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Whether you prefer to go computer-free or not, it can’t be denied that there are some fantastic sounding VST instruments and effects out there. For those times when you need your favorite plugins, the MPC X effortlessly goes from formidable standalone to high-powered MIDI controller, explicitly designed to run the feature-rich MPC Software 2.0 in your favorite DAW. This article will walk you through a full setup with the MPC X or MPC Live and Cubase, including hardware setup, opening MPC 2.0, and routing tracks in Cubase.
Before you can use your MPC Live or X with your computer, put your MPC into Controller Mode.
Your MPC will display a red screen saying that it is looking for your computer. This screen will be displayed until you open an instance of MPC on your computer, whether it be MPC 2.0 standalone or as a plugin.
Important: The MPC X and MPC Live both require an additional audio/MIDI driver. If you haven't already, please download and install the latest driver from the MPC X and MPC Live product pages, under the Downloads tab:
Once the driver has been installed, proceed with the audio/MIDI setup.
In order to map your transport controls, download the corresponding .xml file. Click the link below to download the file
*NOTE* This download is a .zip file and will need to be extracted
If you haven't already installed the MPC 2.0 Software and plugin, make sure to follow our video tutorial for a full walkthrough downloading, installing, and authorizing the software.
Cubase will normally scan for plugins on startup. You can make sure that MPC was scanned properly (or scan for the MPC plugin if it was not) by following the steps below.
MPC should show up on this list. If it does not, follow the steps below to scan for the plugin
One of the benefits of using the MPC software as a plugin in your favorite DAW is the ability to individually route your MPC tracks directly out to your DAW for mixing. This means there is no need to export or explode tracks from MPC and import them into your DAW. As long as your DAW supports multi-out VST plugins, you'll have an option to do this.
Here are some additional links that may answer some other questions you may have about your MPC.
Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Professional product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Akai Professional technical support team is available to help! Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: phone support, email support.