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[PlayStart/Stop/NextSeq] MMC midi implementation for MPC Live

Hello Guys!

We would love to use the MPC Live with my band, but unfortunately, there are a few handicaps that make it impossible for a professional use: Song Mode implementation.

For performing a show, we use Song Mode. Our drummer sends play/stop orders with an Roland octapad + MidiSolutions Event Processor (due to lack of start/stop implementation from external midi).

The idea, and our begging and request, is to include any way of triggering externally Play-Start, Stop and NextSeq commands.

I suppose that is pretty symple to implement in further updates...but we still dreaming...

There's any chance to see that someday?
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  • MPC Live apparently will respond to MMC commands via the USB-A ports.

    This is shown in this video, using a commercial button box:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PngH...

    If you are a DIY'er you can build your own, there are dozens of Arduino MIDI projects.

    I am experimenting with OpenDeck myself (although I don't yet have a Live to experiment on):
    https://github.com/paradajz/OpenDeck
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  • Hey Dani,

    Thanks for posting!

    Simon is correct, you can send standard MMC messages from an external MIDI controller to the MPC in order to control its transport. While these functions cannot currently be MIDI mapped, it is not uncommon for a controller to be able to send MMC.

    As far a working with Next Sequence, that mode cannot be MIDI mapped and does not respond to MMC but there may be a viable workaround for the time being. Sequences can be controlled via program change messages sent by an external controller. In the MPC's Preferences > General menu, you can set the Program Change field to Sequence in order to remotely change sequences. Sequences will correspond to the program change number so program change 1 will trigger sequence 1, program change 2 will trigger sequence 2, etc.

    That said, if you have any ideas for the MPC workflow, please be sure to submit this as a feature request with the MPC 2 Software's built-in feedback module. The feedback module is represented by a smiley icon at the lower right side of the software next to the browser icons. This information goes directly to the Akai team for consideration!

    If you need an alternative method of submitting feedback, you may use the following links:

    MPC - Submit a Feature Request

    MPC - Submit a Bug Report

    Thanks for your feedback!
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  • This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled MPC Live syncing two units.

    Hey folks have a radial Di rack that I want to run two Mpcs in sync one for backup if the first goes down. Can sync transport settings (start stop restart) but can not sync all features ie can’t change sequence on one and have it happen on the other. Any ideas?
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  • Hi Mark,
    Not 100% sure what you are asking, would you be expecting 2 MPCs to both be producing audio/changing sequences/etc in tandem - so that you could just flip an audio mixer fader to continue performance in <1s??? That seems a lot to ask...

    There was a posting talking about the internals of the MPC and how the buttons/etc are implemented as a Midi device, I guess this would be almost identical the MPC touch hardware.

    So in theory you could duplicate MIDI events from one set of buttons to multiple MPCs, however that would not guaranty that the sound engines are kept in sync.

    There was also some information on OS is Linux and can run custom applications. Maybe you (or someone smart) could implement a deamon to sync the devices.
    Cheers,
    Simon.
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