Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Using as a plugin in Pro Tools 10

akai mpc ren and pro tools transparementThe MPC Renaissance and Studio include an MPC Software plugin for use within your favorite DAW such as Pro Tools. When using the MPC plugin, all of the features you'll find in the Standalone MPC software are available from within your favorite DAW. This guide walks you through using key features of the MPC plugin inside Pro Tools, on PC and Mac, like setting up audio preferences, routing MIDI from the MPC Plugin to a Pro Tools Instrument Track, and more.

 

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Windows PC: MPC Renaissance and Studio Setup in Pro Tools 10

 

MPC Renaissance/Studio - Audio Setup

  1. Make USB connection and power on your MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio
     
  2. Connect your Pro Tools iLok 
     
  3. Launch Pro Tools 10
     
  4. In Pro Tools select Setup > Playback Engine...

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  5. With an MPC Renaissance connected, in the Playback Engine Preferences select MPC Renaissance ASIO Driver.
     
  6. With an MPC Studio connected, in the Playback Engine Preferences select a compatible audio interface, like the Akai EIE Pro ASIO Driver, or ASIO4ALL.

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  7. Pro Tools 10 will Save, Close, and Reopen the current session. This will allow the new Playback Engine settings to be made without error.

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  8. Pro Tools 10 will prompt you about the changes made to your I/O settings as the session reopens

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MPC Renaissance/Studio - Loading the MPC Plugin

  1. Create a new Instrument Track to load the MPC Plugin on by navigating to Track, and selecting New.. 

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

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  3. Open Pro Tools Mix Window, by navigating to Window, and selecting Mix

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  4. From the Mix Window, select an empty Insert Slot, and select multichannel plug-in, Instrument, MPC (stereo)

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  5. With the MPC Plugin window opens, load a Program, and test out using the MPC Plugin with the MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio 

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MPC Renaissance/Studio - Transport Control Setup and Overview on Windows

  1. Open the MPC Plugin Preferences by navigating to akai mpc ren and pro tools 10.1EditPreferences...

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  2. In the Preferences Window select the Hardware Tab, two options appear under Transport Controls - DAW, and Plugin. By default Plugin is selected which will allow the MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio Transport Controls affect the MPC Plugin. If you want to control Pro Tools Transport from the MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio select DAW

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  3. The first time you select the DAW option in the MPC Plugin a dialog will appear to walk you through installing a MIDI Machine Control Driver. Choose Install to proceed with setting up control for Pro Tools Transport.

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  4. On selecting the Install option, the Windows Setup Wizard will start

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  5. After reviewing the License Agreement select I Agree

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  6. Choose a destination for the Internal MIDI Driver and select Next

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  7. Choose a folder to install an application shortcut, and select Install

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  8. When Windows Security requests your permission select Install

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  9. The installation process may take a minute

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  10. On the final installation window select Finish.

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  11. After installation has occured, it's recommended to save and close your Pro Tools session, and restart your computer. When your computer has restarted you will notice a red box is now in the hidden icon area of the Windows Taskbar. If you see this red box, that means the Internal MIDI Driver has installed

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  12. Open your Pro Tools Session, and navigate to Setup, Peripherals...

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  13. Select the Machine Control tab and select Enable from the MIDI Machine Control Remote(Slave)

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MPC Renaissance/Studio - Transport Control Setup and Overview on OSX

  1. Open the MPC Plugin Preferences by navigating to akai mpc ren and pro tools 10.1, Edit, Preferences...

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  2. In the Preferences Window select the Hardware Tab, two options appear under Transport Controls - DAW, and Plugin. By default Plugin is selected, which will allow the MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio Transport Controls affect the MPC Plugin. If you want to control Pro Tools Transport from the MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio select DAW

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  3. Navigate and select the Spotlight magnifying tool, and type Audio MIDI Setup

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  4. Audio MIDI Setup has launched, select WindowShow MIDI Window

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

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  6. By default your IAC Driver Properties may appear with the settings in the following image

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  7. Check the box next to the text called, Device is online, rename the available Port to MPC MMC, and select Apply, if necessary

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  8. Bring the Pro Tools session back to the front and select Setup, Peripherals...

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  9. Select the Machine Control tab and select Enable from the MIDI Machine Control Remote(Slave)

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MPC Renaissance/Studio - Transmit MIDI Data from the MPC Plugin to a Pro Tools Instrument Track

  1. To create a new Instrument Track in Pro Tools navigate to Track, New...

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

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  3. From the Mix Window, select an empty Insert Slot, and select multichannel plug-in, Instrument, and select a Plugin Instrument of your choice. I've selected AIR's LOOM for this demonstration.

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  4. From the MPC Plugin's main window select a new track/Track 02, change the Type to MIDI. By default the MPC MIDI Track Port is A: DAW, and the MIDI Channel is 1

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  5. Open the MPC Plugin Preferences by navigating to akai mpc ren and pro tools 10.1EditPreferences...

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  6. Navigate to the MIDI tab. By default all MIDI ports are routed to DAW. Specifically, we want MIDI Out Port A to be set to DAW. The following photo illustrates the correct settings

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  7. In Pro Tools Edit Window, select the Edit Window View selector button akai mpc ren and pro tools 29.1

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  8. Select Instrument from the following menu

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  9. In Pro Tools Edit Window, in the new Instrument Track, select the MIDI Input selector, which is set to All by default

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  10. Select MPC1, all channels, and Arm akai mpc ren and pro tools 32.1 the new Instrument Track. When you play the MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio pad, the MIDI note data will now be triggering the plugin found in the new Instrument Track. If you don't hear any audio change the MPC Pad Bank to D or E, which is like the mid-range on a keyboard.

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MPC Renaissance/Studio - Transmit Audio from the MPC Plugin to a Pro Tools Audio Track

  1. Create a new Audio Track to record audio from the MPC Plugin by navigating to Track, and selecting New..

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

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  3. Open the MPC Plugin Window and load a Program

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  4. Navigate to the Track Mixer and select Out 3, 4

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  5. In Pro Tools Edit Window, select the Edit Window View selector button akai mpc ren and pro tools 29.1

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  6. Select I/O from the following menu

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  7. In the Audio Track select the Audio Input Path selector, which by default states no input

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

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  9. Arm akai mpc ren and pro tools 32.1 the Audio Track, and test playing MPC Program to ensure that the audio from the MPC plugin is passing to the new Audio Track.

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