Using the Akai MPC With Reason

By Andy Avgousti (MPC-Tutor) 54 pgsFree Preview
Learn how to use Your Akai MPC with Reason - including using Reason as a sound module & the MPC as a Reason MIDI Controller


Using the Akai MPC With Reason’ is the essential and compact guide to using a standalone hardware MPC with the most popular music creation software on the planet – Propellerhead Reason!

We’ve taken the clear, step-by-step tutorial style of our award-winning ‘Beat Making on the MPC’ series to create a very targeted and concise guide for MPC and Reason owners who quickly want to expand the sonic possibilities of their MPC:

  • Use Reason as a dedicated sound module for your MPC projects
  • Perfectly sync together Reason sequences and Dr OctoRex loops with your MPC sequences
  • Use your MPC as a MIDI controller to perform real-time parameter changes in Reason

There are 54 pages in total, written in an easy-to-follow, jargon-free style, with actual screenshots from Reason and all  hardware MPC models (MPC5000/500/1000/2500/2000XL/2000/4000/3000/60) – we even include instructions for all the ‘JJ’ Operating Systems!

You'll also find all the files you need to recreate all the tutorials, including all relevant Reason and MPC project files, sounds, sequences and programs, enabling you to recreate all tutorials while you read.

Simple, straight to the point and easy on the wallet; ‘Using the Akai MPC With Reason’ is the quickest way to master the creative combination of Akai MPC and Reason - available to download instantly after purchase!


  • Computer (Mac or PC) running Reason 5 or greater
  • MPC 5000/500/2500/1000/2000XL/2000/4000/3000/60, running Akai official OS or JJ OS (any version). MPC60 requires OS 3.1.
  • Basic understanding of using the main functions of an MPC, such as loading project files, recording and editing sequences, etc.

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

Technical Specifications

  • Contents: 54 page PDF Micro-ebook, plus example tutorial files
  • Format: PDF, Reason Song Files (RNS) & MPC Project files (PRJ)
  • Compatibility: MPC1000/5000/500/2500/2000XL/2000/3000/4000/60 (OS 3.1 required), Akai and JJOS & Reason 5 or greater (older versions of Reason should also be fine)
  • Author: Andy Avgousti ('MPC-Tutor')
  • Delivery: Download instantly after purchase.
  • Price: $19.99


Inside you'll find 54 pages that teach you everything you need to know when using Reason with your MPC.

Below is a complete listing of all chapters inside this micro-book:

  • 01 - Hardware Set Up & Requirements
    • Basic Requirements
    • MIDI & Audio Basics
    • Choosing an Audio & MIDI interface
    • Setting up your computer
    • Setting up your MPC
    • MIDI connections
  • 02 - Using Reason As A Sound Module
    • External sound module overview
    • Reason Software Settings
    • The MPC as a ‘Control Surface’
    • Creating instruments – Malstrom & NN-XT
    • Advanced MIDI Assignment
    • Setting Up Your MPC
    • MPC as a MPC Keyboard substitute
    • MPC Track Settings
    • Troubleshooting
    • Hooking up a MIDI control keyboard (optional)
    • Recording a piano performance
    • Recording the synth line
  • 03 - Synching Reason Sequences With The MPC
    • Setting up Dr OctoRex
    • Creating a Reason Sequence
    • Setting up Reason as a MIDI Clock slave
    • Setting up the MPC as a MIDI clock master
    • Controlling Tempo and playback from the MPC
  • 04 - Changing Reason Parameters With MIDI-CC
    • Understanding MIDI Control Changes
    • Identifying the CC value of dials & sliders in Reason
    • Sending Control Changes Through STEP EDIT
    • Using a separate MIDI Controller
    • Using Q Link sliders for control changes (JJ OS 2/XL & 4000 only)


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.

Does this book teach me everything about Reason?

No, this is not a complete guide to Reason, it has been written for Akai MPC users who wish to use Reason as a sound module and to sync MPC projects with Reason songs. For these topics, we cover all the settings required within Reason including basic Reason song and instrument set up, parameter settings, and hardware configuration, but advanced Reason usage is beyond the scope of this book.

How do I use this micro-book?

Just download the zip file from the link we provide, extract the files and locate the PDF file - this is the book. Then double click the PDF file to open it on your computer.

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

After loading up the files in Reason 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.