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Beat Making on the MPC2000XL

Beat Making on the MPC2000XL

Get creative with the MPC2000XL with 100s of pages of step-by-step beat making tutorials.
$34.99 USD

Description

MusicTech Magazine 'Choice' Award WinnerMusicTech Magazine 'Choice' Award Winner (8/10)
"If you don’t own this, you’re probably not getting the most out of your MPC!"

So, you’ve copped an MPC2000XL, you’ve gone through the manual and know what all the buttons do…so what next? You want to make beats, right? But how do you actually use an MPC to quickly produce those killer beats you’ve always dreamed of?

The bestselling e-book, ‘Beat making on the MPC2000XL’ opens up a huge world of MPC creativity and inspiration encouraging you, the beat producer, to think ‘outside of the box’ and discover the true musical and percussive abilities of your MPC:

  • Discover how to create phatter sounding beats, make thicker & grimier drums, learn expert sequencing tricks and flip your samples just like the pros
  • Learn how to completely change the groove and feel of sampled drum breaks, create your own unique drum kits, and build your own breakbeats that sound just like a real drummer
  • Uncover the secrets of MPC multisampling, turn your MPC into a virtual bass guitar or piano and create your own instrument loops and riffs
  • Find out how to build complete beat & songs, record to multitrack equipment,  and use effects correctly when creating master recordings for record label demos.

There's 50 tutorials in total, each one expertly written in a clear, easy to follow style assuming no prior technical knowledge whatsoever, all covering 'real world', practical situations. Currently in its third revision, this book still stands as the only comprehensive written work on the Akai MPC series.

"Yesterday I was as excited as hell get my MPC. And Yes! I got it. Set it up. Looked at it...looked at it. Now what do I do? I purchased your ebook yesterday and within 3-4 Hours I was making music. I don’t have a musical background so your book worked a treat. Thanks very Much. I recommend it to anyone.”
D. Benson , Taranaki , New Zealand

Each tutorial comes with detailed explanations of all concepts, backed up with clear screen shots and 400 actual MPC files so you can perfectly recreate each lesson in your MPC. In addition to these 400 tutorial files, we also include 350 free drum samples and breaks for you to practice your new found beat making skills on. Want to see some of the book in action? Download a free example tutorial from the book here.

This book is suitable for all levels of expertise - even advanced users comment on how the book has helped them discover techniques they didn’t even think possible with an MPC:

"I considered myself to be pretty knowledgeable with the machine, but even in the beginner sections I found time saving tips I did not know you could do before. All in all, I think there is something in here for everyone. 
Afex-one

As Matt Bean, senior editor at Rodale Publishing states - 'These books are FANTASTIC - so amazingly detailed. They help you make sense of the MPC in no time.' No more head scratching, no more frustration – quickly discover how you can use your MPC to make the beats you’ve always wanted. Whoever you are and whatever your production background, you will find this book inspiring, challenging and ultimately enlightening. Available instantly after purchase.

Technical Specification:

Technical Specifications

  • Contents: 250 page PDF ebook with over 400 example MPC samples, PGMs and MID files, plus 300 bonus drums and breaks
  • Format: PDF & MPC2000XL (Digital Download)
  • Compatibility: MPC2000XL OS 1.10 or greater (suitable for both blue and grey models)
  • Author: Andy Avgousti ('MPC-Tutor')
  • Delivery: Download instantly after purchase.
  • Price: $34.99

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What's Inside?

Inside you'll find 50 tutorials (250 pages) covering a massive range of subject matter. There's also over 750 sounds inside, including 400 MPC samples and files to help you recreate all the tutorials, and an additional 350 bonus drum sounds and breaks.

Below is a complete listing of all tutorials inside the book:

Contents – Beat Making on the MPC2000XL

Section A - Fundamental Skills

  • 001 Audio Connections
  • 002 Understanding MIDI
  • 003 Storage Options
  • 004 Formatting
  • 005 Loading Files
  • 006 Saving to Disk
  • 007 Memory
  • 008 Naming Sounds
  • 009 Sampling Sounds
  • 010 Understanding Mono & Stereo
  • 011 Editing Samples Part 1
  • 012 Editing Samples Part 2
  • 013 Looping Samples
  • 014 Programs
  • 015 The Internal Mixer
  • 016 Recording Sequences
  • 017 Editing Sequences Part 1
  • 018 Editing Sequences Part 2

Section B – Manipulating Drums & Break Beats

  • 019 Chopping Samples Part 1
  • 020 Chopping Samples Part 2
  • 021 Sample Manipulation - Filtering & Tuning
  • 022 Layering Drum Sounds
  • 023 Sample Manipulation – Re-sampling & Distortion
  • 024 Rebuilding Decay Tails on Snares

Section C – Building Drum Kits & Breaks

  • 025 Building Drum Kits - Pure Kits
  • 026 Emulating Timbre Changes
  • 027 Building Performance & GM Kits
  • 028 Creating Realistic Drum Performances
  • 029 Basics of Laying Down a Drum Beat Part 1
  • 030 Laying Down a Drum Beat Part 2

Section D – Advanced Techniques

  • 031 Understanding the EB16
  • 032 EB16 Reverb Parameters
  • 033 16 Levels & Auto Chromatic Assign
  • 034 Fitting an Instrument Loop to a Beat
  • 035 Multisampling Part 1
  • 036 Multisampling Part 2
  • 037 Looping Instrument Samples
  • 038 Sequencing Tricks Part 1
  • 039 Sequencing Tricks Part 2

Section E – Building Songs

  • 040 Understanding Song Mode
  • 041 Song Arrangement Ideas
  • 042 Recording Your Beats Part 1
  • 043 Recording Your Beats Part 2
  • 044 Recording Your Beats Part 3
  • 045 Compression Part 1
  • 046 Compression Part 2

Section F – MPC2000XL Studio Environments

  • 047 Looping Multisamples in Soundforge
  • 048 Using Recycle with your MPC2000XL Part 1
  • 049 Using Recycle with your MPC2000XL Part 2
  • 050 Zip Drive Installation

Appendix – MPC2000XL FAQ Archive

  • G1 Compatibility FAQs
  • G2 Connections FAQs
  • G3 Optional Extras
  • G4 Programs FAQs
  • G5 Sampling FAQs
  • G6 Sequencing FAQs
  • G7 Storage FAQs
  • G8 Zip FAQ

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Reviews

MusicTech Magazine Review (excerpt)
"(Beatmaking on the MPC) is a guide that shows you how to be creative with something rather than just how the buttons work. It’s thoughtfully structured and written in concise yet authoritative language - it covers an awful lot of ground, so there’s plenty here for users of all levels, from beginners to experts. If you don’t own this, you’re probably not getting the most out of your MPC!"
Excerpt From MusicTech Magazine Review, Issue 64 (Choice Award Winner, 8/10)

"These books are FANTASTIC - so amazingly detailed. They help you make sense of the MPC in no time."
Matt Bean, Senior Article Editor, Rodale Publishing

"Thank you for the Beatmaking on the MPC tutorial. I bought it last week and it's been really helpful. It's answered many of the questions I've had and it's really nice having the sounds to demonstrate the techniques."
Rob Fitzgerald, USA

"I considered myself to be pretty knowledgeable with the machine, but even in the beginner sections I found time saving tips I did not know you could do before. All in all, I think there is something in here for everyone. 
Afex-one

"The tutorial is a new learning experience and it's fun, it helps to sharpen the already known skills and attitude in working this machine. I must certainly say that MPC-Tutor has put in blood ,sweat ,and tears into this book! Great job, Tutor!"
DJ-T, USA 

"I've had my MPC for about a month now, and can knock out a nice sampled beat pretty easy...but theres so much i dont know, stuff that i want to do, that i was doing before and it was frustrating. So i got that (ebook) and started going thru it and its ****** brilliant!  This book is quality...im a happy customer - I'd reccomend it 100%. Apart from the mpc itself thats the best buy i've made."
A-Dub, http://www.myspace.com/udeptuk

"I think the (Beat Making on the MPC) book is the best thing available for learning the mpc and i am a big fan of it. I know that writing a book like this is a mammoth task – I  appreciate all the work you have put into it."
Mark Mclean, UK

"It’s quite simply marvelous. The user manual is odd to say the least… your ebook is EXACTLY what I need… I keep discovering wonderful things I can do…following the tutorials (not always in order though!). Thanks so much for such a useful, essential tool. Worth every penny."
Jonathan Duffy, USA

"Copped it - a great piece of work, well worth the money. Much props Tutor, clearly a deal of hard work went in to this."
Earwolf, UK 

"Yesterday I was as excited as hell get my MPC. And Yes! I got it. Set it up. Looked at it...looked at it. Now what do I do?
I figured I could sit here and try and work it out with the manual. Or pay to get instant tuition, so that is what I did. I purchased your ebook yesterday and within 3-4 Hours I was making music. I don’t have a musical background really other than using a bit of software here and there, so your book worked a treat. Thanks very Much. I recommend it to anyone.”

D. Benson , Taranaki , New Zealand

"Really, a nice tutorial, a lot of work have been made ! Easy to read, especially for people like me, who doesn’t use English as their primary language.  Concepts are well explained. A must have for newbies like myself."
T Chilom, France

"It's a great ebook! GO BUY IT!!!"
Phil S, www.myspace.com/flipomatbeats

"I'd like to let you know that I have purchased the "Beatmaking on the MPC2000XL"
ebook and I am REALLY enjoying it! Much more user friendly than the manual!
I must commend you on such an informative, EXCELLENT helpful website. With all the information, eBooks available and help you guys provide, there is no doubt in my mind that I will be the next Just Blaze, Scott Storch or Ryan Leslie! Thanks once again"

Andrew Leutulava, New Zealand

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Free Tutorial

Download A Free Tutorial From This Book
Try Before You Buy - read an entire tutorial from this book, including all example files.
In this tutorial, 'Chopping Breaks', we take an initial look at how to chop and manipulate breakbeats in the MPC2000XL, in preparation for the more advanced tutorials later in the book.
View a sample chapter from this ebook Download The Free Tutorial

Product FAQs

How is this different to the Akai manual?

The manual that came with your MPC simply tells you what all the buttons and knobs do - it's a technical manual. What it doesn't cover is how you use the MPC functions to actually create music in the real world. The Akai manual also assumes a lot of previous technical knowledge.

For example, take the 'slice function'. After reading the Akai manual you will know how to access that function and will be able to slice a sample with it - but that's where the manual stops. With our ebook, we explain the artistic and creative things you can do after learning which buttons to press - e.g.

  •  change the groove and feel of the beat
  • create a drum kit from that beat
  • change tempo of the beat without time stretching or tuning 
  • fit the beat to a bassline which has a completely different groove 
  • create a completely different beat to the original 
  • phatten up that beat using just your sequencer 
  • create made sequencing effects with your chopped up beat

And much, much more - all with color screen shots and most importantly, actual files to help you recreate all examples in your MPC. This ebook is all about being creative, thinking 'outside-the-box' and ensuring you quickly learn the art of MPC beatmaking.

What Is An Ebook?

An ebook is an electronic book that you can read on your computer (or on a PDA, mobile phone, ebook reader, etc). Our ebooks also include folders of example files that allow you to recreate the tutorials as you read them. Our ebooks can be downloaded instantly after purchase and can be opened using any free PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader software (most PCs already have this installed), or the built in 'Preview' PDF reader found in all Macs, iPhones and iPads.

Is this book only for beginners?

No, absolutely not! The first portions of the book are aimed at beginners (although experienced users still comment on how helpful these parts are) - but after these sections, the tutorials get more involved and teach you much more advanced tricks & techniques.

How do I use this ebook with my MPC?

First, open up the ebook in your computer - it reads just like any standard book. Inside are dozens of tutorials, and each tutorial comes with example files, so as you progress through a particular tutorial, load up the tutorial sounds in your MPC and recreate the tutorial step-by-step - you'll soon master your MPC in no time!  We have more information about extracting and transferring files in our file transfer section.

Is this ebook available in paper format?

No, this ebook is only available in digital (format, which can be read on all computers and most portable media devices, such as smart phones, tablets, laptops and ebook readers. If you need a paper copy, you can of course print the book directly from your computer, or for our larger books, through stores such as Staples and Kinkos.

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.

Do this work with the blue MPC2000XL?

Yes, this book is suitable for any model MPC2000XL.

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