Update: How To Setup the Akai MPK88 With Sonar X2

NOTE: this is an update to my July 23, 2011 post regarding setting up the Akai MPK88 with Sonar X1. The files are the same as before; they’ve just been updated for X2.

UPDATE (posted July 14, 2015): the MPK88 files now available at the download link below are for Cakewalk Sonar X1, X2 and X3. They may work with previous or later versions of Cakewalk Sonar. However, since I’ve not used them in those versions, I can’t say for sure that they will.

Akai MPK88Having had some difficulty myself and seeing posts on several internet forums from other frustrated users, I thought I’d post directions on how to setup the Akai MPK88 MIDI controller to be used with Sonar X2.

Below is a link to download a set of files including directions on how to setup the MPK88 and Sonar X2 so they’ll play nice together. Also included is a Sonar X2 preset that can be loaded onto the MPK88 using the Vyzex MPK88 software editor that you can download from the Akai website. And finally, included is an MPK88 ACT MIDI Control Surface preset and directions on how to import it into Sonar X2. Enjoy!

Download Akai MPK88 Cakewalk Sonar Setup Files

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4 thoughts on “Update: How To Setup the Akai MPK88 With Sonar X2

  1. Hellothere, just wanted to post a thank you for your instructions and files. I just got an MPK-88 on Wednesday and have it working with Sonar X2 now, thanks to you. I do have a small issue with my keyboard and wonder if you exoerienced the same thing. A few of the keys (C above middle C to G in the same octave), seem to be hard to push down after the keyboard has not been played for several minutes. If I play normally, it is not much of an issue, but if I want play very soft, it can result in notes being played too loud, because of the sudden release of getting over the intitial pressure needed to press the key. It sounds and feels like plastic parts that are together and are just slightly stuck to each other, like plastic will do. Hard to explain. I am hoping that continued playing will get rid of it..Have you experienced anything like this ?


    1. You’re welcome.
      I’ve not had the issue with the keys. That sounds like it may be worth a call to the retailer who you bought it from as it may be reason to have it fixed or replaced.
      It’s a great 88 key controller; hope you enjoy it and get a lot of use from it.


      1. Does this preset bank work with the MPK61 for Sonar X2? I really wanted to use this, as I haven’t found any presets for that at all. Thanks!


        1. Peter,

          Hmmm. I’m not sure as I don’t have the MPK61. I’d suggest giving it a try as the MPK61 has the same number of rotaries/sliders/buttons as the MPK88. Hopefully, they’ll match up. But if not, just follow the step-by-step instructions for creating a preset that come with the download.


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