Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need a computer to use the MPK mini mk3?
- What software comes with the Akai MPK mini mk3?
- How do I get my software?
- How do authorize my AIR plugins?
- I don't see the AIR plugins in MPC Beats. How do I access them?
- Where are the MPC Sample Packs located? How do I load them onto a track?
- What operating systems are supported with the MPK Mini mk3?
- Can I use my MPK mini mk3 with different software?
- Can I use Hybrid, Mini Grand, and Velvet with a different DAW?
- Is it powered by USB or wall power supply?
- Can I change the default presets?
- How do I make the pads on my MPK mini mk3 line up with the pads in MPC Beats?
- What are the dimensions of the MPK mini mk3?
- What does the joystick do?
- What is Full Level?
- What does the CC button do?
- If I press the Prog Change button, how does that affect the pads?
- Can I use the MPK mini mk3 with my iPad or iPhone?
- Can I sync the arpeggiator and note repeat with my DAW?
- Can I use multiple instruments in MPC Beats?
- What's the main difference between the MPK mini MKII and the MPK mini mk3?
- Where do I download the MPK Editor?
- What type of third-party plugins does MPC Beats support?
- Can I use the AIR plugins as standalone software without MPC Beats?
- I'm new to this, how do I get started?
- Further Technical Support
Yes, the MPK mini mk3 is a class-compliant, USB-MIDI keyboard. This means that instead of creating sound on its own, it will send MIDI messages to software on your computer to generate sound and control music production software.
The MPK mini comes with a suite of plugins and MPC sound packs to fuel your creativity!
What software comes with the Akai MPK mini mk3?
The MPK mini mk3 comes with the following software:
- MPC Beats & Internal Plugins:
- AIR Bassline
- AIR Electric
- AIR Tubesynth
- AIR FX Bundle insert effects
- AIR Hybrid
- AIR Mini Grand
- AIR Velvet
- MPC Beats Producer Kits
- Soulful Drums
- LoFi Producer Collection
- Trap Soul & LoFi Beats
- MPK Editor
All included software and sample packs are wrapped into one uni-installer that will be made available in your Akai account after registering the MPK mini mk3.
If you haven't already, visit our setup and walkthrough guide below for a complete demonstration on registering your MPK mini, and downloading and authorizing the included software:
How do authorize my AIR plugins?
The included AIR Plugins will need to be authorized in iLok License Manager. You can locate the AIR plugin authorization code in your Akai account in the Software Download section in My Registered Products. The code will be located to the right of the MPK mini III Software downloads. Click Get Me a Serial to reveal the code.
Keep in mind that this code will license Hybrid, Mini Grand, and Velvet so you only need to redeem it once in iLok.
Once you have located your license, copy it, and open iLok. Click on Licenses from the top menu and select Redeem Activation Code. Paste the code in the left-most box and click Next.
You've officially redeemed your code! To activate the license for use on your computer, right-click on Hardware Bundle AIR for MPK mini III and select Activate.
Refer to this guide for step-by-step instructions on how to authorize and activate plugins in iLok:
After installing and activating your AIR plugins in iLok, you'll need to scan them into MPC Beats. Refer to this guide for instructions on how to scan and load plugins in MPC Beats:
MPC Sample Packs will be automatically loaded into MPC Beats after installation. To access your Sample Packs, click on the Media Browser icon on the bottom right of the software, or press the "B" key on your QWERTY keyboard.
All Sample Packs will be shown as an icon under the Expansion tab. Click on the Sample Pack icon to view its samples and drum kits.
You can load a kit by clicking and dragging the kit file from the Browser directly to the pads.
The Akai MPK mini mk3 is supported on the latest operating systems, including Windows 10 and macOS Catalina 10.15.
The MPK mini is a class-compliant, plug-and-play device that does not require a driver and will function with all major Windows and Mac operating systems.
MPC Beats and the included AIR plugins are compatible with macOS 10.13-10.15 and Windows 10.
Absolutely! The MPK mini mk3 is compatible with virtually any DAW or music production software that will work with USB/MIDI keyboards. Refer to your DAW's documentation for more information on how to interface an external controller with the software.
Yes! These three software titles are separate plugins and can be used in different DAWs like Garageband, Ableton, and more. Each plugin comes with VST, AU, and AAX (Pro Tools) versions to be used in your favorite software.
MPC Beats can also be used as a plugin with your favorite DAW and comes with VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX versions.
The Akai MPK Mini mk3 is USB hub powered. It connects and powers by a standard USB-A to USB-B cable and does not require an additional power supply.
Yes! There are eight built-in presets that can be chosen in the controller. These presets can be edited, adjusted, and uploaded to the MPK Mini using the MPK Editor.
To load a preset, hold down the Prog Select button and press the pads to select the corresponding program number (1–8).
Preset 1 on the MPK mini mk3 is configured to align with MPC Beats. To load the MPC preset, press and hold down the Prog Select Button and press Pad 1. Now, your MPK's pads will line up perfectly with MPC Beats!
The MPK mini mk3 has the following dimensions:
- Width: 12.5"
- Depth: 7.13"
- Height: 1.75"
- Weight: 1.65 lbs
The joystick is MIDI-assignable to three different functions:
- Pitch Bend - Up, down, left, and right
- Modulation 1 - There is a single CC per axis. The center CC is at 64 and the joystick modulates on the axis of choice.
- Modulation 2 - There are two CCs per axis. The center axis is 0 and the endpoint CCs on each axis can be set by the user with the included preset editor.
Pressing the Full Level button will cause the pads to always send at full velocity (127). This means that every time you press the pad, the sample will playback at full volume and strength.
When the CC button is active, the MPK mini's pads will send MIDI CC messages instead of MIDI Note On messages. MIDI CC stands for "continuous controller," which will transmit a command (volume, pan, sustain, etc.) and a range of values (0-127). CC messages are a major factor in bringing dynamic life to any MIDI performance.
When this button is active, the MPK mini's pads will send MIDI Program Change (PC) messages instead of MIDI Note On messages. PC messages send data to devices to select a specific program or preset. This would be a useful feature to use if you wanted to change a plugin preset on the fly directly from the hardware.
The MPK mini mk3 does not have a low power mode to operate with an iOS device, though many users have reported success using a powered USB hub to interface the MPK with their phone or tablet.
Absolutely! The clock source for the MPK mini will need to be set to External for it to receive and sync with MIDI clock from your DAW. You can use the MPK Editor to change the clock from Internal to External.
Yes! MPC Beats allows you to record up to 8 MIDI tracks and 2 audio tracks per Sequence, greatly expanding your arrangement possibilities.
The main difference between the MPK mini MKII and the MPK mini mk3 hardware is that the mk3 has a screen that displays the MPK's settings for enhanced visual feedback. By default, the screen will show the current Program and BPM. There are also 4 more available preset slots for a total of 8 loadable programs, giving the user many options for custom configuration.
Additionally, the mk3's keybed is a reimagined Gen 2 enhanced dynamic keybed, delivering a piano key performance fit for the world's finest keyboard players. From grand pianos to searing synth leads and lush electric pianos, this keybed guarantees to get the best out of any playing style and virtual instrument.
The Editor can be installed from the MPK mini Software Manager.
- Open the MPK mini Software Manager from your Application or Program folder.
- Click on the Software tab and then on the Settings icon
- In the menu that appears, enable Show Advanced Software and then exit out of the Settings page
- The Software tab will now display the MPK Editor under Apps. Click the Download button to the right.
- Once the download completes, click the Install button to run the Editor installer.
- Once the installer completes, click the Open button to access the Editor.
The MPK Editor can be directly opened at any time from your computer's Application or Program folder.
MPC Beats supports 64-bit VST2 or AU plugins.
Can I use the AIR plugins as standalone software without MPC Beats?
Yes! The AIR plugins will install their own standalone applications that can be used on their own without MPC Beats or a DAW. You can access the standalone Hybrid, Velvet, or Mini Grand software in your computer's Application or Program folder.
Just connect the MPK to your computer and launch the application. The player will automatically connect with the MPK so you can get straight to playing music!
If the program is not responding to the MPK, click on the Settings icon at the top right, and enable the MPK under Active MIDI Inputs.
MPC Beats comes bundled with a variety of Demo Projects and Project Templates to help familiarize you with the MPC workflow. Simply launch MPC Beats and select a Demo or Template Project from the pop-up menu. The software will load a full session with pre-loaded programs so you can start creating right out of the gate!
Check out the MPC Beats Academy for a wide array of tutorials covering all the features and functions of MPC Beats!
- MPC Beats | Introduction & Overview
- MPC Beats | Learning The User Interface
- MPC Beats | Making A Beat Inside MPC