Akai MPC Series - Synchronizing with Cubase LE

MPC5000 / MPC2500 as Master, Cubase / Nuendo as Slave

Use a MIDI cable to connect an available MIDI OUT of your MPC (such as MIDI OUT A) to an available MIDI IN of your MIDI interface.

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

In Cubase LE:

  1. Navigate to Transport > Synchronization Setup
  2. Under Timecode Source, choose MIDI Timecode.
  3. Under MIDI Timecode Source, choose the MIDI IN device port to which you connected your MPC.
  4. Press OK.
  5. Enable External Sync by choosing Transport > Use External Sync or you can press the Sync option in the Transport Panel. To view Transport Panel, press F2 or select Transport > Transport Panel.

 

On the MPC5000 / MPC2500:

  1. Go to the MIDI/Sync menu.
  2. Set Sync Out to the MIDI output port on the MPC to which you have connected your MIDI cable (e.g., 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 Cubase / Nuendo should now be playing in sync to the MPC.

 

Cubase LE as Master, MPC5000 / MPC2500 as Slave

Connect a MIDI cable from an available MIDI OUT of your MIDI interface to an available MIDI IN on your MPC.

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

On MPC5000 / 2500:

  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 the Tempo of the MPC sequence to match that of your Cubase/Nuendo session.

 

In Cubase LE:

  1. Navigate to Transport > Synchronization Setup
  2. Under MIDI Timecode Out, enable the device port for your MIDI interface to which you have connected the MIDI IN of your MPC.
  3. Enable MIDI Timecode Follows Project Time.
  4. Press OK.
  5. Press Play. The MPC will now play in-sync with Cubase/Nuendo. (Using a pre-count is recommended.)

 

Using MIDI Beat Clock & MMC:

On the MPC5000 / MPC2500:

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

 

In Cubase LE:

  1. Navigate to Transport > Synchronization Setup
  2. Under MIDI Clock Out, enable the device port for your MIDI interface to which you have connected the MIDI IN of your MPC.
  3. Enable MIDI Clock Follows Project Position.
  4. Press OK.
  5. Press Play. The MPC will now play in-sync with Cubase/Nuendo. (Using a pre-count is highly recommended with Beat Clock sync.)

 



Cubase LE as Master, MPC1000 / MPC500 as Slave

Connect a MIDI cable from an available MIDI OUT of your MIDI interface to an available MIDI IN on your MPC.

Using MIDI Beat Clock & MMC:

On the MPC500:

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

 

On the MPC1000:

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

 

In Cubase LE:

  1. Navigate to Transport > Project Synchronization Setup
  2. Under MIDI Clock Out, enable the device port for your MIDI interface to which you have connected the MIDI IN of your MPC.
  3. Enable MIDI Clock Follows Project Position.
  4. Press OK.
  5. Press Play. The MPC will now play in-sync with Cubase/Nuendo. (Using a pre-count is highly recommended with Beat Clock sync.)

 

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