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    I have been making beats on my Akai XR20 and I found out that it can also be used as a MIDI controller for software. I had to by an interface because it does not connect by USB, so I decided to by the AUDIOBOX USB with the Studio One Artist version because I was told that it is a good start to using software. I noticed that the software only recognizes the MPK 49, MPD 16, and MPD 24. I know that there is a way to get my AKAI XR20 to work with this software but I do not know how to do it. IS THERE ANYONE THAT CAN HELP ME???

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmanpelayo View Post
    I have been making beats on my Akai XR20 and I found out that it can also be used as a MIDI controller for software. I had to by an interface because it does not connect by USB, so I decided to by the AUDIOBOX USB with the Studio One Artist version because I was told that it is a good start to using software. I noticed that the software only recognizes the MPK 49, MPD 16, and MPD 24. I know that there is a way to get my AKAI XR20 to work with this software but I do not know how to do it. IS THERE ANYONE THAT CAN HELP ME???
    The XR20 is a standard MIDI device so it will not show up like a USB MIDI interface so you need to select the MIDI interface you have the XR20 connected to.

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    ok but how do i program the software instruments to recognize the pads on the XR20

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    I had the xr-20 for a short while and I used it as a midi contoller in reason and logic.

    you're going to need this M-Audio Uno - MIDI adapter - USB - External

    read you're manual on the part about midi mapping. that helped me out a lot.

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    should the midi mapping in the instuctions be the same for all software, even presonus? i do not have enough money for a new software yet and i want to learn presonus. Also, do you need an interface to use presonus because if it is not connected then no sound comes from the computer.

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    SYSTEM SETUP on the XR20 is what you want to get into, now there are three instrument layers on the XR20 (DRUM, 1 SHOT and SYNTH) and you can switch between them when using SYSTEM SETUP on the XR20.

    Page 1 of SYSTEM SETUP is MIDI CH (channel) of the currently selected instrument layer, your software and XR20 can only communicate if they are both using the same channel, the default for DRUM is channel 10, now if the software instrument you want to trigger is using channel 1 then you need to change the instrument layer of the XR20 to channel 1 or you need to change the software to receive on channel 10.

    Page 3 of SYSTEM SETUP needs to be set to ON or the current instrument layer will not transmit any MIDI data, the default setting is OFF so you need to change that.

    Page 4 lets you change the note value of each pad, if you hit a pad it will display the note it is transmitting, you can then change the note with the jog wheal or with the numbered key pad, you can also change some software to respond to the note the pad is already transmiting.

    For further reading look in your manual under SYSTEM SETUP.

    Also you might want to write down the factory reset procedure in the back of your manual so you can recall the default factory settings if you ever need to.

    WARNING this procedure will wipe out any shit you have saved or changed in the XR20.

    1) Turn the XR20 off
    2) Press and hold the SAVE/COPY and ERASE buttons.
    3) With both buttons held down, power the unit on and hold the two buttons for 10 seconds.
    4) Release both buttons and let the unit boot up (it may take a few seconds for the screen to change from displaying SYTEM REINIT to displaying AKAI XR20)
    Last edited by hollandturbine; 07-24-2011 at 12:42 AM.

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    Cool I got it to work. THANKS FOR EVERYONES HELP

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