Beat Making on the MPC5000

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Over 400 pages of MPC5000 tutorials, tips and tricks - the ultimate beat making bible for MPC5000 owners!


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!"

'Beat making on the MPC5000' is the latest in our award winning series of tutorial guides for the Akai MPC, featuring over 400 pages of MPC5000 tutorials, tips and tricks, utilising all the features of the MPC5000 to teach you the essential skills you need to become an expert beat maker.

  • Discover how to create fatter sounding beats, make thicker & grimier drums 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 MPC drum kits, and build your own breakbeats that sound just like a real drummer
  • Uncover the secrets of MPC 5000 multisampling using both sample and keygroup programs to turn your MPC into a virtual bass guitar or piano
  • Write your own instrument loops and riffs, and use filters and the built-in synth to make booming bass lines and special effects
  • Integrate your MPC with the rest of your studio, including specialist computer software and dedicated digital recorders
  • Create your own complete beats & songs from the ground up using the internal hard disk recorder, with all project files and vocal tracks included!

There's a total of 50 in-depth, step-by-step tutorials inside, with clear MPC5000 screenshots and over 700 MPC samples, programs, sequences and project files allowing you to recreate every tutorial within your MPC5000, for the ultimate learning experience!

'Beat Making on the MPC5000' is fully compatible with the latest Akai OS version 2.0, and has been written to cover all the unique features of the MPC5000 including key groups, the synthesiser, filters and all its advanced sampling and sequencing capabilities. Its author Andy Avgousti (widely known as 'MPC-Tutor'), has long been recognised as a leading expert in the Akai MPC community and is founder of, the largest MPC community on the net with over 50,000 members.

Your MPC5000 book is perfect for me; it's logically ordered and very well written. I love the way you have it split up into bite-sized tutorials, focusing on one area at a time.  Many puzzling features on the MPC5000 are suddenly becoming clear to me after I followed your methods. Also, I'm sure I will refer back to it down the road, when I'm looking for ideas to spice up a sequence. Jim M (LoFreqOscillator on

Each MPC 5000 tutorial comes with detailed explanations of all concepts, and assumes no prior technical knowledge - there's also over700 tutorial files included, with plenty of drums and loops to get you started on your MPC5000 production journey.

Beat Making on the MPC5000 is your homeboy, ready to share tonnes of tips and tricks with you as you begin your journey to understanding the MPC5000... a golden reference and resource. Corry Banks,, October 2012

No more head scratching, no more frustration – quickly discover how you can use your MPC 5000 to make the beats you've always wanted. Whoever you are and whatever your production background, you will find this book inspiring, challenging and enlightening. Available instantly after purchase.

Technical Specifications

  • Contents: 417 page PDF Ebook for Akai OS (2.0 or greater), 700 example MPC5000 samples & files.
  • Format: PDF, WAV files, and MPC5000 samples & files
  • Compatibility: MPC5000, Akai OS 2.0
  • Author: Andy Avgousti ('MPC-Tutor')
  • Delivery: Download instantly after purchase.
  • Price: $34.99


Inside you'll find 50 MPC 5000 tutorials (417 pages) covering a massive range of subject matter. There's also over 700 MPC sounds and files to help you recreate all the tutorials as you read - below is a complete listing of all tutorials inside the book:

Section A - MPC 5000 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 The Internal Mixer
  • 015 Recording Sequences
  • 016 Editing Sequences Part 1
  • 017 Editing Sequences Part 2
  • 018 Understanding Effects
  • 019 Effect Settings
  • 020 The Synth

Section B – Manipulating Drums & Break Beats          

  • 021    Drum Manipulation Techniques Part 1 
  • 022    Drum Manipulation Techniques Part 2                                  
  • 023    Chopping Drum Loops Part 1                                      
  • 024    Chopping Drum Loops Part 2                                         
  • 025    Chopping Part 3 – Patched Phrase                                       
  • 026    Chopping Part 4 – Stutter Chopping                            
  • 027    Layering Drum Sounds                                              
  • 028    Rebuilding Decay Tails on Snares                                        

Section C – Building Drum Kits & Breaks                                     

  • 029    Emulating Timbre Changes                                                 
  • 030    Building Drum Kits - Pure Kits                                     
  • 031    Building Performance & GM Kits                                           
  • 032    Creating Realistic Drum Performances                                  
  • 033    Basics of Laying Down a Drum Beat Part 1                                
  • 034    Laying Down a Drum Beat Part 2                                          

Section D – Advanced Techniques                                                    

  • 035    Fitting an Instrument Loop to a Beat                               
  • 036    Sequencing Tricks                                                              
  • 037    Multisampling Part 1                                                          
  • 038    Multisampling Part 2                                                          
  • 039    Multisampling Part 3                                                          
  • 040    Looping Instrument Samples                                     
  • 041    16 Levels & Auto Chromatic Assign                                          
  • 042    LFO, Slider & External Sound Manipulation  

Section E – Building Songs         

  • 043    Creating Complete Beats In Your MPC Part 1                        
  • 044    Creating Complete Beats In Your MPC Part 2                        
  • 045    Creating Complete Beats In Your MPC Part 3                        
  • 046    Making Demos & Using External Multitrackers                        

Section F – MPC5000 Studio Environments                                    

  • 047    Using Blue Box & MPC Pad 187                                   
  • 048    Looping Multisamples in Audio Editors                           
  • 049    Using Recycle with your MPC5000 Part 1                               
  • 050    Using Recycle with your MPC5000 Part 2                               

Final Word & MPC Resources                                                              


The following are reviews for the entire 'Beat Making on the MPC' series.

"Beat Making on the MPC5000 is your homeboy, ready to share tonnes of tips and tricks with you as you begin your journey to understnading the MPC5000... a golden reference and resource."
Corry Banks,, October 2012

"I've had my MPC5000 about a year, so I'm not a total newbie, but I just haven't put in enough time to make it fly, especially because the Akai manual is so obtuse.

Your MPC5000 book is perfect for me; it's logically ordered and very well written. I love the way you have it split up into bite-sized tutorials, focusing on one area at a time. Many puzzling features on the MPC5000 are suddenly becoming clear to me after I followed your methods. Also, I'm sure I will refer back to it down the road, when I'm looking for ideas to spice up a sequence.

I just wanted to say thanks for writing the book. I'm getting a lot out of it so far."

Jim M (LoFreqOscillator on

"(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 tutorials are FANTASTIC - so amazingly detailed. They help you make sense of the MPC in no time."
Matt Bean, Senior Article Editor, Rodale Publishing

"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!"

"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

"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

"It's a great ebook! GO BUY IT!!!"
Phil S,


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.

Is this suitable for operating system version 1.x?

Not really, we wrote the tutorials to take advantage of all the new features Akai introduced in OS version 2 - we recommend you upgrade to OS version 2 via the Akai web site, it's completely free.