[MPC Live] Ability to assign Midi channel and input port or controller to specific tracks

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Currently if you connect MIDI keyboard via MIDI ports or USB, it will play the active track you have selected. And it's the same track you are playing with MPC's pads. It would be a great feature to assign MIDI keyboard to other track and play it as multi timbral synth. So for example you can play drums or clips with the pads on currently selected track and some melodies with your MIDI keyboard on another track, which is listening only to say channel 1 from USB MIDI controller.
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Nick D, Employee

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Hey Dr. ROX,

Thanks for posting!

I'm happy to hear that there is interest in working with multiple channels - I will forward a request to the Akai team for consideration. I would also love to see this function implemented!

Thank you for your feedback! Let me know if you have any questions.
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Daniel Wall

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Did anything ever come of this?
:D
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Ross Alexander

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This really needs to happen there are literally so many instances I would use it personally
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Stephen Heyerdahl

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This literally has to be addressed - there are 2 midi ins - why would Akai have put 2 midi ins if only the active track can be controlled via midi??
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Jonas Eberle

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Hey Nick, thank you for addressing this inside the company. How did they respond?
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jp

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i'd like to support this request! now midi input support seems quite limited.
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Rick Reyes

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In addition to no multi-timbral MIDI input support, I find the mapping in drum programs to be very strange. I would expect that, starting at Pad A01 each pad would be mapped to a successive key along the keyboard. As it is, Pad A05 is lower on the keyboard than A01, and A02 is like 3-4 octaves up the keyboard... Come on, man!
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Rex Wesley Reyes

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Yea you have to remap them. It's kind of a pain but do it to 1 kit and then use that as your template to create others
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Julian Klotz

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How did you remap them? I cant find a way to change the notes. I want to use a 64 pad controller to play 4 banks at once (fingerdrumming) but I have the same problem.
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Rick Reyes

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I may be wrong, cuz I've only read part of the manual, but I believe the mapping in a drum program is fixed and cannot be modified. I guess you could create an instrument program template with a keygroup per key, but that sucks...
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Rex Wesley Reyes

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No, you CAN edit the mapping. In the software version, you select the track the drum kit is assigned to, then click "Edit" in the menubar. Go down to "Program", then inside "Program" look for "Note Mapping...". Its the 2nd option down.
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Robert Hugo

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Boohoo, for relatively simple software abilities like this, but not in standalone.
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Robin Domingo

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Yes please!, You can have up to four controllers at the same time, plus the pads, so one could be playing five instruments at the same time, but now thats impossible :(
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Jonas Eberle

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This is just ridiculous.
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David Slater

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Very strange that tracks don't appear to have midi assignation to individual channels.
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Andy

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Wow how can a product of this league and pedigree only sequence one channel?were the developers asleep or what?
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Joao

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I would consider buying one once these features are implemented
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Dave Thomas

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The MPC 4000, released in 2002, is multitimbral. You can set one or both midi inputs to bypass the sequencer and play up to 16 parts per input directly.

I'm a bit surprised that the Live / X can't do this.
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Alan Mawdsley

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Wasn’t the same Akai as 2002 today I think... could be the reason?
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tumi

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So do I !
IMHO, selectable midi input channel is a must for everyone working with hardware synths...
:)
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Rex Wesley Reyes

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Please implement this. Makes me regret selling my jjos 1k
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myum

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So did I get this right? Preventing a Pad Program from reacting to incoming Midi signals is not possible unless you select another track? This means if I want to play some samples from the MPCs pads and I have a synthesizer connected to the MPC playing notes on the synthesizer will also trigger samples!

This is really annoying!
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freidimensional

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yes please implement this in future updates
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freidimensional

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Perhaps it will be possible, to assing keyranges to different tracks.
f.e. c1 - b2 track 1, c3 - b3 track 2, c4 - the end track 3 or something like this...
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I figured it out how to assign midi notes chromatic on program tracks:

Make a new project in controller mode and save it as default template so everytime you start a new track the settings will be the same.
It will keep the settings for that program also in standalone mode.

Click edit.
Click program.
Click note mapping.
Edit the notes manually for each of the 128 pads.

Save.

Done.

There is a button that orders the notes chromatic automatically but it didnt work here. The notes just didnt play afterwards. When I assigned them one by one it did.

My live has 80 pads now :-)
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In a perfect world, and Advance controller would transmit on multiple MIDI zones into the MPC Live/X which could receive/play multitimbrally, and that would be all anyone would need for a baseline live rig where actual playing is a big part of the performance in addition to interactive sequencing and clip launching. If this was the case, I would have already purchased both products and crowed about them to anyone who would listen :)
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Unless I'm missing something....Every MIDI track needs have the option to select incoming MIDI/USB port and MIDI channel. You already have this option for the MIDI track output. I'm sure you can make it happen.

Holding on to my MPC Live because I now you will. The sooner you do this the more unis that you will sell.
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Given the fact that Akai just put out a ton of new features/fixes in firmware update 2.0.5, I'm very optimistic that this will be addressed in the near future. At some point the MPCs had to be released into the wild, and it appears they are still very much active in adding features and addressing bugs.

Here's to hoping this is included in 2.0.6!
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Multichannel MIDI IN select is a must in a 1.2k value machine, even the oldest MIDI modules/synths/romplers do it. So, how are we going to sequence or control it from a external sequencer or controller without this basic feature, even to control filters or envelopes. At the moment you have to reach the track and navigate from a few submenus to get it. Crazy! We the customers do not deserve this. It ́s a poweful machine but lacks in basics.

Time to update firmware and fixe these fundamental tools.

By the way, did you AKAI plan to implement LAST STEP feature per track as many modern sequencers, hardware do? Electribe2, TR8 and many more do this for creating polyrhythms.
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AD

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This is possible already.
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moschops

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REALLY? Please tell us, trying not to get too excited..in case
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trocol

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Go ahead then. You mean last step or control by external gear in multichannel in?
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moschops

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Im shocked this isn't possible Akai?

A sampler you cannot control externally ?

I just bought one and I'm going to have to sell it as I can't use it as a sampler..
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Imagine if someone had told me or you in 1993 that in 2017 Akai will make their flagship sampler, costing £1,200
It will respond to MIDI on only ONE channel and even then the keyboard map will be incorrectly mapped..
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It doesn't even respond to Program changes, modulation or Pitch bend?
Is this a joke?
Please tell me I'm doing something wrong?
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freidimensional

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You r doin wrong^^

mod and pitch are no problem (sonce 2.05, before there was a problem^^ and untol now, the live doestn send at data to external synths but i think they will fix it),
and the live can send pc's...if its also understanding pc's i dont know
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moschops

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SO how do you get it to respond to more than one channel clever clogs?
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rel-fi

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Oh that part? Check back with a new firmware (finger on the buy button when that happens).
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Gabriel Velazquez

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Damn you AKAI...

The MPC Live StandaLONER mode.

This will never be able to replace a DAW until you implement proper MIDI routing among many other things. An iPad has a better chance of being the brain of a studio that includes other hardware synths and drum machines.

Good thing I found somebody that is willing to trade my MPC Live for an Elektron Analog RYTM.
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moschops

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Yeah Elektron have very extensive midi control on the RYTM.