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Force 3.0.2 Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware update. Firmware This release is for Force hardware. Downloading the Update To download the 3.0.2 Firmware Update, navigate to the Force product page and click on Downloads to find the link: Force For instructions on installing the update, please visit our knowledge base article here. New Features Splice Integration  Splice fuels the creativity of producers...

Akai Professional® Announces Splice Integration in Force, Mpc Live & Mpc X

Standalone music production/DJ performance devices now offer users immediate wi-fi access to their own Splice library directly from the touch user interface

MPC 2.5 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

CompatibilityThis is a firmware and software update.Desktop SoftwareThe MPC 2.5 desktop software includes MIDI maps for popular Ableton, Arturia, Korg, M-Audio and Native Instruments controllers.Downloading the UpdateTo download the MPC 2.5 Desktop Software Update, log into your Akai Pro user account or through MPC 2.4 when prompted. For instructions on installing the update, please visit our knowledge base article here.FirmwareThis...

Akai Professional® Announces 3.0.1 Firmware Update for Force

Update introduces new Launch/Note Mode, side-chain compression (the Mother Ducker), updated recording preferences and improved auditioning of samples/loops. Cumberland, RI USA (February 5, 2019) — Hot off the heels of Force’s public debut at NAMM 2019, Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the release of a 3.0.1 update that introduces a number...

Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Using as a plugin in Cubase

  The MPC Renaissance and Studio include a powerful standalone MPC application.  You can also use the MPC software as a plugin within your favorite DAW such as Cubase.  This guide walks you through using key features of the MPC plugin inside Cubase.      Contents MPC Renaissance Audio Setup MPC Renaissance/Studio MIDI Device & Cubase Transport Control MPC Plugin...

Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Using as a plugin in Ableton Live

The MPC Renaissance and Studio include a powerful standalone MPC application.  You can also use the MPC software as a plugin within your favorite DAW such as Ableton Live.  This video guide walks you through everything you need to know about using the MPC plugin inside Ableton Live. 

Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Using as a plugin in Logic Pro

The MPC Renaissance and Studio include a powerful standalone MPC application.  You can also use the MPC software as a plugin within your favorite DAW such as Logic Pro.  This video guide walks you through everything you need to know about using the Akai MPC Renaissance or Studio plugin inside Logic Pro.            Using the MPC...

Akai APC Series - Modifications & Extended Techniques for Ableton

Akai Professional and Ableton teamed up over 4 years ago to start collaborating on the APC series. With may years of use by a large, and dedicated user community, the APC series continues to enhance the way we use Ableton. Users can find hundreds pages containing tips and tricks on Youtube, and other blogs, with suggestions on custom APC MIDI...

InMusic Appoints GC Executive Patrick Sullivan as President

GUITAR CENTER EXECUTIVE TO LEAD INMUSIC INTO THE FUTURE CUMBERLAND, RI USA (January 24, 2019)—InMusic, a global leader in music technology, music production, software and consumer electronics brands, today announced the appointment of Patrick Sullivan as President reporting directly to CEO Jack O’Donnell. Sullivan joins inMusic from Guitar Center Corporation and brings significant experience in merchandising music technology brands. In...

Akai Professional® Introduces Mpk Road 88 Hammer-action Controller for Touring Professionals

With exclusive Model-A 88-key velocity-sensitive keybed, 4-output USB soundcard, MIDI in/out connectors and 3 pedal inputs with road-ready case, Road 88 is ideal for touring professionals. Cumberland, RI USA (January 22, 2019) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the introduction of their new MPK Road 88, a keyboard controller with their...

Akai Professional® Introduces Force Standalone Production Instrument, Smashing Previous Limitations of Musical Production

Standalone music production/DJ performance device has clip launching, step sequencing, sampling, synths and a 7-in touch display and captures the modern clip-based workflow. Cumberland, RI USA (January 17, 2019) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the release of its new standalone Force music production/DJ performance device, with clip launching, step sequencing...

Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 - How to Download, Install, and Activate

MPC 2.0 adds tons of new features, including Audio Track Recording, Real-Time Time-Stretching and Pitch-Shifting, Clip Programs, and more. In this short video, we show you how to download, install, and activate version 2.0 of the MPC Software.  Downloading MPC Software 2.0 from your www.akaipro.com user account Installing MPC 2.0 Downloading the iLok License Manager Installing the iLok License Manager...

macOS High Sierra (10.13) and iOS11 Support for Akai Pro Products

Whenever a new operating system is released, it is crucial to check the compatibility of your hardware and software before choosing to make the jump. This article will be updated periodically to reflect the current status of Akai Pro hardware and software compatibility with macOS High Sierra 10.13 and iOS11. Please note: It's important to us that your work and creativity...

Akai EIE Pro and the Alesis 3632 - Using Insert Points

  This video walkthrough shows how to connect a piece of outboard equipment to an Insert port on your mixer or audio interface.     1/4" Insert points allow you to insert an extra piece of analog equipment after the preamp and before any additional processing or analog to digital converters. An Insert cable is 1/4" TRS on one end...

Akai EWI USB - Tips and Tricks

  Every composer struggles at some point with how to effectively get what is in his or her head and heart into a finished piece of music. Sometimes it can be equally hard just to get a specific sound or expression the way you want it. Fortunately, the EWI USB comes with Aria, a powerful tool for tweaking instrument sounds...

Akai EWI4000S - Using the Preset Editor

  The Akai EWI4000S is a fantastically versatile instrument that contains many built-in sounds, allowing for easy portability without the need for bulky computers and connection cables.  However, the EWI4000S also allows for the ability to connect to a computer in order to change the preset sounds however you like, as well as create completely new ones!  This guide walks...

Akai EWI USB - FAQ And Troubleshooting

This guide covers common questions about the Akai EWI USB.  This includes initial setup, preferences, general troubleshooting, software updates and compatibility, alternative fingerings, and more.   Contents Getting Started General Troubleshooting Frequently Asked Questions Technical Support & Warranty Service   Getting Started Install the Software Insert the software DVD (included) into your computer’s CD/DVD drive. The setup window should open...

EWI4000S - Playing out of tune

There are factors that can cause an Akai EWI4000S to play out of tune. In this article, we'll cover some easy steps you can make to sure your EWI4000 will play in perfect tune.   Make sure the TRANS LED is not lit. If it is lit, then you are transposing the horn out of the key of C (concert...

Akai APC Series - Frequently Asked Questions

We've put together answers to some of the most common questions about the Akai Pro APC40 and APC20.  With the tips in this FAQ under your belt, you'll have even better control over your new hardware. Contents What are the physical dimensions and weight? Is the Crossfader on the APC40 user-replaceable? Is the APC40 dual voltage (without the need for...

Akai APC40 - Setting Up an Ableton Live DJ Template

Ableton Live is both a powerful Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and an excellent live electronic music performance tool. This article walks through how to set up an Ableton Live DJ template with cue capabilities using the Akai APC40.   Contents Setting up the audio in Ableton Live 8 Loading Tracks Effects Set Up MIDI Mapping a Pitch Fader to the...

The Akai MAX49 - Top 5 Questions Explained

We've gathered together answers for five of the most common questions about the Akai MAX49 MIDI controller.  This article covers details about compatibility, connections, features, and more.   Does the Alesis F2 Expression Pedal work with the Akai Pro MAX49? Is the MAX49 supported on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion? Is the MAX49 supported on 64-bit...

Akai Pro MAX49 - Setup for Cubase

  The MAX49 can provide powerful control of Cubase's user interface and virtual instruments. This guide will provide you with quick setup instructions for the MAX49's Cubase preset, and Cubase's preferences to setup the MAX49 for MIDI Note transmission, surface and transport control.       MAX49 Cubase Preset Configuration Press the PROGRAM button.   Rotate the Data Dial and...

iMPC App 101: Using AudioCopy to copy a Sequence to another App

iMPC 101: Using AudioCopy to copy a Sequence to another App This quick tutorial will show you how to utilize AudioCopy to copy an iMPC sequence into another App that supports AudioPaste.  First make sure your app supports AudioCopy, and AudioPaste. Click here for a complete list of compatible apps.   Open ithe iMPC App.   Create your sequence.  ...

iMPC App 101: Triggering the iMPC pads with a Class Compliant MIDI device

  Triggering the iMPC pads with a Class Compliant MIDI device Class compliant USB audio interfaces, MIDI controllers and keyboards can be connected to the iPad using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit. A class compliant device is one that doesn't require extra drivers to connect your Windows or Macintosh computer, or to your iPad. Class compliant devices use drivers...

iMPC App 101: Transferring iMPC content to and from your computer

Transferring iMPC content to and from your computer is straight foward and takes only a few minutes. In this article we show you how to save your exported iMPC sequences, projects, and songs to your computer. We also show you how to transfer samples from your computer to the iMPC App.    Contents How transfer your exported iMPC project to...

Akai EIE & EIE Pro - Setup with Ableton

This guide is a basic overview on how to setup your EIE/EIE Pro in Ableton Live Lite, and Ableton Live. These steps will work with most versions of Ableton, although we are using Ableton Live 9 as the example in this walkthrough. Contents EIE - Ableton Setup EIE Pro - Ableton Setup EIE & EIE Pro Additional Tips Technical Support...

Akai EIE - Setup in Logic Pro

The Akai EIE is a high quality audio recording interface that works seamlessly with Apple's Logic Pro software. This guide walks through configuring the EIE with Logic and adding tracks to record.   Contents Confirming the EIE is connected Configuring the EIE in Logic Pro Adding an Audio Track and Recording in Logic Pro Warranty and Technical Support Information  ...

Akai EIE and EIE Pro - Setup with Presonus Studio One

Containing 4 routable inputs and outputs, the EIE and EIE Pro expands on the stereo inputs and outputs normally found on computer sound cards, and external audio interfaces. This guide covers setting up all inputs and outputs for use in PreSonus Studio One.     Contents EIE Hardware Setup EIE - Presonus Studio One Setup EIE Pro Hardware Setup EIE Pro...

Akai EIE and EIE Pro - Audio Setup in Reaper

Containing 4 routable inputs and outputs, the EIE and EIE Pro expand on the stereo inputs and outputs normally found on computer sound cards, and external audio interfaces. This 'how to' guide will walk you through setting up all EIE and EIE Pro inputs and outputs for use in Reaper on a Mac and PC.   Using the EIE & EIE...

Akai EIE and EIE Pro - Setup with SONAR X1 and X2

Containing 4 routable inputs and outputs, the EIE and EIE Pro expand on the stereo inputs and outputs normally found on computer sound cards, and external audio interfaces. This 'how to' guide will walk you setting up all inputs and outputs for use in Cakewalk's SONAR X1 and X2.   Contents Hardware Setup EIE EIE Pro Software Setup EIE EIE...

Akai EIE Pro - Setup with Pro Tools Express Akai Pro/M-Audio Edition

Note: The instructions in this article apply to a version of Pro Tools which is no longer available from Avid. While Pro Tools Express is no longer offered by Avid, these instructions may be helpful for customers who received this legacy software during the original offer period. Avid now offers a free version, Pro Tools | First, which has replaced Pro Tools...

Akai EIE and EIE Pro - Setup in Cubase

  Containing 4 routable inputs and outputs, the EIE and EIE Pro expand on thestereo inputs and outputs normally found on computer sound cards, and external audio interfaces. This 'how to' guide will walk you setting up all inputs and outputs for use in Cubase.   Contents EIE & EIE Pro Audio Setup EIE & EIE Pro Input & Output...

Akai MPK Series - Frequently Asked Questions

We know - you love your MPK.  We do too!  We also know that there are a lot of questions on how to utilize the MPK to its fullest extent.  So we put our heads together and created a list of often-asked questions and answers about the Akai MPK series controllers and here is what we came up with! You've...

Syncing an Akai MPK, an MPC2500/5000, and Reason

Everyone wants more.  If you are lucky enough to own an Akai MPC and an Akai MPK, then you should know that these can be synced together using MIDI Clock.  This allows for perfect timing and instantaneous messaging between all synced devices and programs.  Check out the guide below on how to sync an Akai MPK, an MPC, and Propellerhead's...

Connecting USB Audio Interfaces, MIDI Controllers, and Keyboards to an iPad or iOS device

  You can connect any class compliant USB audio interface or MIDI controller or keyboard to your iPad.  This article shows you what devices you can connect, and also includes some tips to ensure success when using the Apple Camera iPad Connection Kit.   All class compliant USB audio interfaces, MIDI controllers and keyboards can be connected to the iPad...

Ableton - MPK49 and APC40 Control Mapping Tips

One user asked us how to setup the Akai MPK49, and the Akai APC40 with Ableton so that both devices act as Control Surfaces, while allowing the APC40 (only) to also be manually mapped to additional controls. This is a great question, and something we thought a lot of other people out there may want to do as well.  So...

Akai MPK Mini - Setup in Ableton Live

This guide will provide you with an easy to follow introduction to setting up an Akai MPK mini with Ableton Live. Make sure to connect the MPK mini to a USB port before opening Ableton Live. The example below was performed using Windows XP and Ableton Live Lite.   If you would like to install the Ableton Free Trial to...

MPC 101 - Creating A Keygroup Program

Keygroups allow you to take a sample and map it across the keys of a MIDI controller, essentially creating a custom virtual instrument. This guide walks through creating a simple keygroup using the MPC software.    Contents What is a Keygroup? Creating a Keygroup Playing Chords with an MPC Additional Guides & Videos Further Technical Support     What is...

Akai MPC Renaissance & Studio - Using as a Plugin in FL Studio

The MPC software can be used as a plugin inside of a variety of DAWs. This guide will cover how to open the MPC software as a plugin with FL Studio.  Contents Adding the MPC Software as a Plugin to FL Studio Opening the MPC Software as a Plugin in FL Studio Setting up the Transport Controls Additional Resources Akai...

MPC 101 - Exporting Basics

  The Export option in the MPC Software allows for the exportation of a project's data in various formats. The most popular export formats offered by the MPC software include Audio Mixdown, Project Archive, and standard MIDI file data.  This article walks through the various exportation options and basic reasons for using each one.   Contents Exporting an Audio Mixdown...

AKAI MPC Renaissance And Studio - Setting Up MOTU BPM As A Plugin In The MPC Software

Using VST plugins within the MPC software is a great way to expand your creative possibilities. Because of it's design similarities with Akai's longstanding line of MPC sequencers, MOTU BPM is a very useful tool when mapped properly to the pads of the MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio, allowing you to utilize it's soundbanks in a way that closely mirrors...

Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Using as a Plugin in Digital Performer

  The MPC Renaissance and Studio include a powerful standalone MPC application. You can also use the MPC software as a plugin within your favorite DAW such as MOTU's Digital Performer. This guide walks you through using key features of the MPC plugin inside Digital Performer.    Contents Getting Started Setting up the MPC Renaissance as an Audio Device Creating...

Akai MPC Renaissance - Routing MIDI to a Track in Presonus Studio One

The MPC Renaissance can be used in many different ways and with the Digital Audio Workstation of your choosing. This guide covers how to route MIDI messages from the MPC Renaissance hardware to a Studio One Instrument track.   Contents Studio One Setup MPC Renaissance Hardware Setup Setting up Transport Control Additional Resources Technical Support and Warranty Service   Studio One...

Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Pad Bank Performance with External Controllers

A working studio can include several MIDI controllers with pad play features, like the MPD32, MPK49, LPD8, MAX49, and many others. The MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio pads are implemented with the MPC Software in a way that doesn't require user's to know what MIDI note values are being transmit from the controller. The MPC software can also accept MIDI...

Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Using as a Plugin With Sonar X2

  The MPC Renaissance software can be used as a plugin within many DAWs allowing for greatly expanded creative options. This guide walks through setting up MPC Renaissance as a Plugin in Sonar X2.     Adding the MPC plugin to SONAR X2 Make sure that the VST Plugin folder has been added to the VST folder location in Sonar...

Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Triggering an External Sound Module from the MPC plug-in in Ableto

  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 plugin within Ableton Live 8.   Hardware Settings Ableton Live 8 Settings MPC...

Akai MPC Software - How to Run 64 and 32 Bit Versions, and Accessing 3rd Party Plugins

The MPC Software version 1.4, added 64-bit support for PC/Mac. The 64-bit plugin versions load in supported 64-Bit DAW's. If you are running the 64-bit version of the MPC Standalone or Plugin one of the first differences you may notice is that some 3rd party plugins that were previously available in the 32-bit version are no longer available. In this overview, we'll cover how...

Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Chopping Drum Loops

    Have you ever used a drum loop in your project, but wanted a way to easily transform that repetitive beat into interesting drum fills, transitions and alternate patterns?  With the MPC software, you have the ability to chop any pre-recorded audio loop into individual hits quickly and easily.  This powerful feature allows for the ability to extract 'slices'...

Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Syncing the Standalone App With External MIDI Controllers

Many of the latest MIDI controllers feature built-in arpeggiators, noterepeat or even step sequencers.  To help you integrate these features into your MPC workflow, the MPC Renaissance lets you to send MIDI Beat Clock sync out to your external MIDI controllers. This article takes the user through syncing the standalone MPC app with various Akai MIDI controllers.  Just hook up...

Akai MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, and MPC Touch - Video Tutorials

  Video tutorials for the Akai Pro MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio and MPC Touch are being released both by Akai and by users at a rapid pace.  We've collected some of our favorites together here in one place.   Contents Complete Download, Installation & Setup Walkthough MPC Academy: MPC Touch - by Akai Professional MPC Touch - by Akai Professional MPC University...

Akai MPC Renaissance - Sampling With an External Sound Module

  Have a synth or external sound module you would like to sample?  With the MPC Renaissance/MPC Software it has never been easier.  You can even quantize the sample with legendary MPC swing!  The following article will show you how to record a MIDI track, send the MIDI to an external sound module, and record the sound module's audio as...

Akai MPC Renaissance, Studio and Software - Frequently Asked Questions

 We've put together answers to some of the most common questions about the Akai Pro MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio and MPC Software.  With the tips in this FAQ under your belt, you'll have even better control over your new hardware and software.   Frequently Asked Questions MPC Software Will MPC Software updates be available? What plugin formats is the MPC...

Akai MPC5000 - Using the frequency shifter for huge chorus and stereo effects

Frequency Shifter is an effect that has been around for a long time, but fell out of favor in the late 1970s. Today, producers are rediscovering this effect that does NOT do what its name implies. A frequency shifter does not function as a pitch shifter; it creates a harmonic shift. In small does, using frequency shifter can sound like...

Akai MPC5000 - Using Q-Links to Control and Sequence External Synths

Many external synthesizers and modules have parameters such as filters, envelopes, and oscillators that can be controlled by MIDI Continuous Controllers (CCs). You can use MPC5000 Q-Link controls to send and sequence MIDI CCs to control these parameters. You save a program with Q-Link assignments and recall them for later use.   Create a new SAMPLE program by going to...

Akai MPC5000 - Massive Aggressive Distortion

Here's an effects chain that’s designed for absolute distortion craziness. We recommend trying it on drums, hits, and 16th note arpeggiated synths. What is it? This chain sounds especially good on drums when there is “air” between the drums, say if, when sampling a kick or snare from a record, you would want to capture some of the vinyl noise...

Akai MPC5000 - Performance Tools

The MPC5000 not only features great tools for song and beat production, it's also a powerful live-performance instrument. From dirty, gritty, in-your-face distortions to wacky modulation effects, the MPC5000's effects engine could easily replace an entire suitcase of pedals and other effects units. On top of the effects engine, the MPC5000's Q-Link assignable controllers, sampling engine, and of course, the...

Akai MPC Series - Synchronizing with Sonar

  MPC5000 / MPC2500 as Master, Sonar as Slave Use a MIDI cable to connect an available MIDI OUT of your MPC (such as MIDI OUT A) to an available MIDI IN of your MIDI interface. Using MIDI Time Code (MTC) & MIDI Machine Control (MMC) In Sonar: First, choose your MIDI interface as an enabled MIDI device: Go to...

Akai MPC Series - Synchronizing with Ableton Live

MPC5000 / MPC2500 as Master, Ableton Live as Slave Use a MIDI cable to connect an available MIDI OUT of your MPC (such as MIDI OUT A) to an available MIDI IN of your MIDI interface.   Using MIDI Time Code (MTC) & MIDI Machine Control (MMC): In Ableton Live: Open Ableton Live Preferences: Macs: Press Command + , to...

Akai MPC Series - Synchronizing with Reason

MPC5000 / MPC2500 / MPC1000 / MPC500 as Master, Reason as Slave Note: Reason only accepts MIDI Beat Clock sync from an External Source and does NOT generate any Sync Out, so there is only one way to sync Reason with any MPC or external device. Use a MIDI cable to connect an available MIDI OUT of your MPC (such as...

Akai MPC Series - Synchronizing with Cubase LE

MPC5000 / MPC2500 as Master, Cubase / Nuendo as Slave Use a MIDI cable to connect an available MIDI OUT of your MPC (such as MIDI OUT A) to an available MIDI IN of your MIDI interface. Using MIDI Time Code (MTC) & MIDI Machine Control (MMC): In Cubase LE: Navigate to Transport > Synchronization Setup… Under Timecode Source, choose...

Akai MPC Series - Synchronizing with Cubase and Nuendo

MPC5000 / MPC2500 as Master, Cubase / Nuendo as Slave Use a MIDI cable to connect an available MIDI OUT of your MPC (such as MIDI Out A) to an available MIDI IN of your MIDI interface. Using MIDI Time Code (MTC) & MIDI Machine Control (MMC): In Cubase 3 / Nuendo 3: Navigate to Transport > Sync Setup… Under...

Akai MPC Series - Synchronizing with Pro Tools

MPC5000 / MPC2500 as Master, Pro Tools as Slave Use a MIDI cable to connect an available MIDI OUT of your MPC (Such as MIDI Out A) to the MIDI In of your Digidesign or M-Powered hardware. Using MIDI Time Code (MTC) & MIDI Machine Control (MMC): In Pro Tools: Go to the Setup menu and choose Peripherals… Click on...

Akai MPC Series - Synchronizing with Fruity Loops

Fruity Loops as Master, MPC5000 / MPC2500 / MPC1000 / MPC500 as Slave Note: Fruity Loops only outputs Sync. It does not receive. Connect a MIDI cable from an available MIDI OUT of your MIDI interface to an available MIDI IN on your MPC. Using MIDI Time Code (MTC) & MIDI Machine Control (MMC): On MPC5000 / 2500: Go to the...

Akai MPC2500 - Tips and Tricks

The MPC2500 is a staple of music production, used by professional producers, beatmakers, and other musicians everywhere. MPCs make it quick and easy to make beats and shape them to perfection. In this column, we’ll give you some ideas on how to get even more out of your MPC2500. Nearly all MPC users can benefit from these tips, with the...

Akai MPC 500/2500/5000 Velocity Curve Explained

Some people can hit it just right and some people can't.  For those of us with lighter touches or for those of us who are just plain heavy-handed, the MPC 500/2500/5000 allows the user to adjust the velocity curve of the assigned sound to better suit a particular playing style.  Check out this article to find out more. Contents Logarithmic...

MPC 1000 - Syncing with Reason 7

The MPC 1000 puts the classic MPC workflow and sound into a portable and affordable package. It can operate as a standalone unit or as a MIDI device synced to your favorite DAW. This guide covers how to MIDI sync the MPC 1000 with Reason 7.    Contents Setup for the MPC 1000 Setup in Reason 7 Akai Technical Support...

Akai MPC1000 - Mapping to the Ableton Live Drum Rack

The Akai MPC1000 is a portable but powerful version of the larger MPC series units. It not only operates as a standalone production studio, but can easily control Ableton Live via MIDI. The following article will walk you through how to map your MPC1000 to be used with the Ableton Live Drum Rack.   CONTENTS MPC1000 Setup Ableton Live Setup...

Akai MPC1000 - Using with an External Sound Module

The MPC1000 is a powerful sequencer and sampler. The capabilities of the MPC1000 can be expanded when used as a sequencer to trigger external sound modules such as a Motif, Venom, etc.  This guide walks through the procedure for using the MPC1000 to trigger an external sound module.   Contents Setting up the MPC 1000 External Sound Module Setup M-Audio...

Akai MPC500 - Mapping to the Ableton Live Drum Rack

  The Akai MPC500 is a portable but powerful version of the larger MPC series units. Not only is it a capable sampler and sequencer in its own right, but it can also serve conveniently as a MIDI controller for Ableton Live. The following article will walk you through how to map your MPC500 to be used with the Ableton...

AKAI MAX49 - Setup for Logic Pro X

The MAX49 with Apple's Logic Pro X is a powerful and flexible production system. This guide covers the sync and transport settings as well as manually mapping the MAX49's touch faders to various controls in Logic Pro X. Contents MAX49 Hardware Settings Logic Pro X Sync and Transport Settings Logic Pro X Controller Assignments Further Technical Support   MAX49 Hardware...

Akai MAX49 - Setup for Reaper

The MAX49 provides versatile options to control virtually all industry standard Digital Audio Workstations. However, sometimes users seek a DAW that will provide industry standard features at a price that won't break the bank. Cockos Reaper is certainly that DAW. On top of having one of the lengthiest trial periods for DAW's, you'll find the price to be very affordable considering the feature set...

Akai MAX49 and PreSonus Studio One Transport Control - Windows 7

  The MAX49 is always a great tool that adds flexibilty and improved workflow to nearly any studio.  Studio One is an ever increasingly popular DAW by PreSonus.  This guide takes the user through the steps to using these two great products together seemlessly in a Windows 7 operating system.   Contents Hardware Settings Software Settings Further Technical Assistance  ...

Akai MAX49 - Setup for Logic Pro 9

The MAX49 with Apple's Logic Pro is a powerful and flexible production system. This guide outlines syncing the tempo and transport controls between the MAX49 and Logic, as well as one method of assigning the MAX49's touch faders to a parameter in Logic. Contents MAX49 Hardware Settings Logic Pro Sync and Transport Settings Logic Pro MIDI Mapping Further Technical Assistance...

Optimizing Your System, Improving Performance, and Managing Latency

So you bought an audio recording interface, followed all the instructions, and set everything up. Now what? A typical PC or Mac recording setup may contain software and hardware products from a dozen or more companies. i.e. Dell, Microsoft, Belkin, Steinberg, Syncrosoft, Waves, Universal Audio, Arturia, FXpansion, Native Instruments, Akai Pro, Alesis. Even with a minimalist setup, getting all the...

Mac OS X - Problems with MIDI devices after an update

I use a Mac, and after installing an OS update, one or more of my MIDI devices aren't communicating with the computer or are acting strangely.  What should I do? When installing a major Mac OS update over an existing one (not using a clean install), or when using Apple's Migration Assistant to transfer files and preferences from one Mac...

Troubleshooting USB MIDI devices on Mac

This guide covers basic troubleshooting steps to determine whether your USB MIDI device is recognized, and working properly on a Mac computer.  Testing to see if a MIDI device is recognized on Mac Testing to see if MIDI devices are transmitting data using MIDI Monitor What to do if your MIDI device is not connecting to your Mac Additional resources...

Troubleshooting Class Compliant USB Computer Peripherals

Most USB audio and MIDI computer peripherals are Class Compliant USB devices. This means that to communicate with the computer, they use drivers that are built right into the host computer’s operating system. These drivers are written by Microsoft (or Apple for Macintoshes), and come pre-installed on all computers. The advantage of Class Compliant USB devices is that they work...

Akai MPK2 Series - Setup in PreSonus Studio One

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 PreSonus Studio...

Akai MPK2 - Setup in Logic Pro X

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 Logic Pro...

Akai MPK2 Series - Setup in Pro Tools 11

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 Pro Tools...

Akai MPK2 Series - Complete Download, Unlock and Setup in MPC Essentials

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 article walks through how to set up the MPK2 series controller with the...

Akai MPK2 Series - Setup in FL Studio 11

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 FL Studio...

Akai MPK2 Series - Setup in Steinberg Cubase

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 Steinberg Cubase...

Akai MPK2 Series - Frequently Asked Questions

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 article walks through a number of frequently asked questions about the Akai MPK2...

Akai MPK2 Series - Setup in Ableton Live

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...

Akai MPD and MPK Series - Setup in Ableton Live 9 Lite

The MPD and MPK series controllers are extremely versatile USB MIDI controllers. Whether you are looking for an all in one production setup with keys and pads, or a more beat-oriented workflow, the MPD and MPK controller series gives you a ton of creative potential in a single piece of hardware. This guide covers how to set up the MPD and MPK controller for...

Akai Pro MPC Renaissance - Creating Custom Samples

  Have a keyboard, vocal, or instrument that you want to sample?  With the MPC Renaissance/MPC Software it has never been easier.  You can even quantize the sample with legendary MPC swing!  The following article will show you how to record a sample, assign it to a pad, and chop it up.   Contents Connecting the Sound Source Setting Up...

Akai MPC Element - Software Installation And Unlock Process

  The Akai MPC Element is a portable solution for musicians looking to take their work on the go. Using the included MPC Essentials Software, or an unlocked copy of the MPC Software, the MPC Element allows for powerful groove production and composition in a compact form factor. This guide walks through registration, installation, and unlocking the software for your...

Akai MPK and MPD Series - Setup with Studio One 2

The Akai MPK series controllers are amazing machines that inspire creativity with every touch of the keys, or smash of the pads.  They link seamlessly with music production DAW's and give you the power and flexibility every musician needs.  With built in tools that integrate perfectly with a variety of popular digital audio software your imagination is your only battle...

Akai MPX8 - Creating a custom kit with the Editor software

The MPX8 comes with free Editor software that allows custom drum and sample programs to be created. Samples can be easily loaded from an SD card and arranged onto the pads. The following article covers how to create a custom program.   Creating a custom kit For information on how to properly prepare your samples for use with the MPX8...

Akai MPX8 - Triggering Samples With An External MIDI Controller

The Akai MPX8 is a mobile SD sample player that allows a user to load virtually any sample via standard SD or SDHC card and assign it to any of the MPX8’s eight backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads.  This article walks through triggering samples on the MPX8 with an external MIDI controller.    Contents  Triggering Samples With An External MIDI...

MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio - Controlling Instruments in Reason on OSX

  The MPC Plugin allows users to transmit MIDI data from the plugin to a software instrument track in their DAW. For most DAW's that support VST, AU and RTAS this is relatively simple to set up. However, Reason, which does not support those plugin formats needs additional workarounds to make this kind of routing capable to control it's instruments...

MPC Software 1.6 - What You Need to Know

  The MPC Software and Essentials empowers you with unprecedented, expandable production capabilities on your Mac or PC and, as usual, Akai Professional continues to add updates and expansions to these ground-breaking software titles.  Check out the latest features to the MPC Software in this article.   New Features List Editor: Provides a GUI and LCD-based event editing interface for...

32-bit vs 64-bit - Your Questions Answered

In the world of computing, the differences between 32-bit and 64-bit anything can be quite confusing.  The following article helps to clarify the differences between 32 and 64-bit operating systems as well as between 32 and 64-bit programs.  It also explains the reasons for choosing one way or the other and walks through the steps to determine if your current...

MPC Renaissance and Studio - Sampling Streaming Audio Using SoundFlower

  The following article demonstrates how to record streaming audio using Soundflower. Soundflower is an OS X system extension that allows applications to pass audio to other applications. Soundflower is a free, open-source utility and runs on Mac Intel and PPC computers.   Getting Started Sampling Streaming Audio with Mac OSX Additional Resources Further Technical Support   Getting Started Download...

MPC Series - Syncing Your MPC With FL Studio

FL Studio is a popular and powerful music production software that an Akai MPC complements very well. With any piece of music production equipment, accurate timing is very important. This guide covers how to synchronize the tempo of your MPC with FL Studio, with FL Studio as the master.     TABLE OF CONTENTS: MIDI Cable Connections MPC Renaissance and...

Akai MAX25 - Reason Transport and Remote Files

  The Akai MAX25 has the ability to control nearly any parameter in Propellerhead's Reason software. Reason Remote is a protocol developed by Propellerhead to allow the ability for a single control surface to map to each of the modules in Reason, including the Transport Controls.  Akai Professional has developed and included all the files necessary to enable Reason to...

Akai iMPC App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch - Frequently Asked Questions

Akai professional brings classic MPC producion to the power and convenience of iOS devices, like the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone. We've collected tips, tricks, and answers to your top iMPC questions into one mega iMPC FAQ for your reading pleasure.   FAQ Contents iMPC Does the iMPC app require Akai MPC hardware? Are all of the included samples with...

Akai MPC Element and MPC Essentials Software - Frequently Asked Questions

Akai Pro's MPC Element and MPC Essentials stretch the boundaries of how MPC users will integrate classic MPC workflow with their computers. The MPC Element's slim design, pad play integration, and ease of use with many of today's modern music applications provides the feature set to help users produce in a portable way. The MPC Element is also bundled with...

MPC Fly - Frequently Asked Questions

We've gathered answers to your most common questions together in this article.   Frequently Asked Questions What iPad models are supported? Will the MPC Fly 30 support both 30-pin, and lightning versions of the iPad? Will the MPC Fly work with Android, or other tablet devices? Does the MPC Fly charge the iPad while plugged in? Is there a sled...

MPC Renaissance and Studio - Firmware Update Instructions

Article updated October 8, 2013 The Firmware Updater application allows you to easily update the Firmware on your MPC Renaissance or Studio hardware. This application is available for both Windows and Mac OSX computers. This article provides a step-by-step walkthrough of installing an update.   Contents Before you begin Preparing for the Update Performing the Update Additional Resources Further Product Support...

MPC Series - Setting up Logic Pro for use with an MPC and a USB MIDI Controller

This video and accompanying download walk you though integrating Logic Pro into your MPC-centered studio.  In this setup, we use the MPC as the sequencer, with Logic Pro acting a sound module.  We also incorporate a USB MIDI keyboard controller.     This video and accompanying download walk you though integrating Logic Pro into your MPC-centered studio.  In this setup...

Akai Pro MPX8 and Editor FAQ

The Akai MPX8 is a mobile SD sample player that allows a user to load virtually any sample via standard SD or SDHC card and assign it to any of the MPX8’s eight backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads.  This article answers the most frequently asked questions about the Akai MPX8 and it's associated Editor.   Frequently Asked Questions 1. MPX8...

Akai MPX8 - Preparing user samples for your SD card

The MPX8 comes with free drum, percussion, and loop sample content.  You can also load your own samples to the SD card.  The following article will cover the requirements needed when preparing your own sample content.   Contents Required sample format My sample still does not read, what's wrong? Further technical assistance     When using samples with the MPX8: ...

Akai MPK and MPD Series - Set Up in Cubase

The MPK and MPD controllers are extremely versatile USB MIDI controllers. Whether you are looking for an all-in-one production setup with keys and pads, or a more beat-only oriented workflow, the MPK and MPD controller series give the user as much creative potential as you can dream up. This guide covers how to configure the MIDI setup for an MPK...

Akai MPD and MPK Series - Syncing With Pro Tools

The Akai MPD and MPK series controllers offer powerful options for electronic music creation. The transport controls, Arpeggiator, and Note Repeat functions require that your controller be synced together with your DAW via MIDI. This guide walks through syncing your MPD or MPK with Pro Tools.   Contents Enabling Transport Controls Via MMC Slaving The Arpeggiator and Note Repeat Functions...

Akai MPK and MPD Series - Setup with Logic Pro X

The Akai MPK and MPD series controllers are powerful music production tools that integrate well with a variety of popular digital audio software. This guide covers how to setup your MPK or MPD controllers with Apple's Logic Pro X.   Contents MPK/MPD Hardware Settings Logic Pro X Sync and Transport Settings Logic Pro X Controller Assignments Further Technical Support  ...

MPK Series - Assigning Independent Tracks to Pads and Keys Simultaneously

Do you want to be able to trigger drum samples using the pads on the MPK series controller keyboard, while simultaneously playing a bassline or melody on the keys?  This article provides insight on the basic concept of how this type of configuration works, along with a few examples of applying it in your DAW.   Concept The idea here...

Akai MPK and MPD Series - Setup in FL Studio

The MPK and MPD controllers are extremely versatile USB MIDI controllers. Whether you are looking for an all in one production setup with keys and pads or a more beat oriented workflow, the MPK and MPD controller series give the user as much creative potential as they can dream up. This guide will cover how to configure the MIDI setup...

Akai MPD Series - Using the Vyzex Preset Editor

The Akai MPD series preset settings can be adjusted and changed in a nearly infinite amount of ways by using the Vyzex editing software, which can be downloaded from the MPD product page.  By default, the pad banks overlap on most presets.  This guide walks through how to use the Vyzex editing software to change an existing preset or create...

Akai MPK and MPD Series - MIDI Mapping and Transport Control in Logic Pro

Logic Pro can create and save templates, which can then be used as starting points for new projects. Templates store the number of tracks, their names, the effects created in them, window positions, and just about every aspect of your project except for the Audio and MIDI itself. Making good use of templates can dramatically increase workflow speed. This guide...

Akai MPK Mini - Using the Preset Editor

The Akai MPK Mini allows for more advanced Preset editing, opening up the ability to change the way the controller interacts with your virtual instrument or DAW.  This guide walks through the basics of the installation of the preset editing software as well as how to change and upload those changes back to the controller.   First, download and install...

Akai Pro Advance Series - Firmware Update Guide

The Advance Firmware Updater application makes it easy to update the firmware on your Advance 25, 49, and 61 keyboards.  Generally, users will look for a firmware update for one of two reasons: They are hoping that a firmware update will add additional features or functionality. They are experiencing some difficulty or symptom that they are hoping will be resolved...

Akai Pro Advance Keyboards - Setup in FL Studio

In this short video, we walk through setting up the Akai Pro Advance Series Keyboards with FL Studio. We review setting up transport control and sync.  Akai Pro Advance Keyboards - Setup in FL Studio Further Support Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Akai Professional product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Akai...

Akai Pro Advance Series and VIP - Setup with Logic Pro X

Akai Professional's Advance Keyboards are like nothing else you've ever played. Along with the VIP software, the Advance series gives you unprecedented playability and unrestricted manipulation of any virtual instrument with an exclusive, interactive, full-color display, complemented by performance-friendly hardware controls. This article walks through integrating the Advance Keyboard with Logic Pro X.    Contents Synchronizing the Advance's Arpeggiator/NoteRepeat with...

Akai Pro AMX - Calibrating the Innofader

A powerful controller for any performer, AMX controls 2 decks of Serato DJ with an intuitive array of faders, touch-activated knobs, and buttons.  At the very heart of the AMX is the Innofader crossfader which offers unparalleled levels of quality and durability that you just don't find in other crossfaders.  In the rare case that it becomes necessary to calibrate...

Akai Pro Advance Keyboards - Using with Native Instruments Komplete

  Akai Professional’s Advance Keyboards are like nothing else you've ever played. The Advance keyboard controllers give you unprecedented playability and unrestricted manipulation of any virtual instrument with our exclusive interactive, full-color display, complemented by performance-friendly hardware controls.  This video walks through all you need to know about using the Advance controller with VIP and Native Instruments Komplete.     Video Links...

VIP - Everything you need to know about Plugin Maps

Included with the VIP software are over 400 Plugin Maps for most VST Instruments (VSTi) on the market today. Plugin Maps give you automatic factory preset importing, automatic category tagging, and automatic controller mapping.  Keep in mind that you do not need a Plugin Map in order to use your favorite VSTi with VIP. You can easily manage and import...

Akai Pro MPX16 - Mapping to the MPC Software

The Akai Pro MPX16 makes a great stand-alone sample recorder and player.  The MPX16 can also be used to control the legendary MPC software.  There is some basic MIDI mapping that you need to perform in order to properly control your pads.  The MPX16 will control all 16 of the pads in the MPC software.  This guide will get your pads to correspond...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - Complete Setup with FL Studio

The Akai MPK mini MKII series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK series 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 MPK mini MKII series controller with FL...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - Complete Setup in MPC Essentials

  The MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact controller designed for the travelling musician and desktop producer.  For the latest guide and video walkthrough of downloading, installing, and authorizing the software, and how to quickly get up and running and making music, vist the following article: Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - How to Obtain, Download, and Install Included Software  ...

Akai Pro MPX16 - Loading Samples

Loading samples with the Akai Pro MPX16 is quick and easy. In this article, we walk through loading WAV samples from either an external SD card or from the internal memory. Use the SELECT+, and SELECT- buttons to navigate between your sample locations. You can choose either INT (Internal) or CARD (SD card).   Use the VALUE dial to select which...

What plugins can I use with the VIP Software?

The VIP (Virtual Instrument Player) software included with your Akai Pro Advance series, M-Audio CTRL49, and Alesis VX49 controllers gives you immediate access to any virtual instrument in your collection. Virtually any VST Instrument (VSTi) and effect will work in VIP, including VST and VST2 instruments.   Do all VST Instruments work with VIP? Yes. All VST and VST2 instruments...

VIP - Everything you need to know about managing Plugins and Presets inside VIP

With the Advance Keyboards and VIP (Virtual Instrument Player) software, your entire VSTi library is controlled by one application.  This video walks through how to manage your all your plugins and presets in VIP, including Scanning Your Plugins, Plugins with Expansions (Kontakt 5), Importing User Presets, and Auto Importing. Video Links Introduction Scanning Your Plugins (0:28) Plugins with Expansions (Kontakt...

My EWI5000 or EWI4000S is not playing in tune, is detuned, or transposed. What should I do?

In this article, we’ve put together some suggestions on troubleshooting unexpected transposition and detuning with the EWI5000 or EWI4000S. Momentary Detuning Persistent Detuning/Transposition Detuning Transposition Custom Patches Factory Reset Further Product Support   Momentary Detuning Both EWI4000S and EWI5000 customers occasionally contact us about unexpected detuning. The causes fall into one of the following categories: A misplacement or slip of...

Akai Pro Advance Series - Creating and Adjusting Keyboard Splits

Akai Professional’s Advance Keyboards are like nothing else you've ever played. The Advance controller gives you unprecedented playability and unrestricted manipulation of any virtual instrument with an exclusive interactive, full-color display, complemented by performance-friendly hardware controls. This article and video walks through how to create and adjust keyboard splits both from the VIP software and directly from the Akai Pro...

Akai Pro Advance Series - Creating and Using Setlists

The Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software application allows you to control your entire VSTi library from one application. A Setlist allows users to order their patches in a “set” for quick selection when playing live or just stepping through a list of favorite patches.  This article and video walks through creating and accessing setlists in the VIP software.    ...

Akai Pro Advance Series - Creating and Using Multis

  The Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software application allows you to control your entire VSTi library from one application.  A Multi is a user-created patch that allows the user to layer up to eight patches into a single "Multi" patch which can then be mixed, panned, soloed, muted, and set to keyboard ranges/splits.  This article and video walks through how...

VIP - How to Customize Category Tags

With the Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software application, your entire VSTi library is controlled by one application.  This article walks through how to customize and adjust category tags associated with individual plugin presets.   Contents Add and Delete Tags Add and Delete Tag Tiles Additional Resources Further Technical Support   Add and Delete Tags Click BROWSER to enter the Tag...

Akai Pro Advance - How to Download, Install and Authorize VIP

With the Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software application, your entire VSTi library is controlled by one application.  The videos in this article walk through how to log into your akaipro.com user account, download the included software, and install it on your computer.   Contents Windows Installation and Authorization Process Mac Installation  and Authorization Process Frequently Asked Questions and Troubleshooting Additional...

Akai Pro Advance Series - Frequently Asked Questions

  Akai Professional’s Advance Keyboards are like nothing else you've ever played. The Advance 49 gives you unprecedented playability and unrestricted manipulation of any virtual instrument with an exclusive interactive, full-color display, complemented by performance-friendly hardware controls. The included videos and article walk through a number of frequently asked questions about the Akai Pro Advance series controllers.   Frequently Asked...

VIP - Frequently Asked Questions

With the VIP (Virtual Instrument Player) software application, your entire VST library is controlled by one application.  Included with the Akai Pro Advance, Alesis VX49, and M-Audio CTRL49, VIP puts automatic plugin control at your fingertips. The included videos and article walk through a number of frequently asked questions about the VIP software.   Frequently Asked Questions Will VIP work...

Akai APC40 MKII - Setup in Ableton Live

The APC40 mkII incorporates five years of user feedback into its design. Almost every aspect of the original APC40 has been deliberated, reworked, and improved to provide extended controller functionality, countless musical capabilities, and a smarter workflow. In addition to its sleek look, veteran APC40 users will immediately notice the enhancements that include an RGB clip-launching grid, reinforced fader design, revised knob...

Akai AFX - Serato Flip Expansion Tutorial

  Serato's Flip expansion pack is a great tool for those using Serato DJ 1.7.1 and later.  With Serato Flip, you can record and play back triggered cue point information at any time during your set.  Flip mode allows the ability to edit tracks, extend intros and outros, breakdowns, transitions, and even make beats.  This article walks through how to use...

Akai Professional Rhythm Wolf - Frequently Asked Questions

  The Akai Professional Rhythm Wolf combines a drum machine, bass synthesizer, and step sequencer into one rugged device with a fierce, 100% analog signal path. This article walks through some Frequently Asked Questions about the Akai Professional Rhythm Wolf.   Frequently Asked Questions Sometimes my Rhythm Wolf goes a little sharp or flat. Is this normal? The KICK DRUM...

Akai MPK mini mkII - Editor: What You Need to Know

  The MPK mini mkII 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 articles walks through the basics of getting to know the MPK mini mkIIII Editor.   What...

Akai Professional MPX16 - Frequently Asked Questions

The Akai Professional MPX16 is an advanced sample player with sixteen backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads.  A compact sampling powerhouse, this article walks through a number of frequently asked questions about the Akai Professional MPX16.     Frequently Asked Questions Can samples be loaded directly onto the MPX16 via USB connection? What format should my samples be in? What kind of...

Akai Professional EWI5000 - Frequently Asked Questions

The Akai Professional EWI5000 combines innovative instrument design, wireless connectivity, and a sound library by SONiVOX to create the most expressive and versatile wind instrument available to today's musicians.  The game-changing instrument combines the functionality of a wind synthesizer with the capabilities of a full featured MIDI wind controller.  This article walks through a number of Frequently Asked Questions about...

Akai Professional EWI5000 - Updating the Firmware

  The Akai Professional EWI5000 combines innovative instrument design, wireless connectivity, and a sound library by SONiVOX to create the most expressive and versatile wind instrument available to today's musicians.  The game-changing instrument combines the functionality of a wind synthesizer with the capabilities of a full featured MIDI wind controller.  This article walks through the means of updating the firmware...

Akai APC40 mkII - Frequently Asked Questions

The APC40 mkII incorporates five years of user feedback into its design. Almost every aspect of the original APC40 has been deliberated, reworked, and improved to provide extended controller functionality, countless musical capabilities, and a smarter workflow. In addition to its sleek look, veteran APC40 users will immediately notice the enhancements that include an RGB clip-launching grid, reinforced fader design...

Akai Professional AFX - Frequently Asked Questions

The Akai Professional AFX allows DJs to unlock the creative potential of Serato DJ, enhancing control and workflow. In this article, we answer some of your frequently asked questions about he AFX. What is the Akai AFX? What software can I use the Akai AFX with? What is included with my Akai AFX purchase? How do I get the included...

Akai Professional AMX - Frequently Asked Questions

The Akai Professional AMX packs tremendous flexibility and mixing control into a compact, convenient footprint. In this article, we answer some of your frequently asked questions about he AMX. What is the Akai Professional AMX? Is the full version of Serato DJ included with the Akai Professional AMX? Does the Akai AMX unlock Serato DJ software? What crossfader is included...

Akai APC Key 25 - Frequently Asked Questions

Designed for the performing musician or the conventional composer, APC Key 25 is the first Ableton Live controller from Akai Professional that is equipped with a high-performance keyboard. Uniting the power of a clip-launching panel with a keyboard interface, APC Key 25 couples real-time control of Ableton Live with traditional composition tools: create melodies, compose bass lines, and play chords...

Akai APC Mini - Frequently Asked Questions

APC mini is the most portable all-in-one Ableton controller solution with Akai Pro build quality. Engineered specifically for the mobile musician and the desktop producer, APC mini concentrates the essential features of the APC40 mkII, Akai Pro’s flagship Ableton controller, into a compact design that fits in your backpack. In this article we answer a few of your top questions about...

Akai iMPC Pro App - Video Guides

  iMPC Pro is a 64-track music production powerhouse for your iPad. Developed in partnership with Retronyms, the iMPC Pro app comes with built-in sampling functionality, a sound library, effects, and performance-driven features that bring the functionality of Akai Professional's coveted Music Production Center to your iPad.  The iMPC Pro app comes with numerous enhancements for creating when inspiration strikes and this...

Akai MPK2 Series - Setup in Reason 7

?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 Reason 7...

Akai MPK2 Series - Syncing to External MIDI Devices

  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 article walks through how to integrate the MPK2 series controller with your...

32-bit vs 64-bit - Your Questions Answered

In the world of computing, the differences between 32-bit and 64-bit anything can be quite confusing.  The following article helps to clarify the differences between 32 and 64-bit operating systems as well as between 32 and 64-bit programs.  It also explains the reasons for choosing one way or the other and walks through the steps to determine if your current...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - How to Obtain, Download, Install and Setup the Included Software

The MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact controller designed for the traveling musician and desktop producer.   In this guide and video, we cover setup with the MPK mini mkII with the included MPC Essentials software and the AIR Hybrid plugin. We walk through downloading, installing, and authorizing the software and how to quickly get up and running and making music...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - Frequently Asked Questions

The 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 a number of Frequently Asked Questions about the Akai MPK Mini MKII.   Frequently Asked...

Mac OS X: Accessing Hidden Library Folders

In this Tip's N Tricks article, I want to point out a very important tip for getting around one of Apple's more peculiar security precautions in Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion.  By default, the User Library folder is hidden in Mac OS 10.7 and above.  We'll cover a few different methods to easily access this hidden folder.  ...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - Downloading, Installing and Using the Sample Content

The MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact controller designed for the traveling musician and desktop producer. Along with MPC Essentials, the MPK mini mkII comes with three content packs to help you get started producing beats and making music. This guide walks through where to find those content packs and how to use them.   Contents What is included and...

Akai Pro MPD226 - Setup in Logic Pro X

  The MPD226 is a USB/MIDI pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. This provides presets, preference files, and instructions on how to easily map setup the controller with Logic...

Akai Pro MPC Touch - Using the MPC Expansion Packs & Plugins

The Akai Pro MPC Touch is truly a workflow revolution.  It incorporates the ease of a touch screen right on the device for quicker production.  This guide walks through how to get up and running and start making music quickly using the MPC Touch.   Content Where to download the Expansion plugins and other included software Install the MPC Expansion...

Akai Pro MPC Renaissance and Studio - Installing and Setting up the Expansion Pack Plugins

This article walks through all the basics steps of how to install and open your Expansion plugin in the MPC software. To find out how to install and setup the Expansion Pack plugins, check out this article and then jump right in!   Contents What is the Expansion Pack? Install the MPC Expansion Pack Adjusting Plugin Sources in the MPC...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - Updating the Firmware

The new MPK mini mkii is an ultra-compact keyboard controller designed for the traveling musician and the desktop producer. This guide walks through the steps to update the firmware.   Contents Before You Begin Performing the Firmware Update Further Technical Support   Before You Begin Please be advised this firmware update is not mandatory to install onto your MPK mini...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - Getting Started

The MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact controller designed for the travelling musician and desktop producer.  For the latest guide and video walkthrough of downloading, installing, and authorizing the software, and how to quickly get up and running and making music, vist the following article: Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - How to Obtain, Download, and Install Included Software   Further...

Akai Pro MIDImix - Using the MIDImix Editor

MIDImix is a portable compact high-performance mixer that has the unique ability to control your Digital Audio Workstation. While it's not always necessary to edit the parameters on the MIDImix, it can be beneficial when creating more complicated mapping assignments. This article walks through how to use the MIDImix Editor to re-configure the parameters.   Contents Downloading, Installing and Opening The...

Akai Pro MIDImix - Setup with Logic Pro X

MIDImix is a portable compact high-performance mixer that has the unique ability to control your Digital Audio Workstation.  This article walks through how to set up and map out the MIDImix with Logic Pro X.     Contents Getting Started Loading the Logic Pro X Preset Installing the Control Surface Preference File Current Mapping Assignments Additional Mapping Resources Further Technical...

Akai Pro MIDImix - Setup with Steinberg Cubase

  The MIDImix is a portable compact high-performance mixer that has the unique ability to control your Digital Audio Workstation.  This article walks through how to set the MIDImix up with Steinberg Cubase and the provided mapping file.   Contents Download the Cubase Remote Mapping File Loading the Preset Installing the Cubase Mapping File Curent Mapping Assignments Further Technical Support  ...

Akai Pro MIDImix - Setup with Studio One 2

The Akai Pro MIDImix is a portable compact high-performance mixer that has the unique ability to control your Digital Audio Workstation.  Check out the following video that the folks over at WinkSound created on how to map a MIDI controller - which you can use to map the MIDImix - with Studio One 2.     Further Technical Support Whether...

Akai Pro MPC Essentials - Using Multiple Instances Of The Plugin

MPC Essentials is a one-track version of the full MPC software. Although this may seem limiting at first, there are plenty of ways to use this to your advantage and allow MPC Essentials to expand with you as your productions grow. This guide uses the MPK Mini MKII and Ableton Live Lite to go over the basics of using MPC...

Akai Pro MPD232 - Setup with MPC Essentials

The MPD232 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. This guide walks through how to setup the MPD232 with the included MPC Essentials program. Contents MPD232 Setup...

Akai Pro MPD226 - Setup with MPC Essentials

  The MPD226 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production.  This guide walks through how to setup the MPD226 with the included MPC Essentials program.  ...

Akai Pro MPD218 - Setup with MPC Essentials

  The MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production.  This guide walks through how to setup the MPD218 with the included MPC Essentials program.  ...

Akai Pro MPC Touch - Installation, Calibration and Unlock Walkthrough

  Combining the might of a pro-level piece of production gear truly fit to carry the MPC shield with the tactile ease of use found on smartphones and tablets, the Touch is truly a workflow revolution.  It incorporates the ease of a touch screen right on the device for quicker production.  This guide thoroughly walks through the installation procedure.  ...

Troubleshooting Serato & Audio Issues When Using DVS Or A Controller With Motorized Platters

Some users have reported that audio stops or cuts out unexpectedly when using Serato with DVS or a controller with motorized platters like the Numark NS7 series, Akai AMX, Denon DJ DS1, Rane SL2, etc. What causes hardware disconnects and audio dropouts in Serato DJ when using DVS or a controller with motorized platters? A bug was identified in Serato DJ...

MPC Touch - Display Configuration Troubleshooting Guide

The Akai MPC Touch boasts a 7" touchscreen that allows you to have full control over your projects without ever looking away from the hardware.  The MPC Touch is recognized by your computer as an extra display, so making sure that it is set up properly is very important. This guide reviews some of the most common questions and concerns...

Akai MPC5000 - Replacement CDM25 DVD-ROM Drive Installation

In this video we walk through how to install or replace the CDM25 DVD-ROM drive in an Akai Professional MPC500 or MPC2500.  The plug-and-play DVD drive comes right out with no tools, and can be swapped out in about 2 minutes.  Just a screw driver is needed to open the access panel. Replacement CDM25 DVD-ROM drives are available right from...

Akai Pro Tom Cat - Frequently Asked Questions

The Akai Professional Tom Cat is an exciting true analog drum machine with five built-in percussion voices, including Kick, Snare, and Clap sounds with chromatically tunable Disco Toms. Onboard controls—all continuously variable—enable users to customize the tuning, amplitude envelopes, and volume of each drum voice separately for precise real-time adjustment. Outfitted with six MPC-style pads and a built-in 32-step sequencer...

Akai Pro Timbre Wolf - Frequently Asked Questions

Akai Professional's Timbre Wolf is a powerful and versatile four-voice polyphonic synthesizer. With the power to configure voicing as four mono voices, four-voice unison, or as a four-voice polysynth, you'll have the flexibility to build rich synth parts the way you want. With lots of sonic control and a 32-step sequencer for each voice, electronic musicians and synth heads are...

Akai Pro MPC Touch - Frequently Asked Questions

  In creating the MPC Touch, we have once again established the iconic MPC series as the thought leader in music production technology. Combining the might of a pro-level piece of production gear truly fit to carry the MPC shield with the tactile ease of use found on smartphones and tablets, the Touch is truly a workflow revolution. How producers...

OS X 10.11 El Capitan Support for Akai Pro Products

Apple released Mac OS X 10.11 on October 21, 2015.  We’ve been hard at work testing compatibility with this new operating system since the final version was made available to us as developers, and while many of our products function perfectly with the new Mac OS, a few need updates to their drivers in order to work as well with...

Akai Pro Advance Keyboards - Setup in Pro Tools

Akai Professional's Advance Keyboards are like nothing else you've ever played. Along with the VIP software, the Advance series gives you unprecedented playability and unrestricted manipulation of any virtual instrument with an exclusive, interactive, full-color display, complemented by performance-friendly hardware controls. This video walks through integrating the Advance Keyboard with Avid's Pro Tools.     Further Support Whether you are...

Akai Pro EWI5000 - Troubleshooting Error Code 88

This guide will discuss some potential causes and solutions for the error code "88" with the EWI5000. Content What does the 88 error code mean? What are some potential causes for this error? Lithium-ion Battery Battery Discharge Battery Overcharge Improper Installation Outside Factors Insufficient Charging Source What can I do to resolve the issue? Battery Care and Maintenance Further Product Support...

Akai Pro MIDImix - Setup with Ableton Live Lite

  Up until now, there was just no solution for musicians and producers who needed a compact, easily portable way to mix and process their projects on site. But MIDImix is the best solution for portable mixing on the go.  MIDImix offers an intuitive, familiar mixer layout, solid connectivity with the most popular DAWs, and legendary Akai Professional quality. MIDImix...

Akai Pro MPD218 - Setup with Ableton Live Lite

The MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. Here is a guide to show you how to set this up with the included Ableton Live...

Akai Pro MPD226 - Setup with Ableton Live Lite

    The MPD226 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. Here is a guide to show you how to set this up with the included Ableton...

Akai Pro MPD232 - Setup with Ableton Live Lite

The MPD232 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production.  Here is a guide to show you how to set this up with the included Ableton Live...

Akai Pro MPD226 - Frequently Asked Questions

The MPD226 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production.    Frequently Asked Questions  What software is included with my purchase, and where can I download? Are the...

Akai Pro MPD232 - Frequently Asked Questions

The MPD232 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production.    Frequently Asked Questions  What software is included with my purchase, and where can I download? Are the...

Akai Pro MPD218 - Frequently Asked Questions

The MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production.    Frequently Asked Questions What software is included with my purchase, and where can I download? Does the...

Akai MPC Renaissance - Troubleshooting USB Audio Artifacts or Latency

As with any USB audio interface, there are many potential causes of symptoms like distortion, artifacts (clicks/pops/crackling), and latency. This guide provides some helpful tips to troubleshoot the issue and get you back to making music!    Contents Troubleshooting USB Audio Symptoms USB 3.0 Ports and USB 2.0 Devices 2015 Apple Macbook Pro USB Data Issues Further Support   Troubleshooting...

Windows 10 Support for Akai Professional Products and Drivers

Many products are compatible with Windows 10 and there are no known issues with any Akai Pro items.  Below is a list of our current hardware products and their driver compatibility with Microsoft Windows 10. Note: Newly released operating systems always carry a risk of introducing unforeseen difficulties.  If your projects are time-sensitive, we recommend staying with your current operating...

Akai Pro Advance Series and VIP - Setup with Presonus Studio One

Akai Professional's Advance Keyboards are like nothing else you've ever played. Along with the VIP software, the Advance series gives you unprecedented playability and unrestricted manipulation of any virtual instrument with an exclusive, interactive, full-color display, complemented by performance-friendly hardware controls. This article walks through integrating the Advance Keyboard with Presonus Studio One.   Contents Adding the Advance keyboard as...

Akai Pro MPC - Troubleshooting Invalid Serial Number and Other Common Unlock Problems

The MPC Software provided with the MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, MPC Studio Black and MPC Touch is a necessary part of the workflow for these machines, so it's important to get it unlocked and working quickly so you can get up and running. If you're running into common problems like an invalid serial number or too many activations, this guide...

Akai Pro MPD218 - How to Download and Use the Included Sample Content

The MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. This guide walks through downloading, installing and using the included Sample Content.    Contents Getting Started Mapping...

Turntables - Belt Drive vs. Direct Drive

  © 2017 Steve Feinstein, inMusic, Inc. All rights reserved. As I mentioned in my previous article on cartridges (“needles”), turntables are getting very popular again. This is probably a good time to take a step back and look at the two main types of turntables in use today—belt-drive and direct-drive—explore how they work, what the thought is behind each...

Akai Pro MPD218 - How to Download, Install, And Unlock the Included Software

The MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. This guide walks through downloading, installing and authorizing the included MPC Essentials, Big Bang Drums and Big...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII and MPC Essentials Training

So you've got your MPK mini mkII and installed all of the included software, but now what? To help you get started, we've included a 13 video playlist that will help walk you through loading samples, recording, editing, and exporting music with MPC, MPC Essentials, and several other software titles. Before Getting Started The video playlist below will cover how...

Akai Pro MPC Live and MPC 2.0 - Frequently Asked Questions

  The MPC Live is the newest addition to the MPC hardware and software controller family! Featuring both complete standalone operation and full control over the brand new MPC 2.0 software, this machine is the best of both worlds. This guide will discuss some of the popular questions about the MPC Live and MPC 2.0 features and functionality This guide will be...

The Importance of Room Acoustics

© 2016 Steve Feinstein, inMusic, Inc. Nothing can make or break the sound of your performance, your rehearsal space, a recording venue or a home entertainment system more than room acoustics. You may have the very best instruments, speakers, amplifiers and recording equipment and you may have placed it all perfectly in your space, but if your performance/recording/listening room has...

Why the Needle (Cartridge) Matters So Much in a Turntable

© 2017 Steve Feinstein, inMusic, Inc. All rights reserved. Turntables are enjoying a big resurgence in popularity these days, especially since ION Audio introduced the conversion turntable a few years ago. With an ION Audio or Akai Professional conversion turntable, records can be converted into digital files as they’re being played, so the music on your rare, prized records can...

Akai Pro - MPC X Overview & Demo

This video, originally released by Sound On Sound Magazine, demos the main features of the MPC X.    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...

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC 2.0 - Frequently Asked Questions

  The MPC X is the newest addition to the MPC hardware and software controller family! Featuring both complete standalone operation and full control over the brand new MPC 2.0 software, this machine is the best of both worlds. This guide will discuss some of the popular questions about the MPC X and MPC 2.0 features and functionality This guide...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - How to use the Editor

The MPK mini mkII 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 the basics of getting to know the MPK mini mkII Editor.     Contents...

Akai Pro LPK25 Wireless - Unboxing and Pairing Overview

Don’t let wires tie you down; the Akai Pro LPK25 Wireless connects wirelessly to your device running both MacOS and iOS! In this video, I take a look at what's included with the Akai Pro LPK25 Wireless and also show you how easy it is to pair with a Bluetooth device for wireless control over your creative workflow.   For...

Akai Pro LPD8 Wireless - Unboxing and Pairing Overview

Tripping over your wires? The Akai Pro LPD8 Wireless connects wirelessly to your device running both MacOS and iOS! In this video, I unbox the Akai Pro LPD8 Wireless and show you what's included. I also review how easy it is to pair the LPD8 Wireless with a Bluetooth device.   For more information make sure to check out our...

Akai Pro LPD8 Wireless - Frequently Asked Questions

Tripping over your wires? The Akai Pro LPD8 Wireless connects wirelessly to your device running both MacOS and iOS! The LPD8 Wireless is ideal for musicians that want to take their projects with them on the go or just want to rid themselves of the restrictions of a wired connection. Utilizing a Bluetooth LE connection, the LPD8 Wireless bridges the...

Akai Pro LPK25 Wireless - Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t let wires tie you down; the Akai Pro LPK25 Wireless connects wirelessly to your device running both MacOS and iOS! The LPK25 Wireless is ideal for musicians that want to take their projects with them on the go or just want to rid themselves of the restrictions of a wired connection. Utilizing a Bluetooth LE connection, the LPK25 Wireless...

Activating and Deactivating AIR and Sonivox Plugins

? Before getting started with your new AIR or Sonivox plugins, they'll first need to be authorized. While there are several ways that you can do this, the most efficient method is entering the license directly into the iLok License Manager. This article walks through the easiest way to create an account and authorize your new plugins, as well as...

MPC Touch - Complete Setup And Routing in Logic Pro X

  The MPC Touch and included MPC software combine to create a powerful beat-making machine, incorporating all elements of the legendary MPC workflow. Using the MPC software as a plugin adds even more features and options to connect and interact with your favorite DAW. This guide walks you through everything you need to know about using the Akai Pro MPC...

macOS Sierra 10.12 and iOS 10 Support For Akai Pro Products

Whenever a new operating system is released, it is crucial to check the compatibility of your hardware and software before choosing to make the jump. This article will be updated periodically to reflect the current status of Akai Pro hardware and software compatibility with macOS Sierra and iOS 10. Please note: It's important to us that your work and creativity are...

Akai Professional BT500 Turntable - EZ Vinyl Converter Tutorial

The Akai Professional BT500 Turntable makes it easy to convert your vinyl collection into digital files using the aptly named, EZ Vinyl Converter software. In this video, we show you how to quickly download, install and setup EZVC.  For more on the BT500, visit: www.akaipro.com/product/bt500  

Akai Professional BT500 Turntable - Playing and Bluetooth Pairing

In this video, we take a look at the back of the BT500 and show you how to set up the turntable for playback via RCA out or Bluetooth speakers.  For more on the BT500, visit: www.akaipro.com/product/bt500  

Redeeming Your Copy of Blackhole by Eventide

For a limited time, all Advance and MPC Touch users will be eligible for a free copy of the Eventide deep space reverb plugin, Blackhole. This offer will be available inside registered users' Akai accounts until expiring on September 30th, 2016.   Once the promo ends, the software will no longer be available from your Akai account, so interested eligible...

Akai MPK mini mkII - Difficulty loading Wobble and Hybrid 3 in MPC Essentials

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...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - Complete Setup in Ableton Live Lite

  The MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact controller designed for the traveling musician and desktop producer. This guide discusses the general set up and use of the keyboard and included plugins with Ableton Live Lite.   Video Contents Guide Contents Starting the Installation for Hybrid Choosing a Plugin Location Installing Wobble Assigning an Audio Device in Ableton Setting up...

VIP - How to Build a Plugin Map

VIP is a powerful application that allows users to control virtually any VST plugin from their Akai Pro Advance, Alesis VX49 or M-Audio CTRL49 keyboards. To do so, the application utilizes "Plugin Maps" to connect the hardware controls to software parameters, as well as manage presets and settings. This guide will walk through creating a personalized map for a plugin...

VIP - Everything You Need To Know About FX Plugin Maps

With the addition of FX Plugin support in VIP 2.0, plugin maps will be provided to map VIP with the most popular effect plugins on the market today. Plugin Maps give you automatic factory preset importing, automatic category tagging, and automatic controller mapping. The list currently includes over 600 FX Plugin maps and will continue to grow. Keep in mind...

Akai Pro MPD226 & MPD232 - Setup and Mapping in Cubase

The MPD226 and MPD232 are USB/MIDI pad controllers perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike.  This article provides presets, mapping files and instructions to map your MPD226 or MPD232 out to Cubase.   Contents Getting Started Preset for MPD226 Transport and Sync Installing the Mapping File Current Mapping Assignments Further Technical Support     Getting Started For your convenience...

MPC Training - How to Produce with an Akai Professional MPC

Want to know how to produce music using an MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, or MPC Touch?  You're in the right place!  This article links to many of the most popular and current MPC training videos and tutorials available! Contents MPC Touch MPC Studio Black MPC Studio MPC Renaissance Further Technical Support   MPC Touch Expansion Pack Plugins Installation Walkthrough Knowledge...

Akai Pro MPC Renaissance & Studio Black - Complete Download, Installation and Unlock Process

  The MPC Renaissance, Studio, and Studio Black fuse legendary MPC production with the processing power of your computer.  But before getting started you'll want to authorize and unlock your MPC software. This video and guide walks through how to download, install and unlock your MPC software with your MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio and MPC Studio Black.    Contents Video...

Akai Professional BT500 - Frequently Asked Questions

The Akai Pro BT500 belt-drive turntable is an exquisitely crafted, premium performance turntable that extracts every musical detail and subtle nuance from your beloved record collection. This article walks through a number of frequently asked questions about the Akai Pro BT500.   Frequently Asked Questions  What kind of speakers can I use with this BT500? How do I connect this...

Akai Pro MPD232 - Setup in Logic Pro X

The MPD232 is a USB/MIDI pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. This provides presets, preference files, and instructions on how to easily map setup the controller with Logic Pro...

Akai Pro MPC X - Unboxing and Basic Setup

? In this video, we unbox the brand new Akai Pro MPC X! This includes a walkthrough of the box contents, inputs and outputs, as well as how to plug it in and start making some noise.  Contents Intro Box Contents Inputs and Outputs Connecting and Powering on the MPC X Opening a Project and Getting Started Outro and more...

Akai Pro MPC Live - Syncing a MIDI controller with an MPC Live

The new MPC Live makes the process of performing your studio inventions on stage incredibly seamless by combining the power of a production centerpiece with the portability and rugged design of an on stage workhorse. This article will walk through setting up a MIDI controller with the MPC Live.   Contents Syncing a MIDI Controller in Standalone Mode Syncing a...

Upgrade Path for MPC 2.0

With the beta release of MPC 2.0 available and the full version on the horizon, you may be wondering: Am I eligible for a free upgrade to MPC 2.0? This article will discuss the different upgrade paths available for MPC 2.0.     Am I eligible to download and use the MPC 2.0 Beta? The MPC 2.0 Beta is available...

Akai Pro MPC Live - Feature Overview and Tutorial

In this product overview video, we introduce you to the hardware and software features that make up the new MPC Live. Portable, powerful and fully standalone, the MPC Live is set to stoke the creative fire of producers and performers worldwide.   Further Technical Support Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Pro product...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - Complete Setup in Pro Tools First

The MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact keyboard controller designed for the traveling musician and the desktop producer. With an array of hardware controls, MPK mini mkII 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 mkII with Pro Tools First.   Contents...

Akai Pro MPC Touch - Sequencing and Sampling with a Synthesizer or Drum Module

The MPC Touch offers all of the connectivity and features you need to integrate your favorite synthesizers and drum modules into your performance workflow. This guide will walk through the steps necessary to get your analog synthesizer/drum modules connected and synchronized with your MPC Touch.   Contents Hardware Setup Recording and Sending a MIDI Sequence to/from your Synthesizer/Synth Module Recording a...

Akai Pro MPC Essentials - Sampling with MPC Essentials

Have a keyboard, vocal, or instrument that you want to sample?  With MPC Essentials, it has never been easier! The following article will show you how to record a sample using your computer's internal sound card, or an external audio interface.     Contents Sampling in MPC Essentials using an Audio Interface Using Audacity to Record Samples Additional Guides &...

Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 - Managing your MPC 2.0 License

Your MPC 2.0 software comes complete with two available authorizations, and endless activation possibilities. Using the iLok License Manager, your license can be easily transferred from one computer to another or placed on an iLok dongle for ultimate portability. This article will discuss how to easily activate, deactivate and transfer licenses, as well as how to fix some common iLok...

Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 Beta - Frequently Asked Questions

The first stage of MPC 2.0 has been released for MPC Touch and MPC Live users! Here is everything you'll need to know.   Frequently Asked Questions Where do I download the MPC 2.0 Beta? Where do I find the license to activate the MPC 2.0 Beta? Is there a complete tutorial on installing and authorizing the MPC 2.0 Beta...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - Complete Setup in Presonus Studio One Prime

The Akai MPK mini mkII series controllers combine deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.  The MPK series are engineered to be all-in-one controller solutions for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.  This article walks through how to setup the MPK mini mkII series controller with Presonus Studio...

MPC Touch - Complete Setup and Routing in Cubase

The MPC Touch and included MPC software combine to create a powerful beat-making machine, incorporating all elements of the legendary MPC workflow. Using the MPC software as a plugin adds even more features and options to connect and interact with your favorite DAW. This guide walks you through everything you need to know about using the Akai Pro MPC Touch as a...

MPC 101 - Syncing a MIDI controller with an MPC Touch

Many of the latest MIDI controllers feature built-in arpeggiators, noterepeat or even step sequencers.  To help you integrate these features into your MPC workflow, the MPC Touch lets you send MIDI Beat Clock sync out to your external MIDI controllers. This article takes the user through syncing the standalone MPC app with MIDI controllers.   Contents MPC Hardware Setup Syncing...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII - Complete Setup with Garageband

The new MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact keyboard controller designed for the traveling musician and the desktop producer. With an array of hardware controls, MPK mini mkII lets you record, compose, and perform with virtual instruments, effect plugins, and DAWs whenever inspiration strikes. This guide will walk you through setting up your MPK mini mkII with Garageband, along with...

Akai Pro MPC Essentials - Exporting Basics

  You've finally finished your beat or your song and you're ready to share it with the world, so now what? The MPC Essentials software gives a few different options for exporting your music. The following guide will walk you through the four basic ways you can export your music from MPC Essentials.   Contents  Exporting as an Audio Mixdown...

Akai Pro MPC Essentials - Creating and Using a Keygroup Program

A keygroup is a type of program in MPC that will take a sample and pitch it across all of the keys on your MIDI controller or pads on your MPC, essentially creating your own virtual instrument. For example, you could turn a single bass note sample into an entire playable bass program by creating a keygroup with the sample...

So you just bought an MPC Touch. Now what?

Introducing a new approach to music production with an ultra fast and super intuitive workflow, the Touch is powered by a radiant 7" color multi-touch display. Literally grab and pinch waveforms, draw midi events, adjust envelopes, chop samples, add effects and precisely set your controls using your fingertips. If you just purchased one of these production machines, you may be...

So you just bought an MPK mini mkII. Now what?

The MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact keyboard controller designed for the traveling musician and the desktop producer. If you just picked up on one of these handy controllers, you may be wondering: what do I do next? Look no further! This guide compiles all of the best articles and tutorials to help you get completely up and running, and...

MPC 101 - Creating a Patched Phrase

Creating a patched phrase allows automatic beat matching of loops and phrases to your sequence's tempo. This guide will walk through how to turn any loop into a patched phrase in the MPC software.    Contents Creating a Patched Phrase Additional Guides & Videos Further Technical Support   Creating a Patched Phrase Choose a loop.   Open the Sample Edit...

VIP - Managing Kontakt and other Expansion Plugins

VIP gives you immediate access to any virtual instrument in your collection, with or without a DAW. It's a powerful way to play virtual instruments live or integrate them into a recording session. Kontakt is one of the most commonly used plugins, but because of it's unique structure, the process for using inside of VIP requires a little more explanation...

MPC 101 - Common Terms Explained

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or brand new to MPC, understanding the terminology is the first step to creating with an MPC. This guide will discuss all of the important terms and elements of your MPC so you can start creating.   Contents Samples & Loops Drum Programs Tracks & Sequences Expansions & Plugins File Browser, Filters, and Folders...

Akai Pro MPC Touch - Setup and Feature Walkthrough Videos

This video series covers all of the great features of the MPC Touch from building a simple beat, to recording loops, to even using plugins and editing programs. All without looking at a computer. Whether you are new to MPC or a seasoned veteran just picking up an MPC Touch, these videos are a great way to get into the...

Akai Pro MPD226 - How to Download and Use the Included Sample Content

MPD226 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller designed for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs. Its blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with USB connectivity brings the feel of classic beat making into computer music production. This guide walks through downloading, installing and using the included Sample Content.   Contents Getting Started MPD226 Hardware Setup Downloading and Installing the Content Where to...

Akai MPC Renaissance, Studio & Plugins - The Basics

This article, and the accompanying video, walk through all the basics steps of how to setup and open your Expansion or third-party plugin in the MPC software.  The ability to use plugins add a ton of possibility and increased creativity to the MPC workflow.  To find out how to use your preferred plugins, check out this article and then jump...

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII and MPK mini Play - Setup with VIP

In this video, we cover the basics for getting your MPK mini mkII or MPK mini Play controller set up with the included software, VIP.

Akai Pro MPK mini mkII and MPK mini Play - Setup with GarageBand

In this video, we cover the basics for getting your MPK mini mkII or MPK mini Play controller set up with the GarageBand software.

Akai Pro MPC software 2.0 - macOS Mojave warnings and accessibility options

With the introduction of the new macOS Mojave 10.14, there are some new warnings and accessibility steps that may need to be taken to successfully use the MPC software with your computer. This article will provide information on these new warnings, as well as give you steps to correct accessibility problems with your hardware/software with macOS Mojave.

Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 - Downloading and Installing the MPC 2.3 Update

With the release of MPC 2.3, users receive their biggest update yet. New features include three new software instruments, an arpeggiator, auto-sampler, and all new workflow enhancements. The best part is that all of these features are now also available for the MPC X and MPC Live with the MPC 2.3 firmware update. In this article, we'll show you where you can download the MPC 2.3 software update and how to install it.

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - Firmware Update 2.3 Walkthrough

In this video, we show you how to download and install the massive new v2.3 update for your MPC X and Live. This includes where to download and how to run the update, as well as all the great new features you can expect on the other side.

Akai Professional® Expands Power and Versatility of MPC Platform with Release of MPC 2.3 Update

Cumberland, RI USA (November 15, 2018) — Akai Professional today announced the release of MPC Software 2.3. This major software and firmware update introduces a number of user requested features and functionality enhancements, notably the addition of three powerful, versatile, and expressive built-in synthesizers by AIR Music Technology (TubeSynth, Bassline and Electric) to the MPC standalone experience. This is a...

Akai Professional® Delivers IMPC pro 2 for Iphone, a Powerful New Songwriting Tool for Mobile Musicians

Cumberland, RI USA (November 7, 2018) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced that iMPC Pro 2 for iPhone is available for pre-order on the Apple App store. Following up the original ground-breaking iMPC for iPhone app, iMPC Pro 2 elevates song production for all mobile musicians by adding new track types...

Akai Professional® Adds Built-in Sounds to the World’s Most Popular MIDI Controller with the MPK Mini Play

Cumberland, RI USA (October 11, 2018) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the immediate availability of their all-new MPK Min portable MIDI controller. The ultra-portable MPK Mini Play is based on the world’s most popular midi controller—Akai Professional’s MPK Mini—but now it comes packed with 128 sounds and its own built-in...

Akai Pro MPK mini Play - Frequently Asked Questions

With over 100 built-in melodic instruments, drum kits, and sound effects, the MPK mini Play is an all in one solution to portable jam sessions. Whether you are on the couch, in the park, or traveling to your next gig, the MPK mini Play lets you capture those little moments of creation! Inspiration can strike wherever you are - the MPK mini Play can be anywhere you are. This article answers some popular questions about the features and functionality of the MPK mini Play.

Akai Pro Fire - FL Power User Videos with Michael Wynne

Michael Wynne is a recording artist and mixing engineer with a passion for teaching. In 2016 I founded "In The Mix", an audio community where he teaches music production and mixing to over 125,000 members. Some of Michael's videos covering the Akai Fire and how it improves your creative workflow in FL Studio are featured below.

Akai Pro Fire - Overview and Tutorial Videos

In this video tutorial series, we take you from unboxing to making beats, showing you how easy it is to play with Fire. Featuring Michael Wynne.

Akai Professional® Teams up with Image-line to Create Akai Fire, the World’s First Controller for Fl Studio

Cumberland, RI USA (September 27, 2018) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced their newest product, the Akai Fire. Created in close collaboration with software manufacturer Image-Line, Fire finally gives FL Studio producers a dedicated hardware controller - designed to speed up the creative workflow and enhance the overall user experience. Released...

Akai Pro MPC Touch - Uninstalling and Updating MPC Touch Drivers

If you've updated your operating system from a previous version of macOS and you're having trouble getting everything up and running smoothly, remnant settings from the old OS may be causing the issue. This article will walk you through the steps to configure the operating system, hardware drivers, and resolve any issues.

Akai Pro Fire - How to Download and Install FL Studio: Fruity Fire Edition

The Akai Fire is the first dedicated control surface built to interface directly with FL Studio. This article will walk through the complete registration, download, and setup of the included software.

Akai Pro Fire - Frequently Asked Questions

The Akai Fire is the first dedicated control surface built to interface directly with FL Studio. Featuring velocity-sensitive pads, an OLED display, and an intuitive one-to-one hardware representation of FL Studio's sequencer, it will be the perfect companion for any beginner or professional FL Studio user. In this article, we'll cover your top questions about the Akai Fire.

macOS Mojave 10.14 and iOS 12 Support for Akai Pro Products

As Apple unveils its newest operating system, it's time to decide if your system is ready for an update. To help you stay updated, we've tested our products with the latest pre-release versions of macOS Mojave 10.14 prior to its release.

Akai Pro MPC X and Live - Complete Setup in Pro Tools

This article will walk you through a full setup with the MPC X or MPC Live and Pro Tools, including hardware setup, opening MPC 2.0, and routing tracks in Pro Tools.

Akai Pro MPD218 - Optimizing Performance and Reducing Double Triggering

While it is an uncommon symptom, you may encounter double triggering when programming MIDI events with the MPD218. If you do experience this, a few factors could be involved including the surface on which the MPD is placed and playing technique. In this article, we'll discuss how to work with the MPD218 for the optimal performance.

MPC X, MPC Live, and MPC Software - Using MIDI Learn in the MPC Software and MPC Standalone Mode

As of MPC Software and firmware version 2.2, users can now take advantage of external MIDI controllers to control the software and hardware. MPC's MIDI Learn function allows for unprecedented control and flexibility for controlling parameters in MPC projects. Whether you are assigning controls in the MPC Software or directly on the standalone hardware, parameter assignments will translate and function the same way across both applications for an enhanced and integrated experience.

Akai Professional® Opens up Powerful MPC Platform to All Hardware Owners with Release of MPC 2.2 Update

Cumberland, RI USA (April 16, 2018) — Akai Professional today announced the release of MPC Software 2.2. This major software and firmware update for MPC 2 introduces a number of user-requested features and functionality enhancements. As a result, this update is highly recommended for all current MPC X, MPC Live and MPC Software 2 owners. NEW FEATURES INCLUDE: MIDI Learn...

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - Installing MPC 2.2 Firmware Update via USB

The MPC 2.2 firmware update for the MPC X and MPC Live can now be installed straight from a USB drive without connecting the MPC to a computer. In the video below, we walk through the process of downloading and installing the MPC 2.2 update with a USB drive.

Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 - Downloading and Installing the MPC 2.2 Update

With the release of the MPC 2.2 software and firmware update, users will receive all new features for their MPC software and hardware, like the long-anticipated MIDI Learn function. MPC 2.2 also comes with a vast amount of bug fixes and stability updates to virtually every aspect of MPC. In this article, we'll show you where you can download the update and how to install it.

Akai Professional® Team with Propellerhead Software to Create Reason Lite for High-powered Akai Controllers

Cumberland, RI USA (April 10, 2018) — Akai Professional, in partnership with Propellerhead Software, today announced the official release of Reason Lite for select Akai Pro controllers. Reason Lite offers eight instrument and/or audio tracks and maintains much of the same intuitive workflow, studio-grade instruments and powerful recording tools as the full version of Reason 10.  Reason Lite is available...

Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 - Using List Edit Mode

The MPC workflow tends to lend itself to various methods of getting from point A to point B whether you are creating and editing audio or editing your sequences. The MPC List Editor provides a means of visualizing the various elements of your projects in an organized and linear way. This article will cover what the List Editor is, why you might want to use it over Grid Edit, and will provide an example of editing a project through the List Edit Mode menu.

MPC Live and MPC X - Complete setup and routing in Reason 10

In this guide, we will walk through the complete setup and routing in Propellerhead's Reason 10

Akai Pro MPC Live and X - Exporting Expansions from the MPC Software

With the MPC 2.1 update, you can export MPC expansions directly onto an external drive for use with the MPC software or in standalone with the MPC X or MPC Live. The MPC software and your MPC X/Live hardware will both need to be updated to at least firmware/software version 2.1, where this feature was introduced.

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - System Resources Management

Your MPC hardware is capable of handling complex processing when sequencing MIDI data and audio. Just like an operating system on your computer, steps can be taken to optimize your workflow to experience the best possible performance. This article will cover some basic guidelines for optimizing the MPC hardware's System Resources for getting the best performance from its CPU and managing RAM usage.

Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 - Downloading and Installing the MPC 2.1 Update

With the release of the MPC 2.1 update, users get all new features and improvements like the ability to export expansion packs to an MPC X or Live, improved MIDI sync, and new display drivers for the MPC Touch. In this guide, we'll walk through downloading and installing this latest update for the MPC 2.0 desktop software.

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - Firmware Update 2.1 Walkthrough

In this video, we walk through the process of updating the firmware on an MPC X and MPC Live to the latest 2.1 update. This includes where to download, how to connect the MPC, and how to run the firmware updater.

Akai Professional® MPC Live Wins Prestegious TEC Award at 2018 NAMM Show in Las Vegas

Cumberland, RI USA (January 31, 2018) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced that they have been awarded the TEC award for their MPC Live standalone music production center at the 33rd annual NAMM TEC awards ceremony. This prestigious award is widely considered to be the “Oscar” in the professional music and...

Activate Serato DJ or an Expansion Pack with a license number or voucher code

If you have purchased a license for Serato DJ or an expansion, or have received a voucher code for Serato DJ or an expansion, this article explains how to activate your Serato DJ software or expansions using a license number or voucher code.

VIP 3.0 - How to Use Chord Progressions in Key Control

Key Control allows you to play select Scales, Harmonies, or Chord Progressions up and down your keyboard without worrying about playing a note outside of the selected key or scale. This article will take a more in-depth look at Chord Progressions within the Key Control feature.

VIP 3.0 - How to use Key Control

Key Control allows you to play select Scales, Harmonies, or Chord Progressions up and down your keyboard without worrying about playing a note outside of the selected key or scale. This article will walk you through how to use the Key Control feature within the VIP 3.0 software.

Akai Professional® Delivers IMPC pro 2, a Powerful New Songwriting Tool for Mobile Musicians

Cumberland, RI USA (December 14, 2017) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the official release of iMPC Pro 2. Following up the original groundbreaking app, iMPC Pro 2 elevates song production for all mobile musicians by adding new track types and enhancing the beloved drum tracks feature from iMPC Pro. With...

Akai Pro MPK Mini mkII - Setup with UVI Workstation

The MPK Mini mkII is a versatile, class compliant, USB Midi controller that can have you creating music with your favorite DAW in no time. A very simple yet powerful solution is the UVI Workstation; a free standalone DAW with built-in sounds. If you are a seasoned pro or getting into midi based music production for the first time, this software makes it easy to make music.

Akai Pro MPK2 Series - Setup with MPC 2.0 Software

With the release of the MPC 2.0 software, new doors have been opened for users of the Akai Pro MPK 2 series. Whether you own an MPC or not, MPK 2 users now have the ability to interact directly with the MPC software for comprehensive interfacing and manipulation of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more. This article walks through how to set up an MPK2 series controller with the MPC 2.0 Software.

Akai Professional Unleash New Creative Possibilities with Release of High-powered MPC 2.0 Software

Cumberland, RI USA (November 20, 2017) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the official release of MPC 2.0. Released after an extensive beta testing period, MPC 2.0 is compatible with Mac and PC, works either alone as your main DAW or integrates seamlessly into your DAW of choice as a VST...

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - Complete Setup And Routing in Logic Pro X

The MPC X and MPC LIVE combined with the included MPC software create a powerful beat-making machine. Using the MPC software as a plugin adds even more features and options to connect and interact with your favorite DAW. This guide walks you through everything you need to know about using the Akai Pro MPC X and LIVE as a plugin inside Logic Pro X.

VIP 3.0 - How to Redeem and Download VIP 3.0

VIP is a ground-breaking, award-winning music software platform that provides musicians and composers with a total control solution for their virtual instrument and virtual effect collection. VIP provides you with unparalleled access to your virtual instrument and effect collection, seamlessly integrating the hardware/software experience and grants the unrestricted freedom to create in a user-friendly, intuitive format. The combination of VIP and a compatible keyboard controller maximizes workflow and ensur

Akai Pro MPC Touch - Downloading, Installing, and Authorizing MPC 2.0

Combining the might of a pro-level piece of production gear truly fit to carry the MPC shield with the tactile ease of use found on smartphones and tablets, the Touch is truly a workflow revolution. In this video, we show you how to download, install, and authorize the MPC 2.0 software for your MPC Touch.

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - Ableton Link Setup and Tutorial

In this workflow tutorial, we look at how to setup Ableton Link in standalone mode using the built-in wi-fi capabilities found on the MPC Live and MPC X. Opening up a new world of collaborative possibilities, this enables perfectly synched, real-time performance and production with any Ableton Link enabled device.

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - Drum Warp and Flatten Pad Tutorials

In these new MPC Lounge videos, we explore two recent feature additions introduced with the 2.0.5 update. Drum Warp and Flatten Pad open up a new creative drum programming possibilities to our king of swing, the MPC.

Akai Pro MPC Live - Battery Optimization

Your MPC Live is capable of handling complex processing when sequencing MIDI data and audio. Just like an operating system on your computer, steps can be taken to optimize your workflow to experience the best possible performance. This article will cover some basic guidelines for optimizing the MPC Live's battery life.

Akai Pro MPC X and Live - Complete Setup and Routing in Cubase

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 tr

Virtual Instrument Developer Eastwest Announces VIPMS Support for Their Entire Catalogue of Premium VSTs

Ash Vale, UK (September 27, 2017) — Akai Professional (www.akaipro.com), creator of the critically acclaimed Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software — the only software that enables musicians to catalogue, control and map their entire VST instrument and effect library directly from their keyboard — today announced complete VIP Native Plugin Map Standard (VIPMS) support for EastWest’s catalogue of premium virtual...

Akai Professional Introduces Major 2..5 Firmware Update for Its Standalone MPC Live and MPC X Models

Cumberland, RI USA (September 27, 2017) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced a major firmware update to the newest members of its legendary MPC line, the MPC Live and MPC X. The new 2.0.5 update introduces a number of powerful production and performance features, including: audio warping and time-stretching on the...

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - Firmware Update Walkthrough

In this video, we walk through the process of updating the firmware on an MPC X and MPC Live. This includes where to download, how to connect the MPC, and how to run the firmware updater.

macOS High Sierra and Mojave - Driver Installation Results in System Extension Blocked

With every new Apple OS comes new features and new challenges. Starting with macOS High Sierra, improved security features now require the user to enable a system extension for any new driver being installed to the operating system. Because this applies to Akai Pro products like the MPC Live or EIE Pro, we'll show you how to do this in just a few simple steps.

Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 - Changing Time Signature

Time Signature, or meter, is a written indicator that shows the number of beats per measure and the type of note that carries the beat in a piece of music. This article will walk you through how to change the time signature in your sequence as well as the project default time signature in the MPC 2.0 software.

VIP 3.0 Music Software Revolutionizes the Creative Experience for Universal Command over All VSTs from Any MIDI Controller

Cumberland, RI USA (September 8, 2017) — Akai Professional (www.akaipro.com), creator of the critically acclaimed Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software — the only software that enables musicians to catalog, control and map their entire VST instrument and effect library directly from their keyboard — today announced VIP 3.0, a pivotal update opening the platform to any MIDI controller alongside the...

macOS High Sierra 10.13 and iOS11 Support for Akai Pro Products

Whenever a new operating system is released, it is crucial to check the compatibility of your hardware and software before choosing to make the jump. This article will be updated periodically to reflect the current status of Akai Pro hardware and software compatibility with macOS High Sierra 10.13 and iOS11.

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - How to Quickly Format a Drive or Storage Device

Keeping your storage devices running in tip-top shape is key to being successful with an MPC X or MPC Live and this means periodically re-formatting to free up unused space. In these videos, we show you how you can quickly and easily reformat any SATA drive, USB thumb drive, or SD card with the MPC Live or X.

MPC 101 - File Management Tips & Tricks

When making music with any software, it's easy to get carried away and forget about all the files and data that are being stored and recalled behind the scenes. Without proper file management and backup, one missing file can bring any creative flow to a grinding halt. In this guide, we will cover tips and tricks pertaining to basic project and file management, including creating backups, exporting a project as an archive, and freeing up extra HD space so you can focus more on your music.

Akai Pro MPC X - Deconstructing a Project

In this video, we're going to deconstruct and rebuild a demo project on the MPC X including examining the elements of a full sequence, editing that sequence, and adding our own twist.

MPC 101 - The MPC Workflow

Every MPC workflow is composed of a few basic elements: songs, sequences, tracks, and programs. Before you can be an MPC master, you'll need to understand how they all work together. In this article, we'll go over the basics of each element and how they relate to each other.

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - Firmware Update 2.0.3 Walkthrough

In this video, we walk through the process of updating the firmware on an MPC X and MPC Live to the latest 2.0.3 update. This includes where to download, how to connect the MPC, and how to run the firmware updater.

Akai Pro MPC X, MPC Live, and MPC 2.0 Software - Overview Video Series

With so many new additions to the new MPC X, MPC Live, and MPC 2.0 Software, it's tough to keep track. In this video series, we walk through some key new features and how to use them.

Denon DJ Prime and Akai Professional MPC Live In-store Clinics Happening Across Canada in Conjunction with Fingers & Faders Tour

Cumberland RI, USA (July 11, 2017) Denon DJ (www.denondj.com) and Akai Professional (Akai Professional) announced today that they are teaming up with high-flying performers Fresh Kils & Vekked to host workshops featuring the latest DJ and music production gear on their Faders & Fingers tour in Canada, July 18th-August 23rd, 2017. From the incredible pad work and mashups of Fresh Kils...

Akai Professional Reigns Supreme with New MPC X, the Ultimate Standalone Beat Production Experience

Cumberland, RI USA (January 9, 2017) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the newest addition to the iconic MPC line, the MPC X. In creating the X, Akai Professional has taken the lessons from every MPC that preceded it to engineer a production centerpiece truly fit to be the flagship Music...

So you just bought an MPC Studio/Renaissance. Now what?

Fusing Akai Professional's legendary MPC layout and workflow with the power of your computer, MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio are the unrivaled instruments for music production. If you just purchased one of these productions beasts, you may be wondering: what do I do next? Look no further! This guide compiles all the best articles and tutorials to help you get completely up and running with your new MPC and take your productions to the next level.

Akai Professional Drives Creativity to New Heights with Release of IMPC for Samsung Galaxy Devices.

Cumberland, RI USA (February 27, 2017) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced popular iOS app iMPC, is now also available from the Samsung Galaxy Apps Store. Developed in concert with Retronyms, a leading iOS and android app developer, iMPC— previously an iOS exclusive—fuses the acclaimed workflow of an Akai Professional MPC...

Understanding Frequency Response - Why it Matters

All of our hardware brands have multiple units that specify their frequency response. The concepts of frequency response, frequency range, audible frequencies, how frequency relates to musical notes, etc. are absolutely central—critical—to und

Akai Professional Drives Creativity to New Heights with MPC 2.0 Music Production Software

Cumberland, RI USA (January 9, 2017) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, is showing their MPC 2.0 at Winter NAMM, the latest version of their acclaimed music production software. Compatible with Mac and PC, MPC 2.0 works either alone as your main DAW or integrates seamlessly with your current DAW as a VST...

Akai® Professional Electrifies Both Studio and Stage with Game-changing MPC Live

Cumberland, RI USA (January 9, 2017) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the newest addition to the iconic MPC line, the MPC Live. Starting with the immersive production workflow and game-altering performance breakthroughs introduced by the MPC Touch, Akai Professional ratchets up the stakes with MPC Live by adding standalone functionality...

Akai Pro MPC Touch - Complete Setup And Routing in Logic Pro X

The MPC Touch and included MPC software combine to create a powerful beat-making machine, incorporating all elements of the legendary MPC workflow. Using the MPC software as a plugin adds even more features and options to connect and interact with your fa

Akai Professional Unleashes Beat-making with LPD8 Bluetooth MIDI Pad Controller

Cumberland, RI USA (October 19, 2016) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the introduction of their LPD8, the world’s first Bluetooth MIDI pad controller. Recognizing a critical need in the market for a portable pad controller that’s light and compact but robust and full-featured, the LPD8 gives musicians the ultimate in...

Akai Professional Sets Musicians Free with LPK25 Wireless Bluetooth MIDI Keyboard

Cumberland, RI USA (October 19, 2016) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the introduction of their LPK25 Wireless, a ground-breaking portable 25-key MIDI Bluetooth keyboard. Recognizing the need for a wireless keyboard that doesn’t sacrifice versatility and great sound, the new LPK25 Wireless takes portability and feature-rich performance to the next...

Akai Professional Hears Everything with New 50x Monitoring Headphones

Cumberland, RI USA(August 1, 2016) — Akai Professional , a leading manufacturer of keyboards, mixers and production equipment for performers and recording artists, today announced the introduction of their new 50X professional monitoring headphones. Recognizing that too many headphones designed for monitoring and DJ use fall far short in terms of being able to combine all the elements of great...

Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Using as a plugin in Pro Tools 10

The MPC Renaissance and Studio include an MPC Software plugin for use within your favorite DAW such as Pro Tools. When using the MPC plugin, all of the features you'll find in the Standalone MPC software are available from within your favorite DAW. This guide walks you through using key features of the MPC plugin inside Pro Tools, on PC...

Akai Pro MPC Live and MPC X - Transferring Content to and from the MPC Live and MPC X

  Both the MPC X and MPC Live are capable of interfacing with your computer to transfer files to and from the hardware. File transfers will allow you to maintain an unbroken workflow whether you are using your MPC hardware in standalone mode or as a controller for the MPC Software. Start your projects on the hardware and continue working...

Akai Pro MPC Essentials - Sample Editing Basics

Samples are digitized snippets of audio that can either be recorded using the recording function of your MPC software or loaded from the File Browser. Have a keyboard, vocal, or instrument that you want to sample?  With MPC Essentials, it has never been easier! The following article will show you how to take a sample, assign it to a pad...

MPC Academy - MPC Touch Video Tutorials

Just getting started with your MPC Touch? These videos will provide in-depth step-by-step walkthroughs on sampling, sequencing, building programs and so much more.    Contents Sampling & Editing Creating Drum Programs Sequencing Grid Mode and Saving Keygroups Program Edit Plugin Programs Song Mode Exporting Stems Ableton Additional Guides & Videos Further Technical Support   Sampling and Editing   Creating Drum...

Akai Pro MPD232 - How to Download and Use the Included Sample Content

MPD232 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller designed for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs. Its blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with USB connectivity brings the feel of classic beat making into computer music production. This guide walks through downloading, installing and using the included Sample Content.   Contents Getting Started MPD232 Hardware Setup Downloading and Installing the Content Where to...

Akai Pro MPC Touch - Setup With Ableton Live

In this video, I walk through setting up the MPC Touch with Ableton Live so you can access the MPC Software plugin and control Ableton's transport via the MPC Touch hardware.   Additional Guides & Videos Setup Guides Akai Pro MPC Touch - Installation, Calibration, and Unlock Walkthrough Akai Pro MPC Touch - Using the MPC Expansion Packs & Plugins...

Akai Pro MPC Touch - Setup With FL Studio

In this video, I walk through setting up the MPC Touch with FL Studio so you can access the MPC Software plugin and control FL Studio's transport via the MPC Touch hardware and MMC.   Additional Guides & Videos Setup Guides Akai Pro MPC Touch - Installation, Calibration, and Unlock Walkthrough Akai Pro MPC Touch - Using the MPC Expansion...

Akai Pro MIDIMix - Frequently Asked Questions

Up until now, there was just no solution for musicians and producers who needed a compact, easily portable way to mix and process their projects on site. But MIDImix is the best solution for portable mixing on the go.  MIDImix offers an intuitive, familiar mixer layout, solid connectivity with the most popular DAWs, and legendary Akai Professional quality. MIDImix is...

Akai Pro Advance Series and VIP - Setup with Steinberg Cubase

Akai Professional's Advance Keyboards are like nothing else you've ever played. Along with the VIP software, the Advance series gives you unprecedented playability and unrestricted manipulation of any virtual instrument with an exclusive, interactive, full-color display, complemented by performance-friendly hardware controls. This article walks through integrating the Advance Keyboard with Steinberg Cubase.   Contents Synchronizing the Advance's Arpeggiator/NoteRepeat with Cubase...

Akai Pro Advance Series and VIP - Setup with Ableton Live

Akai Professional's Advance Keyboards are like nothing else you've ever played. Along with the VIP software, the Advance series gives you unprecedented playability and unrestricted manipulation of any virtual instrument with an exclusive, interactive, full-color display, complemented by performance-friendly hardware controls. This article walks through integrating the Advance Keyboard with Ableton Live.    Contents Mapping the Advance Keyboard's MIDI controls...

Gain Staging 101

  Q: I'm getting a low output from my microphone. I know its a good mic. Is something wrong with my mixer/interface, or am I doing something wrong? Thanks for writing in.   We’ve helped lots of folks with this question over the years, with various combinations of Microphones, Mixers/Mic Preamps. You didn’t mention what type of mic(s) you were...

Force 3.0.2 Firmware Update

Compatibility This is a firmware update. Firmware This release is for Force hardware. Downloading the Update To download the 3.0.2 Firmware Update, navigate to the Force product page and click on Downloads to find the link: Force For instructions on installing the update, please visit our knowledge base article here. New Features Splice Integration  Splice fuels the creativity of producers...

Akai Professional® Announces Splice Integration in Force, Mpc Live & Mpc X

Standalone music production/DJ performance devices now offer users immediate wi-fi access to their own Splice library directly from the touch user interface

MPC 2.5 Desktop Software and Firmware Update

CompatibilityThis is a firmware and software update.Desktop SoftwareThe MPC 2.5 desktop software includes MIDI maps for popular Ableton, Arturia, Korg, M-Audio and Native Instruments controllers.Downloading the UpdateTo download the MPC 2.5 Desktop Software Update, log into your Akai Pro user account or through MPC 2.4 when prompted. For instructions on installing the update, please visit our knowledge base article here.FirmwareThis...

Akai Professional® Announces 3.0.1 Firmware Update for Force

Update introduces new Launch/Note Mode, side-chain compression (the Mother Ducker), updated recording preferences and improved auditioning of samples/loops. Cumberland, RI USA (February 5, 2019) — Hot off the heels of Force’s public debut at NAMM 2019, Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the release of a 3.0.1 update that introduces a number...

Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Using as a plugin in Cubase

  The MPC Renaissance and Studio include a powerful standalone MPC application.  You can also use the MPC software as a plugin within your favorite DAW such as Cubase.  This guide walks you through using key features of the MPC plugin inside Cubase.      Contents MPC Renaissance Audio Setup MPC Renaissance/Studio MIDI Device & Cubase Transport Control MPC Plugin...

Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Using as a plugin in Ableton Live

The MPC Renaissance and Studio include a powerful standalone MPC application.  You can also use the MPC software as a plugin within your favorite DAW such as Ableton Live.  This video guide walks you through everything you need to know about using the MPC plugin inside Ableton Live. 

Akai MPC Renaissance and Studio - Using as a plugin in Logic Pro

The MPC Renaissance and Studio include a powerful standalone MPC application.  You can also use the MPC software as a plugin within your favorite DAW such as Logic Pro.  This video guide walks you through everything you need to know about using the Akai MPC Renaissance or Studio plugin inside Logic Pro.            Using the MPC...

Akai APC Series - Modifications & Extended Techniques for Ableton

Akai Professional and Ableton teamed up over 4 years ago to start collaborating on the APC series. With may years of use by a large, and dedicated user community, the APC series continues to enhance the way we use Ableton. Users can find hundreds pages containing tips and tricks on Youtube, and other blogs, with suggestions on custom APC MIDI...

InMusic Appoints GC Executive Patrick Sullivan as President

GUITAR CENTER EXECUTIVE TO LEAD INMUSIC INTO THE FUTURE CUMBERLAND, RI USA (January 24, 2019)—InMusic, a global leader in music technology, music production, software and consumer electronics brands, today announced the appointment of Patrick Sullivan as President reporting directly to CEO Jack O’Donnell. Sullivan joins inMusic from Guitar Center Corporation and brings significant experience in merchandising music technology brands. In...

Akai Professional® Introduces Mpk Road 88 Hammer-action Controller for Touring Professionals

With exclusive Model-A 88-key velocity-sensitive keybed, 4-output USB soundcard, MIDI in/out connectors and 3 pedal inputs with road-ready case, Road 88 is ideal for touring professionals. Cumberland, RI USA (January 22, 2019) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the introduction of their new MPK Road 88, a keyboard controller with their...

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