Akai MPK and MPD Series - MIDI Mapping and Transport Control in Logic Pro

Logic Pro can create and save templates, which can then be used as starting points for new projects. Templates store the number of tracks, their names, the effects created in them, window positions, and just about every aspect of your project except for the Audio and MIDI itself. Making good use of templates can dramatically increase workflow speed.

This guide details how to map knobs and sliders in the Logic Pro mixer to the knobs and sliders on a MPK or MPD controller and then how to save these mappings as part of a template.

 

Contents

 

Connecting an MPK or MPD and launching Logic
  1. Connect the MPD or MPK series controller to a USB port on the computer.
     
  2. Choose a preset on the MPD or MPK to use with Logic in every session.
     
    • Press the PRESET button on the MPK or MPD controller.
    • Rotate the Value Knob until the display reads GM Drums (Preset 15) This is the preset that will be used in this example.
    • Press the Value Knob down (like a button) to confirm the preset selection.
       
  3. Launch Logic Pro.

 

Create the basis for the template
  1. Create an number of AudioSoftware, and/or External MIDI tracks which will cover a typical workflow when using Logic.
     
  2. Add inserts and effects.
     
  3. Name tracks, order them, and create a work space that will be a good starting point for future projects.

 

MIDI Map controls in Logic's mixer to controls on your MPK or MPD
  1. Select the Window menu at the top of the screen and choose Mixer (CMD+2).

    Window > Mixer (CMD+2)

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  2. In Logic, select the Logic Pro menu at the top of the screen, choose Preferences, then Control Surfaces, then Learn Assignment (CMD+L).

    Logic Pro > Preferences > Control Surfaces > Learn Assignment (CMD+L)

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  3. To map your first control, click and drag the volume slider in the first channel in Logic's Mixer window.

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    The Controller Assignments window will register that you are assigning a control to this first volume slider, and will begin listening for MIDI input from any connected controllers. 

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  4. Now move a knob or slider on the MPD or MPK controller to associate it with the volume slider on the screen.

    The Controller Assignments window will list that the Volume control on the first channel in your mixer has been Learned.

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  5. Next, click and drag the volume slider in the second channel in the Logic Mixer window.

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  6. Move a different knob or slider on your MPD or MPK controller to associate it with the volume slider on the screen. 
     
  7. The Controller Assignments window will list that the Volume control on the second channel in your mixer has been Learned.

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  8. Repeat the above steps with any knobs or sliders on the Logic Mixer you'd like to map to the MPD or MPK controller.
     
  9. If you make a mistake, you can click any entry in the Control column in the Controller Assignments and press the Delete key on your computer keyboard to remove the assignment. 
     
  10. When the setup is finished, close the Controller Assignments window. The knobs and sliders you mapped in the steps above should now respond to movements on your MPD or MPK controller.

 

Save your template
  1. Select the File menu at the top of the screen and choose Save as Template

    File > Save as Template...
     
  2. In the window that opens, name the new template Default and click Save.

    You'll likely create many of your own templates as your recording work flow develops, grows, and changes over time.

 

Use the saved template when creating new projects in the future
  1. The next time you want to start a new project in Logic, select the File menu at the top of the screen and choose New (CMD+N).

    File > New (CMD+N)
     
  2. In the left hand side of the window that opens, select My Templates.
     
  3. On the right hand side of the window, click the template that was saved earlier!

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  4. A new project with all the tracks, effects, and MIDI controller mappings that were saved in the template will be created. A prompt will immediately appear asking you to save this new project somewhere on your computer.

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    Begin your new recording session!

 

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