Akai MPD and MPK Series - Setup in Ableton Live 9 Lite

akai mpk49 mainThe MPD and MPK series controllers are extremely versatile USB MIDI controllers. Whether you are looking for an all in one production setup with keys and pads, or a more beat-oriented workflow, the MPD and MPK controller series gives you a ton of creative potential in a single piece of hardware. This guide covers how to set up the MPD and MPK controller for use with Ableton Live 9 Lite.

 

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MPD and MPK Series Hardware Setup
  1. First, connect the Akai MPD or MPK series controller to an available USB port on your computer using the supplied (or alternate functional) USB cable and power the controller on.
     
  2. Press the PRESET button and use the data dial to scroll to Preset: 1 LiveLite.  Press the PUSH TO ENTER knob.

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  3. Press the GLOBAL button to enter the Global settings menu. Press the right arrow key until the display reads MIDI CLK.  Use the rotary knob to select External.

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  4. Hit the right arrow key until the display reads Globals.  Press the PUSH TO ENTER knob to save the settings.

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  5. Press the PRESET button to return to the LiveLite preset screen.

     

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Ableton Live 9 Lite Software Setup
  1. First, connect the Akai MPD or MPK series controller to an available USB port on your computer using the supplied cable, and launch Ableton Live 9 Lite.
     
  2. Next, open the Ableton Live 9 Lite Preferences window.  Choose your Audio Device in the Audio tab.  This will be dependent upon the audio interface that you are using.

    MAC:
    Select Live > Preferences
    or use the key command shortcut - [Command + comma]

    PC:

    Select Options > Preferences
    or use the key command shortcut - [Control + comma]

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  3. Select the MIDI / Sync tab from the left side of the window. Within the MIDI Ports section, adjust the settings as suggested below:

    Next to Input: MPK49, toggle On the button in the Track, Sync and Remote columns as shown in the image below.
    Next to Output: MPK49, toggle On the button in the Track,Sync and Remote columns as shown in the image below.

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  4. Next, at the top of the window under Control Surface, choose MPK49 from the drop-down list in row 1.  Also, choose MPK49 from the Input and Output drop-down menus in row 1.

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Further Technical Support

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