Akai MPC Renaissance - Syncing the Standalone App With External MIDI Controllers

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Many of the latest MIDI controllers feature built-in arpeggiators, noterepeat or even step sequencers.  To help you integrate these features into your MPC workflow, the MPC Renaissance lets you to send MIDI Beat Clock sync out to your external MIDI controllers. This article takes the user through syncing the standalone MPC app with various Akai MIDI controllers.  Just hook up your MIDI controller, follow the steps below, and make some music!

 

  1. MPC Hardware setup
  2. MPC Software Settings
  3. Syncing specific controllers
  4. Also See...
  5. Akai Technical Support and Warranty Service

 

 

MPC Hardware setup

  1. First, ensure that both the MPC Renaissance and the MPC software are installed correctly and unlocked.  You can find a walkthrough of this process here.
     
  2. Next, connect your external MIDI controller via USB or MIDI.  If connecting with a USB cable, connect either directly to your computer or to one of the USB ports physically on the MPC Renaissance.  If connecting with MIDI cables, ensure that you connect the controller to the MPC Renaissance with both the MIDI Ins and the MIDI Outs, as information will be sent both ways.
     
  3. Then, power on the MPC Renaissance, count to 5, and launch stand alone MPC application.

 

MPC Software Settings

  1. In the MPC application, go to your Preferences window:
  • On Windows 7, choose Edit > Preferences.
  • On a Mac, choose MPC > Preferences.
  1. In the window that appears, choose the MIDI tab and put a check in the box next to the external MIDI controller and choose OK (in the example below, we are using an Akai LPK25 connected via USB).  If you have an external controller connected with MIDI cables to the MPC Renaissance, choose the correct MIDI IN port.

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  2. Next, in the toolbar at the top of the MPC software, go to the Sync menu and choose Settings.  In the window that opens, choose MIDI Clock in the Send drop-down menu.  Add a checkmark in the first box under the To section and choose your MIDI controller or the correct MIDI Out port  in the To drop-down menu (we chose the Akai LPK25 in the example below).  Press OK.

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    The MPC software is now correctly set to send MIDI Clock syncing information to your compatible MIDI controller!

Remember – in order for you to hear the Arpeggiator working correctly, the software must be playing or recording.  Also, your specific controller may also need to be set correctly to receive external MIDI time code.

**For further information on MIDI Clock, MIDI Time Code (MTC), MIDI Machine Control, and a lot more great information on MIDI, check out this link.

 

Syncing Specific Controllers

 

Akai LPK25
  1. Download and install the LPK25 Preset Editor from the Docs and Downloads section of the LPK25 product page.
     
  2. Connect the LPK25 via USB directly to the computer or to one of the USB ports on the MPC Renaissance.
     
  3. Open the LPK25 Preset Editor.  Choose the LPK25 and press Done in the small window that appears.

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  4. In the main Preset Editor window, choose the Preset that you want to edit and then change the Arp Clock setting to External.  Click on Commit – Upload.  This will upload the settings you chose to the associated Preset on the LPK25.

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    Close the Preset editor, open the MPC software, set your settings in the MPC software as suggested above, and play away!

 

Akai MPK and MPD Series Controllers
  1. Connect your MPK/MPD via USB or MIDI.  If connecting with a USB cable, connect either directly to your computer or to one of the USB ports physically on the MPC Renaissance.  If connecting with MIDI cables, ensure that you connect the controller to the MPC Renaissance with both the MIDI Ins and the MIDI Outs, as information will be sent both ways.

    **If you choose to connect it via the MIDI Out port from the MPK/MPD, be sure to power the MPK/MPD controller with a power supply (purchased separately) rather than the USB connection only or it may not send MIDI information correctly from its MIDI Out port.
     
  2. Press the Global button on the MPK.  Now press the >button until the MIDI CLK screen appears.  Turn the knob labeled “PUSH TO ENTER” to set the MIDI clock to EXTERNAL.

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  3. Press the PRESET button to get back to the main menu and allow tempo control, set your settings in the MPC software as suggested above, and you are now synced!

    **For the MPK series controllers, there is also the option to set Transport Control.  To do so, follow the additional steps below:

    Transport Control Settings
     
  4. In the toolbar at the top of the MPC software, choose Sync > Settings.  In the window that appears, put a check next to the Receive and Send options in the two boxes below the heading MIDI Machine Control (MMC).  Press OK.

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    ** For further information on MIDI Clock, MIDI Time Code (MTC), MIDI Machine Control, and a lot more great information on MIDI, check out this link.
     
  5. Now, on the MPD or MPK hardware, press the Edit button. 
     
  6. Next, press a transport control (such as the STOP button).  This brings you to the Set TRNS screen.
     
  7. Press the knob labeled “PUSH TO ENTER”.  This brings you to the Setting screen.
     
  8. Turn the “PUSH TO ENTER” knob until the Settings screen is set to MMC/MIDI.  Now press the “PUSH TO ENTER” knob again.

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  9. Finally, press the PRESET button to get back to the main menu and allow tempo control.
     
  10. Your Akai MPK series controller is now synched to the MPC Renaissance standalone software and you have Transport Control!  Enjoy!

 

Akai MAX49
  1. Connect your MAX49 via USB or MIDI.  If connecting with a USB cable, connect either directly to your computer or to one of the USB ports physically on the MPC Renaissance.  If connecting with MIDI cables, ensure that you connect the controller to the MPC Renaissance with both the MIDI Ins and the MIDI Outs, as information will be sent both ways.

    **If you choose to connect it via the MIDI Out port from the MAX49, be sure to power the MAX49 controller with the included power supply  rather than with the USB connection only or it may not send MIDI information correctly from its MIDI Out port.
     
  2. Press the Global button on the MAX49.  Now press the >button until the Clock Source screen appears.  Turn the knob labeled “PUSH TO ENTER” to set the MIDI clock to EXTERNAL.
     
  3. Press the PROGRAM button to get back to the main menu and allow tempo control, set your settings in the MPC software as suggested above, and you are now synced!

    Transport Control Settings

    The MAX49 also allows the option to set Transport Control.  To do so, follow the additional steps below.
     
  4. In the MPC application, navigate to the toolbar at the top of the screen and choose Sync > Settings.
     
  5. In the window that appears, put a check next to the Receive and Send options in the two boxes below the heading MIDI Machine Control (MMC).  Press OK.

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    ** For further information on MIDI Clock, MIDI Time Code (MTC), MIDI Machine Control, and a lot more great information on MIDI, check out this link.
     
  6. Now, on the MAX49 hardware, press the Edit button.
     
  7. Next, press a transport control (such as the STOP button).  This brings you to the Transport screen.
     
  8. Change the Transport Type to MMC/MIDI then press the Push to Enter button.
     
  9. Finally, press the PROGRAM button to get back to the main menu and allow tempo control.
     
  10. The Akai MAX49 is now synced to the MPC Renaissance standalone software and you have Transport Control!  Enjoy!

 

 

Also See...

 

AKAI Technical Support and Warranty Service

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