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Newbie to MPK40 and Cubase......Set-up

Hi all, this is my 1st post so please be gentle with me. I've just bought an Akai MPK49 on e-bay after watching several video's on youtube. Everything seems to work OK but I am having trouble trying to work through the user manual in trying to set it up with Cubase. Cubase recognises it's there, I can play VST's fine, but I get lost when trying to assign a controller. I am not the quickest when it comes to midi related devices, so if anybody out there can offer a few friendly tips or links that may help, I would be eternally grateful.
I know this may seem simple to some of you, but we all have to start somewhere.
In anticipation of your numerous replies.

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  • Here's a tip on midi mapping CC's.
    https://vimeo.com/7474254
    (CC) Control Change is used for programing knobs and faders to software parameters, usually virtual instruments.
    You can also search for 'midi mapping' in the Cubase manual/PDF
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  • Hi, thanks for the reply. I am working through the info you have suggested and it looks like it will answer a lot of my questions, given time. One thing though. Im not getting how the preset for Cubase in the MPK49 works. I assumed once i had Cubase recognise the MPK49, and had the Cubase preset selected, i would be able to control certain aspects of Cubase,ie, the transport controls. I am obviously missing a lot here. Once again, I am sorry if all this seems simple but any assistance would be great.

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    • The preset does allow it to work with special aspects of the software, although not everything will link/work automatically. Here's how to setup this up:

      ---In Cubase---
      Select the Devices menu at the top of the screen and choose Device Setup.
      In the in the upper-left corner of the window that opens, click the + icon, and choose Generic Remote.
      On the right-hand pane of the window, select the MPK49 for both the MIDI Input and the MIDI Output. If more than one instance of the controller appears in the pull-down menu, choose the first one in the list.
      You’ll need an XML preset file to load. This is can be found on the disk which was included with your controller, and should be called AKAI MPK49.xml
      On the right-side of the window, click Import. In the window that opens, navigate to and select the XML preset file. This will map all the controls and transport functions to your MPK49.
      Click Apply, then OK. The controller should now function as a control surface for Cubase.
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  • Hi, Ive tried all these steps and I have the keyboard working but my play/pause/ff/rr/rec buttons dont respond and Im having trouble programming the faders, knobs and pads.. Ive loaded the XML sheet countless times and yet It's not responding the way I want it to. Is there a step/setting I might be missing?

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    • I'm trying to get the transport buttons on the MPK88 (Play, stop, <>, Rec) to control Cubase 6/7. So if I hit the record button then Cubase should start recording. If i hit stop then it stops. I have the faders, pans and mute functions working but the transport controls are a no go.
    • IN any DAW, to set the transport, you can either MIDI map them manually or change the mode the transport is using.

      Hardware:
      -Press edit
      -Press a transport button
      -Use value knob till you see MMC mode on the display.

      Software:
      (assuming generic remote has already been set up in the Device Setup menu)
      Navigate to Menu > Transport/Project Synchronisation.
      Turn on the MMC Active button
      Then in the MMC Input drop down menu select THE CONTROLLER.
      Make sure MMC Device ID is set to the same MIDI channel if needed, or select ALL.
      Then navigate to Menu > Devices/ Device Setup
      Click on Add Device from the top left of the window and select MIDI Machine Control Slave
      Select THE CONTROLLER as the MIDI input from the Drop-Down Menu.
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    Hi, after many attempts to try and get things working, I have given up and switched over to Ableton Live 8. Faders,transport controls, pads etc, all work from the start. For my needs, small home studio(beginner), this set up works a treat and makes recording really easy. Hope this helps.
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