Akai MPC Renaissance, Studio & Plugins - The Basics

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This article, and the accompanying video, walk through all the basics steps of how to setup and open your Expansion or third-party plugin in the MPC software.  The ability to use plugins add a ton of possibility and increased creativity to the MPC workflow.  To find out how to use your preferred plugins, check out this article and then jump right in!

 

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 Walkthrough Video

Expansion Plugins

Things to know
  • Each Expansion disk contains an associated virtual instrument plugin.
  • Each Expansion plugin utilizes an SVX file to make a sound.  The SVX file calls upon samples that are installed by the Expansion disks.  These samples are WAV formatted sound files.
  • The actual WAV files cannot be directly accessed or utilized in the MPC software.  And these WAV files can only be used with the corresponding Expansion plugin.
How to load an Expansion plugin
  1. With the MPC Renaissance connected, powered on, and the MPC software opened, go to the Track section near the bottom right of the software.  In the drop-down menu next to the word Type, choose Plugin.

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  2. A couple new drop-down menus will then appear below.  Click on the down arrow in the drop-down menu next to the word PLUGIN.

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  3. In the window that opens, ensure that there is a check in the Sort by type field and click on the + sign next to the words MPC Expansions to expand the menu.  Click on the Expansion plug-in you wish to use and then choose Select.

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  4. Click the " e " button next to the drop-down menu that contains the plug-in name.  The associated Expansion plug-in interface will then appear.

    Step 4

You can now play the pads on your MPC and access all the sounds from your Expansion plug-in!  Check out the video above for a walkthrough of all the steps shown above and more!

Third-party Plugins

How to load a third-party plugin
  1. First, ensure that your third-party plugin is installed correctly and that you know the location of the plugin on your computer.
     
  2. Next, in the MPC software, ensure that the program is 'pointing' to the correct location of your third-party plugin.  To do this, open your Preferences menu and choose the Plugins tab.

    * On a Windows computer the Preferences menu can be accessed by going to Edit > Preferences
    * On a Mac the Preferences menu can be accessed by going to MPC > Preferences

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  3. Choose the location of your plugins folder.  You can do this by clicking on the box labelled " ... " next to an empty field and navigating to the location of the plugin on your computer.

    Once you have chosen the correct location of your plugin, put a check in the box to the left of the field that now contains that location.  Press OK and then close the MPC software and re-open it.
     
  4. Once you have re-opened the MPC software, in the Main tab, locate the Track area and change the drop-down menu next to the word TYPE to Plugin.

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  5. A couple new drop-down menus will then appear below.  Click on the down arrow in the drop-down menu next to the word PLUGIN.

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  6. In the window that opens, ensure that there is a check in the Sort by type field and click on the + sign next to the words VST or Audio Units to expand the menu to view all your available third-party plugins.  Click on the plug-in you wish to use and then choose Select.

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  7. Your third-party plugin will now load into the MPC software.  Once you see the name of your plugin located next to the word PLUGIN in the Track area of the Main tab of the MPC software, click on the " e " button to the right of the drop-down menu that contains your plugin's name and your plugin's interface will appear.

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That's it!  You can now trigger your 3rd-party plugin from your MPC!

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