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MPK249 output towards a mixing desk.

Is it possible to use the Akai MPK249 plugged in to a computer where an instrument/sample is chosen then using an output from the keyboard towards a mixing desk? The only output I can see is a MIDI output but I'm not sure if the mixing desk will pick up as the instrument preface is chosen on the recording software on the computer and not directly on the keyboard itself.
Thanks for your help, I hope the question is clear enough.
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  • Hey Ollie,

    Thanks for posting!

    I'm not quite sure I understand your inquiry. I can tell you that the only output ports that the MPK249 uses are USB (for MIDI) and MIDI Output. The MPK is a MIDI controller and does not process audio files, only MIDI data. You can send MIDI control data from these ports. USB sends MIDI data to your computer, MIDI Out sends MIDI data to a MIDI interface or other external MIDI device.

    I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions!
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  • Thank you very much for your response, I was wondering for example if I set on my laptop a Grand Piano sound for the Akai keyboard if I can plug the keyboard's MIDI output to a mixing desk (Behringer) and then put the mixing desk through a looper or not. I imagine that my mixing desk will not pick up the instument that I have chosen with my laptop and will not be able to read the MIDI file that it recieves but I just wanted to make sure as I would like to use my AKAI MP249 for live projects.
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  • If your desk is able to accept MIDI, it will be acting as a MIDI interface to transfer data to your computer. The MPK will allow you to input MIDI data into the computer but the computer itself does most of the heavy lifting here - it processes the data it receives from the MPK and converts it into audio. In this instance, you would connect the audio output from the computer (or audio interface) to a looper.

    I hope that helps clarify! Let me know if you have any additional questions.
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