Tuesday, January 16, 2007

How to use a MPC for LivePA



LivePA artist Verg (Lx7) has a nice video podcast that describes how you can, and how he uses the Akai MPC for LivePA with the track mode. The MPC in this video looks like it is the Akai MPC 4000, but the methods here can be applied to pretty much any MPC.

Be sure to check out his website for other music and video podcasts as well at: .:LX7.ca:.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This has got to be one of the worst demos I've ever seen.

How does this exactly show us how he uses "an MPC" for livepa? He shows us how he groups his sounds on the grid, and how he can turn them on and off... Isn't this a basic function of the MPC? Who's the target audience for this blog? Old moms?

Well at least he taught us the secret to making good electronic music is turning tracks on and off... I mean listen to what he's saying it's redundant nonsense:

"Now, because it's a live-pa, and it's all about building it and growing it and shaping it, what I try to do is go between the songs as if I'm mixing records. Pull the beats out, bring the beats back in. Drop the bass, bring the bass back in. Bring in some melody sounds, and just turn it into a little bit of an adventure!"

Do I need to be high to get this?

M.A.S. said...

You are certainly welcome to your opinion. It appears you have some experience with using the MPC. I myself for example have none and use a Command Station for my livePA so seeing how the MPC can be used, while fairly basic, is interesting at least on my part.

This blog as you asked is targeted for everyone, musicians, listeners, beginners, whomever. While this post might not appeal to the experienced user, someone who has never touched an MPC before, or who is just getting started now has a basic idea of how they can use an MPC live.

IF you have information about advanced uses for the MPC live then please point it our way, we would love to post it up here.

Vergel said...

And I was wondering where I suddenly was getting hits to my site from.....

While I'll admit this isn't the most indepth video on how to use the MPC, all I was trying to do was show a possible way of organizing loops in order to play them live.. similar to how ppl use Ableton Live. It's not perfect, it's not deep..... but for ppl who have or are looking for a way to use the MPC in a live setup, it's not a bad tutorial.

Mind you if you're looking for some tricks and tips I would highly suggest going over to the http://www.mpc-forums.com site and rattle some cages over there...

Then again.... grab a camera start a show and shoot some video... share what you know and we'll all learn something new...

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