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MPC Live and MPC X - Complete setup and routing in Reason 10


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Article updated 04-06-2018

With the introduction of VST support in Propellerhead's Reason 10, you now have the ability to run the MPC Software as a plug-in within Reason.  This article will run you through the complete setup and routing for the MPC Software as a plug-in in Reason 10.

 

Contents

  1. Authorizing MPC
  2. Scanning for the plug-in
  3. Mapping the transport and creating a template
  4. Routing multiple outputs to Reason 
  5. Recording MPC Outputs to audio tracks in Reason
  6. Further Technical Support
Authorizing MPC

You will need to unlock the hardware by authorizing the MPC software before you begin. Before using the plugin, first launch the standalone version of the MPC application to authorize it. For a complete walkthrough on authorizing the software, check out the following article:

Scanning for the Plug-in

Reason 10 will automatically scan for new VST plugins when it opens but if it doesn’t, or your plug-ins are located in a different specified location on your computer, you can change the location by going to Reason>Prefrences>Advanced on macOS, or Windows go to Edit>Prefrences>Advanced.  The Default locations for your plug-ins on both macOS and Windows are provided below.

macOS




Windows



Mapping the transport and creating a template

The MPC Live and MPC X do not have a built-in Map in Reason, so we will have to create one.  Once we create the map, we can save it as a template for a quick an easy recall when making new sessions, without having to remap the transport each time.

Adding the MPC Control surface

  1. Load the MPC software as a plug-in within Reason.  You will find it under the instruments category.

  2. Put your MPC Live, or MPC X into controller mode

    1. Press the Menu button on the MPC. Enter Controller Mode by selecting the icon that looks like a computer chip with the MPC logo.



    2. A message will appear on the MPC asking if you want to enter controller mode. Select Controller Mode at the bottom of the display.

  3. Go to Preferences>Control Surfaces to  Add a new MIDI Control Surface

  4. Select  as the manufacturer and MIDI Control Surface as the model



    Note: Since there is no official map for the MPC Live and MPC X, do not select Akai as the manufacturer.

  5. Under MIDI Input, select MPC Live Public, or MPC X Public depending on which MPC you have.



    Note: This also applies to the MPC Touch, MPC Rennaissance, and MPC Studio.  Just select the Public port that matches your MPC.

Your MPC is now set up as a control surface!  Now we can map the transport controls to the transport within Reason.

Mapping the transport controls

The Reason software has a remote override feature that will allow you to custom map controls to any function within the software.  We are going to use this feature to finish the template and map the transport controls from our MPC to the Reason software.

The transport controls that we are going to map are the following

  • Rewind
  • Fast Forward
  • Stop
  • Play
  • Record

Right-click (Ctrl-Click) on the first transport control to reveal the remote override option.

Select the button on the MPC that you want to correspond with the transport in Reason.  In this article, we are using the right Event button on the MPC X to correspond with the Fast Forward on the Reason transport as an example.



Press Ok to confirm your selection.

Repeat this process for each button you wish to map. 

Note: For the MPC Live, Play Stop and Record are the only buttons with corresponding functions within the Reason software.  There are no available buttons to assign Fast Forward and Rewind to.

Once all of your buttons are mapped, its time to save and create the template.

Saving the template

Click File>Save As to name and choose the location of your newly created template.  We named our file MPC Template.rsndemo and saved it to the desktop, you can name yours whatever you like.





Note: You have to include the extension .rsndemo at the end of the template name so that it can be loaded into your template folder

Once saved to the Desktop, in Reason go to File>New From Template>Show Template Folder.  



Click and drag the template file into this folder, and restart Reason.


When reopening Reason, you can now load from your MPC Template, which will remember your mapping!

 

Routing multiple outputs to Reason

  1. Expand the MPC Plug-in within Reason and open the Channel Mixer.



  2. Change the output channels to 3,4 , 5,6 and up.
    Note: Channel 1,2 cannot be used when routing the outputs, so only use channels 3 and up.



  3. Minimize the GUI for the MPC Plug-in.

  4. Go to Create>Create Mix Channel



    Note: Repeat this process for the number of outputs that you are outing into Reason.  You should also name them to keep better track of them.

  5. Flip the Reason rack by pressing Tab on your computer keyboard, and expand the CV programmer for the MPC Plug-in rack.



  6. Drag the Optional Stereo Output to its own Mix Channel



Your MPC outputs are now routed into Reason!  They all have their own Mix Channels in Reasons main mixer.

Recording MPC Outputs to Audio Tracks in Reason

With the individual outputs being sent to individual Mix Channels, we can now record them into audio tracks in Reason.

  1. Go to Create>Create Audio Track to create audio tracks to record your MPC outputs to.



  2. With the Mix Channels expanded, highlight Rec Source on each mix channel you wish to record into an audio track



  3. In the Reason Sequencer, select the IN drop down box, check Stereo, and select the name of the Mix Channel you would like to assign to this audio track.



  4. Record enable the audio track and record in the sequencer

Your MPC outputs are now recording as audio tracks within Reason!

 

Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Professional product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Akai Professional technical support team is available to help! Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: phone support, email support.