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!

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