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Does Akai mpc Live / X /support external controllers like Ableton Push?If not, is there any plan to implement it?. This is a must have

I want to use Ableton Push as controller for Akai MPC Live. Is possible?
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  • Hey Kike Rivera,

    Thanks for posting!

    The MPC X and MPC Live do support external MIDI controllers. You can connect class compliant MIDI controllers to the USB-A type ports on the backs of the devices to input MIDI data. For example, the MPK mini mkII and MPC Live are a great setup combination for mobile beat crafting!

    Let me know if you have any questions!
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  • Hi, thanks for answering

    Just to clarify, will MPC Live/X comunicate with ableton push including visual feedback?. Will have real integration including screen messages or just MIDI messages?
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  • If you are using the MPC hardware as standalone, connecting the Push to the Live or X will serve the purpose of a MIDI controller input - you will lose Push functionality as Ableton is not running.

    You could still certainly host MPC inside of Ableton as a plugin and use the Push in conjunction with the MPC Live as controllers for Ableton and MPC respectively.

    I hope this helps!
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  • Thanks, another question

    Using push as a midi controller... can push (or other external midi controllers) "learn" parameters and map them to knobs or buttons?
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  • There is not an option for MIDI learning option when using an outboard MIDI controller. An external MIDI device you are using as a controller (like a MIDI keyboard) will be useful to input chordal or lead work rather than relying on the MPC's pads to input MIDI.
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    Ok, thanks

    A couple of questions more.

    1st. Will Akai MPK 225 will be fully integrated with MPC Live? are all it's controls and screen parameters compatible with Live?

    2nd. In a midi track, if i ́m playing my synth (able to send midi data) and working some automation in synth's knobs (sending MIDI data), will MPC Live record this automation?

    Thanks for the info Nick
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    • Sure!

      Next to the MPK mini mkII (for its size - a Live and an MPK mini results in a very couch-friendly situation), the MPK225 is one of my favorite controllers to use with the Live!

      Aside from not being able to MIDI map the encoders, the MPK is a very capable controller for manipulating the Live. The keybed, pads, transport controls for play/stop/record, Note Repeat, and arpeggiator all function. Program changes can be sent from the MPK to the MPC Live as well.

      The MPK225's display is proprietary to its hardware (for editing its parameters, changing settings, etc.) so you will not receive feedback from the Live on the MPK's display. I am unclear if this type of integration would be possible but I will certainly submit this to the development team for consideration in a future update!

      If you are looking for a MIDI controller to add to your Live setup, I'm confident that you will be satisfied with what the MPK225 offers!
    • So knobs are definitively not working?. In that case is useless to purchase an Akay 250€ keyboard, better any cheap 50€ midi controller.

      MIDI impementation looks like to be not in beta, neither alpha... simply it does not exist beyond notes.

      Very disappointing
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  • So is there no way to map a midi knob from an external controller to a parameter I want to control in the Live?

    Is there at least a way to control the Q-links via midi?
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    • Thanks for your help! I was really let down to see a modern sampler that doesn't accept midi cc's and I know I'm not alone in that. I honestly hadn't even considered the fact that the Live would lack that feature. The Live is SO close to being the 'holy grail' sampler I've been trying to land on for years. Fingers crossed they implement that functionality.
    • May i second and third that? Mappable parameters will open up a whole new market for Mpc. Now that it has evolved into this territory, it is competing with machines like octatrack. Opening up parameters to external control is essential for the growth of mpc. I agree it could be a holy grail, if only...
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    Thanks for all your help, Nick.

    When you mentioned transport with the MPK it reminded me: If you have the ear of the developers, another HUGE ask MPC Live users have would be midi control of looper functionality (and, of course, fixing the crashes associated with using the looper--I'm sure people have reported those via the MPC 2.0 feedback system).

    Not all of us have the studio space for an MPC X, but we'd still love to use a foot controller to stop and start looper recording. A midi pedal like the KMI keystep or the behringer fcb could provide that functionality if the Live would accept a midi note number to control looper transport.

    If there is currently any way to do this I would love to know about it.
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    Dear Nick D. Is there any chance this feature could be put into the pipeline? It seems to be ridiculous not to be able to control the parameters with midi cc. It is a no brainer to add and an extremely advantageous feature.
    Everyone is expecting it and you say it currently is not even in the pipeline? How else will we control the internal mixer? How will we perform tweaks with it live? It only has four knobs and and a touchscreen, so OBVIOUSLY it needs to accept mapping of CCs to parameters. Since it is standalone, people expect it to replace a laptop to a certain extent, which means you should be able to do what everyone does with a laptop : plug in some controllers and adjust, mix, tweak using whatever set of controls you want. Please let us know if the developers have been informed of the demand, and what their response was.

    Thanks so much for your help.
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  • Hi,

    I'd like to ask a related question - can the MPC Live be used as a drum pad MIDI controller to control Ableton Live drum racks?

    Thanks!
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  • Not buying one until a decent midi implementation (multitrack midi, cc to parameters) is developed.
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    Hi Nick,

    Is there any chance that controller support will be implemented in 2.0.5? I agree with Alexander Wilson that it's a mandatory thing for us users to enhance a (MPC) Live performance drastically. Everywhere Akai have said that 'the 3 usb ports are there for external controller support' but implementing Ableton link will only drive people towards computer based music making.

    At the moment it's incapability to map controls to say a A&H K2 limits the workflow drastically. When looking at artists like Stephan Bodzin, Kink (tnaf) you see how important it is to control levels, filters and fx externally and I believe more artists would consider taking an MPC on the road rather than face the unpredictability of a laptop.

    Off coarse it'll do the trick if you'd make hip hop the oldschool way but in today's reality you'd want a machine that can handle itself with whatever's out there now.

    Just my 2 cents anyway.
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    Then why is this on Akai's website?

    "Can I plug a USB MIDI controller into the USB ports of the MPC Live?"

    The USB ports on the MPC Live have a variety of uses. They can be used to transfer files on and off of the MPC Live, as extra storage, and as input for USB MIDI controllers.

    If you have a class compliant MIDI controller (one that does not require drivers), you will be able to plug it directly into an available USB port on the MPC Live and control MIDI information in the embedded system software.

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    This is misleading. Why would you put this up if it doesn't work. The mapping is there in the software so come on Akai, finish your product.

    Same goes for that Line input.

    I'm not so amused at the moment
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