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Beat Making on the MPC2500

Beat Making on the MPC2500

Hands-on & practical MPC2500 tutorials for Akai & JJOS - the complete MPC2500 bible!
$34.99 USD

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MusicTech Magazine 'Choice' Award Winner

MusicTech Magazine 'Choice' Award Winner - now updated to include full support for the free JJOS!

So, you’ve copped an MPC 2500, 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 MPC 2500’ 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 fatter 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 2500 multisampling and turn your MPC 2500 into a virtual bass guitar or piano, create your own instrument loops and riffs, creatively use filters to make phat basslines and special effects
  • 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 49 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. Download the chapter listing to see a summary of all the areas covered.

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, July 2008

Currently in its fourth revision, this e-book still stands as the only comprehensive written work for the MPC2500 and is fully compatible with both the official Akai OS (OS version 1.24) and the third party JJOS (the free JJOS version, 3.10). Its author Andy Avgousti (widely known as 'MPC-Tutor'), has long been recognised as a leading expert in the Akai MPC community and is founder of MPC-Forums.com, the largest MPC community on the net with over 45,000 members.

"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

Each tutorial comes with detailed explanations of all concepts, backed up with clear screen shots and 600 actual MPC files so you can perfectly recreate each lesson in your MPC. In addition to these 600 tutorial files, we also include over 300 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

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: 282 page PDF Ebook for Akai OS, a separate book specifically for the free JJOS, 600 example MPC 2500 samples, PGMs and MID files plus 300 bonus drum sounds
  • Format: Digital Download - PDF, WAV files, and MPC 2500 Format files
  • Compatibility: To be used with the MPC2500, official Akai OS 1.2 or greater, or the free JJOS 3.10 or greater
  • Author: Andy Avgousti ('MPC-Tutor')
  • Delivery: Download instantly after purchase.
  • Price: $34.99

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What's Inside?

Inside you'll find 49 MPC 2500 tutorials (282 pages) covering a massive range of subject matter. There's also over 900 sounds inside, including over 600 MPC sounds and files to help you recreate all the tutorial examples, and an additional 300 bonus drum sounds.

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

Section A - MPC 2500 Fundamental Skills

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

Section B – Manipulating Drums & Break Beats With The MPC 2500

  • 018 Filtering & Tuning Samples
  • 019 Chopping Samples Part 1
  • 020 Chopping Samples Part 2
  • 021 Chopping Part 3 – Patched Phrase
  • 022 Chopping Part 4 – Stutter Chopping
  • 023 Layering Drum Sounds
  • 024 Rebuilding Decay Tails on Snares

Section C – Building Drum Kits & Breaks

  • 025 Emulating Timbre Changes
  • 026 Building Drum Kits - Pure Kits
  • 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 Fitting an Instrument Loop to a Beat
  • 032 Understanding Effects
  • 033 Effects & Settings
  • 034 Sequencing Tricks Part 1
  • 035 Sequencing Tricks Part 2
  • 036 Multisampling Part 1
  • 037 Multisampling Part 2
  • 038 Looping Instrument Samples
  • 039 16 Levels
  • 040 Using Blue Box
  • 041 LFO, Slider & External Sound Manipulation

Section E – Building Songs

  • 042 Building Songs From Sequences
  • 043 Song Arrangement Ideas
  • 044 Recording Your Beats
  • 045 Compression Part 1
  • 046 Compression Part 2

Section F – MPC2500 Studio Environments

  • 047 Looping Multisamples in Soundforge
  • 048 Using Recycle with your MPC2500 Part 1
  • 049 Using Recycle with your MPC2500 Part 2

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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)

"I recently bought an MPC 2500 of Ebay and the guy before me had bought the Ebook Beat making on the MPC 2500 and printed it out. I must say, this book is superb and highly recommended to any MPC beginner. Id give it a 9/10! Its like a manual only in down to earth English instead of Akai geek!."
Clark Trent, MPC-Forums.com

"I bought the Beatmaking on the MPC 2500 the same day I got my new MPC (I’m an old 60 user).. 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, UK

"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 2500 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

"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

"I just ordered the 'Beat Making on the MPC 2500' Tutorial, and i just had to tell ya that its great man, it really helped me alot. There's alot usefully infomation i didnt know u can do with the MPC 2500 , i fell in love all over again with it... please let me know when yall come out with more tutorials!"
DJ Technic, http://www.Dtechnic.com

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

"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

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Free Tutorials

Download Two Free Tutorials From This Book
Try Before You Buy - read two entire tutorials from this book, including all example files.
In these two intermediate level MPC 2500 tutorials, 'Chopping Breaks Parts 1 & 2', we use the MPC 2500 to transform an old vintage break into a completely new break with a faster tempo and entirely new groove. Includes all required MPC 2500 samples to recreate the tutorial.
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.

Does This Work With The 'JJ' OS?

This book was written specifically for the official Akai operating system, so people running unofficial third party operating systems may experience minor differences in some tutorials, especially with the screenshot views. But as these third party operating systems merely offer additional features to the core Akai OS, you shouldn't have any problems following the majority of tutorials in this book. You can also temporarily switch back the the official Akai OS very easily should you need to.

Do I need a memory upgrade to use this book?

No, each tutorial will easily load up in the default 16MB memory that comes with the machine, so no memory upgrade is required.

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