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MPC Essentials - Using the Bank with Drum Sets simultaneously

So I just bought The Bank for MPC Essentials. I want to use this plug-in in conjunction with a beat I'm already working on. However, I don't know how to work with both the drum sets (Dystopia/Trap/Deep House) and the plug-in simultaneously in one sequence. How can I sequence drums and say, hard guitar easily? Thank you!
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    Can't happen within essentials. You'll have to use it as a vst in your DAW of choice. Search forums, this has been the most complained about limitation.
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  • Corey S (Official Rep) March 21, 2016 19:31
    Hi Naman,

    It's true that you won't be able to do this in MPC Essentials alone, but you could do it if you open MPC Essentials as a plugin. Here's a detailed guide on using multiple instances of MPC Essentials in Ableton:

    Using Multiple Instances of MPC Essentials

    For the element, you have the added benefit of the "Track" buttons so you can switch back and forth between instances easily. Everything discussed in that guide is universal to pretty much any DAW, but if necessary you can also download a trial of Ableton and test that out here:

    https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/

    I hope this helps!
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  • Corey S (Official Rep) March 23, 2016 13:36
    Thanks for asking!

    MPC Essentials is different from MPC in that you can open multiple instances of it in your DAW. MPC can only be opened once. The benefit here is this is how you can get multiple tracks out of using MPC Essentials. Each instance is a new track on your instrument track in your DAW.

    The Record Mode will only change the function of the record button on your Element. Basically whether or not the MIDI message from the record button will be sent out to your DAW or not.

    When set to "DAW," you can map the record button on the Element to the record button in the DAW, but this does not send the pad and note information on to the track in the DAW. When set to plugin, the record button will only trigger the record button in Essentials, so you can use this to record a new sequence into Essentials. Stop and Play will always stop and play your DAW and the plugin.

    There aren't many reasons to to take the sequence out of MPC Essentials and onto a track in your DAW. In some case you can route your MIDI track in Essentials out to a track in the DAW, but I'm sure how this would be done with FL Studio. You'd be looking for a way to set the input of another track to the output of essentials somehow. In Ableton, this as easy as choosing MPC Essentials as the input of a MIDI track.

    A couple ways that you could get around this would be to export your sequence from MPC Essentials (File > Export > As MIDI File) and import it into FL Studio. Or, you could select the MIDI Control tab in MPC Essentials (last one on right) and this would turn your Element into a generic MIDI controller:



    Now, you can activate it's ports in the MIDI settings and use it to trigger/record sequences for other instruments or MIDI tracks in FL Studio. Jump back to Main mode in Essentials, when you're ready to use Essentials again.

    These are just some options. It may take some time to develop a work flow with this that works best for you, so I'd recommend to spend some time experimenting with it.

    I hope this helps!
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  • Hi Corey,

    Thank you for all of the information! I understand instances as I am a computer science major as well...but you said that there would not be any reason to export a sequence out of MPC Essentials; how then does the sequence go to your DAW? Are you saying that while I can add new instances of MPC Essentials, I can't record them into the DAW? Also, are you saying that I should I should only play tracks in the DAW and simply record into an MPC Essentials track?

    I guess what I wanted was to be able to combine The Bank's tracks with the rest of MPC Essentials' sound banks into a DAW so that I have access to multiple tracks. I know I can create on instance of, say Deep House drums or Trap Drums, and then another instance of, say Strings, but how could I use lay down a sequence of Strings while hearing a sequence of drums that I already made? I will try to play around with it - maybe Akai can make a video that would simplify setting up MPC Essentials inside FL Studio and Ableton.

    Thank you again.
    • Corey S (Official Rep) March 25, 2016 13:38
      Let's see if I can lay out a scenario to explain this:

      I open three instances of MPC Essentials. Each one is on it's own track in FL Studio. The first has a drum program that I put together with some samples from the Trap Drums pack, the second has some strings from The Bank, and the third has a bass from the Hybrid plugin.

      I will start by arranging my drum program in the first instance of Essentials and recording it's sequence. I keep the record mode set to MPC Essentials so that my record button will activate the record in Essentials. Now, if I hit play in FL Studio, my new sequence will start playing back in time with FL Studio. If I put together additional drum program sequences, I can arrange them and loop them in Song Mode so that they match the progression of other elements in the song out in FL Studio.

      Now if I go to my next instance of Essentials, The Bank, (press the Track up/down buttons to switch control from one instance to the next) I can play back FL Studio, hear my drum sequence and start recording my string part to it. Once it's finished, the two instances of Essentials will be synced together with FL Studio and will continue to play in time together. Again, I can create additional sequences for my strings and string them together using the Song mode.

      Repeat again for the third instance with the Hybrid bass.

      You can export the sequences as I described above, but MPC Essentials will just play along with and follow everything else in FL Studio, which is why it's unnecessary to go through exporting everything just so the sequence is IN FL Studio. I think you'll find that just working in Essentials will be the most rewarding, even though it may take some getting used to.

      Let me know if you have more questions!
    • Hi Corey,

      Thank you for the very clear and detailed explanation! I have gotten MPC Essentials working within FL Studio. A few things to note are:

      - I have to set my device as ASIO4ALL V2 for it to work properly (I have a PC).
      - I have to extend the pattern bar in FL Studio to double the default by going into "button mode" or whatever and clicking some of the buttons to on. So for example, the FL Studio sequencer which starts with everything un-selected needs to have two buttons selected (one for the start of the first bar and one for the start of the second). The idea is that I need my pattern sequencer in FL Studio to be as long as each pattern in MPC Essentials. I'll just attach an image below.
      -For MPC Essentials, for whichever modes I am using (drum, plugin, etc.), say I create Sequence 1. In Song Mode, I need to insert "Sequence 1" in all of my instances in the same place so that the instances (drums and VSTs) are synchronized.
      -Lastly, in order to export the song, the patterns need to be "made" in FL Studio and put into the playlist in FL Studio. When I said "made", they are actually all made in MPC Essentials, but the sequencer in FL has to have a few enabled buttons that span the length of the pattern. So then, once the patterns are in the FL Studio playlist, I can export the songs as I would with any other FL program.

      That sounds like a lot but it's not a lot to adjust. I'll just add a few images.

      Thank you again Corey. I might comment again later in case I get stuck!
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    Just images of some of the things to change in FL Studio.
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  • hello all,i both my mpk mini but i have problem with installation of mpc essential
    please can somebody direct or send the link where i will download the sofware
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