New MPC Renaissance/MPC Studio Tutorial Book Released

By MPC-Tutor | Last modified: Dec 3, 2013 | 4 Comments

I’ve just released is my latest tutorial book, ‘MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio: Sampling Laid Bare‘, the first in a series of books for the MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio. It focuses entirely on teaching practical and creative sound design, sample editing and program construction within the MPC, jam-packed with 270 pages of in-depth tutorials on a range of sample-based MPC workflow topics including:

  • Comprehensive coverage of all chopping features, with a speed chopping workflow guide
  • Practical uses of all program parameters 
  • Sample recording and resampling
  • Creative sample editing and sound design techniques
  • Advanced drum layering examples
  • Looping breaks and instrument samples
  • Building velocity sensitive finger drumming kits from drum multisamples
  • Creating realistic instrument emulations using both DRUM and Keygroup programs
  • Essential tips, tricks, tweaks and shortcuts to help streamline your day-to-day workflow.

Each tutorial takes a hands-on, step-by-step approach with clear screenshots (from both the LCD and the computer environment) and all the MPC project files you need to recreate every tutorial within your MPC as you read along. ‘Sampling Laid Bare’ is fully compatible with both the MPC Ren and MPC Studio.

With its intuitive structure and jargon-free approach, this book is ideal for newcomers to the MPC world while also providing the vital information legacy MPC owners need to quickly and effortlessly adapt their existing workflow to the new computer/controller environment.

MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio: Sampling Laid Bare’ is the only tutorial book in existence that covers the MPC Ren and MPC Studio, and can be downloaded instantly after purchase. 

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MPC-Tutor (Andy Avgousti) is a beat maker, musician, sound designer and a leading expert on the Akai MPC sampler, who since 2002 has been creating critically acclaimed MPC tutorial books including the groundbreaking 'Beat Making on the MPC' and MPC Bible series. He runs the network of sites, which includes and the thriving MPC community at, regularly helping tens of thousands of MPC users every month with MPC technical support and guidance.


4 Responses

  1. Hella

    Sep 23, 2013 6:18 am


    Hello, MPC-Tutor.

    First and foremost, I’d like to thank you for your effort and dedication, I’m really glad I stumbled upon this site 🙂
    Okay, I am a producer and hiphop artist, and in my current home studio setup I am using multiple DAWs, routing and recording audio/instruments via a standalone mixer to my M-Audio soundcard, and also using a lot of MIDI controllers.

    But I’m not comfortable with this setup (due to a lot of reasons, especially the workflow, I really dislike “programming” music on a computer), and I’m seriously considering going for the MPC Renaissance the coming month (October).

    I do have a couple of questions before I put my bank account through pain and misery;)

    1. Seeing that The MPC R. relies on the capacity of a PC/Mac, what’s the preferable system requirements in 2013? Right now I have a laptop (Win8) with i7-CPU, 16GB of RAM and 500 GB HDD. I also have additional USB HDDs.
    Is this oomph enough to make the MPC R run smoothly? And which DAW would you recommend for the best compatibily? I’m using Cubase and Sonar X2 as my DAWs. I see Young Guru is using Ab Live a lot.

    2. Do I really need a soundcard if I have the MPC R? Can I use the MPC R’s built-in soundcard with my DAWs, for proper recording and mixing? How do I assign the ins/outs within the DAW? Will Ren show up under inputs? If NOT, which soundcard (USB) do you recommend?

    3. Can I finally discard my old 24 track Behringer mixer, and route my input instruments (synths, mic, etc) through the Ren?
    Does it come with a decent built-in preamp/48v? Will I be able to solo, mute and control the headphone levels for recording, as my mixer setup (somewhat bulky) lets me? If I use the studio output of Ren’s audio interface for my monitors, will the emulations (vintage mode) colour the sound, or can I bypass the emulations to get a linear sound when mixing? Or should I still stick with the old fridge? 😉

    4. A future article that focuses on studio setups, routing and integrating the MPC with the computer, DAW and the rest of the control room would be truly appreciated.

    I’m looking for a functional setup that runs smoothly, and I was hoping that you could help me out a bit here.

    I’m pretty sure I’ll visit this site quite frequently in the coming time for more useful information, and the Sampling: Laid Bare book is already on my list of must-haves!

    I’d appreciate any input 🙂
    In advance, thanks a lot!


    • MPC-Tutor

      Sep 23, 2013 12:07 pm

      Your existing set up should be fine, no need to change computer, no need to change DAW. You can use the Ren soundcard, just like any other USB audio interface. It’s decent enough, has phantom power etc, but isn’t really a replacement for dedicated multiple input/output interface (it only has two analogue inputs for example), plus the Ren soundcard only ‘works’ if the Ren is switched on, so makes for a very cumbersome interface. Vintage mode is optional BTW.

      If you are intent on the MPC route, also consider the option of an MPC Studio and then get a separate audio interface to your exact requirements. And don’t forget to check out other options such as Maschine, Push etc. Go for whichever one suits your workflow.

      Try posting up on MPC-forums for some more input:


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