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.
- Connect MIDI OUT A or B from the rear panel of the MPC1000 to the input of a MIDI interface connected to your computer.
- Press MAIN. To designate a track to control Ableton, make sure Type is set to MIDI and Midi is set to either 1A or 1B, depending on which output you've used on the previous step.
- Press the MODE button and then PAD7 - PROGRAM.
- Press the F3 button, which should be labeled NOTE. Here you will see a grid of all the pads and their assigned note outputs. Hit a pad to select it, and turn the DATA knob to change the note output. You can change which pad bank you are editing by pressing A, B, C, or D in the PAD BANK section.
- Open Ableton Live and click on the Options menu and select Preferences.
- Select the MIDI/SYNC tab on the left hand side of the window.
- Under Input select the MIDI input of your audio or MIDI interface that the MPC1000 is plugged into.
- Under the MIDI Ports section of the window be sure that your MIDI input has the Track, Sync, and Remote values set to On.
- Drag a new drum program or Drum Rack to the main Ableton window. The Ableton Drum Rack has 8 banks of 16 pads. A blank Drum Rack defaults to the bank with C1-D#2, as shown below.
- When loading a preset Drum Rack, you will no longer see these note numbers but rather the names of the samples. The default MIDI notes remain the same. The best approach here is to refer back to Step 4 of the MPC1000 Setup and manually change the notes the MPC1000 is outputting to your preference.
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