How to Use MPCs With FL Studio

Use the Akai MPC series sampling sequencer along with Image Line's FL Studio for creating complex musical productions. The Akai MPC features MIDI connectivity, which can be synchronized to FL Studio's internal clock. FL Studio can be configured to receive audio input from the MPC, recording the performances made on the MPC's pads as well. It is possible to set up the Akai MPC to work with FL Studio for a seamless integration of both hardware and software in less than 15 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • MIDI interface
  • MIDI interface driver installation disc
  • 2 MIDI cables
  • Audio interface
  • Audio interface driver installation disc
  • 2 1/4-inch instrument cables

Instructions

    • 1

      Plug one end of a USB cable into the "USB" port on the back of the MIDI interface, and the other end into an available USB port on your computer. Plug one end of a MIDI cable into the "MIDI A Out" port on the back of the MPC, and into the "MIDI In" port on the MIDI interface. Plug another MIDI cable into the MPC's "MIDI A In" port, and then into the MIDI interface's "MIDI Out" port. Insert the MIDI interface's installation disc into your computer's CD-ROM drive and follow the on-screen instructions for installing the necessary drivers at this time as well.

    • 2

      Plug one end of another USB cable into the audio interface's "USB" port, and then into an available USB port on your computer. Plug one end of a quarter-inch instrument cable into the "Left Output" jack on the back of the MPC, and into the "Left Input" channel on the front of the audio interface. Plug one end of another quarter-inch instrument cable into the "Right Output" jack on the back of the MPC, and then into the "Right Input" jack on the front of the audio interface. Insert the audio interface driver installation disc into your computer's CD-ROM drive and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the device's software installation.

    • 3

      Double-click the FL Studio icon located on your desktop to open the application. Click "Options," "Audio Settings," then select your audio card's driver name from the "Primary Sound Driver" section at the top of the pop-up screen. Open the mixer screen by clicking the "Mixer" icon at the top of the screen, select a channel to record to by clicking on the track's number, then select your audio interface's name from the "In" section at the top-right corner of the mixer screen. Click the icon at the bottom of the mixer channel to open the dialog box asking where you wish to store the recorded audio to on your hard drive. Enter a name under "File Name," then click "Save."

    • 4

      Configure FL Studio to accept and send MIDI information to and from the Akai MPC. Click "Options" at the top of the screen, then select "MIDI Settings." Select your MIDI interface from both the "Input" and "Output" sections, then verify the "Enable" box is highlighted.

    • 5

      Power on the Akai and load a program. Click "F1," turn the value knob to select "Programs," then use the cursor buttons to select the program you want to load. Press "F5(DO IT)" to load the program into the MPC. Press the cursor buttons until the "MIDI" option is highlighted, then turn the value knob until the "1A" MIDI channel is selected, then press "F5(DO IT)."

    • 6

      Press "Record" and "Play" at the top of FL Studio's name to begin recording. Press the MPC's pads rhythmically to begin recording audio and MIDI information to the assigned track. Press "Stop" to end the recording session when you are satisfied with your performance.

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