Akai Mpk Mini Mk2 Ableton

Have seen that many folks seems to have problems getting the knobs on the Akai MPK Mini to map in Live, myself included.

MPKmini2 Presets - contains the four presets to be loaded into the MPK Mini MKII and screenshots of the actual settings Copy the 'MPKmini2' folder into the the User Remote Scripts folder for your desired Ableton Live version. This step must be completed for every version of Live that you want to use the script.


  1. MPK mini is an ultra-compact keyboard with an impressive array of buttons, knobs and pads that provide hands-on performance and production control over your music software. With a 25-key velocity-sensitive keyboard, 8 backlit MPC-style pads and 8 Q-Link knobs, the MPK mini is the ultimate portable controller to get your music moving.
  2. Akai Pro MPK mini MKII - Editor: What You Need to Know Troubleshooting USB MIDI devices on Mac Using a MIDI Monitor to Test a MIDI Device ION Audio Job Rocker - FAQ and Troubleshooting USB 3.0 Ports and USB 2.0 Devices Tips for reducing feedback when using a microphone with a.
Here's what worked for me in 8.2.2, pretty easy. Go to Options/Preferences/Midi Sync and look for the Input: MPK Mini in the 'Midi Ports' area. Make sure that the box for 'Remote' is checked. You should be good to go at that point.
I also found that I needed to have my MPK Mini plugged into the USB port of my laptop BEFORE I start Live, otherwise it's not seen in Live if I plug it in after starting.
Also, I could not find any 'return to default' for the MPK. So, I created a 'default' setup file that I use with the MPK Editor to reset the MPK if needed. This thread is helpful to get you the default setup file as well as a screenshot of what your Editor should look like for the default settings: http://www.dubstepforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=189475
A nice tutorial and mapping tutorial for Live here: http://www.soundware.co.uk/news/2010/11 .. on-live-8/
Good luck, I'm really starting to enjoy the MPK.

Akai Mpk Mini Mk2 Ableton Live Lite


Tom

I recently purchased the Akai MPK Mini MKII for use with Ableton Live 9. There is some support for the original MPK Mini in Live, but everything did not work as advertised for the MKII version. A little Google Fu revealed that there was a User Remote Script created for the original MPK by Matthew Adams and modified by mothergarage.blogspot.com.

This script added a lot of functionality for the MPK Mini but did not work out of the box for the MKII since the preset format had been changed. I found that there were lots of clues in the documentation about how the presets needed to be setup so I have reverse engineered them and created a set for the MPK Mini MKII here. Continue past the break if you want to know the nuts and bolts of how it works.

What's in the file

There are two folders in the zip file:

  • MPKmini2 - contains the userconfig.txt file
  • MPKmini2 Presets - contains the four presets to be loaded into the MPK Mini MKII and screenshots of the actual settings

Copy the 'MPKmini2' folder into the the User Remote Scripts folder for your desired Ableton Live version. This step must be completed for every version of Live that you want to use the script.

Windows:

Users[YourUserName]App DataRoamingAbleton[LiveVersion]PreferencesUser Remote Scripts

Mac:

Macintosh HD>Users>[YourUserName]>Library>Preferences>Ableton>[LiveVersion]>User Remote Scripts

Select the MPKII as a Control Surface in the Ableton settings as shown below. Ableton push beat maker.

Using the Ableton MPK Mini MKII Editor (found here) load the files in the 'MPKmini2 Presets' directory into the appropriate program. I have also included screen shots of the settings in each preset to make it easier to customize or recreate them if needed.

Important

Please remember to close Ableton Live before using the editor

How the Script Works

The presets are selected by pressing 'PROG SELECT' and one of the top drum pads at the same time. Holding 'PROG SELECT' will light up the current preset pad. The pad light will flash three times before going solid when a new preset is selected.

Preset 1 (Drumrack + Macros)

The padbanks will control a drum rack if one is selected and are configured for notes C1 and upward.

The encoders will control the currently selected device (indicated by a blue hand in the device header).

Selecting 'CC' under Pad Controls will put you in 'Control Change' mode

When on Bank B (Red):

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  • Pads 1-4 control playback/recording and are the same in all four presets.
  • Pad 5 will 'lock' the the macro control to the currently selected device.
  • Pad 6 & 7 (next/prev) will move between macro banks 1-8 for the selected device.

When on Bank A (Green):

  • Pads 1-8 will switch between macro banks 1-8 for the selected device.

Preset 2 (Volume + Arm)

The padbanks are configured for notes C2 and upward.

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The encoders will control the volume of tracks 1-8.

After selecting 'CC' under Pad Controls

When on Bank B (Red):

Akai Mpk Mini Mk2 Ableton Setup

  • Pads 1-4 control playback/recording.

When on Bank A (Green):

  • Pads 1-8 will arm tracks 1-8.

Preset 3 (Send 1)

The padbanks are configured for notes C3 and upward.

The encoders will control Send 1 of tracks 1-8.

After selecting 'CC' under Pad Controls

When on Bank B (Red):

  • Pads 1-4 control playback/recording.

Preset 4 (Send 2)

The padbanks are configured for notes C4 and upward.

The encoders will control Send 2 of tracks 1-8.

After selecting 'CC' under Pad Controls

When on Bank B (Red):

  • Pads 1-4 control playback/recording.

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