The MPC Touch Bible - MPC Software 2.0 Edition

The MPC Touch Bible - MPC Software 2.0 Edition

By Andy Avgousti (MPC-Tutor) 494 pgs
The ultimate hands-on guide for the Akai MPC Touch running the new MPC Software 2.0!


The MPC Touch Bible 2.0 Edition is MPC-Tutor’s definitive, hands-on guide to the Akai MPC Touch, written specifically for people who have upgraded to the new MPC Software 2.0. Topics covered include:

  • Build your own multitrack sequences using classic MPC swing, note repeat and 16 levels
  • Learn how to layer drums and create your own unique sounds with the built in effects, filters and LFOs
  • Create melodic leads and rhythms from your own multisampled 'keygroup' instruments
  • Construct your own dynamic drum kits using velocity switching and round robins ('cycle kits')
  • Create unique beats with the MPC's classic chopping functions
  • Mix down entire songs with vocals, scratching and effects automation
  • Utilise warping, sequenced chops and patched phrase loops
  • Make your own MPC 'synth'

Plus many, many more pro tips, tricks, shortcuts - check out the full list of tutorials here.

All tutorials teach practical beat making skills presented in a jargon-free, step-by-step style with hundreds of clear screenshots showing all required settings for every stage of each project and all the files and samples you need to recreate each project in your MPC. The focus is on learning how to control the MPC using the touchscreen, Q-links, dials, buttons and pads to achieve a modern 'touchscreen' adaptation of the classic MPC workflow!

This edition of the MPC Touch Bible was written specifically for MPC Software 2.0.26 however it will receive additional updates to reflect new OS features added by Akai in the future ( customers will receive an email alert whenever a new update to the book is available to download). Please Note: This book is not suitable for MPC Software 1.9.6 - if you'd prefer 1.9.6 tutorials, the original MPC Touch Bible is still available to purchase here.

The MPC Touch Bible 2.0 is the complete tutorial guide for the MPC Touch, absolutely perfect for beginners and packed to the brim with more advanced tips and tricks for more seasoned MPC producers. Available to download instantly after purchase.

Technical Specifications

  • Contents: 494 page PDF ebook plus over 1000 example tutorial files
  • Format: PDF book plus MPC Software project files & WAV files
  • Compatibility: MPC Touch running MPC Software 2.0
  • Publisher/Sound Design: Andy Avgousti (MPC-Tutor)
  • Delivery: Download instantly after purchase.
  • Price: $39.99


Inside you'll find nearly 500 pages of hands-on MPC Touch tutorials that teach you the modern 'touchscreen' version of the classic MPC workflow! Below is a complete listing of all tutorials inside the book:

000 How to Use this Book

  • Which MPCs are compatible with this book? 
  • Hardware UI Vs Computer UI
  • Recreating the Tutorial Examples
  • Initial MPC Set Up

001 Understanding The MPC Workflow

  • The MPC in a Nutshell
  • The Basic MPC Structure
  • Your First Project – A Simple Drum Beat
  • Setting up an MPC Sequence
  • Sequence ‘Tracks’
  • Understanding DRUM programs
  • Saving your Project

002 Building a Simple Drum Kit

  • DRUM programs & Pads          
  • Loading & Assigning Sounds
  • Navigating The File Browser 
  • Loading Sounds Into Your Project
  • Loading & Assigning Sounds Via the Browser 
  • Browser Filters
  • Saving Your Project
  • Project Filters 
  • Auto Save

003 Recording Your First Beat

  • Real Time Recording Configuration
  • Metronome Settings
  • Recording Your First Tak

004 First Look: Grid Edit Mode

  • Understanding the Sequencer Grid
  • Basic Sequence Editing
  • Overdubbing
  • Understanding Sequence Resolution
  • Adding New Events Manually
  • Transposing Pad Events
  • Editing Velocity

005 Quantising and Swing Essentials

  • Applying Swing
  • Moving Events Outside of the Quantize Grid
  • Adding Live Feel to a Quantised Beat
  • Erasing Events
  • ERASE in real time
  • Recording Hi Hats With Note Repeat
  • Correcting Mistakes with UNDO

006 Drum Layering 

  • What is Drum Layering?
  • Utilising Sample Layers
  • Using Q-Links To Change Parameters
  • Changing the Pitch of a Drum Layer
  • Creating A ‘Dragging’ Clap Sound
  • Creating Stereo Width
  • Creating a Deeper, Crunchier Kick
  • Shaping Your Sounds with the Amp Envelope
  • Adding Vinyl Crackle with Simultaneous Play
  • Varying The Vinyl Crackle with Round Robins 

007 Drum Kit Essentials

  • Using Mute Groups For Open Hats
  • Tuning the Whole Kit
  • Adding Some Internal Effects
  • The Pad Mixer
  • Setting Custom Pad Colours

008 Sampling 101

  • Sampling Audio into the MPC
  • Sampling your Sound 
  • Sample Edit Mode
  • Waveform Editing 
  • Edit Points
  • Adjusting the Start Point
  • Zooming In For Accuracy
  • Snap to Zero
  • Setting the START Point 
  • Adjusting the End Point
  • The Discard Function
  • Normalizing
  • Renaming an Edited File

009 Recording a Bass Line With 16 LEVELS

  • Setting Up The Bass Sample
  • Changing the Pitch of your Sample
  • Recording a Bass Line with 16 LEVELS
  • Configuring Your Sequence
  • Editing 16 Levels Sequence Data

010 Introduction to Keygroup Programs

  • Creating Keygroup Programs
  • Using Multisamples in a Keygroup program
  • Sourcing Multisamples & Setting the Root Note
  • Setting Up Your First Keygroup
  • Adding Keygroups
  • Applying ADSR

011 Creating Instrument Melodies & Chords 

  • MIDI Sound Sources
  • Finding the Key
  • Recording a Piano Rhythm Track
  • Chord Progressions
  • Adding a Melody Line
  • Choosing Other Instruments
  • Using Software Instruments In ‘Controller Mode’
  • Configuring a Plugin Track
  • The Hybrid 3 Plugin Interface 
  • Recording a Plugin Instrument    
  • Bouncing Plugin Tracks To Audio

012 First Look: Audio Tracks

  • Setting Up an Audio Track
  • Converting Any MIDI Track to an Audio Track 
  • Editing Audio Tracks
  • Splitting Audio Tracks
  • Moving Regions

013 Using The MPC Mixer

  • MPC Mixing Options: An Overview
  • Track View Mode 
  • Adjusting Levels in Track View
  • The Program Mixer Channel
  • Grouping Sounds With Submixes
  • The MASTERS Channel
  • Using The RETURNS

014 Working with Loops

  • How Do Loops Work?
  • Setting Loop Tempo
  • Using Loops in a Sequence
  • Re-Tuning The Loop
  • Time Stretching a Loop
  • Using Loops in a DRUM program
  • Using the Timestretched Loop
  • Looping Instrument Samples
  • Setting the Looping Region

015 Chopping Drum Breaks Part 1

  • Basic Chopping Using the Extract Function
  • Using the Dedicated CHOP Mode
  • Fixing The Regions
  • Exporting Your Regions

016 Chopping Drums Part 2

  • Chopping Down to Individual Hits
  • Fixing Clicks & Pops
  • Exporting Individual Hits
  • Real time Tempo Changes
  • Editing Existing Chop Events
  • Overdubbing Additional Chops
  • Applying a Quantize Template

017 Building Velocity Sensitive Drum Kits

  • Timbre Variation Using Multiple Drum Sounds
  • Using Multisampled Drums
  • Velocity Switching Pad Layers
  • Setting Up the Velocity Switch Ranges
  • Performing Velocity Switches
  • Layer Switching – Creating ‘Cycle Kits’
  • Muting the Open Hat with Mute Targets
  • Velocity Sensitive Timbre Emulations
  • Utilizing The LFO
  • Extending the Open Hats
  • A Practical Kit Set Up

018 Dynamic Tempo Manipulation

  • Problems When Changing Sequence Tempo
  • Warping Audio
  • Warping in DRUM Programs
  • Patched Phrase Loops
  • Tuning a Patched Phrase
  • Warping in CLIP Programs

019 Non Destructive Chopping Techniques

  • Introduction to Non Destructive Chopping
  • PROGRAM Chop Mode
  • NDC Over Multiple Layers
  • Chopping Using Pad Parameters
  • Experimenting With Your Initial Chops
  • Tightening Your Chops
  • Finishing Up

020 Progressive Drum Layering Techniques

  • ‘Sculpting’ Together Sample Elements
  • Layering With Pad Start & Pad End
  • Applying Filters to Individual Layers
  • Resampling Your  Sounds

021 Sound Design Tricks

  • Emulating Vintage Sampler ‘Crunch'
  • Increasing Grit While Sampling From Vinyl
  • Using Sample Tune to add grit
  • Emulating Scratching With ‘Reverse’
  • Experimenting With LFOs
  • Emulating Vinyl Crackle
  • Wacky Bass
  • Bit Crushed Drums
  • Effects to ‘Dirty Up’ Your Drums
  • Vintage Effects
  • Transient Shapers
  • Compression
  • Using EQ in Sound Design
  • Creating a ‘Live’ Sounding Snare

022 Advanced Keygroup Editing

  • Timbre Emulation Within a Keygroup
  • Utilising the Root Note setting
  • Utilising the Filter Envelope
  • Applying LFO

023 Build An MPC Synth

  • Creating The Looped Waveform
  • Tuning Your Sound
  • Building Your Keygroup Program

024 Building Songs & Performances

  •  Working on the Basic Song Structure
  • Experimenting With Track Mutes
  • Creating The Chorus
  • Creating The Intro
  • Creating the First Verse
  • The Second Verse
  • Live Sweeps With XYFX
  • Recording Automation
  • Creating the ‘Ending’
  • Sequence Experimentation
  • Next Sequence
  • Song Mode

025 Adding Vocals & Exporting Your Beats

  • Limitations of Song Mode
  • Converting Your Song into a Sequence
  • Recording a Vocal Over Your Song
  • Performing a Rough Mix of Your Song
  • Recording Automation With the Q-Links
  • Adding Some Scratching
  • Exporting Your Work
  • Exporting Track Stems
  • Fading Out a Song?

026 Final Words

Appendix A: Setting Up Your MPC

  • Software Installation
  • Audio Interface Set Up
  • Audio Connections: Which Cables Should I Use?
  • MPC Outgoing Audio Connections
  • Incoming Audio Connections
  • MIDI Connections

Appendix B: Essential MPC Resources


Where do I get MPC Software 2.0 from? I only have 1.9.6!

MPC software 2.0 is a free download for all registered MPC Touch users. Head over to and log into your account (or create one) and register your MPC Touch to receive your MPC Software 2.0 download and activation code.

Which version of the MPC Software is the this compatible with?

This book was written for an MPC Touch running MPC Software 2.0. It is not compatible with MPC Software 1.9.6.

Is this book regularly updated?

I frequently update my books to take into account new OS updates to the MPC Software - for example, my 'Sampling Laid Bare' book has received 7 updates since it was first published. You'll receive an email alert whenever a new update is available to download.

Do the tutorials cover the Touchscreen interface (Touch UI)?

Yes, extensively. The book was written primarily around the idea of using the MPC Touch as a 'virtual' standalone MPC, focussing mainly on performing all tasks directly from the MPC Touch itself.

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.

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.