MPC Workflow


#1

Any tips on building tracks/keeping things organised on an MPC?

I tend to be very messy, so usually my drum programs are a mix of drum and synth hits, then I have synths and other sounds on other programs so when it comes to trying and perform a song I need to do some gymnastic jumping from pad mute to track mute back to pad and so forth.

Or I could just have mutes in sequences and just change sequences, but that’s not very flexible.
What do you MPC people do?


#2

I haven’t been using mine much lately, so keep that in mind.
I tend to try and do major food groups per track, and separate them per program.
Ie kick on one track, snare on 2 hats on 3 and other drums on 4.
I also tend to keep my programs separate, so no synths on drum programs for example.
Then once I am done a sequence, copy it to the next sequence to add to it, so that all the tracks stay in a somewhat sequential order.
Then I use track mutes and next sequence to get arrangement ideas.
I never used pad mutes, or clip programs.


#3

Also, I used to kinda know what I wanted to be able to mute or not, that’s why I was able to decide what needed it’s own track vs not.
So I would have a program with a ton of ambient sound bed type stuff, but that always was on 1 track, I could mute all those sounds together with no big loss.


#4

I guess I need to try and be a bit more organised, I kinda knew that, I was hoping for a shortcut.
Btw, have you heard that clip mode will change in the next update. They will work as most people would expect, so keep playing if you switch track.


#5

You guys are both using the MPC Live?


#6

Indeed


#7

Yeah, in jjos there was a way to swap tracks around in any order per sequence, so it was way easier to be organized in that way.


#8

By the way, 2.4 is out and for me having good reverbs and sidechain on a standalone machine is great, plus the AIR Channel strip makes everything sound good.
The simple fact that clip now don’t stop when you change program is a huge workflow improvement.
Well done Akai.


#9

Hey, I saw your question on the other forum who’s name shall not be named, there’s a video by, tubedigga maybe, about a shortcut to getting samples out of the looper and into pads in programs . Not sure it was for clip programs, but you should look it up see if that would fit what you are thinking of doing.

Ps, I didn’t answer there cuz I then noticed that I was 5 pages behind at that point, what a crazy place!