'The Dirty Drummer' MPC Finger Drumming Kit

'The Dirty Drummer' MPC Finger Drumming Kit

A fully multisampled acoustic finger drumming kit for your MPC, featuring vintage-style drums from Timmy Rickard.
$24.99 USD


'The Dirty Drummer' MPC Finger Drumming Kit is the ultimate drum kit for anyone looking to create their own vintage-style acoustic drum breaks within their MPC. This multisampled acoustic finger drumming kit is fully optimised for creating very realistic live drum performances, with velocity switched pads capable of playing multiple timbres laid out in an incredibly intuitive fashion across the 16 pads of 'bank A' of your MPC.

The drum sounds themselves are from live drumming performances by the modern master of the live vintage drum sound, Timmy Rickard. Thick, warm and dope with a huge bottom end. In total there are 80 multisampled sounds covering all the drums needed for a classic vintage sounding drum kit – kicks, open and closed hats, snares, rim shots, and ride & crash cymbals.

The following video runs through the main features of the kit and includes some example performances on a number of different MPC models:

Thanks to its unique layout and use of built-in MPC program parameters, the kit is able to play multiple timbres of each instrument with 'FULL LEVEL' both on or off. With the kit loaded, you have access to 44 drum sounds including 6 different timbres for each instrument (3 velocity switched timbres per pad), plus there’s 36 additional timbres available in the ‘Extras’ folder, including a completely different snare and hat instruments that can be used to replace the primary snare and hats in the pre-loaded kit (these alternate sounds can be heard in the MPC2500 section of the video above).

Ghost notes and snare rolls are really easy to perform, with dedicated 'soft' hit pads allowing for very authentic three-pad snare rolls. Also included are velocity sensitive attack/tuning/level settings to further enhance the dynamics available on each pad.

This means that your kit is incredibly realistic and expressive whichever method you use to play it, giving you the 'real drummer' feel every time. It's perfect for live performances and real time recording - and of course step edit sequencing is a doddle with this kit, allowing you to quickly build your own custom breaks within your sequencer. And as it's a standard MPC drum program it can be further edited just like any other program; ADSR, filters, effects, mixer settings, LFO - tweak it, mangle it, do whatever you need to do to suit your current project.

MPC-Tutor has painstakingly optimised the kit for a number of different MPC models, taking full advantage of the different program parameters available. It's fully compatible with the MPC Renaissance/MPC Studio, MPC1000, MPC500, MPC2500, MPC5000, MPC4000, MPC2000XL, MPC2000, MPC3000 and all versions of JJOS, with a special ’12 pad’ version for MPC500 users which takes into account its unique 3-column layout.

Additionally, this kit can also be used as the perfect 'MPC finger drumming' template - load it up, substitute your own drum sounds to each pad, and start playing immediately - no need to tweak hundreds of program parameters as it's already done for you.

Finally there’s also a twelve page set up book included that explains the technical set up of the kit in more detail, including a guide on how to configure the pads for your ideal playback sensitivity and handy tips on achieving the most realistic drumming performances.

The 'Dirty Drummer MPC Finger Drumming Kit' is the only truly dedicated multisampled MPC finger drumming kit commercially available today, created by an obsessive MPC head who builds sample packs specifically for MPCs. Your MPC was built for playing drums, so give it the food it needs and leave this pack permanently loaded into memory!

Technical Specifications

  • Samples: Finger drumming optimized MPC kit, with 80 different timbres of the following drum instruments – kick drum, 2 different snares (plus rim shots for each), 2 different hats (closed and open for each), and crash & ride cymbals
  • Format: Contains SND and WAV versions of all sounds (16 bit) + PGM files
  • Compatibility: Works with all MPCs. Fully compatible with Akai OS and all JJOS.
  • Publisher/Sound Design: Monosole Music/100 Akres/MPC-Tutor
  • Delivery: Download instantly after purchase.
  • Price: $24.99


What does 'timbre' mean?

When you hit (for example) a snare, the 'character' of the sound it makes will be different each time, even if you continually hit the snare in the same place with the same strength - there will be subtle differences. Also when you hit the snare at different strengths, the character of the sound will be significantly different - a softly hit snare will have less attack than a hard hit snare, and it will not play or 'ring' for as long either.

This difference in the make up of the sound is referred to as it's 'timbre'. By having multiple timbres, you can achieve a much more realistic emulation of acoustic sounds, especially when combined with special MPC program parameters that allow for automatic timbre switching

Will this kit work in my MPC?

The Dirty Drummer Finger Drumming Kit works in all MPCs except the MPC4000 (AKP coming soon), and where required I have adjusted its layout and functionality to accomodate the different features of different MPCs. For example, the MPC500 has only 12 pads, so the layout of the drums were changed and optimised accordingly.

JJOSXL and the MPC5000 allow for random playback of different sounds on a pad, so the programs for these MPCs have incorporated this feature to further enhance the multitimbral playback of the kit, in addition to the velocity switching functionality present in all versions of the kit.

Do I have to play this kit with FULL LEVEL off?

No, you can play either way. If you turn FULL LEVEL off, you can benefit from the velocity switching features on a single pad (the softer hit will play a softer timbre sample etc). However with FULL LEVEL on, you can just keep switching between different pads to achieve a similar effect. For example, there are different timbre snares on pads A2, A6, A9 and A10, so you can just switch between these pads for each snare hit (and similar for kicks and hats).

Is this kit only for live drumming?

No, it can be used for recording or STEP or GRID EDIT drum programming as well. For best results, turn off quantising (TC > Note Value: OFF)!