You can now control Ableton Live using your Force. The Force comes pre-mapped to Ableton Live 10.1.2 or later for an instant performance and production setup. For cable-less operation your Force can control Ableton over a Wi-Fi network. For a more tightly controlled setup connect an ethernet cable between your Force and computer.  Force provides an unparalleled level of Ableton integration within a standalone device. The Force’s Live Control mode has been carefully designed to allow you to instantly switch between standalone operation and Live Control mode without ever stopping playback

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Updating the Force's Firmware to 3.0.4

The Force will need to be on firmware version 3.0.4 in order to connect to Live Control Mode. If you haven't already, download the updater to upgrade your hardware:

You can access the updater at any time from the Force's product page.

If you need assistance running the firmware update, refer to the following video:

UPDATING WITH A WINDOWS, MACOS OR USB DRIVE

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Installing the Network MIDI Driver

The Akai Network Driver will allow your Force to seamlessly communicate with and control Ableton Live.

1. Download the Akai Network Driver from the Force's product page.

2. After the download completes, click the file to open the setup application. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

3. Reboot your computer after the installation completes.

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Connecting your Hardware via Wi-Fi Network

Now that the Network Driver is installed, let's connect the Force to a Network. This can be done over Wi-Fi or Ethernet. If you prefer to use an Ethernet cable, skip ahead to the next section.

1. Press the Menu button and tap the gear icon to open the Preferences menu.

2. Tap Wi-Fi to open the Wi-Fi settings. Make sure Wi-Fi is set to On, and then connect to your local wireless network.

3. Ensure that your computer is on the same Wi-Fi network as your MPC.

4. Open the Akai Network Driver from your application or program folder.

5. In the Configured Remote Device field, locate the IP address and Serial Number of your Force and select it. Note: If you still do not see your unit's Serial Number and IP, click the Add a Device button to manually enter your unit's IP address.

6. When you are finished, you can close the Akai Network Driver application and open Ableton Live.

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Connecting your Hardware via Ethernet

If Wi-Fi is not available in your studio or workspace, it is also possible to connect with a physical Ethernet connection. If your computer does not have an ethernet port, you can add one using a USB to Ethernet adapter.

1. Connect your Ethernet cable to the Force's Ethernet terminal (Link port). Route the Ethernet cable and necessary adapter to an available port on your computer.

2. Press the Menu button and tap the gear icon to open the Preferences menu.

3. Select Ethernet from the Preferences menu and make sure the Enabled option is checked.

4. From your computer, open the Akai Network Driver application.

5. In the Configured Remote Device field, locate the IP address and Serial Number of your Force and select it.

6. If you still do not see your unit's Serial Number and IP, click the Add a Device button to manually enter your unit's IP address.

7. When you are finished, you can close the Akai Network Driver application and open Ableton Live.

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Configuring Ableton Live

Important: To use the Force v2.7 to control Ableton Live, you will need to download and install version 10.1.2 or later.

1. Open Ableton Live 10.1.2 or later and enable Link.

2. Open the Preferences menu by selecting Live > Preferences.

3. Make sure you have selected your preferred Audio Device in the Audio tab.

4. In the Link / MIDI tab, click the first available Control Surface field and select Akai Force MPC.

5. In the same row, select Akai Network – DAW Control as the Input and Output.

6. Under the MIDI Ports section, set Remote for the Akai_Force_MPC Input and Akai_Force_MPC Output to On.

7. Once the previous steps have been completed, you can begin controlling Ableton Live with your Force. To enter Live Control Mode, press the Menu button and tap the Live Control icon. The Force will automatically connect with your current session in Ableton.

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What's Next?

Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Pro product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Akai Pro technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.