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USB while in standalone mode

MPC X/ MPC Live.

We need the ability to to use the usb hub while connected to the computer, (when in stand alone mode). I use my MPC X in standalone mode and use my komplete kontrol 2 (with included VSTs) as a sound module. I do not want to open my VST inside the MPC X while in computer mode. I would like to be able to connect my komplete kontrol, via USB, directly to the MPC X(in stand alone), then connect the MPC X to my computer, yet be able to play my VSTs over the computer.
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  • Hey Brit,

    Thanks for posting!

    I'm not sure if this would work as the MPC's USB ports behave differently depending on whether it is in standalone or controller mode. In standalone mode, the MIDI data or storage device goes directly to the MPC's processor and in controller mode this data goes directly to your computer but I suppose it could be possible if the user was able to route the desired destination! Be sure to submit this as a feature request with the MPC 2.0 Software's built-in feedback module. The feedback module is represented by a smiley icon at the lower right side of the software next to the browser icons. This information goes directly to the Akai team for consideration!

    Thank you for your feedback!
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  • I’m a little bit confused, why would you want to use the MPC X in standalone mode if you’re already using the computer with Komplete Kontrol 2, the purpose of standalone is to be able to get away from the computer. The hardware control when in standalone and controller modes are virtually identical so why not use the X in standalone mode and just simply minimize it so you don’t have to view it or just turn of your monitor and now you effectively have exactly what you are asking for. I’m not saying this to minimize your workflow but since you can effectively already do this I think their efforts should be focused on getting the 2.0 out as soon as possible. I agree with you that it would be cool if the usb hub on the X worked regardless whether it’s in controller mode or standalone, to be honest I would like for it to work (the usb hub) even when you have the X turned off, but there are things more important like more sends/returns in standalone mode, sub mixes in standalone mode, side-chaining, more audio tracks, etc.
    • When using kompete kontrol in mpc 2.0 you loose features, e.g., control of mixer, mutes/solos, ability toggle through tracks. Also, its a burden on the computer to run both mpc 2.0 along w/ VSTs. It would be cool to have the usb opened up regardless of mode, otherwise, the usb hub on the mpc would pretty much just triggers the sounds loaded up in the mpc x/live. I have a yamaha montage. Via usb i can input midi data into the mpc, but the mpc will not spit the data back out to triggered on the keyboard (via usb). Hell I can use my keyboard as a sound card if i want because the usb ports are open in both directions. This feature is typical of a lot of music equipment. Yes, what I want can be accomplished via MIDI, I am already aware of that.
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  • The NI keyboard need to be connected to the computer to work properly to drive the displays on the keyboard etc.

    Controller mode is best option as OP said.

    But lets assume you want standalone MPC, and you really want to just use the computer as a sound module running Komplete, and also use the nice keyboard drive the MPC then connect the Kontrol keyboard to the computer via USB as usual, then a midi cable from the Kontrol keyboard midi ports to the MPC then use a DAW or something to send the midi notes to Kontrols midi port. You'll also want to feed audio from computer to the MPC via audio cables and create a audio track with monitoring switched on.

    A little bit of setup, but possible. But its more cables, midi and audio, so try controller mode first.
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