How to use MPC Essentials with FL Studio in the optimal way?

Hi,
I'm having trouble using MPC Essentials with FL Studio. I don't know how to use them both together.
I'm using my MPC Element with MPC Essentials as a plungin in FL Studio.
When I open a project (with a sequence recorded on the stand-alone version) on the MPC Essentials plugin, no MIDI data is picked up by FL Studio. So when I hit the "play" button, the sequence is playing but since the pattern is empty (no data picked up) I can't make a song.
If I try to record my sequence on the MPC plugin, in Fl Studio, it's the same thing : my recorded stuff is on the plugin and not on my DAW. So my pattern is empty and I can't make songs.
What I do now is not optimal. I record my stuff on the stand-alone MPC software, then I export my sequences as MIDI files. I then use those files in the MPC plugin in FL Studio. The problem is that I can't use features like 16 levels...

I want to know how to use those two software in the best condition.
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  • HI Jay,

    Thanks for posting!

    Either of the ways you are using it are correct!

    When using MPC Essentials as a plugin, you basically just want to use it like it's still in standalone mode. The benefit here is that you can load several instances of Essentials next to each other, effectively giving you several different tracks of MPC Essentials. Now you can mix the tracks together using your DAW, add vocals or other audio tracks, etc. You also get all the provided sequencing, effects, instruments, 16 levels, and the other software features.

    The MIDI sequence inside the instance of Essentials won't be displayed on the sequencer in FL Studio, because Essentials is replacing your sequencer for it's track in FL Studio. Anyone that enjoys the MPC software and workflow may enjoy working this way, but of course it's not for everyone.

    If you'd like, you can always open Essentials on a spare MIDI Track and turn on MIDI mode (last icon on right).



    In this mode the Element will become a standard pad controller and you can use Essentials to edit the parameters and values being sent from the Element. Now you can just use it to trigger instruments directly in FL Studio, though you'll lose the 16 levels function.

    As an Essentials user you may use any combination of these methods in a single project. Maybe start in standalone, move to FL Studio to fill it out with software instruments or audio in FL, jump to MIDI mode to trigger other FL instruments, and so on.

    Hope this helps!
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  • Hi,
    Thanks for the quick and constructive reply!
    I think I understand it better now.
    Thanks for your tips, I'm going to try these out, they are definitely going to help.
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