Akai Pro MPD218 - Setup with Ableton Live Lite

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akai mpd218 mainThe 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 Lite software.

 

 

Contents 

  1. MPD218 Hardware Setup
  2. Ableton Live 9 Lite Software Setup
  3. Virtual Instruments and Plugins
  4. Default Plugin Installation Locations
  5. Big Bang Cinematic Percussion Setup
  6. Further Technical Support 

 

MPD218 Hardware Setup

  1. First, connect the Akai MPD218 series controller to an available USB port on your computer using the supplied cable and power the controller on.

  2. Since this is a very simple pad controller and is class compliant it does not require any on board setup.  Once connected it is ready for us. 
     

Ableton Live 9 Lite Software Setup 

  1. First, connect the Akai MPD218 series controller to an available USB port on your computer using the supplied cable, and launch Ableton Live 9 Lite.

  2. Next, open the Ableton Live 9 Lite Preferences window.  Choose your Audio Device in the Audio tab.  This will be dependent upon the audio interface that you are using.

    MAC:
    Select Live > Preferences
    or use the key command shortcut - [Command + comma]

    PC:
    Select Options > Preferences
    or use the key command shortcut - [Control + comma]

     akai mpd218 ablteon pref


  3. Select the MIDI / Sync tab from the left side of the window. Within the MIDI Ports section, adjust the settings as suggested below:

    Next to Input: MPD218, toggle On the button in the Track, Sync and Remote columns as shown in the image below.
    Next to Output: MPD218, toggle On the button in the Track, Sync and Remote columns as shown in the image below.

     akai mpd218 ableton bottom pref


  4. Next, at the top of the window under Control Surface, choose MPD218 from the drop-down list in row. Also, choose MPD218 from the Input and Output drop-down menus in row 1.

     akai mpd218 ableton top pref

     

Virtual Instruments and Plugins

Note for Windows users only: If you have difficulty locating your plugin in your Plug-Ins category within Ableton Live 9 Lite, be sure Ableton Live 9 Lite is reading plugins from the correct location where your plugin is installed. To do this:

  1. Open the Preferences menu in Ableton Live 9 Lite

     MAC:Select Live > Preferences or use the key command shortcut - [Command + comma]

    PC:Select Options > Preferences or use the key command shortcut - [Control + comma]
     

  2. Choose the File Folder tab
     

    akai mpk2 ableton plugin tab 

  3. Under the heading Plug-In Sources:

    Toggle On the button next to Use VST Plug-In Custom Folder
    Note the location under VST Plug-In Custom Folder.

  4. If this location is not set correctly, next to VST Plug-In Custom Folder, choose Browse, browse to the correct folder, and press OK.
     

    akai mpk2 ableton plugin location

     

Default Plugin Installation Locations

SONiVOX Big Bang Cinematic Percussion Installation Locations:

Windows:
32-bit and 64-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\SONiVOX\VstPlugins\

Mac:
(AU): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > Components
(VST): Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Plugins > VST 

 

 Big Bang Cinematic Percussion Setup

  1. Within the Ableton Live 9 Lite Session View, under the Categories heading, choose Plug-Ins.

    akai mpd232 big bang plugin

  2. In the right-hand column next to Categories, click-and-drag BigBang16Out_x64 onto a MIDI track to load Hybrid 3 into your Ableton Live 9 Lite session.

    akai midimix bigbang arrow

  3. The Big Bang Cinematic Percussion virtual instrument interface will now open.

    akai mpd232 plugin interface

 

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Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an M-Audio product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the M-Audio 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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