The MPC X and MPC Live Bible

The MPC X and MPC Live Bible

By Andy Avgousti (MPC-Tutor) 528 pgs
Fully compatible with firmware 2.2.1! Learn how to make music with Akai's latest standalone MPCs; MPC X and MPC Live!


Fully compatible with firmware 2.2.1!

Learn how to sample, sequence and produce your own beats and songs with Akai's standalone touchscreen MPCs; the MPC X and MPC Live!

The 'MPC X and MPC Live Bible' from MPC-Tutor is the complete guide to the MPC X & MPC Live running the latest MPC Firmware 2.2.1, packed with practical, 'hands-on' beat making projects that teach you everything from core beginner's concepts all the way up to advanced power-user techniques!

  • Build your own multitrack sequences using classic MPC swing, note repeat, 16 levels and audio tracks
  • 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
  • Build your own 'standalone' versions of your favourite VST plugins
  • Make your own MPC 'synth'

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

Each tutorial is carefully written in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step style and includes hi-res screenshots, all recommended parameter settings 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, be it 100% in 'standalone' mode or connected to your computer in 'controller mode'.

Passionately compiled by an MPC-obsessive, the 'MPC X and MPC Live Bible' is the completely essential resource for all MPC Live and MPC X owners – available for download instantly after purchase!

Technical Specifications

  • Contents: 634 page PDF ebook plus example tutorial files
  • Format: PDF book plus MPC Software project files & WAV files
  • Compatibility: MPC X and MPC Live running firmware 2.2.1 or greater
  • Publisher/Sound Design: Andy Avgousti (MPC-Tutor)
  • Delivery: Download instantly after purchase.
  • Price: $39.99


Inside you'll find 634 pages of hands-on MPC X and MPC Live tutorials that teach you the modern 'touchscreen' version of the classic MPC workflow! Below is a complete listing of all tutorials inside the book:

001 Understanding The MPC Workflow

  • The MPC in a Nutshell
  • The Basic MPC Structure
  • Boot Up Options
  • Your First Project – A Simple Drum Beat
  • Setting up an MPC Sequence
  • Sequence ‘Tracks’
  • Understanding DRUM programs
  • Standalone Vs Controller Mode

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 
  • Freeing Up System Memory
  • Auto Save
  • Saving Individual Programs
  • Default Project Settings & Project Templates
  • Creating a New Project

003 Recording Your First Beat

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

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
  • Methods For Copying Events
  • Double Length
  • Copying Bars
  • Inserting Blank Bars
  • Copying Events In GRID EDIT
  • Copying Events Via MAIN

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
  • LIST EDIT Mode
  • Inserting Events in LIST EDIT
  • Editing Note Events In LIST EDIT
  • Moving Events In LIST EDIT

010 Introduction to Keygroup Programs

  • Creating Keygroup Programs
  • Using Multisamples in a Keygroup program
  • Fundamentals of ‘key ranges'
  • Sourcing & Configuring Your Samples
  • 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
  • Creating Custom Progressions
  • Methods For Adding Lead & Melody Lines
  • Generating Random Notes
  • Using Pitch Quantise
  • Using Humanize For a More Natural Feel
  • Pad Perform ‘NOTES’
  • 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
  • The MASTERS Channel
  • Using The RETURNS
  • Dealing With The Submix Omission 

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
  • Identifying‘Problem’ Regions
  • Fixing the Regions - Speed Chopping Workflow
  • Shared Edit Points
  • 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 Kits & Sequences

  • 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
  • Using ‘Humanize’ on Drum Performances
  • Generating Random Drum Events
  • Randomly Generating Hi Hat Patterns
  • Individually Generating All Drum Parts

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
  • Using Warping To Fix 'Choppiness'
  • Using WARP 'STRETCH'
  • Finishing Up

020 Progressive Drum Layering Techniques

  • ‘Sculpting’ Together Sample Elements
  • Layering With Pad Start & Pad End
  • Applying Filters to Individual Layers
  • Converting Your Layers Into Standalone/Portable Samples
  • Resampling Your Pad
  • Flatten Pad

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
  • ‘Pseudo’ Stereo
  • Filters and Effects
  • Utilising the Filter Envelope
  • Applying LFO

023 Build A Standalone 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
  • Using The Software COPY & PASTE Buttons
  • Using the Marquee Tool
  • Exporting Your Work
  • Exporting Track Stems
  • Fading Out a Song?

026 Convert Plugins to Standalone Instruments

  • The 'MPC2VST' Workflow
  • Example 1: Cloning a Lead Sound
  • Example 2: Cloning a Bass PatchTweaking Your Instrument Programs
  • Converting To Mono
  • Program Previews
  • The 3 Semitone Template
  • The 4 Velocity Template
  • 4 Velocity Memory Concerns
  • When Should I Multisample Multiple Velocities?
  • Example 3: Single Velocity with Velocity Sensitive Filtering

027 Final Words

Appendix A: Setting Up Your MPC

  • Which Cables Should I Use?
  • MPC Outgoing Audio Connections
  • Incoming Audio
  • Connections
  • MIDI Connections
  • Software Installation

Appendix B: MPC File Transfers

  • File Transfer Restrictions (Internal 16GB Drive)
  • What is an ‘Attached Disk?
  • File Transfer Methods
  • Accessing Projects Saved to the Internal Drive
  • How Do I Continue Working on a ‘Standalone’ Project in Controller Mode?
  • How Do I Backup My MPC Projects and Files?

Appendix C: MPC Expansion Guide

  • What Is an Expansion Pack?
  • Creating Your Own Sample Expansion Packs
  • Installing an Expansion Pack From an XPN File
  • The Hardware 'Expansion' Browser
  • Installing Expansions in Standalone Mode
  • Creating Program Previews
  • Using Name Separators (MPC Software)
  • Using Tags in the Media Browser
  • Demo Sequences
  • Uninstalling/Removing Expansions

Appendix D: Essential MPC Resources


What version of the MPC firmware is this for?

The current edition of the book was written for the latest firmware 2.2.1. This is the fifth edition of the book, existing owners can download this new update for free.

Which MPCs is this written for?

This book is only suitable for the Akai MPC X and MPC Live.

Will the tutorials work in 'standalone' mode?

Yes, all the tutorials are written to work in both 'standalone' mode and 'controller' mode.

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.