MPC 101 - Syncing a MIDI controller with an MPC Touch

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MPCTOUCHMany 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.

 

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MPC Hardware Setup

First, ensure that both the MPC Renaissance and the MPC software are installed correctly and unlocked. You can find a walkthrough of this process here.

 

Next, connect your external MIDI controller via USB or MIDI. If connecting with a USB cable, connect directly to your computer. If connecting with MIDI cables, ensure that you connect the controller to the MPC Touch with both the MIDI Ins and the MIDI Outs, as information will be sent both ways.

Then, power on the MPC, count to 5 and launch the standalone MPC application.

 

Syncing a MIDI Controller via USB to your computer

After you have completely set up your MPC Touch with the software, you are ready to setup with an external MIDI controller. 

  1. First, plug in your external MIDI controller into an available USB port on your computer.

  2. In MPC Software, go to Edit > Preferences (Mac users, go to MPC > Preferences) and select the MIDI tab.
     
  3. Use the MIDI tab to select and activate your controller as an active MIDI input. In this example and the image below, we are using an Akai Pro MPK225. 

    ext midi mpc

  4. Next, if your external MIDI Controller has an arpeggiator, you'll want to set up MIDI Clock to be sent to the controller to keep the arpeggiator in sync. The first step is making sure that your controller's MIDI Clock is set to External. For example, on the Akai Pro MPK225, you would press the GLOBAL button, press the right arrow on the cursor five times until it reads CLOCK SOURCE. Use the dial to switch your clock source to EXTERNAL.

  5. In MPC Software, go back to the Preferences and select the Sync tab.

  6. In the Send section, select MIDI Clock. In the To section, select your controller in the first drop-down box.

    ext midi clock

  7. And that's it! MPC will now listen to incoming MIDI input from your controller for use in playing VST instruments and other programs.

Remember: MPC will not send MIDI clock unless it is playing back. Make sure to press Play in the software if you plan to send MIDI clock to an arpeggiator or other clock-based features. 

 

 

Syncing a MIDI Controller via MIDI Cable to your MPC

Another option you have is connecting your MIDI Controller via MIDI Cables into the MPC Touch. 

  1. First, connect a MIDI cable from your controller's MIDI OUT port into the MPC Touch's MIDI IN port (you will need the MIDI to DIN cables included with the MPC Touch).

  2. Connect a MIDI Cable from the MPC Touch's MIDI OUT port to your controller's MIDI IN port (this will send MIDI Clock, needed for an arpeggiator if your controller has this function). 

  3. Open your Preferences in MPC Software, and select all the MIDI inputs, this will activate the MPC Touch's MIDI Ports.

    ext midi cable

  4. Next, if your external MIDI Controller has an arpeggiator, you want to set up the MIDI Clock to be sent to the controller. The first step is making sure that your controller's MIDI Clock is set to External. For example, on the Akai Pro MPK225, you would press the GLOBAL button, press the right arrow on the cursor five times until it reads CLOCK SOURCE. Use the dial to switch your clock source to EXTERNAL.

  5. In MPC Software, go back to the Preferences and select the Sync tab.

  6. In the Send section, select MIDI Clock. In the To section, select 3-Public.

    ext midi cable arp

  7. You are now fully set up with your MPC Touch and your External MIDI Controller.

 

Additional Guides and Resources

Here are a few helpful resources for your MPC Touch.

 

 

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 experienced 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. 

 

 

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