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Keys trigger drum pads’ mapping

Hello!

I’ve been looking on the internet for over an hour trying to find a way to fix my little problem here, but to no success, so I’m trying a forum for the 1st time in my life.

So the thing is that I’m learning to do live looping beats and I ran into a problem - I mapped 4 B-bank pads to arm tracks and everything is working great.. then I started playing aroung with a synth and went down an octave and a strange thing happened - my drum rack track suddenly got armed.
At first I was really confused but I soon realized that I was playing a C1 on my keyboard which is the same note that my drum pad 1 triggers (and arms the drum rack track IF in bank B).
So my question to you is - how do you go around this? I hoped the problem would only happen if I forgot to switch to bank A but to my surprise it doesn’t matter what bank I’m in - as soon as I hit that C1, my drums get armed...

Thanks a lot!
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  • Okay I found another way to arm tracks by changing something in Ableton’s options.txt so you can arm the tracks using arrow keys on my Mac’s keyboard..

    I’d still love to know how to do it using the way I described in the original question if anyone knows&has the time to tell me:)
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  • Hey David,

    Thanks for posting!

    Happy to hear that you found a temporary solution. If you prefer to assign the Bank B pads to Record Arm tracks in Ableton, you can use the MPK Editor Software to set the pads to MIDI Channel 2 and the keys to MIDI Channel 1. Now, Ableton will be able to discern between the C1 message from the pads and the C1 message from the keys.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.
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  • Hi, thanks a lot for the response!

    I figured your idea would be much more practical so I downloaded the mpkII mini editor and went to change the pads channel. I soon realized that it didn’t change a thing and after spending hours on forums, youtube and other sites I got to the conclusion that for some reason my MPK doesn’t communicate with the editor. A proof of that would be that when I’m in my DAW and select program 2 pads send messages to channel 10 and keys to channel 1 - however in the editor I can see no such settings when I try to get the mappings from to controller.

    I’m feeling really desperate now.. the controller works great and all but not being able to work with the editor is a huge problem for me.. If you have any idea as for what may be causimg this issue, please try to help me

    Another thing I noticed is that when I tried to use the mpkII firmware update, it says that the device is not connected..

    I’ve tried: restarting my mac, different usb ports, using the editor with everything else closed, reinstalling the editor, ...
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  • Hey David,

    Sorry to hear that! Typically issues with the Editor arise if you have other applications open that utilize MIDI ports. For instance, if you have Ableton running while trying to send a preset, the MPK's MIDI port will be blocked by your DAW. So, close all other applications and remove any other USB MIDI devices from your computer. You also want to connect the MPK directly to your computer, avoiding any USB hubs or adapters.

    Additionally, sometimes the current memory stored in the MPK's RAM is not replaced. To remedy this, click Send to RAM in the Editor after sending your preset. You can also toggle to a different preset and then back to the one just sent. Both will replace the RAM.

    The firmware updater will give that error message if the firmware is already up to date. The error is misleading but your firmware is already updated!

    Try this and let me know if you have any trouble!
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