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I am unable to get the akai mpk mini to function with pro tools 11.Do you have any ideas as to what to do?

I am unable to get the akai mpk mini to function with pro tools 11.Do you have any ideas as to what to do?
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  • Hey Thomas,

    Thanks for posting!

    The MPK can be selected in the Setup > MIDI Input Devices... menu in Pro Tools.

    Try that and let me know how it works out!
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  • Hey Nick,
    Thank you for the Reply.
    I feel like I am missing something so simple I will feel dumb about it later.
    I did what you suggested, then created an instrument track, insert my plugin (EZDrummer2) (XPAND) are some that I've tried. Record enable the track, I get nothing coming out of the mpk mini, but if I click on a drum with my mouse, the sound comes through and the recording picks up the Midi.
    I have set up the MPK as the go to source in the peripherals section (as seen in other videos) but still no luck.

    Thank You.
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  • Hey Thomas,

    If the MPK is sending MIDI data to the computer we know it's working so that's a good thing. We can say confidently that there is something in the software that probably has to be addressed and you'll be on your way!

    The instruments may not be triggering if monitoring is not turned on for the track. Monitoring will allow you to actually hear what's being played whether you are recording or not so check the settings for audio monitoring on that track.

    Another possible explanation is that the MPK is sending MIDI data on a MIDI channel that the plugins are not configured to receive. Xpand, for example, is a multitimbral instrument and can receive MIDI data on MIDI channels 1-4 to effectively play 4 unique voices simultaneously or trigger multiple voices with data sent on the same MIDI channel. I'm not sure about EZDrummer but I would bet a MIDI channel can be set for that as well. If I had to guess, I would say it might respond to either channel 1 or 10 (channel 10 is commonly reserved for drum voice applications). EZDrummer's documentation should provide more information about MIDI channel implementation.

    The MPK can send MIDI data from its keys/controllers and pads on separate channels - these channels can be changed with the MPK's editor software. You can check the MIDI channel on which data is being sent by using a MIDI monitor. A MIDI monitor will show you all the incoming data from any MIDI controllers or MIDI interfaces that you have connected to your computer.

    For testing MIDI devices on PC:
    Download MIDI-OX

    This video will get you set up quickly for MIDI input monitoring in MIDI-OX:
    Monitoring MIDI Input with MIDI-OX

    For testing MIDI devices on Mac:
    Download snoize: MIDI Monitor

    Select the MPK as a MIDI input source in the monitor and send some data with its keys, pads, and controllers. The monitor will show the channel on which data is sent. If you determine that you need to change the MIDI channel to match what the software needs to receive, download the MPK's editor from its product page.

    This knowledge base article will help you use the editor:

    AKAI PRO MPK MINI MKII - HOW TO USE THE EDITOR

    I hope that helps!
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