Akai MPK mini MKII - Setup in MPC Essentials

akai mpkmini mkii mainThe MPK mini is an ultra-compact keyboard controller designed for the traveling musician and the desktop producer. With an array of hardware controls, MPK mini lets you record, compose, and perform with virtual instruments, effect plugins, and DAWs whenever inspiration strikes. This article walks through setting up the Akai Pro MPK mini with the MPC Essentials software as well as SONiVOX Wobble 2 and AIR Hybrid 3.

 

Contents

  1. MPC Essentials Software Setup
  2. Virtual Instruments and Plugins
  3. Additional Resources
  4. Further Technical Support

 

 

MPC Essentials Software Setup
  1. Launch the MPC Essentials software.
     
  2. Open the Preferences window in MPC Essentials.  In the Audio tab, choose your Audio Device Type and Device, which is dependent upon your audio interface.

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

    PC:
    Select Edit > Preferences
    or use the key command shortcut - [Control + comma]

    akai_mpk2_essentials_preferences
     
  3. Choose the MIDI tab and add a check to the box next to MPKmini2 in the Active Midi Inputs box as shown in the image below.

    akai mpkmini essentials 3
     
  4. Select the Sync tab from the left side of the window.  Under the heading MIDI Machine Control (MMC) click on the boxes next to Receive and Send to add a check mark to each box.  Also, to ensure synchronization for functions such as the Arpeggiator, choose MIDI Clock from the Send drop-down menu and the MPKmini2 from the To drop-down menu.

    akai mpkmini essentials 4
     

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Virtual Instruments and Plugins

 

Adjusting the MPC Essentials Plugin Sources

Note for Windows users only: If you have difficulty locating a plugin in your VST folder within the MPC Essentials software, be sure the MPC Essentials program is reading plugins from the correct location where your plugin is installed. To do this:

    1. Open the Preferences menu.

      Mac:
      Select MPC > Preferences...
      or use the keyboard shortcut - [Command + comma]

      Windows
      Select Edit > Preferences...
      or use the keyboard shortcut - [Control + comma]
       

    2. Choose the Plugins tab.

      akai mpk2 mpcessentials preferences
       
    3. Add a check to the box at the beginning of one of the rows under the heading VST Folders, then click on the browse box akai mpk2 mpcessentials browse box at the end of that row to browse to your plugin installation location.

      akai mpk2 mpcessentials check
       
    4. Click on the drop-down menu to browse and then select the correct location of your plugin.  Press Open.

      akai mpk2 mpcessentials browse
       
    5. Click on Scan New, allow the MPC Essentials software to scan all plugins in the selected location and then press OK.
       

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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 Wobble 2 Default Installation Locations:

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

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

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AIR Hybrid 3 Setup
  1. At the bottom-center of the MPC Essentials software just next to the pads, is a column of options titled SEQUENCE.  Within that column, click on the drop-down menu next to TYPE and change it to Plugin.

    akai_mpk2_sequence_type
     
  2. A number of alternate options become available just below once Plugin is chosen.  Click on the menu bar next to PLUGIN.

    akai_mpk2_plugin
     
  3. In the window that opens, click on the + (plus) button next to VST to view your available VST plugins.  Locate Hybrid and click on it to highlight it.  Choose Select to load Hybrid into the MPC Essentials software.

    akai_mpk2_hybrid_vst

    You will notice that Hybrid populates to the menu bars.

    akai_mpk2_essentials_hybrid
     
  4. To view the Hybrid 3 virtual instrument interface, click on the button labelled akai_mpk2_e located next to the PLUGIN row.

    akai_mpk2_hybrid
     

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SONiVOX Wobble 2
  1. At the bottom-center of the MPC Essentials software just next to the pads, is a column of options titled SEQUENCE.  Within that column, click on the drop-down menu next to TYPE and change it to Plugin.

    akai_mpk2_sequence_type
     
  2. A number of alternate options become available just below once Plugin is chosen.  Click on the menu bar next to PLUGIN.

    akai_mpk2_plugin
     
  3. In the window that opens, click on the + (plus) button next to VST to view your available VST plugins.  Locate Wobble 2 and click on it to highlight it.  Choose Select to load Wobble 2 into the MPC Essentials software.

    akai mpkmini wobble2 3a

    You will notice that Wobble 2 populates to the menu bars.

    akai mpkmini wobble2 3c
     
  4. To view the Wobble 2 virtual instrument interface, click on the button labelled akai_mpk2_e located next to the PLUGIN row.

    akai mpkmini wobble2 3b
     

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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