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MPC vst in Ableton how to turn off transport?

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So I have been trying to use the MPC vst software without my touch. It is advertised as being a standalone solution that is compatible with any daw and any controller. My problem with this is the transport operations. There has to be a way to turn them off so that the transport of your daw can control things. This also makes recording midi note data difficult with it enabled. My current issue is with the push 2 and this software. I built a custom drum rack and mapped all the pads to the MPC vst. This is allowing me to use my push 2 as pad controller. I was finally able to record note data to my daw! Something that I have been struggling with for a year with this software. However, with my win I then discovered that if I used the push sequencer I am unable to record the note data. The transport operations truly jam up the whole process. I love the sounds available for the MPC vst, however the software needs a lot of work. You say you want to allow us to use our stuff, but the way that it’s designed it forces you to use an Akai controller?
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  • Hey @sterix,

    Thanks for posting!

    Sorry to hear that you are having trouble with that! The Push can behave as a generic MIDI controller with other DAWs besides Ableton. It's capable of sending standard MIDI CC and note commands for mapping to pads and basic transport functions. You are going to experience issues when trying to utilize more advanced features in the Push, such as the Sequencer. Apart from generic MIDI mapping, the Push hardware and MPC Software speak different languages. If you want a controller that is fully customized to the MPC workflow, it is recommended to use an MPC controller.

    That said, let's see if we can find you a workaround! I suggest posting a video of your session in Ableton so we can all take a closer look at what you are trying to accomplish and any possible solutions for better MIDI configuration.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.
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    I will post a video this week. I’m going to complete the build out of my rack to add banks a-d. Normally any expansion packs will sometime use that range of pads. I have been really struggling to stay with my MPC in some way and this is my last effort. I love the sound quality, but there are a lot of issues with workflow that are driving me... to use it less.

    I was expecting it to operate in sync with the ableton transport even with the push sequencer, however...that’s not the case. I have other drum vst’s that work perfectly with the drum rack I.e. Geist 2, nerve, battery all of these programs work inside of any daw without any issues. I can record the midi note data to the track inside the daw which allows for easier workflow. Working with the MPC inside of a daw is not fun. All of the midi note data is written inside the program... that’s not helpful when your trying to build out clips which I can’t do in it’s current form. If it’s a vst it should act like one right now it acts like a drum machine wrapped inside a software container and not a very good one.
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  • Hey @sterix,

    The MPC plugin was designed to implement control of MPC hardware within a different host DAW. It works pretty much unilaterally. It sounds like you are trying apply the reverse, which is to use a controller that already works within your DAW to control an embedded DAW which doesn't offer the same format. Inevitably, it's going to be frustrating.

    I would recommend thinking of the MPC VST as a bridging software that allows for hardware control. If you are not using MPC hardware, there's not much of a reason to use it as a plugin, as Live is already configured to work with the Push specifically. Moreover, all of the MPC content can be imported into Live from your hard drive. It'll take some time and reorganizing as Live cannot read .XPN (Expansion) or .XPM (Program) files but you can still transfer the .WAV files into Ableton's sample folder. MPC content is located in the following directories:

    PC:

    C: Drive > Program Data > Akai > MPC > Content

    Mac:

    Go > Computer > (Your hard drive) > Library > Application Support > Akai > MPC > Content

    Hope this helps!
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  • A FULLY FEATURED DAW

    MPC 2 is designed to be the ultimate platform for unrestricted creative versatility alongside must-have tools that deliver unprecedented surgical control. MPC 2 supports all 3rd Party Midi controllers with templates for all popular models. MPC has graduated from a highly acclaimed performance instrument to a fully featured DAW.

    This is the language on your website. However, it doesn’t match the actual performance of the device. Where are these templates for ableton push 2? It is one of the best known controllers on the planet. Since I started using it I have had nothing but workflow issues. I just want to be able to at least use the sounds now and hey it supports all 3rd party midi controllers so I want to use my push 2 with it. Telling me to dump the waves is not a solution. I can’t dump the built in vst’s can I?
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