Using The Akai MPC With Pro Tools

By Andy Avgousti (MPC-Tutor) 102 pgsFree Preview
Extensive hands-on tutorials covering all aspects of using Pro Tools with any standalone MPC model.


'Using the Akai MPC With Pro Tools' is a detailed and easy to follow e-book that expertly guides you through all aspects of using a standalone hardware MPC with the ultimate DAW; Pro Tools. Inside you'll find 102 pages of structured tutorials covering a wealth of 'need-to-know' topics including:

  • MIDI and audio set up - configuration of your audio/MIDI interface, understanding MIDI concepts, getting Pro Tools to correctly recognize your MPC and all its MIDI Ports
  • Using Pro Tools as a sound module - trigger Pro Tools' sublime virtual instruments and third party VST plug ins from within your MPC beats
  • MIDI Sync - discover the many ways to MIDI sync your MPC and Pro Tools together, including all required software settings
  • Audio & MIDI tracking - track your MPC sequences & programs to Pro Tools as audio and MIDI data in preparation for additional editing, processing and final mix down of your masterpiece

This unique book has been written specifically for MPC users, helping you quickly discover the creative and practical uses when combining the MPC with Pro Tools, while effortlessly solving all the common problems that you may encounter along the way, including syncing issues, MIDI delays, audio problems, hardware set up issues and much much more.

All the tutorials are written in a jargon-free, step-by-step style, with exact breakdowns of all software settings and clear MPC & Pro Tools screen shots to help clearly explain all concepts.  Also included are all the Pro Tools sessions and MPC project files used in the tutorials, allowing you to easily recreate all the examples as you read through the book, for a truly practical understanding of all topics covered.

"Andy at really has done an amazing job - I wish this had been available when I was figuring out this process a few years ago! Short of having an instructor sitting next to you, it really doesnít get any better than this book!"
DJ Hellfire, 

This book covers all standalone hardware MPC models; MPC5000, MPC500, MPC2000XL, MPC2500,  MPC1000, MPC2000, MPC3000, MPC4000 and MPC60 (OS 3.1), with all examples compatible with both Akai and 'JJ' operating systems. While Pro Tools 9 is used in the examples throughout the book, all tutorials will also work with any version of Pro Tools from version 7 upwards.

'Using the Akai MPC with Pro Tools' is a must-have purchase for anyone wanting to expand the sonic capabilities of their MPC, be it MPC producers new to the world of Pro Tools, or seasoned Pro Tools users experiencing problems integrating an MPC into their current set up. Available to download instantly after purchase.


  • Mac or PC running at least Pro Tools 7 (the book uses Pro tools 9 for all examples)
  • Any standalone MPC running Akai official OS or JJ OS (any version). MPC60 users should ideally be running OS 3.1. MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio and MPC Element are not supported.
  • Basic understanding of using the main functions of an MPC, such as loading project files, recording and editing sequences, etc.

Please note that this book is not compatible with the MPC Ren/Studio/Element.

Technical Specifications

  • Contents: 86 page PDF ebook, plus example tutorial files
  • Format: PDF, Pro Tools session files & MPC Project files (PRJ or APS/ALL)
  • Compatibility: MPC1000/5000/500/2500/2000XL/2000/4000/3000/60, Akai or JJOS & Pro Tools 7 or greater
  • Author: Andy Avgousti ('MPC-Tutor')
  • Delivery: Download instantly after purchase.
  • Price: $19.99


Inside you'll find 102 pages that teach you everything you need to know when using Pro Tools with your MPC. Below is a complete listing of all chapters inside this book:

  • 01 - Initial Hardware & Software Set Up
    • Basic Requirements
    • MIDI & Audio Basics
    • Setting up your Audio interface in Pro Tools
    • MIDI Hardware Configuration
    • Adding your MPC as a MIDI device in Pro Tools
  • 02 - Using Pro Tools As A Sound Module
    • Overview
    • Pro Tools Setup
    • Creating Your Instrument Tracks
    • Setting the receiving MIDI Channels
    • Essential Project Settings
    • MPC Sequence Settings
    • Recording your MIDI Performances
    • Performing a Rough Mix
    • Setting a session tempo
  • 03 - Syncing Your MPC With Pro Tools
    • Overview
    • MIDI Syncing Protocols
    • Syncing with MIDI Beat Clock (Pro Tools as Master)
    • Syncing with MTC (MPC as Master)
    • Syncing with MTC (Pro Tools as Master)
  • 04 - Transferring MPC Audio Performances into Pro Tools
    • Overview
    • Why track our drums as audio?
    • Recording audio – initial steps
    • Audio tracking – ‘manual’ method
    • Audio tracking using MIDI Clock
    • Audio tracking using MTC
    • Overcoming recording problems
    • Multi track audio recording
    • Importing Audio into Pro Tools
    • Resampling your MPC outputs
    • MPC Audio Tracks (JJ OS)
    • MPC5000 hard disk recording export
  • 05 - Transferring MPC MIDI Sequences into Pro Tools
    • Overview
    • MIDI Import
    • Assigning imported MIDI to your instruments
    • Recording MIDI in real time
    • Fixing problems


"This book is a wealth of knowledge and explains (in extreme detail) literally EVERY single piece of information on using the MPC with Pro Tools that a beat maker would ever need!

It includes setting up your midi routing , instrument track setup, recording and tracking your midi and audio performances, and most importantly the main question I see asked by MPC/Pro Tools beginners almost every week; "How Do I Sync my MPC with Pro Tools?"

Andy at really has done an amazing job - I wish this had been available when I was figuring out this process a few years ago!

Short of having an instructor sitting next to you, it really doesn’t get any better than this book!"
DJ Hellfire,

"I got the mpc protools book to learn about hooking protools as a sound module and it worked. I was stumped before trying to figure it out but his instructions were dead on. Just thought i give him props."
DJ Bless,


What Is An Ebook?

An ebook is an electronic book that you can read on your computer (or on a PDA, mobile phone, ebook reader, etc). Our ebooks also include folders of example files that allow you to recreate the tutorials as you read them. Our ebooks can be downloaded instantly after purchase and can be opened using any free PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader software (most PCs already have this installed), or the built in 'Preview' PDF reader found in all Macs, iPhones and iPads.

I just want my MPC to trigger sounds from Pro Tools - will this book help?

Yes, absolutely - chapter 2 covers everything you need to know about using Pro Tools as a sound module, so you can still sequence everything in your MPC and trigger Pro Tools or VST instrument sounds via MIDI.

Will this book solve the problems I have syncing Pro Tools with my MPC?

Chapter 3 covers all the possible MIDI syncing options using MIDI Clock and MTC, with clear step-by-step instructions for both the MPC and Pro Tools, so you can see exactly where you are going wrong. Chapters 4 and 5 also deal with specific problems such as dealing with MIDI delays/latency and MTC 'catch up' issues.

Does this book teach me everything about Pro Tools?

No, this is not a complete guide to Pro Tools, it has been written for Akai MPC users who wish to use Pro Tools with their MPC, for example, as a sound module, to track beats, to create polished mixes etc. We cover all the settings required to perform these tasks within Pro Tools including basic Pro Tools  session and instrument set up and hardware configuration, but advanced Pro Tools usage is beyond the scope of this book. 

How do I use this book?

Download the zip file from the link we provide and extract all the files to a folder on your computer. Inside this folder you'll see the book, which is a standard PDF file.

To read the book on a computer/laptop, double click the PDF file and it will open in your computer's default PDF reader (e.g. Adobe Reader, Mac Preview etc). To read on a smartphone, tablet or dedicated ebook reader, use your usual syncing method (e.g. via iTunes for iPhones and iPads, via USB for Kobo/Nook etc).

As you progress through the book, you'll be prompted to load up MPC project files and DAW project files. These are contained within the zip file you downloaded - the MPC files are simply transferred to your MPC via USB or disk.

After loading up the files in your DAW and your MPC, you can recreate the tutorials in real time as you read through the book.

Is this ebook available in paper format?

No, this ebook is only available in digital format, which can be read on all computers and most portable media devices, such as smart phones, tablets, laptops and ebook readers. If you need a paper copy, you can of course print the book directly from your computer, or for our larger books, through stores such as Staples and Kinkos.

Can I make backup copies of my ebook?

Yes, once downloaded it's just like any other computer file and can be copied to a back up disk.