  7. Further Technical Support
Hardware Setup 

Before you can use your MPC Live or X with your computer, put your MPC into Controller Mode. 

  1. Press the Menu button

  2. Press the microchip icon on the top-right hand side of the screen (displayed below).

     

    controller.mode

  3. Your MPC will ask if you want to enter Controller Mode, or cancel and go back to standalone mode. Press Controller Mode.

Your MPC will display a red screen saying that it is looking for your computer. This screen will be displayed until you open an instance of MPC on your computer, whether it be MPC 2.0 standalone or as a plugin.

 

MPC X/Live Audio Setup 

Important: The MPC X and MPC Live both require an additional audio/MIDI driver. If you haven't already, please download and install the latest driver from the MPC X and MPC Live product pages, under the Downloads tab:

Once the driver has been installed, proceed with the audio/MIDI setup.  

  1. Power on your MPC and use the included USB 3.0 cable to connect to an available USB port on your computer.

  2. Put your MPC in Controller Mode.

  3. Launch Pro Tools.

  4. Navigate to the Setup Menu at the top of your screen and select Payback Engine

    MPCLiveX ProTools Audio Setup

    Note:  This will require you to restart Pro Tools after selecting a new Playback engine.

    MPCXlive Protools Engine

  5. Navigate to Setup then I/O to set the input and output to the Default paths.

    MPCXLive Audio In Default   MPCXlive Audio Out default
Transport Control Setup

Mac

  1. Open the MPC Plug-in Preferences by navigating to MPCXLive ButtonEdit, Preferences...

    MPCXLive Pref

  2. In the Preferences Window, select the Hardware Tab.  In this window you can set Record/Overdub to control the MPC Plug-in or Pro Tools, you may find yourself switching back and forth between these settings.  If you want the Record/Overdub to be enabled in Pro tools, set to "To Host DAW", if you want it enabled in the plug-in set to "To MPC Plug-in".

    MPCXLive Record

  3. Navigate to, and select the spotlight tool, and type Audio Midi Studio.

    MPCXLive Audi Midi Setup 1

  4. With Audio Midi Studio launched select Window, Show MIDI Window.

    MPCXLive Audio Misi Setup

  5. With the MIDI Studio open, select and open the IAC Driver by double-clicking the icon labeled IAC Driver

    MPCXLive IAC Driver

  6. Check off the box next to the text Device is online

    MPCXLive IAC Dirver Online

  7. Add a new port, and rename it MPC MMC

    MPCXLive MPC MMC

  8. Go back to your Pro Tools session and select Setup, then Peripherals...

  9. Select the Machine Control tab and select Enable for the MIDI Machine Control Remote(slave)

    MPCXLive Enable MMC Slave

Your MPC X or Live will now control Stop, Play, and Record within Pro Tools!

 

Routing Audio for the MPC Plug-in to Pro Tools 
  1.  Create a new Audio track to record audio from the MPC Plug-in by navigating to Track, and selecting New..

    MPCXLive Track New Audio

  2. In the settings dialog that appears select Stereo, Audio Track, then Create

    MPCXLive Track New Stereo

  3. Open the MPC Plug-in window and load a Program

    MPCXlive Program Select


  4. Navigate to the channel mixer and select Out 3,4
    Note: By selecting different outputs for different programs, you can separate your MPC project into separate tracks into Pro Tools

    MPCXLive Channel Mixer   MPCXLice Channel Select


  5. In the Pro Tools Edit Window, select the Edit Window View selector button

    MPCXLive Edit Seector

  6. Select I/O from the following menu

    MPCX Selector Io

  7. On the Audio Track, select the Audio Input path selector

    MPCXLive Input Select

  8. Select plug-in, MPC - Inst 1-Insert a, MPC 3-4

    MPCXLive Input Select 34

  9. Arm the Audio Track, and test playing the MPC Program to ensure audio from the MPC plug-in is passing to the new Audio Track

    MPCXLive Record Arm

 

 Routing MPC Midi Data from the MPC Plug-in to Pro Tools
  1. To create a new Instrument Track in Pro Tools navigate to Track, New...

    MPCXLive Track New Audio

  2. In the settings dialog that appears select Stereo, Instrument Track, and Create

    MPCXLive MIDI Instrument

  3. From the Mix Window, select an empty Insert Slot, and select multichannel plug-in, Instrument, and select a plug-in instrument.
    Note:  In this guide, we are using Velvet

    MPCXLive Inst Velvet

  4. From the MPC Plug-in's main window select a new track, and change the Type to MIDI.
    Note By default the MPC MIDI Track Port is A: DAW and the MIDI Channel is 1

    MPCXLIve Midi track

  5. In the Pro Tools Edit Window, select the Edit Window View selector button MPCXLive Window select Editor

  6. Select Instrument

    MPCXLive Plug Inst


  7. In Pro Tools Edit Window, in the new Instrument Track, select the MIDI Input selector, MPC Out, all channels

    MPCXLive MPCout


  8. Arm the new Instrument Track.  When you play the MPC Pads, the MIDI note data will now be triggering the plug-in found in the new Instrument Track.

    Note: You can use the MIDI Control mode on your MPC hardware to further personalize what MIDI messages are being sent by the MPC to this new instrument channel.

    MPCXLive Midi Rec

Your MPC X/Live and MPC 2 software is now completely setup and routed through Pro Tools!

Additional Resources 

Here are some additional links that may answer some other questions you may have about your MPC.

Further Technical Support 

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Pro product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the 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.