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Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - Complete Setup with FL Studio


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Article updated 06-27-2017

The Akai MPK mini MKII series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK series are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This article walks through how to setup the MPK mini MKII series controller with FL Studio.

 

 

Contents

 

FL Studio Software Setup
  1. Open FL Studio.
     

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  2. From the top menu, choose Options > MIDI Settings.

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  3. In the window that opens, choose the MPKmini2 under Output, choose the MPKmini2 under Input, and click on the box next to Enable as shown in the image below.  Also, to ensure synchronization for functions such as the Arpeggiator, click on the box next to Send master sync and ensure Synchronization type: is set to MIDI clock.

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Virtual Instruments and Plugins

Adjusting the FL Studio Plugin Sources 

If you have difficulty locating a plugin within the FL Studio software, be sure Cubase is reading plugins from the correct location where your plugins are installed. To do this:

  1. From the top menu toolbar in FL Studio, choose Options > File Settings.

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  2. In the window that opens, click on the akai mpk2 flstudio vi 2a button under VST plugins extra search folder.

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  3. Browse to the location of your installed VST plugins and press OK.

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  4. Close the Settings window.

 

 

Default Plugin Installation Locations

 

AIR Hybrid 3 Default Installation Locations:

Windows:
32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\VstPlugins\
64-bit: C:\Program Files\vstplugins

Mac:
(AU): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > Components
(VST): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST


SONiVOX Twist 2 Default Installation Locations:

Windows:
32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\SONiVOX\VstPlugins\
64-bit: C:\Program Files\vstplugins

Mac:
(AU): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > Components
(VST): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST

SONiVOX Eighty Eight Default Installation Locations:

Windows:
32-bit and 64-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\SONiVOX\VstPlugins\

Mac:
(AU): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > Components
(VST): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST

 

 

AIR Hybrid 3

FL Studio does not allow for native use of VST instruments however, FL Studio has a built-in VST wrapper which does allow for the inclusion of third-party VST instruments. Because of the use of this wrapper, Hybrid 3 can open and be used in FL Studio, however the MPK mini MKII series controller will not automatically map to the various functions in Hybrid 3.  To load Hybrid 3 in FL Studio and then manually MIDI map various controls on the MPK mini MKII series controller to Hybrid, follow the steps suggested below.
 

  1.  Open FL Studio

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  2. Right-click on an instrument button and choose Insert > More...

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  3. In the window that opens, locate Hybrid and/or Hybrid_x64 and click on the box just to left of it to add an F to the box and allow FL Studio to use the plugin.  If the plugin name is red, that is because it is the first time the plugin has been scanned and added to the FL Studio plugin list.  Close the Select generator plugin window.

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  4. Next, right-click on an instrument and choose Insert > Hybrid or Hybrid_x64


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  5. A new instrument insert will be created and the Hybrid interface will open.

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Additional Resources

 

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