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The MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio Bible (MPC Software 2.x Edition)

The MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio Bible (MPC Software 2.x Edition)

The complete guide to using the MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio with MPC Software 2.x!
$39.99 USD


The 'MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio Bible' is MPC-Tutor’s complete, hands-on guide to using the Akai MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio Black & MPC Studio (silver), written specifically for people who have upgraded to MPC Software 2.x.

Topics covered include:

  • Build your own multitrack sequences using classic MPC swing, note repeat, 16 levels and audio tracks
  • Learn how to layer drums and create your own unique sounds with the built in effects, filters and LFOs
  • Create melodic leads and rhythms from your own multisampled 'keygroup' instruments
  • Construct your own dynamic drum kits using velocity switching and round robins ('cycle kits')
  • Create unique beats with the MPC's classic chopping functions
  • Mix down entire songs with vocals, scratching and effects automation
  • Utilise warping, sequenced chops and patched phrase loops
  • Make your own MPC 'synth'
  • Create your own MPC Expansion packs

Plus many, many more pro tips, tricks, shortcuts - check out the full list of tutorials here.

All tutorials teach practical beat making skills presented in a jargon-free, step-by-step style with hundreds of clear screenshots showing all required settings for every stage of each project and all the files and samples you need to recreate each project in your MPC.

The focus is on developing a highly efficient 'hybrid' workflow that combines the use of the MPC’s intuitive hardware controls and the computer-based MPC Software, for a more modern take on the classic ‘MPC workflow’.

The MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio Bible is the complete tutorial guide for the MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio running MPC Software 2.x, absolutely perfect for beginners and packed to the brim with advanced tips and tricks for more seasoned MPC producers. Available to download instantly after purchase.

Digital eBook Bundle Now Included! The 'MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio Bible' includes EPUB and MOBI versions of the book, fully optimised for reading in iOS (iPad & iPhone), all tablets (Android, Windows etc), smartphones and dedicated ebook readers such as Kindle, Kobo & Nook - these versions are in addition to the 483 page PDF book (which is optimised for computer and laptop reading).

Technical Specification:

Technical Specifications

  • Contents: 483 page ebook plus all tutorial project files
  • Format: PDF, EPUB & MOBI ebooks, plus MPC project files & WAV files
  • Compatibility: MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio Black, MPC Studio Silver running MPC Software 2.1 or greater
  • Author: Andy Avgousti ('MPC-Tutor')
  • Delivery: Download instantly after purchase.
  • Price: $39.99

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What's Inside?

Inside you'll find 483 pages of hands-on MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio tutorials for MPC Software 2.1! Below is a complete listing of all tutorials inside the book:

000 How to Use this Book

  • Which MPCs are compatible with this book? 
  • Hardware UI Vs Computer UI
  • Recreating the Tutorial Examples
  • Initial MPC Set Up

001 Understanding The MPC Workflow

  • Before We Start
  • The MPC in a Nutshell
  • The Basic MPC Structure
  • Your First Project – A Simple Drum Beat
  • Setting up an MPC Sequence
  • Sequence ‘Tracks’
  • Understanding DRUM programs
  • Saving Your Project

002 Building a Simple Drum Kit

  • DRUM programs & Pads          
  • Loading & Assigning Sounds
  • The File Browser 
  • Navigating The File Browser 
  • Loading & Assigning Sounds Via the Browser 
  • The Pads Panel
  • Using the Computer GUI File Browser
  • Browser Filters
  • Manual vs Auto Save
  • PROJECT Purging

003 Recording Your First Beat

  • Real Time Recording Configuration
  • Metronome Settings
  • Recording Your First Take

004 First Look: Grid Edit Mode

  • Understanding the Sequencer Grid
  • Basic Sequence Editing
  • Overdubbing
  • Understanding Sequence Resolution
  • Adding New Events Manually
  • Transposing Pad Events
  • Editing Velocity

005 Quantising and Swing Essentials

  • Applying Swing
  • Moving Events Outside of the Quantize Grid
  • Adding Live Feel to a Quantised Beat
  • Erasing Events
  • ERASE in real time
  • Recording Hi Hats With Note Repeat
  • Correcting Mistakes with UNDO
  • Methods For Copying Events
  • Double Length
  • Copying Bars
  • Inserting Blank Bars
  • Copying Events In GRID EDIT
  • Copying Selected Events With SEQ EDIT

006 Drum Layering 

  • What is Drum Layering?
  • Utilising Sample Layers
  • Using Q-Links To Change Parameters
  • Changing the Pitch of a Drum Layer
  • Creating A ‘Dragging’ Clap Sound
  • Creating Stereo Width
  • Creating a Deeper, Crunchier Kick
  • Shaping Your Sounds with the Amp Envelope
  • Adding Vinyl Crackle with Simultaneous Play
  • Varying The Vinyl Crackle with Round Robins 

007 Drum Kit Essentials

  • Using Mute Groups For Open Hats
  • Tuning the Whole Kit
  • Adding Some Internal Effects
  • The Pad Mixer
  • Manipulating Stereo Field
  • Setting Custom Pad Colours

008 Sampling 101

  • Sampling Audio into the MPC
  • Sampling your Sound 
  • Sample Edit Mode
  • Waveform Editing 
  • Edit Points
  • Adjusting the Start Point
  • Zooming In For Accuracy
  • Snap to Zero
  • Setting the START Point 
  • Adjusting the End Point
  • The Discard Function
  • Normalizing
  • Renaming & Saving an Edited File

009 Recording a Bass Line With 16 LEVELS

  • Setting Up The Bass Sample
  • Changing the Pitch of your Sample
  • Recording a Bass Line with 16 LEVELS
  • Configuring Your Sequence
  • Editing 16 Levels Sequence Data
  • Inserting Events in LIST EDIT
  • The Edit Screen
  • Using The Computer GUI List Editor

010 Introduction to Keygroup Programs

  • Creating Keygroup Programs
  • Using Multisamples in a Keygroup program
  • Fundamentals of 'key ranges'
  • Sourcing & Configuring Your Samples
  • Setting Up Your First Keygroup
  • Adding Keygroups
  • Applying ADSR

011 Creating Instrument Melodies & Chords 

  • Introduction to MPC Expansions
  • Navigating The Expansion Browser
  • Loading From the Expansion Browser
  • MIDI Sound Sources
  • Finding the Key
  • Recording a Piano Rhythm Track
  • Chord Progressions
  • Adding a Melody Line
  • Choosing Other Instruments
  • Using Software Instruments In ‘Controller Mode’
  • Configuring a Plugin Track
  • The Hybrid 3 Plugin Interface 
  • Recording a Plugin Instrument    
  • Bouncing Plugin Tracks To Audio

012 First Look: Audio Tracks

  • Setting Up an Audio Track
  • Converting Any MIDI Track to an Audio Track 
  • Editing Audio Tracks
  • Splitting Audio Tracks
  • Moving Regions

013 Using The MPC Mixer

  • MPC Mixing Options: An Overview
  • Track View Mode 
  • Switching to Track Mix (Channel Mix) Mode
  • Reducing MIDI Track Level
  • Mixing Audio Tracks
  • The Program Mixer
  • Adjusting Levels in Track View
  • Grouping Sounds with Submixes
  • The MASTERS Channel
  • Using The RETURNS

014 Working with Loops

  • How Do Loops Work?
  • Setting Loop Tempo
  • Using Loops in a Sequence
  • Re-Tuning The Loop
  • Time Stretching a Loop
  • Using Loops in a DRUM program
  • Using the Timestretched Loop
  • Looping Instrument Samples
  • Setting the Looping Region

015 Chopping Drum Breaks Part 1

  • Basic Chopping Using the Extract Function
  • Using the Dedicated CHOP Mode
  • Identifying ‘Problem’ Regions
  • Fixing the Regions - Speed Chopping Workflow
  • Shared Edit Points
  • Exporting Your Regions
  • Mono Program Playback

016 Chopping Drums Part 2

  • Chopping Down to Individual Hits
  • Fixing Clicks & Pops
  • Exporting Individual Hits
  • Real time Tempo Changes
  • Editing Existing Chop Events
  • Overdubbing Additional Chops
  • Applying a Quantize Template

017 Building Velocity Sensitive Drum Kits

  • Timbre Variation Using Multiple Drum Sounds
  • Using Multisampled Drums
  • Velocity Switching Pad Layers
  • Setting Up the Velocity Switch Ranges
  • Performing Velocity Switches
  • Layer Switching – Creating ‘Cycle Kits’
  • Muting the Open Hat with Mute Targets
  • Velocity Sensitive Timbre Emulations
  • Emulating Timbre Changes with Noise LFO
  • Extending the Open Hats
  • A Practical Kit Set Up

018 Dynamic Tempo Manipulation

  • Problems When Changing Sequence Tempo
  • Warping Audio
  • Warping in DRUM Programs
  • Pitch-Shifting a Warped Sample
  • Patched Phrase Loops
  • Tuning a Patched Phrase
  • Warping in CLIP Programs
  • Pad Quantize In Clip Programs
  • Pad Play in Clip Mode

019 Non Destructive Chopping Techniques

  • Introduction to Non Destructive Chopping
  • PROGRAM Chop Mode
  • NDC Over Multiple Layers
  • Chopping Using Pad Parameters
  • Experimenting With Your Initial Chops
  • Tightening Your Chops
  • Finishing Up

020 Progressive Drum Layering Techniques

  • ‘Sculpting’ Together Sample Elements
  • Layering With Pad Start & Pad End
  • Applying Filters to Individual Layers
  • Converting Your Layers Into Standalone/Portable Samples
  • Resampling Your Pad
  • Flatten Pad

021 Sound Design Tricks

  • Emulating Vintage Sampler ‘Crunch'
  • Increasing Grit While Sampling From Vinyl
  • Using Sample Tune to add grit
  • Emulating Scratching With ‘Reverse’
  • Sample Reverse in PROGRAM EDIT
  • Experimenting With LFOs
  • Emulating Vinyl Crackle
  • Wacky Bass
  • Bit Crushed Drums
  • Effects to ‘Dirty Up’ Your Drums
  • Vintage Effects
  • Transient Shapers
  • Compression
  • EQ
  • Creating a ‘Live’ Sounding Snare

022 Advanced Keygroup Editing

  • Timbre Emulation Within a Keygroup
  • Utilising the Root Note setting
  • Filters and Effects
  • Utilising the Filter Envelope
  • Applying LFO

023 Build A Standalone Synth

  • Creating The Looped Waveform
  • Tuning Your Sound
  • Building Your Keygroup Program

024 Building Songs & Performances

  •  Working on the Basic Song Structure
  • Experimenting With Track Mutes
  • Creating The Chorus
  • Creating The Intro
  • Creating the First Verse
  • The Second Verse
  • Using Automation to Record Filter Sweeps
  • Recording Automation With Q-LINKS
  • Viewing & Editing Automation Events
  • Creating the ‘Ending’
  • Sequence Experimentation
  • Next Sequence
  • Song Mode

025 Adding Vocals & Exporting Your Beats

  • Limitations of Song Mode
  • Converting Your Song into a Sequence
  • Recording a Vocal Over Your Song
  • Performing a Rough Mix of Your Song
  • Recording Pad Automation
  • Adding Some Scratching
  • Exporting Your Work
  • Exporting Track Stems

026 Final Words

Appendix A: Setting Up Your MPC

  • MPC Software 2.0 Installation
  • Audio Interface Set Up
  • Audio Connections: Which Cables Should I Use?
  • MPC Outgoing Audio Connections
  • Incoming Audio Connections
  • MIDI Connections

Appendix B: Creating MPC Expansion Packs

  • Creating Your Own Sample Expansion Packs
  • Installing an Expansion Pack From an XPN File
  • Using Name Separators
  • Using Tags in the Media Browser
  • Demo Sequences
  • Creating Program Previews
  • Uninstalling/Removing Expansions

Appendix C: Essential MPC Resources

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"Im very pleased with the MPC Bible! Easy to read and understand. I read the manual that came with my MPC but it seemed geared toward more experienced users which I am not. You walked through it step by step and provided the files needed to accomplish the tutorials. You didn't take anything for granted. Now I can really enjoy my new MPC Studio thanks to you!"
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Product FAQs

Which MPCs is this book compatible with?

This book was written for the MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio Black and MPC Studio silver controlling MPC Software 2.1 or greater. It is not suitable for MPC Software 1.9.

Is there a paper version of this book?

No, this book is only available as an 'ebook' and is provided in three formats suitable for reading on all modern devices such as computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets and ebook readers. If you need a paper copy of the book, the PDF version can be printed like any other standard PDF file.

Does the book cover using the MPC Software 'computer GUI'?

The tutorials are mostly focused on controlling the MPC Software using the hardware UI (i.e. pads, dials, Qlinks, LCD screen etc), although some of the tutorials also show alternative workflows from within the MPC Software GUI, especially where the GUI offers better features or a more optimised workflow.

Can I make backup copies of my ebook?

Yes, once downloaded it's just like any other computer file and can be copied to a back up disk.

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