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Multi-Timbral support for MPK Mini Play

The MPK Mini Play seems to have multi-timbral abilities but sadly does not seem to respond to MIDI program change controls so channels 2-16 (except 10) will always be Grand Piano and channel 1 is whatever sound you have selected on the knob.

Is there a way to make the MPK Mini Play recognize program change data? If not can Akai PLEASE give us a firmware update to make the MPK Mini Play truly multi-timbral? It would also be nice if the sound select knob would transmit program change data too.
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  • I’m sad
    Grrr.... I thought if maybe I set up my favourites so they ran channels 2-9 in MIDI the machine might at least use the sounds on the favourites for channels 2-9 but still no luck everything is Grandpiano 1. except channel 1 which is whatever sound is selected. I'd honestly be happy even if multi-timbral operations were just restricted to the sounds on the 8 favourites.
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  • Hey Ghastly,

    Thanks for posting!

    Only one Favorite slot can be selected at a time and the MPK will not respond to program changes to select a different Favorite.

    The MPK is in fact multitimbral and can play two voices simultaneously. It is possible to send two different sets of MIDI data to the MPK by assigning the pads and keys to different MIDI channels.

    By using the MPK Editor, you can assign the keybed to one MIDI channel and the pads to another MIDI channel. From your DAW, you can send MIDI data to the keys on one MIDI track and to the pads on a different track. This setup will allow you to simultaneously hear the drum and melodic instrument you have selected.

    I was able to emulate this setup in Ableton by creating two MIDI tracks with the External Instrument plugin loaded on both. I set track 1 to send MIDI on channel 1 (assigned to the keys) and track 2 to send MIDI on channel 10 (assigned to the pads). Both tracks could be played simultaneously by sending MIDI data on these two tracks to the instruments' respective MIDI channels.

    That said, I can forward a request to our development team to incorporate program changes and more MIDI channels for playback!

    I hope that's helpful!
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  • That would be great. Full multi-timbral would be an awesome upgrade.

    Like I said it can play more than just the currently selected patch and drums and responds to data on all MIDI channels. It's just that apart from the channel that you're working on all the other channels except drum will be GrandPiano 01. Which is still somewhat useful if you're always going to have a piano in your song.
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