Using The Akai MPC With Ableton Live

By Andy Avgousti (MPC-Tutor) 120 pgsFree Preview
Everything you need to know about using your MPC creatively with Ableton Live!


'Using the Akai MPC With Ableton Live' is the essential and definitive tutorial book for any hardware MPC user looking to integrate Ableton Live into their day-to-day workflow!

This 120 page ebook covers all the skills you need to use Live with your MPC, be it writing and mixing down your beats in the studio or controlling Live's clips and scenes with your MPC pads & Q Links for scintillating live performances. No waffle, no jargon and no stone unturned - just clear, hand-on tutorials covering absolultely everything you need to know in one single resource:

  • Using Live as a sound module for your MPC
  • Syncing Live with your MPC using both MIDI clock and MIDI Time Code (MTC), using the MPC as both master or slave
  • Tracking MPC sequences as both audio & MIDI directly into Live
  • Using the MPC pads to launch Live clips
  • Using the Q-Links to control Live's dials and sliders (JJOSXL & MPC4000 only)
  • Every single hardware and software setting needed in the MPC, your computer and within Live itself.

Each tutorial is carefully broken down with easy-to-follow step-by-step examples, using clear MPC and Live screen shots, handy-hint boxes, and all the project files you need to recreate the tutorials in both Live and your MPC as you read along.

This book was written for all 'legacy' MPCs, specifically: MPC1000/2500/5000/500/2000/2000XL/4000/3000/60 as well as JJOS Free/OS1/OS2/OSXL, so whichever hardware MPC you use, you'll have all the information you need to get up and running in no time!

Digital eBook Bundle Included!

Easily read your book anytime, anywhere - your download includes PDF, EPUB and MOBI versions of the book, making it fully optimised for iBooks (iPad & iPhone), Android, Kindle, Kobo, Nook and all other ereaders and smartphones, with of course full support for all computers, laptops and tablets.

'Using the Akai MPC With Ableton Live' is absolutely essential reading for the next generation of MPC producer seeking to completely transform their creative workflow, both in the studio and on stage. Available to download instantly after purchase.

Please note that this book is not compatible with the MPC Ren/Studio/Element.

Technical Specifications

  • Contents: 120 page PDF ebook, plus example tutorial files
  • Format: PDF, Ableton Live project files & MPC Project files (PRJ or APS/ALL)
  • Compatibility: MPC1000/5000/500/2500/2000XL/2000/4000/3000/60, Akai or JJOS & Ableton Live version 8.13 or greater
  • Author: Andy Avgousti ('MPC-Tutor')
  • Delivery: Download instantly after purchase.
  • Price: $19.99


Inside you'll find 120 pages that teach you everything you need to know when using Ableton Live with your MPC. Below is a complete listing of all chapters inside this book:

  • 001   Initial Hardware & Software Set Up                              
    • Basic Requirements                                                                       
    • MIDI & Audio Basics                                                                       
    • Choosing Your Audio Interface                                                      
    • Audio Hardware & Software Set Up                                             
    • MPC Audio Connections                                                               
    • Live Channel Configuration                                                
    • MIDI Hardware Configuration                                                         
    • Live MIDI Set Up                                                                            
  • 002   Using Ableton Live As A Sound Module                     
    • Overview                                                                                       
    • Live Software Setup                                                           
    • Creating Your Instrument Tracks                                                     
    • Setting the Audio Outputs                                                              
    • Setting the Receiving MIDI Channels                                           
    • MPC Sequence Settings                                                              
    • Recording your MIDI Performances                                              
    • Dealing with the Mix                                                                         
    • Setting a project tempo                                                                  
  • 003   MPC MIDI Control of Live                                      
    • Working with Clips                                                                          
    • Using MPC pads to Launch Clips                                                
    • MPC Set up                                                                                    
    • MIDI Mapping in Live                                                                     
    • Clip Playback Options                                                                    
    • Launch Modes & Quantization                                                        
    • Utilizing Follow Actions, Chances & Scenes                                 
    • Controlling Live With Q Links (JJOS 2/XL & MPC4000)          
  • 004   Syncing Your MPC With Live                                       
    • MIDI Sync Overview                                                                      
    • Syncing with MIDI Clock (MPC as Slave)                                   
    • Syncing with MIDI Clock (MPC as Master)                                  
    • Adjusting MIDI Sync Delay                                                            
    • Syncing with MTC (MPC as Master)                                           
  • 005   Transferring MPC Audio Performances into Live     
    • Why Do We Track?                                                                        
    • Recording audio – initial steps                                                        
    • Audio tracking – ‘manual’ method                                                   
    • Audio tracking using MIDI Clock                                                     
    • Audio tracking using MTC                                                               
    • Recording Individual drum tracks                                                    
    • Multi track audio recording                                                                
    • Grouping Tracks                                                                            
    • Importing Audio Into Live                                                            
    • Resampling your MPC outputs                                                  
    • MPC Audio Tracks (JJ OS)                                                                   
    • MPC5000 hard disk recording export                                        
    • Importing Audio as Live Clips                                                  
  • 006   Transferring MPC MIDI Sequences into Live         
    • Importing MIDI into Live as MIDI Clips                                       
    • Exporting MIDI From Your MPC                                          
    • Creating your MIDI Clip                                                          
    • Recording MPC MIDI in ‘Real Time’                                       
  • 007   Final Word                                                                  


Awesome. At 1st I thought I didn't really need it and thought, what the hell. In it I found all the stuff I don't have the time (or patience) to really dig into (latency issues anyone?).  Everything there is explained simply and clearly. Andy chewed up all the stuff for you.

You just have to get it and have it next to you when you turn the gear up. Whether you're new to this or not, you should get it because there has to be something that your lazy-self put aside which needs clarifications. 

PS: Tutor, the mpc/ableton click test.. HOW SMART!!

Le Filou, Stockholm, Sweden


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.

I just want my MPC to trigger clips & sounds from Live - will this book help?

 Yes, absolutely - chapter 2 covers everything you need to know about using Live as a sound module, so you can still sequence everything in your MPC and trigger Live or VST instrument sounds via MIDI. Chapter 3 covers triggering Live clips from your MPC pads and controlling Live sliders using your MPC Q Links.

Will this book solve the problems I have syncing Ableton Live with my MPC?

We hope so! Chapter 4 covers all the possible MIDI syncing options using MIDI Clock and MTC, with clear step-by-step instructions for both the MPC and Live, so you can see exactly where you are going wrong. Chapters 5 and 6 also deal with specific problems such as dealing with MIDI delays/latency and MTC 'catch up' issues.

Does this book teach me everything about Ableton Live?

This is not a complete technical guide to Ableton Live, it has been written specficially for Akai MPC users who wish to use Live with their MPC, for example, as a sound module, to track their beats, to create polished mixes of their MPC sequences, to control Live clips with their MPC pads etc. We cover, in detail, all the step-by-step settings required to perform these specific tasks within Live and the MPC.

How do I view this book?

Download the zip file from the link we provide and extract all the files to a folder on your computer. Inside this folder you'll see the book itself in three formats; PDF, EPUB and MOBI.

To read the book on a computer/laptop, double click the PDF file and it will open in your computer's default PDF reader (e.g. Adobe Reader, Mac Preview etc). To read on a smartphone, tablet or dedicated ebook reader, use your usual syncing method (e.g. via iTunes for iPhones and iPads, via USB for Kobo/Nook etc).

The best format for most mobile devices is the EPUB format, although for Kindle you should use the MOBI. Otherwise all devices will also read the PDF version.

As you progress through the book, you'll be prompted to load up MPC project files and DAW project files. These are contained within the zip file you downloaded - the MPC files are simply transferred to your MPC via USB or disk.

After loading up the files in your DAW and your MPC, you can recreate the tutorials in real time as you read through the book.

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.