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Akai Pro MPK mini mkII — How to use the Editor

The MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact keyboard controller designed for the traveling musician and the desktop producer. With an array of hardware controls, MPK mini lets you record, compose, and perform with virtual instruments, effect plugins, and DAWs whenever inspiration strikes. This article walks through the basics of getting to know the MPK mini mkII Editor.


Getting Started

Before installing and opening the editor, there are a few precautions to keep in mind in order to ensure the most stable communication between the MPK mini mkII and the editor software:

  1. Keep all other software closed while using the editor to ensure only the editor is using the port for your MPK Mini. This includes your DAW, other editors and even web browsers (yes, even Google Chrome wants to use your MIDI keyboard).
  2. Connect the MPK mini mkII directly to a USB port on your computer. External USB hubs are a popular way to connect several devices to your computer at once, but they way that they merge and transfer data back and forth can affect the success of the editor and we recommend avoiding it if possible.

Downloading and Installing the Editor

  1. Download the editor from the MPK mini mkII product page. Click on the Docs & Downloads tab and choose the version for your operating system:
  2. Find the editor in your downloads folder, right-click and select «Extract All. » to unzip the folder before installing. If using a Mac, simply double-click on the zipped folder to unzip it.
  3. Double-click on the installer inside to run the installation. The installer will fill the screen during the installation:
  4. Click Next and accept the terms of the License Agreement when prompted. Continue to follow the prompts in each window and click Install when prompted. We do not recommend changing any install or folder locations during the process.
  5. Leave Run MPK mini mkII Editor checked in the last window and the editor will open once you click Finish.

Common Terms Explained

Before getting started with the editor, take a moment to learn about some of the common terms and symbols you may encounter during the editing process. These are common MIDI terms and will be good to know if you’re just getting started with your MPK mini mkII and the world of MIDI and audio production:

  • CC or Control Change — This is a MIDI protocol that will send a range of values between 0 — 127. Each knob or fader can be assigned to a CC number which will then send a value of 0 at it’s lowest point and a value of 127 at it’s highest point and every value in between. For example, the knob K1 is set to CC1 and when turned all the way up, the MPK mini mkII will send a value of 127 over CC1.
  • Lo/Hi — This determines the value range of a CC message (as discussed above). Mostly used for encoders like the ones on the MPK mini mkII, this can be used to decide how much of a parameter is changed during the course of the knob’s movement.
  • PC or Program Change — Also known as a «patch change», these messages are commonly used to tell hardware or software to switch to a different preset. In some cases, the program change number will be affiliated with a particular type of patch/instrument (piano, organ, etc), but some manufacturers will list patches in any order they wish. Most virtual instrument companies will not follow this standard since their sound sets are unique.For a list of common program change patch assignments, see our guide here.
  • MIDI Channel — MIDI data can be assigned to travel over 16 different channels per MIDI port. The MPK mini mkII has one port, the USB connection, meaning you have 16 different channels over which to send the data from the keyboard. In most cases, this will be used to send different MIDI parameters to different areas. For example, the most common use would be sending the pads on the MPK mini mkII to one instrument (i.e. drums) and the keys to another (i.e. piano).If you’re interested doing something like this, see our guide on using multiple instances of MPC Essentials to see it in action.
  • Toggle and Momentary — There are two ways a MIDI note can be sent: Toggle and Momentary. When using a keyboard, you will most likely be using momentary messaging for MIDI notes. This means an ON message is created when pressing a key, and an OFF message is created when releasing the key. Sometimes when using drum pads or buttons, a toggle style functionality may be desirable. When using a toggle setting, the OFF messages is not sent when the pad is released. Instead, the pad will alternate between sending ON and OFF messages when struck.TIP: Using a button or pad with a toggle function will help control a parameter that needs to stay on after releasing the button/pad. This can be beneficial if controlling something like a solo, mute, or effects ON/OFF switch.
  • Clock or MIDI Clock — MIDI Clock is a specific message used to keep two devices in sync with each other, like a metronome. For example, when using an arpeggiator, you will want it to stay in time with the rest your song, and the best way to do that is with MIDI clock. In that scenario, MIDI clock would be sent from your DAW or other software (i.e. MPC Essentials) to your keyboard for the keyboard to follow along, perfectly in time.Clock can be assigned as Internal or External: Internal meaning that the keyboard generates it’s own MIDI clock and will follow itself (used when sync with another device is not necessary), and External, used when the keyboard will be receiving clock from an external source. When set to external clock, the arpeggiator will not respond until it starts to receive a clock signal.

Saving Programs and Loading Preset onto the MPK mini mkII

Once you have made your changes with the editor, the assignments will need to be sent to the MPK mini mkII to be stored in one of the program slots. Be sure to follow the Getting Started section before opening the editor and continuing with this section:

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  1. With your changes applied in the editor window, select File >Save to save your changes. This will save a .mk2 file, which is unique to this editor. We recommend creating a folder to store all of your presets so that you have a backup for later.In order to open a preset later on, simply select File >Open and find your preset file. The preset will open into its own separate editor window.
  2. When you’re ready to select Options >Device Setup from the menu at the top.
  3. In the window that appears, select MPKmini2 from the Output area only, then press OK. It is not necessary to choose an input when sending presets to your MPK mini mkII.
  4. Choose a program slot to store your assignments by clicking SEND under the chosen Program on the bottom left of the editor.You can also choose SEND TO RAM for an instant upload to the MPK mini mkII, but the program will be lost as soon as the keyboard is turned off/disconnected.
  5. Finally, on the MPK mini mkII, press and hold the PROG SELECT button and press the pad corresponding to the program of your choice (PROG 1, PROG 2, PROG 3, or PROG 4). This will load the new program. For example, if your assignments were sent to Program 1, use Pad 5 to select Program 1.

Installing the Preset for MPC Essentials

If your main goal for using the editor is to set up the keyboard with MPC Essentials, look no further! For most users, simply hold down the Prog Select button and press Pad 6 to select Preset 2 — MPC Essentials. This will line up the pads in MPC Essentials accordingly:

  • Pad Bank A — Plays MPC Essentials pads 1-8
  • Pad Bank B — Plays MPC Essentials pads 9-16
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If this does not work right away, you may have an older model or have already overwritten the preset. But don’t worry! We have a preset file already mapped out for you and ready to be loaded onto your MPK mini mkII. See the guide below for a preset download, install instructions and complete walkthrough on using the included sample content with the pads:

What’s Next?

Now that you’re getting to know your MPK mini mkII and all of the extra content and features, here are a few more guides and articles to explore:

Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Pro product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Akai Pro technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.


Akai Pro MPK mini mkII — Downloading, Installing and Using the Sample Content

The MPK mini mkII is an ultra-compact controller designed for the traveling musician and desktop producer. Along with MPC Essentials, the MPK mini mkII comes with three content packs to help you get started producing beats and making music. This guide walks through where to find those content packs and how to use them.


What is included and how do I use it?

Each sample pack comes with a variety of different files:

  • Samples: These are the actual sounds and will be labeled as .WAV files. These are your kicks, snares, cowbells, synth stabs, etc. Drag this to a single pad in MPC Essentials and hit the pad to play and record the sound into your sequence. When you drag and drop multiple sounds across the pads you are creating a Program.
  • Programs: These are full collections of compatible sounds and will be labeled as .XPM files. This could otherwise be considered a drum or sample kit, or your instrument. When you load a program, you’ll see multiple samples assigned across the pads. Now your samples can be played together and used to record a beat, otherwise known as a Sequence.
  • Sequences: These are the pre-recorded MIDI files that will trigger the sounds in your program when played back. To put it simply, this is your beat. These files will be labeled as .SXQ files and can be dragged over to the sequencer section (the grid area) to be added to your project. Most users will end up creating their own sequences with the sample and program content, but these can act as a good jumping-off point if you are just getting started.

Getting Started

Before diving into the sample content, you will first want to make sure that your MPK is registered to your Akai Pro account and you are up and running with the MPC Essentials software. For a complete walk through, please make sure to go through the guide below before continuing:

During this guide, we will also be using the MPK Mini MKII editor to load a preset file on to your MPK Mini MKII. This is very important to ensure that your pads line up with the pads in the MPC Essentials software. Please make sure that you have downloaded and installed the editor from the links below:

Mapping Out The Pads

The best way to use the included sample content is with the pads on your MPK Mini MKII. In order to make sure that your hardware pads will trigger the pads in the software, we want to load the MPC Essentials preset on to your MPK mini mkII by simply holding the Prog Select button and pressing Pad 6. The pad will flash to confirm the selection and the pads will follow the assignments described later in this section.

If this does not work, you may have an early model or have already overwritten the preset accidentally. But don’t worry! We have a preset file already mapped out for you and ready to be loaded onto your MPK mini. Here’s how:

  1. Download The MPK mini mkII MPC Mapping file from this link. Please make sure to unzip the folder to your desktop once the file has completed downloading.
  2. Close all other audio/MIDI software (including MPC Essentials), connect your MPK mini MkII to your computer, and open the editor software.
  3. Select File >Open and navigate to the unzipped folder from Step 1. Select the file named mpc.mk2 and click Open. The preset settings will then be loaded into the editor.
  4. On the left side of the editor, click on Send under Program 1. This will send the preset information to the first preset/program on the MPK.
  5. On your MPK Mini MKII, hold down the PROG SELECT button and press Pad 5 (Prog 1) to select preset 1 on your MPK. The pad should flash to acknowledge the preset selection.
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Now you should be ready to play samples with your MPK mini mkII pads! There are a few things to keep in mind here:

  • Make sure to close the editor when you’re finished. The editor cannot be open while using MPC or any other DAW to ensure that the DAW is able to acces the MPK.
  • Use the BANK A/B button on the MPK to access all 16 pads in the MPC software.
    • When lit Green, bank A is selected. The pads will trigger pads A1 — A8 in the MPC software.
    • When lit Red, bank B is selected. The pads will trigger pads A9 — A16 in the MPC software.

For more information on using the editor, make sure to check out our walkthrough guide.

Downloading and Installing the Content

  1. Log in to your account at AkaiPro.com.
  2. Find the MPC Essentials Sound Content packs in your list of downloadable content beneath your MPK mini mkII. These are the Elements of UK Dance, Elements of House and Elements of Dystopia:
  3. Click on the link for each pack to download the content. It’s recommended to download these one at a time to avoid any issues while downloading. When finished they should appear in your Downloads folder.
  4. Find the folders in your Downloads folder. If on a PC, make sure to unzip/extract the folder before running the installers inside. If on a Mac, just double click on the folder to unzip it.
  5. In the unzipped folder, run the Elements of Dystopia Setup file to install on a PC. On a Mac, run the ElementsOfDystopia.dmg. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  6. Repeat the steps for the other sample content packs.

Where to Find the Content

Once the content is installed there are a few different ways that you can access it from within the MPC Software:

  1. The MPC File Browser This is on the left side of your MPC software and is essentially the same as the file browser for your computer. You can use this to navigate your harddrive and find samples or files that you’ve stored anywhere on your computer, including your newly downloaded sound content. To find the content packs, simply click on the drop-down menu at the top and you should see them all listed there:Once selected, you’ll then see the browser fill up with the included content from that pack:Important Note: To help you better organize and search through your content with the browser, use the filters at the top. The browser will only show files that match the filter selection. You can filter by Project files, Sequences, Programs, Samples or No Filter (shows all file types).
  2. The Expansion Browser This is a special browser that allows you to view MPC Expansion packs in an organized manner to more easily sort and browse through your samples. To get there select View >Expansion Browser at the top or click on the arrow icon in the bottom left corner of MPC Essentials:

From here you will see your new sample packs and their icons. Click on their icons to show the included content separated into full programs, samples (organized alphabetically) and sequences:

Additional Guides & Videos

For more information on using the MPK mini mkII or MPC Essentials, you can always refer to the MPK mini mkII User Guide, the MPC Essentials User Guide (Help > MPC Help) or some of the additional guides and tutorials below:

Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Pro product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Akai Pro technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.


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