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Default Setting up an Akai MPC for use with Pro Tools 8.x using MTC and MIDI Beat Clock.

There are multiple ways you can configure your MPC for use with Pro Tools. Listed below are the various ways you can accomplish this with various models of the MPC. To use this page most efficiently, scroll down until you find the instructions for the model that you own.

NOTES:
1) If using an Mbox or Mbox 2 Mini, a Digidesign MIDI I/O or third-party USB-MIDI interface must be installed on the computer for all of the listed configurations.
2) All of the configurations below require you to properly set the tempo in Pro Tools and in the MPC. For instructions on how to do this, see the instructions at the bottom of this page.
3) It is recommended to be on the latest version of the operating system for your MPC. This is required for the MPC2500 in order for it to use MIDI Time Code.

For triggering the MPC500 using MIDI Beat Clock with Pro Tools as the master device:
NOTE: (The only type of sync the MPC500 has and can use is MIDI Beat Clock.)
1) Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your Digidesign hardware (or M-Audio if using M-Powered) to the MIDI Input of the MPC500.

In the MPC500:
2) Go to the "MIDI/Sync" menu.
3) Use the "Data" wheel to change the sync mode to “Slave”.

In Pro Tools:
4) Set your tempo in Pro Tools. (See instructions at the bottom of this page.)
5) Go to the Setup menu and choose MIDI Beat Clock. Check the boxes for "Enable MIDI Beat Clock" and the corresponding MIDI output port.
6) Press play. The MPC should now be playing along with Pro Tools.
NOTE: (Make sure that the value for bars, in the MPC, is NOT set to zero. If it is set to zero, it will not be triggered.)

For triggering the MPC1000 using MIDI Beat Clock with Pro Tools as the master device:
NOTE: (The only type of sync the MPC1000 has and can use is MIDI Beat Clock.)
1) Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your Digidesign hardware (or M-Audio if using M-Powered) to one of the MIDI Inputs of the MPC1000.

In the MPC1000:
2) Go to the "MIDI/Sync" menu.
3) Set "Sync In" to the corresponding MIDI input port on the MPC.

In Pro Tools:
4) Set your tempo in Pro Tools. (See instructions at the bottom of this page.)
5) Go to the Setup menu and choose MIDI Beat Clock. Check the boxes for "Enable MIDI Beat Clock" and the corresponding MIDI output port.
6) Press play. The MPC should now be playing along with Pro Tools.
NOTE: (Make sure that the value for bars, in the MPC, is NOT set to zero. If it is set to zero, it will not be triggered.)

For triggering the MPC2000/2000XL using MIDI Beat Clock with Pro Tools as the master device:
1) Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your Digidesign hardware (or M-Audio if using M-Powered) to the MIDI In of your MPC2000/2000XL.

In the MPC2000/2000XL:
2) Go to the "Sync" menu.
3) Set "Sync In" to the corresponding MIDI input port on the MPC.
4) Set “Mode” to “MIDI Clock”.

In Pro Tools:
5) Set your tempo in Pro Tools. (See instructions at the bottom of this page.)
6) Go to the Setup menu and choose “MIDI Beat Clock”. Check the boxes for "Enable MIDI Beat Clock" and the corresponding MIDI output port.
7) Press play. The MPC should now be playing along with Pro Tools.
NOTE: (Make sure that the value for bars, in the MPC, is NOT set to zero. If it is set to zero, it will not be triggered.)

For triggering the MPC2000/2000XL using MTC (MIDI Time Code) with Pro Tools as the master device:
1) Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your Digidesign hardware (or M-Audio if using M-Powered) to the MIDI In of your MPC2000/2000XL.

In the MPC2000/2000XL:
Go to the "MIDI/Sync" menu.
3) Set "Sync In" to the corresponding MIDI input port on the MPC.
4) Set "Mode" to "MIDI Time Code" and "Frame rate" to 30.
5) Press play on the MPC and it will now be waiting to receive MTC.

In Pro Tools:
6) Go to the Setup menu and choose “Peripherals…”. Click on the Synchronization tab and set “MTC Generator Port" to the corresponding MIDI output port.
7) Go to the Setup menu and choose “Session". Set "Time Code Rate" to 30.
8) If your Transport window is not already open, open it by going to the Window menu and choosing “Transport”.
9) Go to the View menu and highlight Transport. Choose Synchronization and click on the GEN MTC that appears on the Transport window.
10) Press play in Pro Tools and the MPC should now be playing along with Pro Tools.
NOTE: (When using MTC, it is recommended to add 1 or 2 bars of pre-roll.)

For triggering Pro Tools using MTC with the MPC2000/2000XL as the master device:
1) Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your MPC to the MIDI In of your Digidesign hardware (or M-Audio if using M-Powered).

In Pro Tools:
2) Go to the Setup menu and choose “Peripherals…”. Click on the Synchronization tab and verify that “MTC Reader Port" is set to Any.
3) If your Transport window is not already open, open it by going to the Window menu and choosing “Transport”.
4) Put Pro Tools online by pressing the Online button on the far left of the Transport window. This will be verified by a blinking blue online button.

In the MPC2000/2000XL:
5) Go to the "MIDI/Sync" menu.
6) Set "Sync Out" to the corresponding MIDI output port on the MPC.
7) Set "Mode" to MIDI Time Code. Set "Frame rate" to 30.
8) Press play on the MPC and Pro Tools should now be playing along to the MPC.
NOTE: (When using MTC, it is recommended to add 1 or 2 bars of pre-roll.)

For triggering the MPC2500 using MIDI Beat Clock with Pro Tools as the master device:
1) Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your Digidesign hardware (or M-Audio if using M-Powered) to one of the MIDI Inputs of the MPC2500.

In the MPC2500:
2) Go to the "MIDI/Sync" menu.
3) Set "Sync In" to the corresponding MIDI input port on the MPC.

In Pro Tools:
4) Set your tempo in Pro Tools. (See instructions at the bottom of this page.)
5) Go to the Setup menu and choose MIDI Beat Clock. Check the boxes for "Enable MIDI Beat Clock" and the corresponding MIDI output port.
6) Press play. The MPC should now be playing along with Pro Tools.
NOTE: (Make sure that the value, in the MPC, for bars is NOT set to zero. If it is set to zero, it will not be triggered.)

For triggering the MPC2500 using MTC (MIDI Time Code) with Pro Tools as the master device:
1) Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your Digidesign hardware (or M-Audio if using M-Powered) to the MIDI In of your MPC2500.

In the MPC2500:
Go to the "MIDI/Sync" menu.
3) Set "Sync In" to the corresponding MIDI input port on the MPC.
4) Set "Mode" to "MIDI Time Code".
NOTE: When using MTC with the MPC2500, it will automatically match the frame rate of the incoming MTC.

In Pro Tools:
5) Go to the Setup menu and choose “Peripherals…”. Click on the Synchronization tab and set “MTC Generator Port" to the corresponding MIDI output port.
6) Go to the Setup menu and choose “Session". Set "Time Code Rate" to 30.
7) If your Transport window is not already open, open it by going to the Window menu and choosing “Transport”.
8) Go to the View menu and highlight Transport. Choose Synchronization and click on the GEN MTC that appears on the Transport window.
9) Press play in Pro Tools and the MPC should now be playing along with Pro Tools.
NOTE: (When using MTC, it is recommended to add 1 or 2 bars of pre-roll.)

For triggering Pro Tools using MTC with the MPC2500 as the master device:
1) Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your MPC to the MIDI In of your Digidesign hardware (or M-Audio if using M-Powered).

In Pro Tools:
2) Go to the Setup menu and choose “Peripherals…”. Click on the Synchronization tab and verify that “MTC Reader Port" is set to Any.
3) If your Transport window is not already open, open it by going to the Window menu and choosing “Transport”.
4) Put Pro Tools online by pressing the Online button on the far left of the Transport window. This will be verified by a blinking blue online button.

In the MPC2500:
5) Go to the "MIDI/Sync" menu.
6) Set "Sync Out" to the corresponding MIDI output port on the MPC.
7) Set "Mode" to MIDI Time Code. Set "Frame rate" to 30.
8) Press play on the MPC and Pro Tools should now be playing along to the MPC.
NOTE: (When using MTC, it is recommended to add 1 or 2 bars of pre-roll.)

For triggering the MPC4000 using MIDI Beat Clock with Pro Tools as the master device:
1) Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your Digidesign hardware (or M-Audio if using M-Powered) to the MIDI In of your MPC4000.

In the MPC4000:
2) Go to the "Sync" menu.
3) Set "Sync In" to the corresponding MIDI input port on the MPC.
4) Set “Mode” to “MIDI Clock”.

In Pro Tools:
5) Set your tempo in Pro Tools. (See instructions at the bottom of this page.)
6) Go to the Setup menu and choose “MIDI Beat Clock”. Check the boxes for "Enable MIDI Beat Clock" and the corresponding MIDI output port.
7) Press play. The MPC should now be playing along with Pro Tools.
NOTE: (Make sure that the value, in the MPC, for bars is NOT set to zero. If it is set to zero, it will not be triggered.)

For triggering the MPC4000 using MTC (MIDI Time Code) with Pro Tools as the master device:
1) Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your Digidesign hardware (or M-Audio if using M-Powered) to the MIDI In of your MPC.

In the MPC4000:
2) Go to the "Sync" menu.
3) Set "Sync In" to the corresponding MIDI input port on the MPC.
4) Set "Mode" to "MIDI Time Code" and "Frame rate" to 30.
5) Press play on the MPC and it will now be waiting to receive MTC.

In Pro Tools:
6) Go to the Setup menu and choose “Peripherals…”. Click on the Synchronization tab and set “MTC Generator Port" to the corresponding MIDI output port.
7) Go to the Setup menu and choose “Session". Set "Time Code Rate" to 30.
8) If your Transport window is not already open, open it by going to the Window menu and choosing “Transport”.
9) Go to the View menu and highlight Transport. Choose Synchronization and click on the GEN MTC that appears on the Transport window.
10) Press play in Pro Tools and the MPC should now be playing along with Pro Tools.
NOTE: (When using MTC, it is recommended to add 1 or 2 bars of pre-roll.)

For triggering Pro Tools using MTC with the MPC4000 as the master device:
1) Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your MPC to the MIDI In of your Digidesign hardware (or M-Audio if using M-Powered).

In Pro Tools:
2) Go to the Setup menu and choose “Peripherals…”. Click on the Synchronization tab and verify that “MTC Reader Port" is set to Any.
3) If your Transport window is not already open, open it by going to the Window menu and choosing “Transport”.
4) Put Pro Tools online by pressing the Online button on the far left of the Transport window. This will be verified by a blinking blue online button.

In the MPC4000:
5) Go to the "Sync" menu.
6) Set "Sync Out" to the corresponding MIDI output port on the MPC.
7) Set "Mode" to MIDI Time Code. Set "Frame rate" to 30.
8) Press play on the MPC and Pro Tools should now be playing along to the MPC.
NOTE: (When using MTC, it is recommended to add 1 or 2 bars of pre-roll.)

For triggering the MPC5000 using MIDI Beat Clock with Pro Tools as the master device:
1) Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your Digidesign hardware (or M-Audio if using M-Powered) to the MIDI In of your MPC5000.

In the MPC5000:
2) Go to the "MIDI/Sync" menu.
3) Go to the "Sync" menu.
4) Set "Sync In" to the corresponding MIDI input port on the MPC.
5) Set “Mode” to “MIDI Clock”.

In Pro Tools:
6) Set your tempo in Pro Tools. (See instructions at the bottom of this page.)
7) Go to the Setup menu and choose “MIDI Beat Clock”. Check the boxes for "Enable MIDI Beat Clock" and the corresponding MIDI output port.
8) Press play. The MPC should now be playing along with Pro Tools.
NOTE: (Make sure that the value, in the MPC, for bars is NOT set to zero. If it is set to zero, it will not be triggered.)

For triggering the MPC5000 using MTC (MIDI Time Code) with Pro Tools as the master device:
1) Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your Digidesign hardware (or M-Audio if using M-Powered) to the MIDI In of your MPC.

In the MPC5000:
2) Go to the "MIDI/Sync" menu.
3) Set "Sync In" to the corresponding MIDI input port on the MPC.
4) Set "Mode" to "MIDI Time Code".
5) Press play on the MPC and it will now be waiting to receive MTC.
NOTE: When using MTC with the MPC5000, it will automatically match the frame rate of the incoming MTC.

In Pro Tools:
6) Go to the Setup menu and choose “Peripherals…”. Click on the Synchronization tab and set “MTC Generator
Port" to the corresponding MIDI output port.
7) Go to the Setup menu and choose “Session". Set "Time Code Rate" to 30.
8) If your Transport window is not already open, open it by going to the Window menu and choosing “Transport”.
9) Go to the View menu and highlight Transport. Choose Synchronization and click on the GEN MTC that appears on the Transport window.
10) Press play in Pro Tools and the MPC should now be playing along with Pro Tools.
NOTE: (When using MTC, it is recommended to add 1 or 2 bars of pre-roll.)

For triggering Pro Tools using MTC with the MPC5000 as the master device:
1) Use a MIDI cable to connect the MIDI OUT of your MPC to the MIDI In of your Digidesign hardware (or M-Audio if using M-Powered).

In Pro Tools:
2) Go to the Setup menu and choose “Peripherals…”. Click on the Synchronization tab and verify that “MTC Reader Port" is set to Any.
3) If your Transport window is not already open, open it by going to the Window menu and choosing “Transport”.
4) Put Pro Tools online by pressing the Online button on the far left of the Transport window. This will be verified by a blinking blue online button.

In the MPC5000:
5) Go to the "MIDI/Sync" menu.
6) Set "Sync Out" to the corresponding MIDI output port on the MPC.
7) Set "Mode" to MIDI Time Code. Set "Frame rate" to 30.
8) Press play on the MPC and Pro Tools should now be playing along to the MPC.
NOTE: (When using MTC, it is recommended to add 1 or 2 bars of pre-roll.)

Setting your tempo in Pro Tools.
You can do this by either of the following methods:
1) Go to the “View” menu, highlight “Rulers” and choose “Tempo”. Click on the plus symbol (+) that appears next to where it says “Tempo” and then manually enter in the desired Tempo.
2) In the Pro Tools Transport window, de-select “Tempo Ruler Enable” (easily recognized as the blue Conductor icon) and either manually type in the desired tempo or use the tempo slider to set the desired tempo.

NOTES:
1) When using MIDI Beat Clock with Pro Tools as the master device, the MPC will be set to the tempo that you have Pro Tools set to.
2) When using MIDI Time Code (MTC), you will have to manually set the tempos in the MPC and Pro Tools to the same tempo.
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