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No sound coming from MPD218?

I just bought this and am new to this entire Midi Pad Controller thing. I installed all the software that it came with and can press the pads and see the light, but so far no sound has come out whatsoever. I want to start just tapping them and making them play rhythms and sounds, but I cannot figure out how.
I run Windows 10 and everything is installed and looks fine, but there is no guide explaining how to literally set up the pad so that it makes sounds.
Any help?
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  • Hi Ran,

    Thanks for posting!

    Here's a quick setup for MPC Essentials:

    - Plug in the MPD218
    - Open MPC Essentials
    - Go to Edit > Preferences > MIDI tab
    - Check off the port for the MPD218

    You should now have MIDI input from the MPD. To line up the pads with the software:

    - Hold down the PROG Select button on the MPD218 and hit Pad 5 to select the MPC Essentials preset.

    The pads should now line up with the software. To pull up one of the included plugins, look to the right of the pads, click on the drop-down menu for TYPE and select "Plugin." Now, click on the window labeled and choose your VST plugin. and that's it!

    You can also check out our setup guide for Ableton here:

    MPD218 - Setup in Ableton

    Hope this helps!
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  • I’m frustrated
    What about Pro tools. Im getting gray hairs from this little MPD218 box. Havent got the first sound yet. Even doing what you listed above. No port for MPD shows up. Actually all Ive been trying to do is trigger my EZ drummer 2 using the MPD218. No luck. I know it can be done cause I see videos of people using it.
    Something so easy shouldnt be this hard. Maybe a different trigger pad would give better set up instructions, Theres no video of anyone anywhere going into depth on the set up either I can find on Google
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  • I’m annoyed and frustrated
    I have bought an MPD218 and have loaded up the MPC Essentials on a Windows 10 based laptop. I am having the same problem as the person above. The response from Corey has not helped.

    First - I cannot find the plugins in the recommended locations. (https://www.akaipro.com/kb/article/1992). A search scan of the laptop indicates that no vstplugins directory can be found.

    Second - When I turn on the MPC Essentials software, I get this horrible feedback loop between the laptop speakers and the microphone which requires me to turn down the "LEVEL" setting of the MPC Essentials software.

    Third (and probably MOST ANNOYING) - there is no sound out of the laptop speakers while touching the pads. It is clear that there is significant amount of further setting of the beat pad needed. The organization of the documentation on-line is a mess and even when one finds a document, it is useless.
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  • I’m annoyed
    Hi, I absolutely agree. I am also very disappointed. When license MPD218 I installed MPC essentials. I get no sound at all.

    Also the UI makes no sense. The paths do not sync with MPD218 pads.

    I would be happy the got some basic drums sound.
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  • I just found out that plugins VST folders contain files with extension .svx.
    When browse to same folder in MPC essentials nothing is listed. It looks the files are not recognized.

    I understand that svx are sound files saved in the Amiga audio interchange file format. During download I saw many wav files listed, but could not find WAV files in VST folders. What is happening?
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  • I guess no one found an answer to this? I just bought the MPD218 and I'm about to throw it against the wall.
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  • Rene,

    Thanks for the question. I'm running Windows 10 on a Lenovo laptop. I tried installing all the software that came packaged with it except Ableton. Installed MPC essentials, the Big bang drums software, etc. Found an article on how to set it up and that did not work. So then, I installed a demo version of Addictive Drums expecting it to be an easy thing to map the pads and get some sound.

    I then found out about the MPD218 editor and mapped the pads according to the corresponding number for MIDI Ex. 36/C2 for Kick Drum on pad 1 and 42 for Pad 2 for Closed High Hat, etc. Then I opened Addictive Drums and still nothing.

    I'm really comfortable with computers but this is driving me crazy. I only want to use the pad for finger drumming. I don't want to produce music or manipulate existing MIDIs. Any help would be highly appreciated!!!
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  • First of all do you encounter the mpd218 in the device manager?
    If yes the answer is, than you check the software you want to use, or the MIDI channel reception is at - all - or the value 10. Then put the mpd218 on program 1.
    Press and hold the prog select button and press pad 1 once. The pads are now in chromatic order.
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    OK so I checked all the settings you said. Here is what I found:

    First of all do you encounter the mpd218 in the device manager? - Yes

    MIDI channel reception is at - all - or the value 10. - It was all set to 10

    Then put the mpd218 on program 1. - Did this per your instructions

    After doing that, sound was still not coming out but I noticed that MDP218 was not checked as "active" MPC essentials nor the software I'm trying to use for drumming. They were before my first post but I'm assuming further troubleshooting on my part disabled them. Now I'm getting some sounds from the controller and software I'm using :) :)

    Now that I'm getting sounds from it (Thank you), one last question. Do I have to load a certain "preset" mapping out which instruments I want to assign to which pad in mpd218 before I go playing in whatever software and attempt to get the sound I want? For example, I want to have pad1 play a kick drum, pad 2 play close hihat, etc.
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