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Article updated 08-02-2017
There are lots of creative possibilities when it comes to the MPC Renaissance and its ability to route and be routed to various places. This guide walks through how to trigger an external sound module from the MPC Renaissance while running the MPC software as a plug-in within Ableton Live 8.
- Hardware Settings
- Ableton Live 8 Settings
- MPC Plug-In Settings
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- Akai Technical Support and Warranty Service
- Ensure that the MPC Renaissance is connected directly to the computer via USB. It is not recommended to use an external USB hub.
- Connect your external sound module from the MPC Renaissance MIDI OUT 1 port to your sound module's MIDI In port using a standard 5-pin DIN MIDI cable.
* The sound module can be connected to any of the four MIDI Out ports on the MPC Renaissance. Just be sure to route to the correct port from your DAW when the time comes. For the purposes of this guide, we will connect to MIDI Out port 1.
- Make any necessary adjustments in your external sound module settings to allow MIDI information to be received from the MIDI Input you choose to use.
Ableton Live 8 Settings
- Open Ableton Live 8. Find and open the Ableton Live Preferences window:
On Windows choose Options > Preferences
On a Mac choose Live > Preferences
- In thePreferences window, choose the MIDI Sync tab. Within the MIDI Sync tab, turn On the Input and Output port you have your external sound module connected to under both the Track and Remote columns. For the purposes of this guide, we have our external sound module connected to MPC Port 1.
- Close the Preferences window. Now, in the Session View of Ableton Live 8, ensure that the individuyal track I/O options are viewable. This can be done by toggling the I-O button located on the right-hand side of the Ableton Session view.
- Next, create two empty MIDI tracks by choosing Create > Insert MIDI Track.
- On the left-hand side of Ableton's Session View, choose the Plug-In Devices tab to view your available plug-ins.
Then click-and-drag your MPC plug-in onto the first MIDI track you created in order to insert the MPC software plug-in onto that track. The MPC plug-in interface will now open.
- Next, move the MPC plug-in slightly to the side to reveal the Ableton tracks beneath and click on the empty MIDI track.
- In that empty MIDI track, change the MIDI From drop-down menu to the track which contains the MPC plug-in. For the purposes of this guide, we have chosen 1-MPC.
- Change the drop-down menu immediately below the MIDI From feild to MPC.
- Change the MIDI To field to the MIDI Out port which you have your external sound module connected to. For the purposes of this guide, we have chosen MPC Port 1.
Your settings should be similar to the following:
MPC Software Settings
- Click on the Ableton Live 8 track which contains the MPC software to view the MPC plug-in interface. Near the bottom-right side of the MPC software, you will find the TRACK area and a number of drop-down menus. Change the TYPE drop-down menu to MIDI.
This will create some new choices. Ensure that the PORT drop-down menu is set to the MIDI Out port to which you have your external sound module connected. In this guide, we have it connected to A : DAW.
The settings in the TRACK area of the MPC plugin should be similar to the following:
That's it! At this point you can press the pads on the MPC Renaissance and they will trigger the sounds and sound banks on your external sound module. Enjoy!
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