Using pad banks on MPK225 (Ableton, W7)

A Real basic question - I've had my MPK225 for about 1.5 weeks and am still finding out a lot about it. My MPK has 8 pads and 4 banks so supposedly 32 total pads. So far, I seem only to have access to Pad A. How do you store different sounds in each of those 32 total pads? Thus, Bank A might contain a drum kit, Bank B might contain audio samples, etc. Isn't this why you have banks, or am I missing something real obvious to others lol?

Thanks y'all. Good gigs.
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  • Hello Terry,

    Thanks for posting!

    The MPK225 is a MIDI controller, so it does not actually hold any samples or audio sources on board.

    Each pad sends out a specific note value which then triggers a software or MIDI instrument assigned to that note. It's no different than a keyboard, except that is comprised of pads.

    To reprogram any pad to a different note:

    1) On the MPK225, press the EDIT button.
    2) Press the pad you'd like to reprogram (and press the Bank A, B, C, D to change banks beforehand)
    3) You'll see the default "Type" is set to "Note". Use the cursor arrows to navigate down to the "Note" field.
    4) Use the data dial to change the note value.
    5) Repeat the above for other pads.

    I hope this helps!
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  • Hi again, Dan, and thanks for your suggestion. I was able to assign different pitches to each pad in all four banks, A-D. But, what I want to do is a little different and probably wasn't well explained by me.

    Let's say I want to assign the snare drum sound from, say, KitCore 808 to Pad 1, Bank *B* (=Pad #17) of my MPK225. Can you give me a step-by-step instructions on how I would do that? I can do that for Bank A, but not for the other banks.

    Thanks once again.
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  • Which software are you using the MPK225 with? When I Google KitCore 808, I get results for Ableton Live.

    If you're talking about using the Ableton DrumRack in Live, then you would just copy that snare sample over to the pad #17 (or whatever pad) is playing within Ableton.

    Here is the solution to what I THINK you're saying in a couple of pictures. Hopefully this is it!



    If that's what you mean, then do this:

    1) Hold the CTRL key (Windows) or the Option key (Mac).
    2) While holding the key, click on the sample in the DrumRack.
    3) Drag that sample over the smaller pad banks of the DrumRack (left side).
    4) When you hover your mouse over that pad bank, you'll see Ableton switch to the main view to that bank.
    5) Hover over the pad that is assigned to the MPK225 pad in question
    6) Let go of CTRL/Option. This should copy that sample to the new pad in DrumRack.

    I have the feeling I'm completely missing the point of your question still. Hopefully this helps.
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  • Hi Dan,
    As always, thank you.
    Your instructions weren't exactly what I was looking for, but very helpful nonetheless. I knew about dragging a snare drum sound onto the Drum Rack’s pad icons, but I couldn’t figure out how to navigate to the pad containing the snare drum on the MPK because there is no direct correspondence between rubber pads and pad-icons when you're in Banks B-D. Such a direct correspondence does exist in Bank A.

    But, I think I figured out: The original question was how you assigned a snare drum sound to Pad 1, Bank *B* of my MPK225. (Akai calls this Pad 09 – the 225 has only 8 rubber pads.)
    1. Push the Bank B button on MPK
    2. Tap Pad 1 and watch the tiny pad icons (to the left of the main ones). As you tap, one of them will blink w each tap. That’s where Pad 1/Bank B is represented in the pad icons. So,
    3. move the selector window so that the blinking tiny icon is within the window.
    4. Now you can see its Midi note in the main Pad window (right of the tiny guys).
    5. Go to the MPK’s Edit mode and change that Pad’s Note to the one you got in step 4. Followed your instructions on changing the MPK-pad’s note (thanks). Now, hitting pad 1/bank B generates the snare sound.

    Whew. At least, that’s one way to do it!

    By the way, I discovered that in the Edit mode, the note name displayed on the MPK screen needs to be set one octave higher than the note you want. Let’s say you want to set rubber pad 1 in Bank B to a note of C4. When dialing this note in on the MPK, you have to turn the knob till it says C5. Could this be a bug?

    Thanks a million. You’re in line for sainthood.

    Terry
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