Akai MPC Series - Synchronizing with Pro Tools

MPC5000 / MPC2500 as Master, Pro Tools as Slave

Use a MIDI cable to connect an available MIDI OUT of your MPC (Such as MIDI Out A) to the MIDI In of your Digidesign or M-Powered hardware.

Using MIDI Time Code (MTC) & MIDI Machine Control (MMC):

In Pro Tools:

  1. Go to the Setup menu and choose Peripherals… Click on the Synchronization tab and verify that the option MTC Reader Port is set to Any.
  2. Put Pro Tools online by pressing the online button to the left of the stop button on the transport at the top of the edit window. This will be verified by a blinking blue online button.

 

On the MPC5000 / MPC2500:

  1. Go to the MIDI/Sync menu.
  2. Set Sync Out to the MIDI output port on the MPC into which you have plugged your MIDI cable. For instance: SyncOut: A (Master)
  3. Set Mode to MIDI Time Code. Set Frame rate to 30.  Note: Do not use 30D which is a drop-sync and is intended for video equipment.
  4. Set Send MMC: to ON
  5. Press play or Play Start on the MPC and Pro Tools should now be playing along to the MPC.

 

Note: When using MTC, it is recommended to add 1 or 2 bars of pre-roll to allow reliable sync-up of software and device.

 

Pro Tools as Master, MPC5000 / MPC2500 as Slave
Using MIDI Time Code (MTC) & MIDI Machine Control (MMC):

Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your Digidesign or M-Powered hardware to the MIDI IN of your MPC5000 / MPC2500 (such as MIDI IN 1).
 

On the MPC5000 / MPC2500:

  1. Go to the MIDI/Sync menu.
  2. Set Sync In to the corresponding MIDI input port on the MPC.
  3. Set Mode to MIDI Time Code".
  4. Set Receive MMC to ON".
  5. Set the Tempo of the MPC sequence to match that of your Pro Tools session.

 

In Pro Tools:

  1. Go to the Setup menu and choose Peripherals… Click on the Synchronization tab and set MTC Generator Port to the corresponding MIDI output port.
  2. Go to the Setup menu and choose Session. Set Time Code Rate to 30". Close the Session window.
  3. If you don’t have the Transport window open, select the Window menu at the top of the screen and choose Transport to open it. Click the arrow at the right side of the window to show Synchronization. A GEN MTC button will appear in the window.  Click this to enable it.
  4. Press play in Pro Tools and the MPC should now be playing along with Pro Tools.
     

Notes: When using MTC, we recommend adding 1 or 2 bars of pre-roll to allow reliable sync-up of software and device. Make sure there is a sequence on the MPC5000 / MPC2500 containing at least 1 bar or the MPC will not start with Pro Tools.

 

Using MIDI Beat Clock & MMC:
 

Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your Digidesign or M-Powered hardware to the MIDI IN of your MPC 5000 / MPC2500.
 

On the MPC5000 / MPC2500:

  1. Go to the MIDI/Sync menu.
  2. Set Sync In to the corresponding MIDI input port on the MPC.
  3. Set Mode to MIDI Clock.
  4. Set Receive MMC to ON.

 

In Pro Tools:

  1. Go to the Setup menu and choose MIDI Beat Clock".
  2. Check the boxes for Enable MIDI Beat Clock and the corresponding MIDI output port.
  3. Press play. The MPC should now be playing in-sync with Pro Tools.

Note: Make sure that there is a sequence on the MPC5000 / MPC2500 containing at least 1 bar or the MPC will not start with Pro Tools.

 



Pro Tools as Master, MPC500 / MPC1000 as Slave
 

Using MIDI Beat Clock:

Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your Digidesign or M-Powered hardware to the MIDI IN of the MPC500/1000
 

On the MPC500:

Go to the MIDI/Sync menu.

  1. Press Mode + PAD 7.
  2. Turn the data wheel to display Sync.
  3. Press the DOWN cursor.
  4. Use the data wheel to change the sync mode to Slave.

 

On the MPC1000:

Go to the MIDI/Sync Menu:

  1. Press Mode + PAD 9.
  2. Sync [F2].
  3. Sync In: 1 or 2 (whichever MIDI input you plugged your MIDI cable into).
  4. Sync Out: Off.

 

In Pro Tools:

  1. Set your tempo in Pro Tools. Refer to your Pro Tools User Manual for more on this.
  2. Go to the Setup menu and choose MIDI Beat Clock. Check the boxes for Enable MIDI Beat Clock and the corresponding MIDI output port.
  3. Press play. The MPC should now be playing in-sync with Pro Tools.

 

Note: Make sure that there is a sequence on the MPC5000 / MPC2500 containing at least 1 bar or the MPC will not start with Pro Tools.

 

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