Akai Pro MPC Renaissance - Using as a plugin in Logic Pro

akai mpc all main blackThe MPC Renaissance and Studio include a powerful standalone MPC application.  You can also use the MPC software as a plugin within your favorite DAW such as Logic Pro.  This video guide walks you through everything you need to know about using the Akai MPC Renaissance or Studio plugin inside Logic Pro. 

 

 

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MPC Series - Syncing your MPC with Ableton Live

akai mpc all all mainThe MPC series of drum machines are powerful sequencers in their own right. Additional capability can be added to our MPC when used in conjunction with Ableton Live. The following guide will show you how to use your MPC as both a master and slave device with Ableton Live.

 

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC Renaissance - Using as a plugin in Ableton Live

akai mpc all main blackThe MPC Renaissance and Studio include a powerful standalone MPC application.  You can also use the MPC software as a plugin within your favorite DAW such as Ableton Live.  This video guide walks you through everything you need to know about using the MPC plugin inside Ableton Live. 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC Renaissance - Creating Custom Samples

akai mpcren mainHave a keyboard, vocal, or instrument that you want to sample?  With the MPC Renaissance/MPC Software it has never been easier.  You can even quantize the sample with legendary MPC swing!  The following article will show you how to record a sample, assign it to a pad, and chop it up.

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Akai Pro MPC Software 1.4 - How to Run 64 and 32 Bit Versions, and Accessing 3rd Party Plugins

akai mpc 1.4 64 bit 1The latest update to the MPC Software, version 1.4, includes 64-bit support for PC/Mac. The standalone application, VST and Audio Unit plugins now have 64-bit versions. These updated 64-bit plugin versions will now load in supported 64-Bit DAW's. If you are running the 64-bit version of the MPC Standalone or Plugin one of the first differences you may notice is that some 3rd party plugins that were previously available in the 32-bit version are no longer available. In this overview, we'll cover how to run the 64 and 32 bit versions of the MPC Software and Plugin , and review what 3rd party plugins will be available depending on the bit type version of MPC Software you are running. 

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Akai Pro MPC Element and MPC Essentials - Frequently Asked Questions

akai mpc element main3Akai Pro's MPC Element and MPC Essentials stretch the boundaries of how MPC users will integrate classic MPC workflow with their computers. The MPC Element's slim design, pad play integration, and ease of use with many of today's modern music applications provides the feature set to help users produce in a portable way. The MPC Element is also bundled with MPC Essentials Software, which combines to make a dedicated hardware and software experience. This article will help answer user's questions about the MPC Element and MPC Essentials Software, how they integrate, and how they add to the modern MPC experience with the MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, and MPC Software.  

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC Renaissance and Studio - Setup with Pro Tools 10

akai mpc all main blackThe MPC Renaissance and Studio include an MPC Software plugin for use within your favorite DAW such as Pro Tools. When using the MPC plugin, all of the features you'll find in the Standalone MPC software are available from within your favorite DAW. This guide walks you through using key features of the MPC plugin inside Pro Tools, on PC and Mac like setting up audio preferences, routing MIDI from the MPC Plugin to a Pro Tools Instrument Track, and more.

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC Element - Software Installation And Unlock Process

akai mpc element main3The Akai MPC Element is a portable solution for musicians looking to take their work on the go. Using the included MPC Essentials Software, or an unlocked copy of the MPC Software, the MPC Element allows for powerful groove production and composition in a compact form factor. This guide walks through registration, installation, and unlocking the software for your MPC Element. 

 

 

 

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MPC Series - Syncing your MPC With Pro Tools

akai mpc all all mainThe MPC series of drum machines are powerful sequencers in their own right. Additional capability can be added to our MPC when used in conjunction with your favorite DAW. The following guide will show you how to use your MPC as both a master and slave device with Pro Tools.

 

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC Renaissance - Syncing the Standalone App With External MIDI Controllers

akai mpcren mainMany of the latest MIDI controllers feature built-in arpeggiators, noterepeat or even step sequencers.  To help you integrate these features into your MPC workflow, the MPC Renaissance lets you to send MIDI Beat Clock sync out to your external MIDI controllers. This article takes the user through syncing the standalone MPC app with various Akai MIDI controllers.  Just hook up your MIDI controller, follow the steps below, and make some music!

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC5000 - Syncing an Akai MPK and Reason

MPC5000 FrontEveryone wants more.  If you are lucky enough to own an Akai MPC and an Akai MPK, then you should know that these can be synced together using MIDI Clock.  This allows for perfect timing and instantaneous messaging between all synced devices and programs.  Check out the guide below on how to sync an Akai MPK, an MPC, and Propellerhead's Reason software.  Once you do this, beware!  The dangers of such unlimited potential may be hazardous to your health!

 

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Akai Pro MPC Renaissance - Using Keyboard Controllers

akai mpcren mainYou can always track your instruments right from the MPC Renaissance or Studio by using the 16 velocity sensitive pads, but when you want to record intricate chord changes, large key sweeps, or even perform something across multiple octaves, using a keyboard controller can make all the difference in your performance.

When using the AKAI Pro MAX49 along with the MPC-R/S you gain the ability to use the exclusive features of the MAX49 controller to manipulate and adjust parameters that you could not do otherwise. Use of the buttons and touch faders, intuitive step-sequencer, and even it's unique CV controls will bring your MPC projects to a whole new level.

 

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Akai Pro MPC Software 1.6 - What You Need to Know

akai mpc software mainThe MPC Software and Essentials empowers you with unprecedented, expandable production capabilities on your Mac or PC, and as usual, Akai Professional continues to add updates and expansions to these ground-breaking software titles.  Check out the latest features to the MPC Software in this article.

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC Renaissance - Chopping Drum Loops

akai mpcren mainHave you ever used a drum loop in your project, but wanted a way to easily transform that repetitive beat into interesting drum fills, transitions and alternate patterns?  With the MPC software, you have the ability to chop any pre-recorded audio loop into individual hits quickly and easily.  This powerful feature allows for the ability to extract 'slices' from a pre-recorded loop in order to transform or build upon a beat with very little effort.  Check out this article to find out how!

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio - Controlling Instruments in Reason on Windows

akai mpcren reason mainThe MPC Plugin allows users to transmit MIDI data from the plugin to a software instrument track in their DAW. For most DAW's that support VST, AU and RTAS this is relatively simple to set up. However, Reason, which does not support those plugin formats needs additional workarounds to make this kind of routing capable to control its instruments. Sometimes it's realistic to have Reason slaved in Rewire to a DAW, that can then transmit MIDI to various instruments. Sometimes this is not practical because you don't have another DAW to Rewire. This guide will help you setup the Standalone MPC Software to transmit MIDI to Reason's instruments.

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC Software - Exporting Basics

akai mpc software mainThe Export option in the MPC Software allows for the exportation of a project's data in various formats. The most popular Export formats offered by the MPC software include Audio Mixdown, Project Archive and standard MIDI file data.  This article walks through the various exportation options and basic reasons for using each one.

 

 

 

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Akai Pro iMPC App - Frequently Asked Questions

akai impc faqAkai professional brings classic MPC producion to the power and convenience of iOS devices, like the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone. We've collected tips, tricks, and answers to your top iMPC questions into one mega iMPC FAQ for your reading pleasure.

 

 

 

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Akai Pro iMPC Pro App - Video Guides

akai impc pro mainiMPC Pro is a 64-track music production powerhouse for your iPad. Developed in partnership with Retronyms, the iMPC Pro app comes with built-in sampling functionality, a sound library, effects, and performance-driven features that bring the functionality of Akai Professional's coveted Music Production Center to your iPad.  The iMPC Pro app comes with numerous enhancements for creating when inspiration strikes and this article contains a number of in-depth videos which walk through the many various features included in the iMPC Pro app.

 

 

 

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MPC Series - Syncing Your MPC With FL Studio

akai mpc all all mainFL Studio is a popular and powerful music production software that an Akai MPC complements very well. With any piece of music production equipment, accurate timing is very important. This guide covers how to synchronize the tempo of your MPC with FL Studio, with FL Studio as the master.

 

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC Renaissance and Studio - Controling Instruments in Reason on a Mac

akai mpcren reason mainThe MPC Plugin allows users to transmit MIDI data from the plugin to a software instrument track in their DAW. For most DAW's that support VST, AU and RTAS this is relatively simple to set up. However, Reason, which does not support those plugin formats needs additional workarounds to make this kind of routing capable to control it's instruments. Sometimes it's realistic to have Reason slaved in Rewire to a DAW, that can then transmit MIDI to various instruments. Sometimes this is not practical because you don't have another DAW to Rewire. This guide will help you setup the Standalone MPC Software to transmit MIDI to Reason's instruments.

 

 

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MPC Series - Syncing the MPC with Digital Performer

akai mpc all all mainThe MPC series are powerful sequencers and drum machines. Additional capability can be added to the MPC when used in conjunction with Digital Performer. The following guide shows how to use the MPC as both a master and slave device with Digital Performer.

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC Renaissance and Studio - Pad Banks and External Controllers

akai mpc all main blackA working studio can include several MIDI controllers with pad play features, like the MPD32, MPK49, LPD8, MAX49, and many others. The MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio pads are implemented with the MPC Software in a way that doesn't require user's to know what MIDI note values are being transmit from the controller. The MPC software can also accept MIDI note values from external MIDI controllers to trigger samples, and this article shows you, by Bank and Sample Pad, what MIDI note values the MPC Software accepts when the instrument type is MPC, or better know as a sample program.

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC 1000 - Syncing with Reason 7

akai mpc1000 mainThe MPC 1000 puts the classic MPC workflow and sound into a portable and affordable package. It can operate as a standalone unit or as a MIDI device synced to your favorite DAW. This guide covers how to MIDI sync the MPC 1000 with Reason 7.

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC1000 - Mapping to the Ableton Live Drum Rack

akai mpc1000 mainThe Akai MPC1000 is a portable but powerful version of the larger MPC series units. It not only operates as a standalone production studio, but can easily control Ableton Live via MIDI. The following article will walk you through how to map your MPC1000 to be used with the Ableton Live Drum Rack.

 

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AKAI Pro MPC Renaissance And Studio - Setting Up MOTU BPM As A Plugin

akai mpc all main blackUsing VST plugins within the MPC software is a great way to expand your creative possibilities. Because of its design similarities with Akai's longstanding line of MPC sequencers, MOTU BPM is a very useful tool when mapped properly to the pads of the MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio, allowing you to utilize its soundbanks in a way that closely mirrors a traditional MPC program. 

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC2500 - Tips and Tricks

mpc2500 top largeThe MPC2500 is a staple of music production, used by professional producers, beatmakers, and other musicians everywhere. MPCs make it quick and easy to make beats and shape them to perfection. In this column, we’ll give you some ideas on how to get even more out of your MPC2500. Nearly all MPC users can benefit from these tips, with the exception of the Auto Chromatic feature, which is just for the MPC2500.

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC1000 - Using with an External Sound Module

MPC1000The MPC1000 is a powerful sequencer and sampler. The capabilities of the MPC1000 can be expanded when used as a sequencer to trigger external sound modules such as a Motif, Venom, etc.  This guide walks through the procedure for using the MPC1000 to trigger an external sound module.

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC500 - Mapping to the Ableton Live Drum Rack

akai mpc500 main3The Akai MPC500 is a portable but powerful version of the larger MPC series units. Not only is it a capable sampler and sequencer in its own right, but it can also serve conveniently as a MIDI controller for Ableton Live. The following article will walk you through how to map your MPC500 to be used with the Ableton Live Drum Rack.

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC 500/2500/5000 Velocity Curve Explained

akai mpc2500 velocity curve mainSome people can hit it just right and some people can't.  For those of us with lighter touches or for those of us who are just plain heavy-handed, the MPC 500/2500/5000 allows the user to adjust the velocity curve of the assigned sound to better suit a particular playing style.  Check out this article to find out more.

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC5000 - Performance Tools

akai mpc5000 mainThe MPC5000 not only features great tools for song and beat production, it's also a powerful live-performance instrument. From dirty, gritty, in-your-face distortions to wacky modulation effects, the MPC5000's effects engine could easily replace an entire suitcase of pedals and other effects units. On top of the effects engine, the MPC5000's Q-Link assignable controllers, sampling engine, and of course, the velocity and pressure-sensitive MPC pads make for an incredible live performance tool. In this article, we will showcase a handful of live performance tricks.

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Akai Pro MPC5000 - Using Q-Links to Sequence External Synths

akai mpc5000 mainMany external synthesizers and modules have parameters such as filters, envelopes, and oscillators that can be controlled by MIDI Continuous Controllers (CCs). You can use MPC5000 Q-Link controls to send and sequence MIDI CCs to control these parameters. You save a program with Q-Link assignments and recall them for later use.

 

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Akai Pro MPC5000 - Huge Chorus and Stereo Effects

akai mpc5000 mainFrequency Shifter is an effect that has been around for a long time, but fell out of favor in the late 1970s. Today, producers are rediscovering this effect that does NOT do what its name implies. A frequency shifter does not function as a pitch shifter; it creates a harmonic shift. In small does, using frequency shifter can sound like a nice stereo chorus. In larger amounts, the effect takes on more of a ring modulator character. This tip will enable you to use frequency shifter as a stereo chorus that will make whatever you put into it sound huge!

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Akai Pro MPC Touch - Installation Walkthrough

MPCTOUCHCombining the might of a pro-level piece of production gear truly fit to carry the MPC shield with the tactile ease of use found on smartphones and tablets, the Touch is truly a workflow revolution.  It incorporates the ease of a touch screen right on the device for quicker production.  This guide thoroughly walks through the installation procedure.

 

 

 

 

 

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Akai Pro MPC Touch - Display Configuration Troubleshooting Guide

akai pro mpc touch mainThe Akai MPC Touch boasts a 7" touchscreen that allows you to have full control over your projects without ever looking away from the hardware.  The MPC Touch is recognized by your computer as an extra display, so making sure that it is set up properly is very important. This guide reviews some of the most common questions and concerns you could about the display while configuring or using the MPC Touch.

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Akai Pro MPC Touch - Frequently Asked Questions

akai pro mpc touch mainIn creating the MPC Touch, we have once again established the iconic MPC series as the thought leader in music production technology. Combining the might of a pro-level piece of production gear truly fit to carry the MPC shield with the tactile ease of use found on smartphones and tablets, the Touch is truly a workflow revolution. How producers interact with all aspects of their sound has been forever changed. This article answers your frequently asked questions about the Akai Professional MPC Touch.

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Akai Pro MPC Renaissance - Unlock Process

akai mpcren mainWe've put together screenshots of the entire MPC Renaissance installation process. Whether you're troubleshooting, or just curious, this step-by-step visualization of the installation could be just what you're looking for.

 

 

 

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MPC Touch - Complete Setup and Routing in Logic Pro X

MPCTOUCHThe MPC Touch and included MPC software combine to create a powerful beat-making machine, incorporating all elements of the legendary MPC workflow. Using the MPC software as a plugin adds even more features and options to connect and interact with your favorite DAW. This guide walks you through everything you need to know about using the Akai Pro MPC Touch as plugin inside Logic Pro X. 

 

 

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So you just bought an MPC Studio/Renaissance. Now what?

akai mpc all main blackFusing Akai Professional's legendary MPC layout and workflow with the power of your computer, MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio are the unrivaled instruments for music production. If you just purchased one of these productions beasts, you may be wondering: what do I do next? Look no further! This guide compiles all the best articles and tutorials to help you get completely up and running with your new MPC and take your productions to the next level.

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