Akai MPK Mk2 mini – Ableton DrumRack – pitch issue

Ableton Live 9 displays the MIDI note of each of the pads on the Drum Rack in the status bar when hovering the mouse over it. For the Kit-Core 808 Drum Rack instrument for example, the ‘Kick 808’ maps to the C1 note, the ‘Clap 808’ to D#1 note.

I mapped the pads (bank A/B) of my Akai MPK Mk2 mini MIDI controller to the midi notes shows in the Ableton Drum Rack.


For some reason when pressing the pads, they were off by 1 octave. Triggering pads that were not visible and had no sounds loaded on them.


Drag the ‘+ 12.adv’ MIDI Effect from the ‘Pitch’ category onto the section just in front of the Drum Rack, so it will transpose the incoming midi notes by +1 octave (12 semitones).

Pro Tools First – Error 13001

If you encounter error 13001 during startup of Pro Tools First, this is likely due to the program having insufficient privileges by default after installation.

To remedy; enable the executable to run as administrator.

  1. Navigate to the installation directory (e.g. C:\Program Files\Avid\Pro Tools First)
  2. Right-click on ProToolsFirst.exe > Properties
  3. Tick the ‘Run this program as an administrator’ setting.
  4. Press OK and start the program

Spotify – Not Responding

Today the following warning appeared when I tried to start Spotify.


To fix (until it is patched properly) you can run the application in compatibility mode (see screenshots below).

  1. Right-click on the Spotify application icon
  2. Properties
  3. Compatibility tab
  4. Select ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows Vista (Service Pack 2)
‘Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows Vista (Service Pack 2)’
Spotify – Properties Dialog