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Registration

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.

  1. Launch your web browser and go to www.akaipro.com.

  2. Go to the top right-hand corner of the website and click on Account. You will be prompted to a new page to either Create a New Account or Sign In.

  3. If you are a new customer, click on Create an account or Sign In if you are a previous customer.

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    Fill out the necessary information to register as a new user and click Create Account. The minimum length of the password must be equal to or greater than 8 symbols.

  4. You have successfully made an account! Click on Account at the top right-hand corner of the website and you will see a drop-down menu. Select My Home. 

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  5. Along the top bar of your Account page you will see a list of options. Go to the bottom of this section and select My Products.


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  6. Select Register New Product. Enter the MPK mini mk3's serial number in the provided field. Be sure to enter the complete serial number as it appears on the bottom of your product. The serial number is located on a bar code sticker and begins with (21). Select Check Serial to confirm your device type. From here, enter your and location of purchase to complete registration.

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    Note:The (21) will already be present when entering your serial number. If you experience difficulty registering your product, clear the cache in your web browser and try again.

  7. You have successfully registered your Akai controller! All of your registered products will show up under My Products. Scroll down in your My Products Page to see all of your available Software Downloads.


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Downloading, and Installing the MPK mini Software Manager

After registering your MPK mini mk3, the Software Manager will be made available for download in your Akai account. This program is a uni-installer that contains all installers for MPC Beats, the AIR plugins, Sample Packs, and the MPK Editor.


  1. Scroll down to your MPK Mini mk3 product listing. Here, select See Details, Downloads, and Offers. This will expand your MPK Mini mk3 product listing to include available promotional offerings and the included software downloader.

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  2. Click Software Download to expand your available software downloads. Locate and click the MPK Mini Software section. Download the installer for your operating system, and click Get Activation Code to generate your software serial number.

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  3. After the download completes, double-click on the MPK mini Software Manager setup application in your computer's Download folder.

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  4. The Software Manager will automatically begin to download the latest update. When completed, click Install Update.

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  5. After the installer completes, the Software Manager will prompt you to continue. Click Let's Go!

  6. Connect the MPK mini MK3 to your computer with the included USB cable. Click Next.

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  7. The Software Manager will show you all Instruments, Apps, and Sample Packs that are available for download to your computer. Click the respective icon to load it to the installer queue. Click Next after confirming your selections.

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    Note: If you'd like to know more about specific software, click the Information button for features and details!

  8. Click Finish.

  9. The Software Manager will begin to automatically download the selected software and display the installers on one easy-to-access page.

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The MPK mini Software Manager will be saved as an application in your computer's Application or Programs folder. Just open the MPK mini Software Manager to access your software and installers at any time!

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Installing MPC Beats

The MPC Beats software is the heart of the MPC workflow. MPC Beats allows you to create dynamic sequences with your AIR plugins and Sample Packs that can be recorded, arranged, and mixed, and into tracks.


The MPC Beats installer is located in the MPK mini Software Manager and does not require an authorization code to use. Simply install the software and start making music!


  1. Open the Software Manager from your Application or Program folder.

  2. Click on the Software tab to view all your installers.

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  3. Find the MPC Beats installer under Apps and click the Install button to the right.

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  4. The MPC Beats Installer will automatically open. Follow the onscreen prompts to complete the installation.

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Installing the AIR Plugins

The MPK mini mk3 comes with 3 AIR plugins that can be installed directly from the MPK mini Software Manager. These virtual instruments are a great way to expand your melodic ideas.


  1. Open the Software Manager from your computer's Application or Program folder and click on the Software tab.

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  2. Click on the Install button to the right.

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  3. Click Install Now in the window that appears.

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  4. Follow the onscreen prompts to complete the installation.

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  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for the remaining AIR plugins.


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Installing Sample Packs

Sample Packs consist of different sample libraries and premade kits that can be triggered from the MPK mini mk3's pads. To install the included Sample Packs:


  1. Open the Software Manager from your computer's Application or Program folder and click on the Software tab.

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  2. Click on the Install button to the right of a Sample Pack.

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  3. The installer will automatically appear. Follow the onscreen prompts to complete the installation.

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  4. Repeat steps 2-3 for the remaining Sample Packs.



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Authorizing Hybrid, Velvet, and Mini Grand in iLok

Before scanning and opening the AIR plugins in MPC Beats, we'll need to authorize them in iLok.


  1. If you do not have an Ilok account, make sure to go to ilok.com and click on Create Free Account. Fill out all of the necessary fields in the Free Account Setup page and select Create Account.

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  2. Once you have created your account, go back to the home page of the website, you will find the License Support Installers. Download the appropriate installer for your operating system.

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  3. After installing the application, find and open the iLok License Manager from your Programs or Applications folder.

  4. Click on Sign-In in the top left corner. If you have used iLok before with other products and have an account, sign in to your account.

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    Please note: We recommend using an iLok account. Signing in is not always necessary to utilize an iLok license, but having and using an account to keep track of your licenses is free and provides additional features and options for managing and moving your licenses when necessary. You can see our Managing Authorization Codes and Licenses guide for more information.

  5. Once you are logged in, click on Licenses at the top of the window and choose Redeem Activation Code.

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  6. A window will appear with space for you to enter an authorization code.

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  7. The authorization code for your AIR plugins will be located in your Akai account under the Software Downloads section in My Registered Products. Sign in to your Akai account at Akaipro.com.

  8. Go to the top right-hand corner of the website and click on Sign In.

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  9. Click on Account again in the top right-hand corner of the website and you will see a drop-down menu. Select My Products.

  10. Find your MPK mini in the list and click on See Details, Downloads, And Offers. 

  11. Scroll down to the Software Downloads section and locate the MPK Mini Software in the list. The license code for all included software will be located to the right of the MPK mini III Software downloads. Click Get Activation Code to reveal the code.

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    Note: Keep in mind that this code will license Hybrid, Mini Grand, and Velvet so you only need to redeem it once in iLok to authorize all of your AIR plugins.

  12. Highlight and copy the authorization code. Back in iLok, paste the code in the left-most box. Click Next.

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  13. You will be prompted to choose a location for your license. You are free to choose an iLok dongle if you have one, but for most users, just choose your computer (this will be the option with the computer icon on the left) and click Activate.

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  14. You will be asked to confirm this one more time. Click Activate.

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iLok will notify you when the activation is complete!


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Configuring your MPK mini mk3 in MPC Beats

Now that you have installed the included sound content, let's connect the MPK mini and launch MPC Beats!


  1. Open MPC Beats from your computer's Application or Program folder.

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  2. MPC Beats will prompt you to connect the MPK. Connect the MPK to your computer with the provided USB cable then click Next.

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  3. MPC Beats will auto-detect the controller, and select the MPK mini 3 controller map for the software. This will fully map your keyboard, pads, and controls to MPC Beats. You can also manually select the Akai MPK mini 3 controller map by clicking on New MIDI Mapping > Factory > Akai > Akai MPK mini 3.

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  4. Next, MPC Beats will ask you to select your workspace. If you are new to music production, select Simple. If you have previous experience with MPC, select Advanced and click Next.

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  5. MPC Beats will list a selection of project templates and demos to get you up and running with the software. If you prefer to start with a clean slate click on Empty Project.

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  6. If you're new to MPC and would like to find out more about its features and functions, click on the Open Help or Watch Videos buttons at the right!

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  7. Let's open the MIDI/Sync Preferences to ensure that the MPK is enabled as an active MIDI input device. Navigate to the Preferences menu and click on the MIDI/Synctab.
    • MAC: Select MPCBeats > Preferences
    • PC: Select EDIT > Preferences

  8. The Input Ports section in MIDI/Sync Preferences will display all available MIDI input ports in a list. Devices will automatically appear in the list when connected provided that Enable MIDI ports when discovered is set to ON.

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    By default, the MPK's Input Port will be set to Track. Let's take a look at the different input modes and how they can be used:
    • When Master is enabled, MIDI data from this port will always go to the currently selected program in your project. The MPC Pads are an example of a device that is always set to Master.
    • When Control is enabled, MIDI data from this port will be sent to MIDI Learn.
    • When Track is enabled, this MIDI port will appear in the list of available MIDI Inputs that can be selected in your track's Channel Strip or in Track View.

  9. If you plan on using an external clock with the MPK's Arp or Note Repeat functions, you'll need to enable Sync Send. Click on the Sync Output field and select MIDI Clock.

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Now that your hardware is set up, let's take a look at how to access your included sound content!


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Scanning the AIR Plugins into MPC Beats

Before using your AIR plugins in MPC Beats, we'll need to scan them into the software.


  1. Navigate to the Preferences menu:
    • MAC: Select MPCBeats > Preferences
    • PC: Select EDIT > Preferences

  2. Choose the Plugins tab.

  3. Add a check to the first available box on the left, then click on the browse box at the end of that row to navigate to your plugin installation location.

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  4. To scan for the plugins, click on the drop-down menu at the right to browse and then select your plugin folder's pathway.
    • Mac: Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST
    • PC: C:/Program Files/Steinberg/VstPlugins

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      Double-click the folders to load them into the Plugin Manager pathway. Select the last folder with one click and choose Open.

  5. Select Rescan All. After the process is finished the Plugin Manager will notify you. Press OK.

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    Now, all included plugins will be accessible in the MPC Beats Software! You can load your new plugins by creating a Plugin Program and clicking the Plugin field. A Browser will appear with your MPC plugins and AIR plugins.

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    Can't see the plugin GUI? Just click on the Explode icon to the right!

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Loading a Sample Pack to a Drum Program

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.
 

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All Sample Packs will be shown as an icon under the Expansion tab. Click on the Sample Pack icon to view its samples and pre-configured drum kits.
 

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Note: If you do not see any icons under the Expansions tab, it's likely that the Sample Packs have not been installed yet. In this case, open the MPK mini Software Manager from your computer's Application or Program folder. Click on the Software tab to view your downloads. Click the Install button to the right of a Sample Pack to install the sound content.
 

You can load a sample or drum kit by clicking and dragging the file from the Browser directly to the pads.
 

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The sample or kit will populate the pads and can be triggered from the MPK's pads. The MPK's hardware Preset 1 is already mapped to Pad Bank A in MPC Beats. Just press and hold down the Prog Select Button and press Pad 1.


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Using Standalone Plugins

The AIR team has released standalone software versions of the Hybrid, Mini Grand, and Velvet plugins. These apps will install on your computer when you run the plugin installers from the MPK mini Software Manager. These standalone programs are great to play with if you're not looking to use a DAW and just want to plug in the MPK and make some noise!


  1. Connect the MPK to an available USB port on your computer.

  2. Open your Application or Program folder and click on Hybrid, Mini Grand, or Velvet.

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  3. The software interface will open and connect to your MPK.

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    Note:If the software is not responding to the MPK's keys, click on the Settings gear icon and enable the MPK under Active MIDI Inputs.

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  4. You can access different sounds by clicking on the preset field. A drop-down menu will appear with all available presets. Click on a name to load the patch into the software.

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    Fine-tune and customize your sound by moving the virtual knobs and parameters with your mouse. Click the Save button to save your changes as a User preset.

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