Akai MPK2 Series - Setup in Ableton Live 9 Lite


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The Akai MPK2 series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK225, MPK249, and MPK261 are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This articles walks through how to setup the MPK2 series controller with Ableton Live 9.

 

Contents

  1. MPK2 Series Hardware Setup
  2. Ableton Live 9 Lite Software Setup
  3. Virtual Instruments and Plugins
  4. Additional Resources
  5. Further Technical Support

 

MPK2 Series Hardware Setup
  1. First, connect the Akai MPK2 series controller to an available USB port on your computer using the supplied 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.

    Note: The presets, preset names, and order of presets may vary depending on the specific model.

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

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  4. Hit the right arrow key until the display reads Save Globals.  Press the PUSH TO ENTER knob to save the settings.  The display will flash .  When this is complete, the display will read .

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

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Ableton Live 9 Lite Software Setup
  1. First, connect the Akai MPK2 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: MPK249, toggle On the button in the Track, Sync and Remote columns as shown in the image below.
    Next to Output: MPK249, 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.  The MPK series controllers are back-compatible with the MPK series controllers in Ableton Live 9 Lite.  Also, choose MPK249 from the Input and Output drop-down menus in row 1.

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Virtual Instruments and Plugins

 

Adjusting Ableton Live 9 Lite Plugin Sources

Note for Windows users only: If you have difficulty locating your plugin in your Plug-Ins category within Ableton Live 9 Lite, be sure Ableton Live 9 Lite is reading plugins from the correct location where your plugin is installed. To do this:

    1. Open the Preferences menu in Ableton Live 9 Lite

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

      PC:
      Select Options > Preferences
      or use the key command shortcut - [Control + comma]
       
    2. Choose the File Folder tab

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    3. Under the heading Plug-In Sources:
       
      • Toggle On the button next to Use VST Plug-In Custom Folder
      • Note the location under VST Plug-In Custom Folder.  

         
    4. If this location is not set correctly, next to VST Plug-In Custom Folder, choose Browse, browse to the correct folder, and press OK.

      akai mpk2 ableton plugin location
       

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Default Plugin Installation Locations
AIR Hybrid 3 Default Installation Locations:

Windows:
32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\VstPlugins\
64-bit: C:\Program Files\vstplugins

Mac:

(AU): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > Components
(VST): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST
 

SONiVOX Twist 2 Default Installation Locations:

Windows:
32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\SONiVOX\VstPlugins\
64-bit: C:\Program Files\vstplugins

Mac:

(AU): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > Components
(VST): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST
 

SONiVOX Eighty Eight Default Installation Locations:

Windows:
32-bit and 64-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\SONiVOX\VstPlugins\

Mac:

(AU): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > Components
(VST): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST
 

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Hybrid 3 Setup
 
Hardware Setup

Press the PRESET button and use the data dial to scroll to Preset: 3 Hybrid.  Press the PUSH TO ENTER knob.

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Software Setup
    1. Within the Ableton Live 9 Lite Session View, under the Categories heading, choose Plug-Ins.
       

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    2. In the right-hand column next to Categories, click-and-drag Hybrid onto a MIDI track to load Hybrid 3 into your Ableton Live 9 Lite session.
       

      akai mpk2 ableton hybrid to midi

      The Hybrid 3 virtual instrument interface will now open.
       

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Twist 2 Setup
 
Hardware Setup

Press the PRESET button and use the data dial to scroll to Preset: 4 Twist 2.  Press the PUSH TO ENTER knob.

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Software Setup
    1. Within the Ableton Live 9 Lite Session View, under the Categories heading, choose Plug-Ins.

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    2. In the right-hand column next to Categories, click-and-drag Twist 2 onto a MIDI track to load Twist 2 into your Ableton Live 9 Lite session.

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    3. The Twist 2 virtual instrument interface will now open.

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SONiVOX EightyEight Ensemble 2

Hardware Setup

Press the PRESET button and use the data dial to scroll to Preset: 5 Eighty8.  Press the PUSH TO ENTER knob.

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Software Setup
    1.  Within the Ableton Live 9 Lite Session View, under the Categories heading, choose Plug-Ins.

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    2. In the right-hand column next to Categories, click-and-drag Eighty Eight 2 onto a MIDI track to load Eighty Eight Ensemble 2 into your Ableton Live 9 Lite session.

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    3. The Eighty Eight Ensemble 2 virtual instrument interface will now open.

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Additional Resources

 

 

Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Pro product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Akai Pro technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.

www.akaipro.com/support

 

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