Midi Issues: MPC Studio + korg micro x

i primarily use the mpc studio to make beats on, within the mpc software. i purchased a korg micro x to run with my mpc studio. i intend to use the korg for its own internal sounds.

the problem is i am not getting any sound from the korg micro x itself. i have all midi ports connected, and i am seeing the "microX Keyboard" option in my own midi settings.

the settings checked here, and in the pics below, have all been altered with no success. what i mean is that, i've had midi out port A: set to microX keyboard and have still been unable to produce sound. so please tell me what i should be checking/not checking, as this is definitely part of the problem.

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when i attempt to produce audio, the volume bar displays a blue light up, and the pads correspond with my korg's notes, but no sound is produced. again, this is further evidence for me that my connection is fine.

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i can post more screenshots and provide as much information as possibly needed. i have accessed the korg's own settings and cannot find the issue. i am set to midi channel 1 on both my korg and mpc software.

i believe my error is the result of my settings being off somewhere. i am not exactly sure if i should have my PROG CH set to anything or not. i'm also uncertain about the mpc software's Preferences + Sync settings i.e.; the midi clock and MMC Send/Receive options.

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clarification here would be great, as well as any other suggestions as to what my problem is. thank you.
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  • If you are trying to send MIDI from MPC Software to the MicroX, using a MIDI over USB connection from your computer to the MicroX, then the MPC MIDI output FOR THE MPC MIDI track you are using has to be set to the MicroX.

    If the MIDI ouput from MPC Software is set to an MPC Studio MIDI port, then you need to connect that MPC studio MIDI output port to the MicroX MIDI input port, with a MIDI cable.

    Once connected, and set correctly, there will be MIDI note on/off messages being sent from MPC Software to the MircoX, which should be triggering sound in the MicroX as if you were playing it's keyboard, but you still need a way to hear the audio output of the MicroX.

    Are you plugging in headphones to the MicroX, or is the MicroX plugged into speakers so that you can hear it's output, when trying to trigger it over MIDI from the MPC?
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  • O.K. so now I am plugging in headphones and hearing the notes that I play. I am also able to record music and play it back successfully.

    A relevant question now would be: How do I save the music that I create using midi? I ultimately want to be able to export mp3 tracks and have the audio sound the same as it is within the mpc studio. At the moment, this is not possible, because I am only hearing sounds from my headphones, and not the actual computer speakers. The computer is producing no audio.
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  • There are probably a few ways you could do it.

    You need to get the MicroX audio into the computer.

    Does your computer have an audio interface, or audio input on the computer itself?

    You can record the audio output of the MicroX into MPC Software as a new sample, while the MPC Software sequencer is playing, and choose the Add Event option after it is recorded, when you assign the new sample to a pad, to place the recorded sample into the MPC Software sequence in the correct location.

    You can run MPC Software as a plugin inside a DAW, and record your MicroX audio output into DAW audio tracks, and then bounce down within the DAW.

    Probably other ways you can do it, but you need to get the audio into the computer from the MicroX in some way.
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  • I'm running on a macbook so I only have the one audio output option. I currently use that to power my speakers. My speaker setup is a small but powerful Logitech system that has no external output options of its own, other than a headphone jack.

    The korg itself has a standard headphone jack, as well as mono Left and Right output options.

    So this will require a little creativity. The only real option off the top of my head that I can think of is investing in an external audio interface. Something that can run my speakers, and play the midi sounds.
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  • You need an audio input, to plug the audio output of your MicroX into.

    If your MacBook has an audio input, you can use that, otherwise yes, you will need an audio interface.
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  • So the only way I can create savable, full tracks using midi is to acquire the audio interface? Does this fundamentally change how the computer receives the notes that I play? As of right now I can record midi files into my mpc software fine, I just only hear the playback through my midi headphone jack. What I am trying to do is have my music saved and then make it playable in any form.

    Excuse my ignorance, but is audio interface all that is required to accomplish this?

    EDIT: I understand your sample method, but the type of recording I'm looking for is all internal. I want to be able to play, produce and save a track using my korg the same way I would using my mpc studio.
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  • Well, the microX makes it's sounds inside itself, and the MPC Software makes it's sounds inside the computer.

    You need some way of getting the sounds from the microX into the computer, so you can mix them with the MPC Software sounds that are in the computer, or so you can turn them into an mp3 or something like that.

    Does your MacBook have an audio input as well as an audio output, or is it just a single connector that can be used as either an input or an output, but not both at the same time?

    If it is a single connector for input and output on your Macbook, you could swap the output to your speakers over and make it an input from your microX, just while you record it into the computer, then swap it back to an output.

    Other ways to do it might be to send the audio output of the computer, and the audio output of the microX, into some sort of mixer, to mix them together, and then record the audio output of the mixer into some sort of recorder. That recorder might record in a format that you can load into the computer.
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