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Akai Pro MPC - Troubleshooting Invalid Serial Number and Other Common Unlock Problems

Created: 02/16/2017 | Modified: 06/28/2017

The MPC Software provided with the MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, MPC Studio Black and MPC Touch is a necessary part of the workflow for these machines, so it's important to get it unlocked and working quickly so you can get up and running. If you're runnin

Akai Pro MPD218 - How to Download and Use the Included Sample Content

Created: 02/15/2017 | Modified: 06/28/2017

The MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of comp

Turntables - Belt Drive vs. Direct Drive

Created: 02/07/2017 | Modified: 06/27/2017

As I mentioned in my previous article on cartridges (“needles”), turntables are getting very popular again. This is probably a good time to take a step back and look at the two main types of turntables in use today—belt-drive and direct-drive—explore how they work, what the thought is behind each one, and what the pluses and minuses are of the two types.

Akai Pro MPD218 - How to Download, Install, And Unlock the Included Software

Created: 02/06/2017 | Modified: 06/28/2017

The MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJ's alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of comp

Akai Pro MPK mini and MPC Essentials Training

Created: 01/25/2017 | Modified: 06/28/2017

So you've got your MPK Mini MKII and installed all of the included software, but now what? To help you get started, we've included a 13 video playlist that will help walk you through loading samples, recording, editing, and exporting music with MPC, MPC Essentials and several other software titles.

Akai Pro MPC Live and MPC 2.0 - Frequently Asked Questions

Created: 01/20/2017 | Modified: 07/11/2017

The MPC Live is the newest addition to the MPC hardware and software controller family! Featuring both complete standalone operation and full control over the brand new MPC 2.0 software, this machine is the best of both worlds. This guide will discuss some of the popular questions about the MPC Live and MPC 2.0 features and functionality

The Importance of Room Acoustics

Created: 01/10/2017 | Modified: 06/27/2017

Nothing can make or break the sound of your performance, your rehearsal space, a recording venue or a home entertainment system more than room acoustics. You may have the very best instruments, speakers, amplifiers and recording equipment and you may have placed it all perfectly in your space, but if your performance/recording/listening room has poor acoustics, you're really facing an uphill battle. Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do to improve even the worst spaces.

Understanding Frequency Response - Why it Matters

Created: 01/10/2017 | Modified: 06/27/2017

All of our hardware brands have multiple units that specify their frequency response. The concepts of frequency response, frequency range, audible frequencies, how frequency relates to musical notes, etc. are absolutely central—critical—to und

Why the Needle (Cartridge) Matters So Much in a Turntable

Created: 01/10/2017 | Modified: 06/27/2017

There is an undeniable attraction to playing records. Real music and equipment enthusiasts—so-called “audiophiles”—swear that nothing sounds as good, as realistic, as “organic” if you will, as a great record. Audiophiles tend to like the sound

Akai Pro - MPC X Overview and Demo

Created: 01/09/2017 | Modified: 07/11/2017

This video, originally released by Sound On Sound Magazine, walks through the main features of the MPC X.