Using Q-Links on your MPC Live/X/One to control Midi CC on your iPad (or other gear)

Just a quick video to answer a comment from a viewer, and help show how to use Q-Links on your MPC to control external gear. Since I had it setup already, I just used it all from my iPad, but this will work on other external gear as well.

Since I’m sure some of the things I was doing in the video will be a little tough to catch from the angle and size of the screen, I’m going to outline all the steps below as well.

Equipment used:

HyperDrive HD319 – This is handling usb and audio duties… great piece of kit for your iPad.

Roland UM-ONE – USB to Midi duties… nothing fancy

Now on with the steps… assuming you’ve got everything hooked up.

Akai MPC Live/X/One

First, make sure you’ve setup a MIDI track, and you’ve got your MIDI PORT setup properly. In my case, I have the Roland UM-ONE hooked up to the MPC A MIDI port. Boy, that’s a lot of upper case letters.

Next, I usually just hold down the Q-LINK button to open up the Q-LINK menu, but you can also get to it through the MENU button and then touching Q-LINK EDIT button on the screen.

Assuming you’re holding the Q-LINK button down, then you’ll want to touch the Q-LINK EDIT button on the touch screen. Again, either way will get you there, but this is just the muscle memory that I have developed.

Regardless of how you get to the Q-LINK Edit page, you’ll want to change to the PROGRAM menu, so that we can edit the Q-LINKs for the program we have selected.

Here you can see that some settings are already defined, and you’ll likely find that Modulation, Expression, and Volume (possibly even Pan) are already mapped to whatever synth you’re controlling. Other Q-LINK settings here may also control parameters already on your synth… you can change the parameters and see what does and does not work for you.

I’ll also note, there is absolutely no problem in wiping out or over writing the Q-LINKS to control other parameters. You can see in the picture here that I changed Q-LINK 16 to CC 104, just to show that you can change it to whatever you’d like.

At any rate, this should get you on the MPC side to work properly. As a last note to leave you with before moving over to Arturia iMini… don’t forget that you can save programs, so if you want to setup a template for a specific synth and save it, don’t forget to name your Program so you remember what it goes to, and save it someplace you’ll be able to find in the future.

Arturia iMini

You can skip this section if you don’t particularly care about Arturia iMini, but I’m adding it since I showed it off in the video.

Assuming you’ve setup the above on your iPad, this next steps will just guide you through the MIDI Learn process in iMini.

You’ll see here, just the opening page for iMini, nothing special, and all of the MIDI settings you’ll want to get access to are hidden through touching the CONNECT button.

Once you touch on CONNECT, a hidden menu above will pull down, and this is where we need to be to access MIDI settings.

Go ahead and touch MIDI to open the MIDI specific settings.

The popup below shows you which MIDI Channel iMini is listening to, which devices it sees, and importantly for this exercise it has the MIDI LEARN button so that we can specify which MIDI CC’s to use for different knobs and buttons on the MPC (or other devices you choose to use).

This will open up a view where the blew circles are telling you which parameters are already mapped to something if they are checked, and when you touch a circle it will turn green to let you know it is learning whatever knob you change next.

I hope this helps you get setup and using more synths with your MPC!

Get Audio and Midi from your iPad to your Akai MPC Live/X/One

Just posting a short video to show the gear I use to get both cabled audio and midi from my iPad to my Akai MPC Live II.


HyperDrive HD319 – I linked to the Hyper Drive site, but this is around $80-$90. Personally I shopped around and was able to get it with discounts/sales at Best Buy a year ago for $60. It does give you a lot of features though, so definitely worth checking out if it is compatible with your iPad.

Roland UM-ONE – This is the USB Midi interface I used for the USB to Midi conversion. Nothing special about it, but it does work as a generic USB device, making it compatible with the iPad.

Hope this helps you out!

Akai MPC Live/X/One Midi USB adaptor with Apple iPad

Based on some questions, I decided to put together a quick post on how to use a Midi USB adaptor with your iPad to control your Akai MPC. This should work on any Midi equipped device, but below is the video I created as a short walkthrough.


Apple USB-C to USB Adaptor – Honestly any USB-C to USB Adaptor should work here, but this is what I had on hand to get this to work.

Roland USB MIDI Interface UM-ONE – I suspect many other USB to MIDI interfaces should work, anything that is compatible with the iPad should be fine, but this again is what I had on hand.

Have fun!

Wrist Update

For the picture that’s not real smoke/steam, but boy does it feel like there is something going on in my wrist.

Saw a nurse practitioner.

Pretty sure it’s not CTS. I noticed a lump on my wrist now that the swelling is down a bit… and it is likely I’ve got a ganglion cyst near my palm attached to one of the tendons. I can feel it is a bit mushy on the tendon, and it moves when I move my fingers. It’s quite possible that this additional mass is pushing on some of the veins, and it’s likely also getting caught up on my other tendons when I move my hand.

There’s a lot going on in that part of the body, and I’m not about to try and pop the cyst. I tried that years ago with the cyst on the back of my wrist on my left hand, and it was painful enough without all the nerves and stuff there. So no thanks.

Scheduling to get an Ultrasound for a better look of what is going on in there, and then to see an Orthopedic specialist starting next week. Hopefully this is something easy to fix, but it’s probably going to take surgery. *sigh*

Eat My Homework

Took my family to Boston, left the dogs home. Came back to the dogs having eaten up my notebook. Like WTF… we were an hour late from your usual feeding time, was it necessary to eat up my Hobonichi? Fortunately they didn’t eat up any important notes, but I’m not sure Tomo River paper is good for their digestive system.

At any rate… it’s the end of the month, not really sure what this track is, but it’s in the *shrug* whatever… it is the end of the month, and I ran out of time for the day to really pull something together. Guess I need to live with my failure.

Follow Me

The picture is from my daughter walking away from me going to the mall.

My wrist is still really sore. Talked to the nurse, they can get me in to see me in about a week. Said to try some Ibuprofen in the meantime.

I don’t think hitting the pads is causing me problems, this is similar to some issues I’ve had in the past, but far more extreme. Not really sure, but stretching seems to help. Also trying to avoid typing quite so much for work. Wish me luck!


Still sucks hitting the pads, but I’m trying to take a bit more mind of hitting the pads. I want to finish off the month and not have too much “junk”.

I probably spent more time than I should have, and it didn’t help my right wrist much, but I’m really trying to figure out where the pain is, and if it is more from typing, sitting at a desk, hitting stuff, or what. I’m not sure if I have CTS or something, but the palm of my hand is sore, and I didn’t mention before but my right index finger is now cold. That started about a week ago, the coldness, and I didn’t think anything about it.

Off to stretching my wrists more to see if it helps, it hurts a lot, but I’m hoping it’s just a circulation issue that I can fix. Gonna call the Dr though to see what in the world is going on.

Laying Back

Another picture of the 3 string my dad made for me.

Still not in great shape wrist wise, hitting the pads sucks, but I wanted to pull something out, and at least I’m happy enough with it. Just tried to keep it super simple and not worry about it, so I can worry about myself. Going to try and end out the month, but need to take care of myself as well.