Beat Making on the MPC500

By Andy Avgousti (MPC-Tutor) 226 pgsFree Preview
Quickly master your MPC 500, with 225 pages of easy-to-follow MPC 500 tutorials & over 800 MPC 500 samples & files
$34.99 USD

Overview

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 bought an MPC 500, 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?
‘Beat making on the MPC 500’ is the definitive tutorial guide for all Akai MPC 500 producers looking to quickly and effortlessly unlock the massive creative possibilities of the MPC 500:

  • 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 and turn your MPC into a virtual bass guitar or piano, 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 44 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 second revision, ‘Beatmaking on the MPC 500’ stands as the only comprehensive written work about the Akai MPC 500 sampler.  Its author Andy Avgousti (widely known as 'MPC-Tutor'), has long been recognised as a leading expert in the Akai MPC 500 community and is founder of MPC-Forums.com, the largest MPC community on the net with over 50,000 members. 

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

Each tutorial comes with detailed explanations of all concepts, backed up with clear screen shots and 500 actual MPC 500 sounds and files so you can perfectly recreate each lesson in your MPC.

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, London

As Matt Bean, senior editor at Rodale Publishing states -'These books are FANTASTIC - so amazingly detailed. They help you make sense of the MPC 500 in no time.' No more head scratching, no more frustration – quickly discover how you can use your MPC 500 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 Specifications

  • Contents: 226 page PDF Ebook, 500 example MPC samples, PGMs and MID files.
  • Format: Digital Download - PDF, WAV files, and MPC500 Format files
  • Compatibility: To be used with the MPC500, Akai OS 1.31
  • Author: Andy Avgousti ('MPC-Tutor')
  • Delivery: Download instantly after purchase.
  • Price: $34.99

Contents

Inside you'll find 44 MPC 500 tutorials (226 pages) covering a massive range of subject matter. Below is a complete listing of all tutorials inside the book:

Section A - MPC 500 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 Recording Sequences
  • 015 Editing Sequences Part 1
  • 016 Editing Sequences Part 2

Section B – Manipulating Drums & Break Beats In the MPC 500

  • 017 Filtering & Tuning Samples
  • 018 Chopping Breakbeats
  • 019 Layering Drum Sounds
  • 020 Rebuilding Decay Tails on Snares

Section C – Building Drum Kits & Breaks in the MPC 500

  • 021 Emulating Timbre Changes
  • 022 Building Drum Kits - Pure Kits
  • 023 Building Performance & GM Kits
  • 024 Creating Realistic Drum Performances
  • 025 Basics of Laying Down a Drum Beat Part 1
  • 026 Laying Down a Drum Beat Part 2

Section D – Advanced MPC 500 Techniques

  • 027 Fitting an Instrument Loop to a Beat
  • 028 Understanding Effects
  • 029 Effects & Settings
  • 030 Sequencing Tricks Part 1
  • 031 Sequencing Tricks Part 2
  • 032 Multisampling Part 1
  • 033 Multisampling Part 2
  • 034 Looping Instrument Samples
  • 035 12 Levels

Section E – Building Songs

  • 036 Song Mode 183
  • 037 Song Arrangement Ideas
  • 038 Recording Your Beats Part 1
  • 039 Recording Your Beats Part 2
  • 040 Compression Part 1
  • 041 Compression Part 2

Section F – MPC 500 Studio Environments

  • 042 Looping Multisamples in Soundforge
  • 043 Using Recycle with your MPC 500 Part 1
  • 044 Using Recycle with your MPC 500 Part 2



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

"man i love this book... I have been using a Mpc since 1999, but there was so much i didnt know... So when i purchased the Mpc-500 and then brought the Mpc -500 E-book by Mpc Tutor, My Eyes Got Opened Big Time...I Recommend It To Everybody Who Has An Mpc-500"
Scorsese718, MPC-Forums.com community member

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

"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

FAQs

Why should I buy this book?

Quite simply, this is the most comprehensive teaching resource ever created for the MPC! Not only does it explain all features and functionality in clear and easy-to-follow terms, it follows that with in-depth, practical beat making examples that show you how to actually make music with your MPC.

Nothing is left to chance, nothing is assumed and everything is presented clearly and logically with all the files you need to recreate all the tutorials in your MPC as you read. This is a complete MPC masterclass and the only MPC tutorial resource you'll ever need.

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! 

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 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.