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
2. MPX8 Editor
- What is the MPX8 Editor?
- The MPX8 is connected to the computer, and the MPX8 Editor is launched. What do I do now?
- Does the MPX8 Editor read .KIT files directly from the MPX8?
- How should .WAV and .KIT files be organized on the SD card used with the MPX8?
- Can I convert audio files to .WAV format using the MPX8 Editor?
- I can't read the names of sample files on the MPX8 display because the sample name has too many characters. How can I read the sample names?
- Is there any setup needed to use the MPX8 Editor?
A: Please update to you MPX8 to firmware version [v1.0.01]. This free update is found in the Docs & Downloads tab on the product’s page. Release notes and instructions to load this new firmware to the MPX8 is included with the download.
A: The MPX8 Editor can create, load, and save a.KIT file, which can be loaded to the MPX8 from an SD card. Each .KIT file represents each pad’s sample location, name, tuning, reverb level, trigger type, volume level, panning, and MIDI note number.
A: The MPX8 and the MPX8 Editor do not communicate, and USB connection of the MPX8 will not affect how the MPX8 Editor works. Remember, the MPX8 Editor can create, load, and save .KIT files, which can be loaded to the MPX8 from the SD card inserted in the MPX8's SD card slot. USB connection of the MPX8 will allow you to play the MPX8, using MIDI, with a program of your choice (like Ableton Live, Logic Pro, or MPC Software) or withan instrument plugin (like SONiVOX Vocalizer Pro or AIR Loom).
A: No. A computer will not read files from an SD card inserted into the SD card slot on an MPX8. SD card directories can be managed by using an USB SD card reader or an available SD card reading port on a computer. The MPX8 Editor can create, save, and load .KIT files directly on an SD card.
A: .WAV files should be on the root level of the SD card. The root of a drive means the very first directory. .KIT files should only be in a folder titled "KITS", which exists on the root level of the SD card.
A: No. Samples files must be 16-bit, mono or stereo WAVs. They can have a sample rate of 48, 44.1, 32, 22.05, or 11.205 KHz.
Q: I can't read the names of sample files on the MPX8 display because the sample name has too many characters. How can I read the sample names?
A: This is why the MPX8 Editor is the easiest way to build your kits! The editor will display the full names of your sample files, so even if the file names are longer than eight characters, you’ll still know exactly which samples you’re loading onto each pad. (If you want to rename the sample file so that it appears completely on the MPX8 display, just locate the sample file on the SD card, and rename the file manually.)
A: Prior to using the editor, insert the SD card into the MPX8’s SD card slot. This will create the KITS folder and create the first user kit on the card.
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