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Akai Pro MPC Live - Battery and Processor Management

Created: 10/02/2017 | Modified: 10/18/2017

Your MPC Live is capable of handling complex processing when sequencing MIDI data and audio. Just like an operating system on your computer, steps can be taken to optimize your workflow to experience the best possible performance. This article will cover some basic guidelines for optimizing the MPC Live's battery life, getting the best performance from its CPU, and managing RAM usage.

Akai Pro MPC X and Live - Complete Setup and Routing in Cubase

Created: 09/28/2017 | Modified: 10/23/2017

Whether you prefer to go computer-free or not, it can’t be denied that there are some fantastic sounding VST instruments and effects out there. For those times when you need your favorite plugins, the MPC X effortlessly goes from formidable standalone to high-powered MIDI controller, explicitly designed to run the feature-rich MPC Software 2.0 in your favorite DAW. This article will walk you through a full setup with the MPC X or MPC Live and Cubase, including hardware setup, opening MPC 2.0, and routing tr

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - Firmware Update 2.0.5 Walkthrough

Created: 09/27/2017 | Modified: 10/03/2017

In this video, we walk through the process of updating the firmware on an MPC X and MPC Live to the latest 2.0.5 update. This includes where to download, how to connect the MPC, and how to run the firmware updater.

macOS High Sierra - Driver Installation Results in System Extension Blocked

Created: 09/25/2017 | Modified: 09/25/2017

With every new Apple OS comes new features and new challenges. macOS High Sierra has improved security features that now require the user to enable the system extension for any new driver being installed to the operating system. Because this applies to Akai Pro products like the MPC Live or EIE Pro, we'll show you how to do this in just a few simple steps.

Akai Pro MPC Software 2.0 - Changing Time Signature

Created: 09/14/2017 | Modified: 09/14/2017

Time Signature, or meter, is a written indicator that shows the number of beats per measure and the type of note that carries the beat in a piece of music. This article will walk you through how to change the time signature in your sequence as well as the project default time signature in the MPC 2.0 software.

macOS High Sierra 10.13 and iOS11 Support for Akai Pro Products

Created: 09/08/2017 | Modified: 09/15/2017

Whenever a new operating system is released, it is crucial to check the compatibility of your hardware and software before choosing to make the jump. This article will be updated periodically to reflect the current status of Akai Pro hardware and software compatibility with macOS High Sierra 10.13 and iOS11.

MPC 101 - File Management Tips & Tricks

Created: 08/23/2017 | Modified: 08/23/2017

When making music with any software, it's easy to get carried away and forget about all the files and data that are being stored and recalled behind the scenes. Without proper file management and backup, one missing file can bring any creative flow to a grinding halt. In this guide, we will cover tips and tricks pertaining to basic project and file management, including creating backups, exporting a project as an archive, and freeing up extra HD space so you can focus more on your music.

Akai Pro MPC X and MPC Live - How to Quickly Format a Drive or Storage Device

Created: 08/21/2017 | Modified: 08/24/2017

Keeping your storage devices running in tip-top shape is key to being successful with an MPC X or MPC Live and this means periodically re-formatting to free up unused space. In these videos, we show you how you can quickly and easily reformat any SATA drive, USB thumb drive, or SD card with the MPC Live or X.

Akai Pro MPC X - Deconstructing a Project

Created: 07/24/2017 | Modified: 07/24/2017

In this video, we're going to deconstruct and rebuild a demo project on the MPC X including examining the elements of a full sequence, editing that sequence, and adding our own twist.

MPC 101 - The MPC Workflow

Created: 07/24/2017 | Modified: 07/24/2017

Every MPC workflow is composed of a few basic elements: songs, sequences, tracks, and programs. Before you can be an MPC master, you'll need to understand how they all work together. In this article, we'll go over the basics of each element and how they relate to each other.