I'm new to the mpk mini mk2,and I need help?

Hello i'm new to the mpk mini mk2 here are some questions I want to be solved:
-How do I set up my mk2 as a DAW(for Windows 8)?
-Why can't I hear my pads(for drums) and my keys(for pianoo etc.) on mpc editor or essentials?
-How do you work the different softwares: MPC Essesntials,and MPC editor?

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  • Hello,

    Thanks for posting!

    Are you using Mac or PC? Which OS version?

    The MPK mini mkii itself does not produce sound. It just controls other software or sound modules. That is why the editor will not make sound.

    The MPC Essentials should produce sound. However, you'll want to ensure that the notes the MPK mini mkii keys/pads are playing match that which the MPC Essentials software sound are assigned to. This is a common consideration with any type of audio/MIDI software.

    When you click the pads in MPC Essentials with your mouse, do they make sound?
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  • Hi, I pretty much have the same problem...real new to the MIDI game and trying to get my feet wet. Right now, I don't have any sound coming when I click on the pads within MPC Essentials with my mouse...does something need to be loaded onto the MK2 Mini first? I'm not really sure how VST's work and don't know if I have any currently loaded into the software.

    Thanks for the help.
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  • I’m frustrated
    im having the same problem new to this ughhh cant hear pads or hear keys
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  • To get sounds from MPC Essentials in stand alone mode.

    1. Make sure you've installed some MPC content, and have either created a kit, or loaded up one of the included content kits. Here is a thread dicussing how to load a program (instrument kit) and a sequence.
    http://community.akaipro.com/akai_pro...

    2. Make sure you have directed MPC Essentials to use a valid sound device.

    a. Click edit in the main menu, and select "Preferences"



    b. Click the "Audio Tab" and select the the audio device type and interface you want to use.


    If you're not sure what 'type' of audio device you have, you could try all of them until your device shows up and works.

    Just some general examples to consider (Windows Users):
    If you're using whatever sound chipset is built into your PC, then it might not have ASIO drivers, so you could try the other types (Windows Audio, or Direct Sound).

    Cycle through options, and use the test button until you hear a tone.

    If you have a nice sound interface with ASIO drivers, try to use that.

    If you want/need ASIO support, but your hardware doesn't come with drivers, you could also try installing ASIO4ALL, which allows you to get streams to and from just about any audio chip-set out there on Windows machines.
    http://asio4all.com/

    If you're using MPC Essentials as a Plugin (VST, AU, RTAS), then you'll need to refer to your Host's manual to see how to install the relevant plugin (it's usually a single file that you'll copy from from the AKAI installation into a directory/folder somewhere). At that point, your DAW/Host takes care of sending the audio stream to your audio interface(s).
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  • dhr60613,

    The MPK series are just controllers. They do not physically host any sound making engine. Think of it like the keyboard you use to type on your PC...it just sends messages that tells what ever device(s) you've the MPK plugged into what to do.

    You can get your hands on a few basic instruments to practice controlling with the MPK for free. Here are a few examples:
    sforzando: http://www.plogue.com/products/sforza...
    (and here's a free orchestral set for sforzando: http://sso.mattiaswestlund.net/ )

    Kontakt Free Player: http://www.native-instruments.com/en/...

    If it came with Ableton Lite, that's a great place to start learning what a DAW is, and what it is capable of.

    Do check your akai pro account. When you register your MPK, your account hosts any software that might be bundled with your gear. It might be that yours came with some nice instruments (Like Twist, Hybrid, etc.)

    Pretty much all of the popular DAW systems come in a variety of sizes (feature sets) and price ranges, and they all offer Demo versions to try. Here are some good examples of inexpensive entry level DAWs you might like to try out.

    MixCraft 7 ( http://acoustica.com/mixcraft/ ) is really good for newbies, yet powerful enough to fill the needs of many users at professional levels. Its strong points are low price, and the methods that allow you to start with a really small installation, and only download patches and sounds from right inside the interface as you need them.

    Many others are out there....a few of the popular names to research are: Ableton, CuBase, Reaper, Sonic, Pro Tools, Logic (Apple Only). Try them all, as they're all really good, your choice will ultimately boil down to personal preferences and budget :)

    ( I'm just a forum visitor...my opinions or advice do not necessarily represent the views of AKAI or any other trademarks being discussed. )
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  • We've created a helpful video and a variety of knowledgebase articles that will walk you through getting completely up and running with your MPK Mini mkii. Check them out below:

    * Akai Pro MPK mini MKII - Complete Installalation and Setup Walkthrough Video

    * Akai Pro MPK mini MKII - Knowledge Base Articles

    * Setup with Ableton Live

    * Setup with FL Studio
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