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Akai MPD 18 [No Midi] Mac OS X 10.9-10.11


DISCUSSION: I recently purchased an Akai MPD18 to accentuate my use of Reason 10 on Mac OS 10.9. When I plug in the device via I get the NR CONFIG light blinking and the A Bank A LED on. The unit appears to be connected via USB to my computer.

In Audio MIDI setup I scan and Mac OS does not see the MPD18. When I go into Reason 10 and set up Akai manufacture and MPD18 and then click Find under Preferences and Control Surfaces it asks me move a slider or send a message. The pads and the slider do not appear to be sending information. When I downloaded a MIDI Monitor 2 program, I cannot select the MPD18 as a source and no information appears to be flowing in the system.

When I load up the MPD18 Editor, I can select the MPD 18 in the MIDI Monitor 2 program-- but selecting one of the 2 Editor labels but it is still not sending information into that log/buffer. Similarly when trying to do Control Surfaces inside Reason 10 with MPD18 Editor open it does not see it on either MPD18 Editor 1 or 2 when hitting pads or sliders

I did swap out the cord for a known good one to isolate that.
I have tried to load several presets 1-10 with out results.


Is there a combination of keys to factory reset the MPD18?

Is there a Mac OS X driver that will allow the MPD18 to work that I'm missing?
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  • Hey Howard,

    Thanks for posting!

    The MPD18 does not have a factory reset function - you will use the preset editor to change the output of the MPD. Although it is a bit of an older controller, it is a class compliant device with both Windows and Mac operating systems so you will not have to install any drivers in order to connect to a computer. The drivers that the MPD uses to connect are already contained in your computer's operating system.

    I see you have already tested the MPD with a MIDI monitor and with another cable and it is not sending MIDI data to your computer. Have you tried connecting the MPD to another computer to see if you can reproduce the same behavior? Since it is a class compliant device, this test will be simple - connect it to another computer, run a MIDI monitor and see if you can select it as a MIDI input device to send MIDI data to your computer.

    If you are unable to do that, it does sound like there may be a hardware issue with the controller in which case it will need service. Warranty and non-warranty claims are not handled here on the forum, but I can point you in the right direction! Here are a couple of options that you could choose from:

    • Submit a Warranty or Service inquiry with our Technical Support team by logging onto the Akai Pro Support Page. Select Warranty or Service Inquiry from the drop down menu.


    • For quicker support, call your nearest Support Office or International Distributor.

    Make sure to reference or link this thread to help out the support team.

    I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any additional questions.
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