MPK mini Editor User Guide
Editor User Guide
Manual Version 1.0
Table of Contents
Introduction................................................................................................................................. 4
System Requirements and Product Support ........................................................................... 4
Installation ................................................................................................................................... 4
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Windows ............................................................................................................................... 4
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Mac OS X ............................................................................................................................ 4
Operation .................................................................................................................................... 5
Getting Started ...................................................................................................................... 5
Graphical Interface ............................................................................................................... 6
Managing Your Programs .................................................................................................... 8
About Programs ................................................................................................................ 8
Loading Programs ............................................................................................................. 8
Saving Programs ............................................................................................................... 9
Sending Programs ............................................................................................................. 9
Editing the Pads .................................................................................................................. 10
Editing the Knobs................................................................................................................ 11
Editing the X-Y Controller (Joystick) ................................................................................. 12
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Editing the Keyboard and Arpeggiator ............................................................................. 13
Keyboard ......................................................................................................................... 13
Arpeggiator ...................................................................................................................... 14
Auto-Populate ..................................................................................................................... 16
Auto-Populating the Pads ............................................................................................... 16
Auto-Populating the Knobs ............................................................................................. 18
Menu Bar.............................................................................................................................. 19
File ................................................................................................................................... 19
Edit .................................................................................................................................. 20
Tools ................................................................................................................................ 21
Options ............................................................................................................................ 21
Window ............................................................................................................................ 21
Help ................................................................................................................................. 21
Appendix ................................................................................................................................... 22
Keyboard Shortcuts ............................................................................................................ 22
Trademarks and Licenses .................................................................................................. 22
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Introduction
The MPK mini editor software gives you a visual and intuitive way to edit the various MIDI
messages that MPK mini's controls send to your computer.
System Requirements and Product Support
For the latest information about this product (system requirements, compatibility information,
etc.) and product registration, visit akaipro.com/mpkmini.
For additional product support, visit akaipro.com/support.
Installation
Windows®
1.
Double-click the .exe installer file you downloaded.
2.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
Mac® OS X®
1.
Double-click the .pkg installer file you downloaded.
2.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
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Operation
Getting Started
To use the MPK mini Editor:
1.
Optional: Connect MPK mini to your computer using a standard USB cable. (If you are
connecting MPK mini to a USB hub, make sure it is a powered hub.) You can still use the
editor without connecting an MPK mini, but you will not be able to send Programs to it or
load (get) Programs from it.
2.
Open the MPK mini Editor. The window will show a graphical representation of your MPK
mini with all of its editable controls. See the following Graphical Interface section for an
overview of each section.
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Graphical Interface
Joystick
Program
Management
Pads
Channels
Knobs
Keyboard and Arpeggiator
The MPK mini Editor has a straightforward graphical user interface that can be broken down
into the following sections:
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Program Management: These controls let you export (send) the currently loaded
Program to a connected MPK mini or import (get) a Program from a connected MPK mini
and load it into the editor. See Managing Your Programs to learn more about this as
well as saving and loading Programs to and from your computer.
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Pads: This is a visual representation of all eight pads in both banks (A and B). See
Editing the Pads to learn more.
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Knobs: This is a visual representation of all eight knobs. See Editing the Knobs to learn
more.
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Keyboard and Arpeggiator: This is a visual representation of the 25-key keyboard as
well as the settings that control the timing, range, and overall behavior of the arpeggiator.
See Editing the Keyboard and Arpeggiator to learn more.
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Joystick: These settings control the parameters affected by the X-Y Controller (Joystick).
See Editing the X-Y Controller (Joystick) to learn more.
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Channels: These two fields determine the channels over which the pads and the knobs,
X-Y Controller (joystick), and keyboard send their messages. This information is covered
in the chapter for each control: Editing the Pads, Editing the Knobs, Editing the X-Y
Controller (Joystick), and Editing the Keyboard and Apeggiator > Keyboard.
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Managing Your Programs
About Programs
A Program is a preset file (.mk2) containing all of the MIDI assignments you make in the
Editor. Using Programs lets you maintain several different control configurations to use in
different situations. For instance, you may use different Programs with different kinds of
software, or you may some Programs for production and others for performance.
MPK mini can store a maximum of four Programs, and you can store additional Programs on
your computer to load onto MPK mini with this editor.
This chapter explains how to load Programs into the editor (Loading Programs), save
Programs onto your computer (Saving Programs), and send Programs to your connected
MPK mini (Sending Programs).
Loading Programs
To edit a Program, you first have to load it into the MPK mini editor.
To load a Program from a connected MPK mini, click the Get button
for the desired Program: Program 1, 2, 3, or 4. (Editing this Program will
not affect the Program stored on your MPK mini. See Sending Programs
below to learn how to send the edited Program to MPK mini.)
To load a Program from your computer, go to File > Open, locate the
desired file (.mk2), and click Open.
You can also load a Program from MPK mini's RAM, where it is stored
temporarily, rather than from a stored Program.
To load a Program from the RAM of a connected MPK mini, click the
File menu, select Get from Hardware, and select RAM.
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Saving Programs
Saving a Program on your computer lets you edit it or send it to MPK mini in the future. All
MIDI assignments that you see in the editor will be saved in the Program.
To save a Program, go to File > Save, select the desired location, enter a file name, and click
Save. The Program will be saved as a .mk2 file.
To save a Program under a different name or to a different location, go to File > Save As,
select the desired location, enter a file name, and click Save. The Program will be saved as a
.mk2 file.
Sending Programs
Sending a Program to a connected MPK mini lets you transfer the
Program from the editor to the MPK mini's internal memory so you can
select it while using it. All MIDI assignments that you see in the editor will
be sent to the MPK mini.
To send a Program to a connected MPK mini, click the Send button for
the Program you want it to be on your MPK mini: Program 1, 2, 3, or 4.
This will overwrite that Program currently stored on your MPK mini.
You can also send a Program to MPK mini's RAM, where it is stored
temporarily instead of overwriting a Program. This lets you try out the
Program's assignments without "committing" them to particular Program.
If you decide that you like the results, you can save them to your
computer (see Saving Programs above) or send it to a specific Program
on the MPK mini.
To send a Program to the RAM of a connected MPK mini, click the
Send to RAM button.
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Editing the Pads
You can set various assignments for each pad in either bank, including its
MIDI note, CC message, Program Change message, and press behavior. You
can also set the MIDI channel over which all of the pads send their messages.
Tip: See Auto-Populating the Pads to learn how to quickly apply common
"patterns" of assignments to the pads, sparing you the time of having to
select each assignment manually.
To select the MIDI note a pad sends, do either of the following:
• Click the first Note field within a pad, and select the desired MIDI note value from the
pop-up menu (C-1 – G9).
• Click the second Note field within a pad, and type the desired MIDI note number (0 –
127). The MIDI note value will change accordingly.
To select the CC message a pad sends, click the CC field within a pad, and type the desired
CC number (0 – 127).
To select the Program Change message a pad sends, click the PC field within a pad, and
type the desired Program Change number (0 – 127).
To select how the pad behaves when pressed, click the bottom-most field within a pad, and
select one of the two options:
• Toggle: The pad "latches"; it sends its message continuously when it is first pressed and
stops sending it when it is pressed a second time.
• Momentary: The pad sends its message while being pressed and stops sending it when
it is released.
To select the MIDI channel over which all of the pads send their
messages, click the Pad MIDI Channel field at the bottom of the
window, and type the desired MIDI channel number (1 – 16).
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Editing the Knobs
You can set various assignments for each of the eight knobs, including its CC
message and its minimum and maximum values. You can also set the MIDI
channel over which all of the knobs send their messages.
Tip: See Auto-Populating the Knobs to learn how to quickly apply common
"patterns" of assignments to the knobs, sparing you the time of having to select
each assignment manually.
To select the CC message a knob sends, click the CC field under a knob, and type the
desired CC number (0 – 127).
To select a knob's minimum and maximum values, click the Lo field (minimum) or Hi field
(maximum) under a knob, and type the desired value (0 – 127).
To select the MIDI channel over which all of the knobs
send their messages, click the Keybed / Controls MIDI
Channel field at the bottom of the window, and type the
desired MIDI channel number (1 – 16). This affects the knobs,
X-Y Contoller (joystick), and keyboard.
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Editing the X-Y Controller (Joystick)
You can set the assignment of each axis of the X-Y Controller (joystick),
letting you use it to manipulate two different parameters simultaneously.
To select what message an axis sends, click the X Axis or Y Axis field under the X-Y
Controller, and select the desired message from the pop-up menu:
• Pitchbend: Moving the X-Y controller along this axis will send pitchbend information.
• CC 1: Moving the X-Y controller along this axis will send one CC message.
• CC 2: Moving the X-Y controller along this axis will send one CC message in the positive
direction (up or right) and another CC message in the negative direction (down or left).
To select the CC message the X-Y Controller sends (when set to CC1 or CC2), click the
field(s) under the X Axis or Y Axis field, and type the desired value (0 – 127).
To select the MIDI channel over which the X-Y Controller
sends its messages, click the Keybed / Controls MIDI
Channel field at the bottom of the window, and type the
desired MIDI channel number (1 – 16). This affects the knobs,
X-Y Controller (joystick), and keyboard.
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Editing the Keyboard and Arpeggiator
Keyboard
You can set the keyboard's octave and transposition.
To transpose the keyboard, click the Transpose field under the keyboard, and type the
desired value (-12 to +12 semitones). A transposition of 0 means the keyboard is not
transposed. For reference, the leftmost key will display its note value to indicate the
transposition.
To change the keyboard's octave, click the Octave field under the keyboard, and type the
desired value (-4 to +4 octaves) (this is the same as using your MPK mini's Octave buttons).
An octave of 0 means the keyboard is at its center/default octave. For reference, the leftmost
key will display its note value to indicate the octave shift.
To select the MIDI channel over which the keyboard
sends its messages, click the Keybed / Controls MIDI
Channel field at the bottom of the window, and type the
desired MIDI channel number (1 – 16). This affects the knobs,
X-Y Controller (joystick), and keyboard.
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Arpeggiator
You can set various assignments for the arpeggiator.
To activate or deactivate the arpeggiator, click the On/Off button (this is the same as
pressing the Arpeggiator On/Off button on your MPK mini).
To set the arpeggiator's time division, click the Time Div field, and select the desired setting
from the pop-up menu: 1/4 note, 1/4 note triplet (1/4T), 1/8 note, 1/8 note triplet (1/8T), 1/16
note, 1/16 note triplet (1/16T), 1/32 note, or 1/32 note triplet (1/32T).
To set the arpeggiator's mode, click the Mode field, and select the desired setting from the
pop-up menu. The mode determines how the arpeggiated notes are played back:
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Up: Notes will sound from the lowest to the highest.
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Down: Notes will sound from the highest to lowest.
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Inclusive: Notes will sound from the lowest to the highest, and then back down. The
lowest and highest notes will sound twice at the directional change.
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Exclusive: Notes will sound from the lowest to the highest, and then back down. The
lowest and highest notes will sound only once at the directional change.
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Order: Notes will sound in the order they were pressed.
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Random: Notes will sound in random order.
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To activate or deactivate Latch, click the Latch field, and select Off or On. When Latch is
On, the Arpeggiator will continue to arpeggiate the notes even after you lift your fingers. While
holding down the keys, you can add more notes to the arpeggiated chord by pressing down
additional keys. If you press the keys, release them, and then press down a new combination
of notes, the Arpeggiator will memorize and arpeggiate the new notes.
To set the arpeggiator's octave range, click the Octave field, and type the desired value: 1,
2, 3, or 4 octaves.
To set the arpeggiator's swing, click the Swing field, and select the desired setting from the
pop-up menu: 50% (no swing), 55%, 57%, 59%, 61%, or 64%.
To set the minimum number of taps required for the Tap Tempo button to detect a new
arpeggiator tempo, click the Tempo Taps field, and type the desired value: 2, 3, or 4 taps.
Note: MPK mini's Tap Tempo button is disabled if the Arpeggiator is synced to an external
clock.
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Auto-Populate
The Auto-Populate feature lets you quickly apply
common "patterns" of assignments to the pads
and knobs, sparing you the time of having to
select each assignment manually.
Auto-Populating the Pads
You can auto-populate the pads with a scale of MIDI note numbers, a range of Program
Change numbers, a range of CC numbers, and/or a press behavior.
You can auto-populate any combination of these settings at the same time or independently of
each other, but note that clicking any of the three Apply To buttons will auto-populate the pad
bank(s) with any options whose checkboxes are checked. This cannot be undone.
Important: To learn more about the pad
assignments in general, see Editing the Pads.
To auto-populate the pads with a scale of MIDI
note numbers:
1.
Click the first checkbox under Pads so it is
checked.
2.
Click the Set scale field to select what scale
you want to apply: Chromatic Up,
Chromatic Down, Major, Minor, Harmonic
Minor, Melodic Minor, Dorian, Phrygian,
Lydian, Mixolydian, or Locrian.
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3.
4.
Select the the MIDI note a pad sends by doing either of the following:
• Click the first starting with note field, and select the desired MIDI note value from
the pop-up menu (C-1 – G9).
• Click the second starting with note field, and type the desired MIDI note number (0
– 127). The MIDI note value will change accordingly.
Click one of the Apply To buttons to select which pad bank will auto-populate in this
fashion: Apply to Bank A, Apply to Bank B, or Apply to A and B.
To auto-populate the pads with a range of Program Change numbers:
1. Click the second checkbox under Pads so it is checked.
2. Click the PC range starting at field, and type the desired Program Change number (0 –
127).
3. Click the with values field, and select whether the range of numbers should be
Ascending or Descending.
4. Click one of the Apply To buttons to select which pad bank will auto-populate in this
fashion: Apply to Bank A, Apply to Bank B, or Apply to A and B.
To auto-populate the pads with a range of CC numbers:
1. Click the third checkbox under Pads so it is checked.
2. Click the CC range starting at field, and type the desired CC number (0 – 127).
3. Click the with values field, and select whether the range of numbers should be
Ascending or Descending.
4. Click one of the Apply To buttons to select which pad bank will auto-populate in this
fashion: Apply to Bank A, Apply to Bank B, or Apply to A and B.
To auto-populate the pads with the same press behavior:
1. Click the fourth checkbox under Pads so it is checked.
2. Click the Set CC Type field, and select whether the pads should be Momentary or
Toggle.
3. Click one of the Apply To buttons to select which pad bank will auto-populate in this
fashion: Apply to Bank A, Apply to Bank B, or Apply to A and B.
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Auto-Populating the Knobs
You can auto-populate the knobs' range of CC numbers, minimum
values, and/or maximum values.
You can auto-populate any combination of these settings at the
same time or independently of each other, but note that clicking
the Apply To Knobs button will auto-populate the knobs with any
options whose checkboxes are checked. This cannot be undone.
Important: To learn more about the knob assignments in general,
see Editing the Knobs.
To auto-populate the knobs' range of CC numbers:
1.
Click the first checkbox under Knobs so it is checked.
2.
Click the CC range starting at field, and type the desired CC number (0 – 127).
3.
Click the with values field, and select whether the range of numbers should be
Ascending or Descending.
4.
Click the Apply To Knobs button to auto-populate the knobs in this fashion.
To auto-populate the knobs' minimum and maximum values:
1.
Click the second and third checkboxes (minimum and maximum, respectively) under
Knobs so they are checked. (If you want to auto-populate only one of these settings,
check that checkbox only.)
2.
To set the minimum value, click the Set all LO to field, and type the desired value (0 –
127).
3.
To set the maximum value, click the Set all HI to field, and type the desired value (0 –
127).
4.
Click the Apply To Knobs button to auto-populate the knobs in this fashion.
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Menu Bar
The MPK mini Editor's menu bar has several different menus, described in this chapter. Click
each menu to view its options.
Note: The menu bar differs slightly between Windows and Mac OS X versions.
File
New Window: Select this option to open a new MPK mini Editor window. You can have
multiple windows open at the same time.
Open: Select this option to locate and open (load) a Program from your computer. Click the
Open button to load the Program into the editor, or click Cancel to return to the previous
window.
Important: See Managing Your Programs > Loading Programs to learn more about this.
Close Window: Select this option to close that window of the editor.
Important: If you have multiple windows open, doing this does not exit the MPK mini Editor
entirely. Close all open editor windows to exit the MPK mini Editor completely.
Save: Select this option to save the Program to your computer. Click the Save button to save
the Program, or click Cancel to return to the previous window.
Important: See Managing Your Programs > Saving Programs to learn more about this.
Save As: Select this option to save the Program with a different name or to a different location
on your computer. Click the Save button to save the Program, or click Cancel to return to the
previous window.
Important: See Managing Your Programs > Saving Programs to learn more about this.
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Send To Hardware: Select this option and then select the desired Program number
(Program: 1, 2, 3, or 4) to overwrite that Program on your connected MPK mini with the
Program currently loaded in the editor window. Alternatively, select RAM to send a Program to
your connected MPK mini's RAM, where it is stored temporarily instead of overwriting a
Program.
Important: See Managing Your Programs > Sending Programs to learn more about this.
Get From Hardware: Select this option and then select the desired Program number
(Program: 1, 2, 3, or 4) to load that Program from your connected MPK mini to the editor
window. Alternatively, select RAM to load a Program from your connected MPK mini's RAM.
Important: See Managing Your Programs > Loading Programs to learn more about this.
Edit
Copy Program: Select this option to copy the entire Program in the editor window to the
editor's "clipboard." You can then use the Paste Program option to paste the Program
(entirely or partially) to another.
Paste Program: Select this option to paste all or part of a copied Program to the Program in
the editor window. Select All to paste the entire program, or select another option to paste
only that part of the Program, leaving the others alone: Pad Bank A, Pad Bank B, Pad Bank
A & B, Knobs, Keyboard (which includes the Arpeggiator settings), or Joystick.
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Tools
Auto Populate: Select this option to open the Auto Populate window. See the AutoPopulate chapter to learn more.
Options
Device Setup: Select this option to open the Device Setup window.
If your MPK mini is not connected to your computer, it will not be available in the Input and
Output fields. This means that you cannot send Programs to it or load (get) Programs from it,
though you can still use the MPK mini Editor to edit and save Programs on your computer.
If your MPK mini is connected to your computer, MPKmini2 will appear in both the Input and
Output fields. Select it in both fields, and click OK to apply your selection and close the
window. Alternatively, click Cancel to close the window without applying the selection, or click
Apply to apply the selection without closing the window.
Window
Minimize: Select this option to minimize the editor window.
Bring All to Front: Select this option to show all editor windows above any other open
applications on your computer.
Help
Open User Guide: Select this option to open this User Guide.
About: Select this option to show information about the current version of the MPK mini Editor
software.
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Appendix
Keyboard Shortcuts
Function/Command
Windows
Mac OS X
New Window
Ctrl + N
+N
Open
Ctrl + O
+O
Close Window
Ctrl + W
+W
Save
Ctrl + S
+S
Copy Program
Ctrl + Shift + C
 + Shift + C
Paste Program (All)
Ctrl + Shift + V
Minimize
Ctrl + M
Open User Guide
Ctrl + H
+M
Trademarks and Licenses
Akai Professional is a trademark of inMusic Brands, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other
countries.
Mac and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other
countries.
All other product or company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective owners.
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