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The Akai Pro MPK mini mkII includes a powerful software bundle featuring MPC Essentials, SONiVOX Wobble, and AIR Hybrid 3. We don't expect everyone to be an expert on organizing VST plugins, 32-bit vs. 64-bit, or the quirks of activating iLok licenses. This article confronts the most frequently faced problems when trying to activate and use the software that is included with your MPK mini mkII.
If you've scanned your VST folders and still don't see SONiVOX Wobble or AIR Hybrid 3 in your plugin menu, don't panic. I bet you're running MPC Essentials on a Windows PC, right?
Both the Windows and Mac versions of MPC Essentials feature both 32 bit and 64-bit versions. On a Mac, both versions are launched via the same application and can be switched in the Application Info window (right-click on MPC Essentials in your Applications Folder and choose Get Info). On a Windows PC, there are two separate executable files:
If you're just starting out, We recommend using the 64-bit version of MPC Essentials. If you've been working with digital audio for a long time and have older plugins you want to use in MPC Essentials, you may want to choose 32-bit (or update your old plugins!)
The key is to make sure MPC Essentials is scanning the correct VST folder(s). On a Mac, they will be installed to the same folder and selected automatically for you in the MPC Software. On Windows, the default install location for AIR Hybrid 3 is:
The default install location for both 32 and 64-bit Sonivox Wobble is:
For the best results, you may want to consider installing the Sonivox Wobble plugin to the same folder as Hybrid. Having a single folder to house all of your plugin files is common practice and easy way to remember where they've been installed. After doing this, you will only need to choose a single folder and your Plugin Preferences should look something like this:
Scan again and you should be all set! If you're still having difficulty just contact Akai Pro Support for further assistance.
Does the screenshot below look familiar?
After installing SONiVOX Wobble and AIR Hybrid 3, both plugins need to be activated. If you scan your VST folders in MPC Essentials before Wobble and Hybrid 3 have been activated, you will be prompted to activate during the scan. This works fine most of the time, but if you take too long to enter the correct code, the activation may "Timeout" and the loading of the plugin will fail. If you're seeing the above errors, here's an alternate method you can use to activate both Wobble and Hybrid 3:
This process (steps 3 - 8) can be repeated for any other plugins that utilize an iLok license, including Wobble.
NOTE: If you've attempted to activate your plugins too many times while scanning in MPC Essentials and receive an error that states your redemption limit has been reached, you may need a new activation code. Please contact Akai Pro support by submitting a request for Software Authorization Assistance and our team will be happy to help.
During the scanning process, incompatible or cracked plugins may cause MPC Essentials to stop functioning. If you experience crashes or instances of freezing while scanning your plugins, check the following -
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