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Akai MPC 2.0 as a plugin in ableton

I have created a beat in MPC software and have made it with both the MPC as well as the MOXF (external synthesizer). The MOXF is connected to MIDi A both in and out and all midi is sent from the MPC to the Yamaha MOXF and the sound is sent to the interface (RME Babyface Pro). In the software the midiport is MPC Live port 1. This works in controller mode with MPC software.

Right now the beat is done and I'd like to complete it in my DAW, which is Ableton live. So I open the MPC plugin in live and open my plugin. But now, the midi channels that were sending midi to the external synth are not trigging any sound.

Also, I cannot seem to send MIDI from the AKAI MPC plugin to either the MOXF or Ableton, which is crucial if you want to really leverage the power of the MPC sequencer in conjunction with software.

How can I best solve this as I'd like to track it this way as this would provide me with the most efficient way of working.

Is this even possible?

Please help on this matter.

Thanks.
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  • Hey Laezea,

    Thanks for posting!

    MIDI data that is in the MPC plugin's sequencer is going to either trigger an instrument in the MPC plugin or a MIDI track in Ableton - it will not go directly to hardware like the MOXF.

    If you want to sequence in MPC and send the MIDI data to the MOXF in order to record the actual sound of the MOXF, send the MIDI data from the MPC hardware to the MOXF hardware then connect the audio outputs of the MOXF to the Babyface and record it to an audio track in Ableton.

    If you want to send MIDI sequences from MPC to another virtual instrument track in Ableton, you can do the following:

    • Configure a track with a MIDI program in MPC plugin. Select a Port (of Ports A-D, to DAW) and set whichever MIDI channel you want to send the data to

    • Configure a separate virtual instrument track in Ableton

    • Select MPC in the MIDI From field on the virtual instrument track in Ableton


    The image below will demonstrate sending a MIDI sequence from the MPC plugin to a separate instrument track. I've highlighted the settings that should be in place with yellow boxes:



    I hope that helps you! Let me know if you have any questions.
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  • so specific MIDI output routing (for example to external devices) doesn't work and all MIDI from the 4 available ports set to 'DAW' is merged, to that one 'DAW' port.

    In Ableton you can't choose the MIDI input channel, so if I make a MIDI "program 1" with destination 'DAW' - CH 1 and then a MIDI "program 2" with destination 'DAW - CH 2', there is no way to split these signals in the method explained above.

    So actually you can't control no more than 1 MIDI track from the MPC VST plugin.

    The 'DAW' port in Logic Pro x / AU plugin is even a greater mystery. Where does the MIDI go? I see in the MPC Plugin that it's sending MIDI, but I can't find in logic where to get the MIDI data from...
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