Akai MPC 60 Operator's Manual

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Page 1 - Operator’s Manual

MPC60 Software Version 3.1 Operator’s Manual For the Akai MPC60 and MPC60-II MIDI Production Center Written by Roger Linn and David Batti

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Chapter 1: Introduction Page 4 Sequencer Changes • MIDI Files are now supported, allowing you to move your sequences between the MPC60 and an extern

Page 3 - Table of Contents

Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 94 3. ALL EXCEPT: This option is similar to ONLY VIEW, detailed above, except that all event types except the even

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 95 The EDIT LOOP Key This feature allows a specified number of bars within a sequence to repeat in a loop while pl

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 96 Using Edit Loop as an Undo Function Because the Edit Loop feature allows you the option of ignoring all record

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 97 The TRANSPOSE Key This feature allows you to transpose a track up or down by a specified amount in real time.

Page 7 - Introduction

Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 98 Pressing this soft key causes the above-specified transposition to be made permanent by actually changing each

Page 8 - Welcome!

Chapter 5: Song Mode

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Chapter 5: Song mode Page 100 Overview One way to create a song in the MPC60 is to record all of the parts in one long sequence, either playing t

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Chapter 5: Song mode Page 101 The SONG MODE Key and Song Mode Screen To enter Song mode, press the SONG MODE key. The Song Mode screen will appear:

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Chapter 5: Song mode Page 102 (00:00:00:00.00). The five parts are Hours:Minutes:Seconds: Frames.HundrethFrames. • The Contents of step field: Thi

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Chapter 5: Song mode Page 103 To delete a step, select the step number to be deleted in the Delete step field and press <Delete>. The Song scree

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Chapter 1: Introduction Page 5 New Software Concepts — More Detail Most of the operational differences between the old and new software should be rel

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Chapter 5: Song mode Page 104 An Example of Creating and Playing a Song The following demonstrates how to use Song mode to create a song on the M

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Chapter 5: Song mode Page 105 COMMENT: Occasionally you may see the message Analyzing sequence. Please wait... on the lowest line of the screen, askin

Page 16 - Hooking Up Your System

Chapter 5: Song mode Page 106 Converting a Song Into a Long Sequence Song mode is useful for quickly creating the format of a song. However, it i

Page 17 - Getting Around on the MPC60

Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs

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Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs Page 108 What Are Programs? A program can be thought of as a drum set. It is a collection of up to 64 so

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Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs Page 109 Data for each note number:Pad: Note#: Attack: . . . Mix vol Sound used:A01 35 20 . . . 100

Page 20 - Note Number, and Program

Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs Page 110 How to create a program To create a program, either copy an existing program and modify it, or s

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Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs Page 111 Selecting the Active Program, Assigning Sounds A single screen allows the selection of the curre

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Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs Page 112 • The Assign note field: The Assign note and Sound field work together to assign sounds to MIDI no

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Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs Page 113 ============ Select Program ===========A Active program: 8-PROGRAM NAME ========== Assign Note:3

Page 24 - Selecting Programs

Chapter 1: Introduction Page 6 Version 3, sounds in programs and drum notes in sequences are assigned instead to one of 64 MIDI note numbers (35–98),

Page 25 - Slider) andAFTER key

Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs Page 114 2. If the received note’s velocity is greater than the value in the first If over field but less t

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Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs Page 115 The fifth and sixth lines now contain four additional fields—two decay thresholds and two new no

Page 27 - The 16 LEVELS key

Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs Page 116 Envelope, Velocity Modulation, Tuning, Poly Mode To edit these program parameters, press the SO

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Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs Page 117 • The Dcy md (decay mode) field: This is a choice field with two options: 1. START: The decay pha

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Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs Page 118 3. NOTE OFF: When the pad is released (or a MIDI Note Off message is received), the sound is termi

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Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs Page 119 Copying and Initializing Programs Selecting option 4 from the initial SOUNDS key menu presents

Page 31 - Sequences

Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs Page 120 If 2 is selected from the Copy, Initialize Program menu: ===== Copy 1 Program to Another =====A

Page 32 - How Sequences are Organized

Chapter 6: Creating and Editing Programs Page 121 If 4 is selected from the Copy, Initialize Program menu: ======= Initialize All Programs =======A

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Chapter 7: The DRUM MIX Key

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Chapter 1: Introduction Page 7 MIDI tracks, but also by the pad number and sound name currently assigned to the displayed note number. 4. Drum tracks

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Chapter 7: The Drum Mix key Page 124 The Stereo Output Mixer The MPC60 has a 64 channel stereo mixer, providing a unique volume and pan value for

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Chapter 7: The Drum Mix Key Page 125 COMMENT: The data values used for the volume and pan displays are normally taken from the active program. Becaus

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Chapter 7: The Drum Mix key Page 126 The Individual Outputs/Echo Send Mixer In addition to the stereo outputs, any sound may be assigned to play th

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Chapter 7: The Drum Mix Key Page 127 [-] The pad’s sound has no output assignment 1 The pad’s sound is sent out individual output 1 2 The pad’s sou

Page 40 - The Play/Record Keys

Chapter 7: The Drum Mix key Page 128 Viewing the Mix Data in Text Form The graphic screens for the stereo mixer and individual output/echo send mix

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Chapter 7: The Drum Mix Key Page 129 • The Stereo output> Pan field: This is the current pan position for the selected sound within the stereo mix.

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Chapter 7: The Drum Mix key Page 130 Pressing this soft key displays the following screen, which allows the mix data for all 64 note numbers to be set

Page 43 - Pattern

Chapter 7: The Drum Mix Key Page 131 Mixer Source Select, Automated Mix Selecting option 4 from the DRUM MIX menu presents a screen containing four

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Chapter 7: The Drum Mix key Page 132 mixer screen. In this mode, the stereo mixer settings never change unless you change them, even if the active seq

Page 45 - Sequence

Chapter 7: The Drum Mix Key Page 133 region, but since the mix changes are on a separate track, any drum notes will not be erased. COMMENT: A large

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Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds

Page 49 - Errors, Swing Timing

Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 136 Sampling a New Sound This function is used to record new sounds into your MPC60. All sampling is do

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Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 137 MPC60 will prompt you afterwards to insert the disk containing the associated part 2 file. The part 2

Page 51 - The Note Repeat Feature

Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 138 pressed. If the <Cancel> soft key is pressed during this time, the Record Ready status is cancel

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Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 139 separately as two mono sounds, then later combining them into a single stereo sound. To create a ste

Page 53 - Tempo and the TEMPO/SYNC Key

Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 140 =========== Sample New Sound ==========A Sound has been recorded. To hear it, press <Play/Stop>.

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Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 141 Editing a sound This function is used to edit a sound in your MPC60. The available editing features

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Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 142 Once a sound is selected, the Soft St, Soft end, Length, Vol%, and Tune fields will immediately be upd

Page 56 - Mid-Sequence Tempo Changes

Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 143 sound which could cause playback delays. Pressing this soft key causes the following screen to appear:

Page 57 - The TAP TEMPO Key

Chapter 2: The Basics

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Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 144 end of a sound is not heard. Take this into account when playing a portion of a sound. For example, wh

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Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 145 Renaming, Copying, and Deleting a Sound To rename, copy, or delete a sound, or delete all sounds, s

Page 60 - The AUTO PUNCH Key

Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 146 ============== Copy Sound =============A Select sound:Sound_name Name for copy:Sound_name =======

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Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 147 ==== DELETE ALL SOUNDS FROM MEMORY! ===A ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO DELETE ALL SOUNDS FROM MEMORY? ==

Page 62 - The 2nd SEQ Key

Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 148 Triggering a Sound from an External Signal—the Audio Trigger This feature of the MPC60 allows one o

Page 63 - The OTHER Key

Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 149 Stereo Sampling Stereo sampling is accomplished by sampling each side of a stereo signal separately

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Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 150 Select the new stereo sound in the SOUND field. The LEFT START and RIGHT START fields have a similar

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Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 151 5. To test the synchronization, press <InvertR> to return the right side to normal phase, pan t

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Chapter 8: Creating and Editing Sounds Page 152 Sound Compression Sounds may be compressed to ½ their original size to save sound memory space. Thi

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Chapter 9: Saving to and Loading from Disk

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Chapter 2: The Basics Page 10 Hooking Up Your System The following diagram shows how to hook up the MPC60 to a MIDI keyboard and two sound modules.

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 154 Overview The MPC60 has a built-in 3.5-inch double sided, double density disk drive for storing dat

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 155 will work, but they will have higher capacity (793K vs. 720K) if you format them again on the MPC60.

Page 71 - Editing Sequences

Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 156 Saving Files There are six options in the DISK key menu for saving files: 1. Save a sequence 2. S

Page 72 - The ERASE Key

Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 157 • The Free field: This shows the amount of free space on disk. • The <Do it> soft key: Press

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 158 ====== Save All Sequences & Songs =====A File name:All_file_name Size: 0K Disk:SCSI DISK

Page 74 - Initializing a Sequence

Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 159 • The Disk, Size, and Free fields: These fields have the same functions as in the Save Sequence scre

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 160 2. Each sound used by the program is individually saved as a sound file. If a sound file on the disk

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 161 1. NO (FASTER): When saving a program (and its sounds), if a sound file exists on disk with the sa

Page 77 - The EDIT Key

Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 162 The fields and soft keys are: • The File name field: Enter the name for the file in this field. The

Page 78 - Rearranging the Track Order

Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 163 file is not overwritten by the sound in memory. If when doing an APS save you know that the sounds ha

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Chapter 2: The Basics Page 11 Getting Around on the MPC60 Before you can use the MPC60, you must learn how to use the cursor keys, data fields, com

Page 80 - Copying Bars (All Tracks)

Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 164 The fields and soft keys are: • The File name field: Enter the name for the file in this field. The

Page 81 - Copying Events

Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 165 Loading, Erasing, or Renaming Files This function is used to either load, erase, or rename files o

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 166 active disk device, either the floppy drive or one of the hard disk partitions. It is for display onl

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 167 To select a different disk device, choose it in the Disk field, then press the <Select it>soft

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 168 After pressing <Next screen>: =========== Load V2 SEQ File ==========A Use the same assigments

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 169 that the next time you load a Version 1 or 2 MPC60 sequence, it will be converted using your edited c

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 170 To load a single sequence, enter the sequence number from the ALL file that you want to load in the L

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 171 ============= Load Program ============= Program to load into: 1-PROGRAM_01 Replace same sounds in me

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 172 the second disk. If the program used more than two disks, this process will repeat until all of the n

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 173 ========= Load SET or ST1 file ========A 1.Load entire file (add sounds to memory and load assign

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Chapter 2: The Basics Page 12 The Play/Record screen is one of many display screens available on the MPC60. Most of the panel keys present a unique s

Page 91 - The STEP EDIT Key

Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 174 ========= Load SET or ST1 File ========A Use the same assignments for loading SEQ or ALL files. If co

Page 92 - Using Step Edit

Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 175 If you modify the conversion table from the factory-preset defaults, your changes will be retained in

Page 93 - Step Edit Event Types

Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 176 Loading a PAR File (System Parameters) If a PAR file is selected for loading in the Load File screen

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 177 Saving and Loading MIDI Files MIDI Files are an industry-standard file format used for moving sequ

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 178 To load a MIDI file, the disk must be a Windows 720K disk. The file must have a standard DOS eight ch

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 179 COMMENT: If a type 0 file is selected for loading, the message “(Format 0 file, will auto-map tracks

Page 97 - Step Edit Options

Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 180 SIZE field shows the size of the MIDI file to be saved. The FREE field shows the amount of free space

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 181 Copying an Entire Floppy Disk This feature permits an entire 793KB MPC60 disk to be copied to anot

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 182 Formatting a Floppy Disk This function is used to format a new disk or to completely erase an alre

Page 100 - Step Recording

Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 183 Floppy Disk Errors If you are getting lots of floppy disk error messages during file save or load

Page 101 - The EDIT LOOP Key

Chapter 2: The Basics Page 13 data entry knob is used to select from the available options. For example, press the OTHER key and move the cursor to th

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 184 Using the Marion Systems MPC-SCSI Interface for External Hard Disk Storage The MPC60 can be fitted

Page 103 - The TRANSPOSE Key

Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 185 To connect your external SCSI hard disk to the MPC60, turn power off for both the hard drive and the

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 186 =========== Format Hard Disk =========== The disk must now be divided into ‘partitions’ of up to 30 m

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Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 187 ============= SCSI Status ============== Status:NO SCSI DEVICE IN USE ======= Make SCSI Device Activ

Page 106 - Overview

Chapter 9: Saving and Loading From Disk Page 188 enter the specific address of the device you want to make active (0 - 6). Then, when <Make active

Page 107 - , this is the SMPTE

Chapter 10: Syncing to Tape and Other Devices

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Chapter 10: Syncing to Tape and Other Devices Page 190 The SYNC Screen To access the sync input and output settings, press the TEMPO/SYNC key, foll

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Chapter 10: Syncing to Tape and Other Devices Page 191 This is the general-purpose tape sync code commonly used by inexpensive drum machines and seq

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Chapter 10: Syncing to Tape and Other Devices Page 192 this field is set to OFF, incoming Song Position Pointer messages will be ignored. If SMPTE

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Chapter 10: Syncing to Tape and Other Devices Page 193 1. 30 (30 frames per second, non-drop): This is the old NTSC standard for black and white tel

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Document revision date: January 22, 2002 Copyright 1995-1999 Roger Linn Design Roger Linn Design 2269 Ch

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Chapter 2: The Basics Page 14 Definitions: Sequence, Track, Song, Sound, Pad, Note Number, and Program Here are some definitions of terms used in

Page 114 - What Are Programs?

Chapter 10: Syncing to Tape and Other Devices Page 194 This field is used to select which of the two MIDI inputs, input 1 or input 2, will be used t

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Chapter 10: Syncing to Tape and Other Devices Page 195 Regardless of which sync mode is selected, there is one soft key in the Sync In section: • T

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Chapter 10: Syncing to Tape and Other Devices Page 196 00:00:00:00. While the SMPTE code is being generated (when <Start> is pressed), this fiel

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Chapter 10: Syncing to Tape and Other Devices Page 197 Syncing to Tape and Other Devices: Examples This section provides step-by-step examples of h

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Chapter 10: Syncing to Tape and Other Devices Page 198 3. Set the Start field to 00:00:00:00 or the desired start time. 4. Set the Frames/sec field to

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Chapter 10: Syncing to Tape and Other Devices Page 199 COMMENT: If the MPC60 doesn’t respond properly to the sync signal, try adjusting the SYNC IN LE

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Chapter 10: Syncing to Tape and Other Devices Page 200 MIDI Time Code is SMPTE timecode encoded over MIDI. Since it is a MIDI signal, it cannot be re

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Chapter 10: Syncing to Tape and Other Devices Page 201 To play back the MPC60 in sync to the tape: 1. Connect the output of the tape track that cont

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Chapter 10: Syncing to Tape and Other Devices Page 202 COMMENT: To smooth out any variations in tempo, the playback tempo is averaged over time. It i

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Chapter 11: MIDI Functions

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Chapter 2: The Basics Page 15 Sound Each individual sampled recording in the MPC60 is called a sound. A sound could be a recording of a single strike

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Chapter 11: MIDI Functions Page 204 Assigning Pads to Note Numbers In the MPC60, sounds in programs and drum notes in sequences are assigned not to

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Chapter 11: MIDI Functions Page 205 ====== Assign Pads to Note Numbers ====A Mode:PROGRAM Pad:A01 = Note:37 (Gen MIDI:SIDE STICK ) ===============

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Chapter 11: MIDI Functions Page 206 MIDI Receive Channel, Local Mode, Soft Thru, Note Variation Controller Assign and Sustain Pedal Processing Sele

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Chapter 11: MIDI Functions Page 207 are using a single keyboard synthesizer (the keyboard and sound generator are together in one unit), this field sh

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Chapter 11: MIDI Functions Page 208 advantage of allowing you to adjust durations of sustained notes individually in Step Edit mode. There are some

Page 130 - The Stereo Output Mixer

Chapter 11: MIDI Functions Page 209 MIDI Input Filter Selecting option 3 (MIDI input filter) from the MIDI key menu presents the MIDI Input Filter

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Chapter 11: MIDI Functions Page 210 The Sequencer Input Filter section: • The Event and Pass event? fields: The Event field is a choice field and can

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Chapter 11: MIDI Functions Page 211 large numbers of these events exist in a sequence. In many cases, however, many more of these events are output fr

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Chapter 11: MIDI Functions Page 212 Using the MPC60 with External Sequencers If you use the MPC60 with an external sequencer, here’s how to use onl

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Chapter 11: MIDI Functions Page 213 Turning All Notes Off Occasionally, a note from an externally connected synthesizer may stick on. This may be d

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Chapter 2: The Basics Page 16 visual identification in these Note fields, the note number is accompanied by both the currently assigned pad number an

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Chapter 11: MIDI Functions Page 214 The MIDI Implementation Charts This section contains the MIDI implementation charts for the MPC60. There are tw

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Chapter 11: MIDI Functions Page 215 Model: MPC60 (sequencer section) MIDI Implementation Chart Version: 3.1 Function Tr

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Appendix

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Appendix Page 218 Technical Specifications of Akai MPC60 General • Display: 320 character (240 x 64 dot graphic) LCD • Disk drive: 3.5 inch DD (7

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Appendix Page 219 • Sync output level: 1.0V p-p, impedance 220Ω • Metronome output: 1 clock • MIDI inputs: 2 (mergeable) • MIDI outputs: 4 (indepen

Page 142 - Sampling a New Sound

Appendix Page 220 Answers to Frequent Questions If you discover a problem in the Version 3.1 software, we at Roger Linn Design would appreciate it

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Appendix Page 221 removing them from the tracks will improve the playback timing. To block these messages from being recorded into new sequences, use

Page 144 - Ground Low High

Appendix Page 222 the external sequencer, then set both the Soft thru and Local mode fields to OFF. These fields are in the screen accessed by pressin

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Appendix Page 223 Contents of Disk Files The following is a list of the contents of each of the six file types. The SEQ (sequence) file Sequenc

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Chapter 2: The Basics Page 17 Loading and Playing Sounds and Programs All sounds and programs are held in RAM memory and are therefore lost wheneve

Page 147 - Editing a sound

Appendix Page 224 The PGM (single program) file Program name (file name is used) For each of the 64 pads (A01–D16): • Note number assignment For each

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Appendix Page 225 The PAR (system parameters) file (Play/Record screen) MIDI channel name for each of the 64 MIDI output channels (16 Levels screen

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Appendix Page 226 (Auto Punch screen) all settings (Initialize Sequence screen) all settings (Erase screen) all settings (Sample New Sound screen)

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Appendix Page 227 MPC60 Options This section describes the two options available for the MPC60. Expanding the Sound Memory The MPC60 includ

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Appendix Page 228 Using Version 3.1 Software in the Akai ASQ10 Sequencer Version 3.1 software may be installed in the Akai ASQ10 MIDI Sequencer, su

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Index Page 230 [<] and [>] keys, 35 [<<] and [>>] keys, 35 + and – keys, 13 16 LEVELS key, 22 2nd SEQ key, 56 Active Track, defined,

Page 154 - Audio Trigger

Index Page 231 Loading an MPC60 version 1 or 2 SET or ST1 file, 172 Loading files, 165 Loading MPC60 version 1 or 2 ALL files, 170 Loading MPC60 versi

Page 155 - Stereo Sampling

Index Page 232 MIDI channels, 26 MIDI System-Exclusive Data, recording, 64 MIDI Tracks, 26, 30 Mix Data, setting all channels at once, 129 Mix, automa

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Index Page 233 Punching in and out, 28, 34 Record 16 Channels, 60 RECORD key, 34 Record Level Control, 139 Record Ready mode, 27 Reversing sample data

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Chapter 2: The Basics Page 18 Playing the Pads, the BANK 2, & FULL LEVEL Keys Each sampled recording in the MPC60 is called a sound. To hear

Page 158 - Sound Compression

Index Page 234 Track, defined, 14 Transposing, 97 Shift Timing, 78 Shift Timing (in Timing Correct), 44 Soft Keys, 13 Soft Thru, MIDI, 206 Software ve

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Index Page 235 SMPTE, 190, 192 SMPTE, generating, 195 SMPTE, syncing to, 197 Sync screen, 190 Turning sync input on and off, 195 System Parameters, in

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Chapter 2: The Basics Page 19 ============ Select Program ===========A Active program: 1-PROGRAM_NAME ========== Assign Note:41/A08 ========== Sound

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Chapter 2: The Basics Page 20 === Assign Note Var Slider (Pgm: 1) ===A Note:64/A01-Sound_name Param:TUNING Low range:-120 High range: 60 ===

Page 162 - Saving Files

Chapter 2: The Basics Page 21 • The Low range and High range fields: These two fields control the range of the slider. The Low range field determines

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Chapter 2: The Basics Page 22 ========== Assign '16 Levels' =========A Note:64/A06-Sound_name Param:NOTE VAR (TUNING) Center pad:13 =

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Chapter 2: The Basics Page 23 • The Center pad field: This field only appears if the Param field is set to NOTE VAR and the Note Variation Paramete

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Table of Contents Chapter 1: Introduction...

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 26 How Sequences are Organized A sequence can be thought of as a segment of multitrack tape of variable leng

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 27 The MAIN SCREEN Key & Play/Record Screen When the MPC60 is first powered on, the LCD screen shows

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 28 ==== Play/Record (Record Ready) ==A In this mode, it is possible to “punch in” to Record or Overdub mode wh

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 29 • The Active Tempo field (BPM:120.0 (SEQ) in the above example): This is the active playing tempo. If the

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 30 switch from Record to Overdub mode at the moment the sequence loops back—this will prevent accidental erasur

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 31 • The MIDI Channel/Port fields (Chn:OFF-(off) in the example screen): There are actually two fields here

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 32 a 0 in this field and OFF will be displayed. Whenever a new sequence is selected, if any of the sequence’s t

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 33 • The <Tk on/off> soft key: Pressing this soft key toggles the Track On/Off field between YES and

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Editing Note Number Assignment of Drum Note Events ... 82 Editing Note Variation Data of Drum Note Events ...

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 34 The Play/Record Keys These ten keys operate similarly to the transport keys on a tape recorder, with some

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 35 (Record ready).) If not, simply press and release the RECORD or OVERDUB key once while the sequence is st

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 36 ================ Locate ===============A Hit softkeys or LOCATE to go to markers: Marker A: 001.01.

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 37 Sequence Recording Example 1: A Looped Drum Pattern The MPC60 is both a linear-type sequencer and a pa

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 38 erasing your new notes. The notes you played will be heard at the position they were recorded, except that t

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 39 Sequence Recording Example 2: A Multitrack Sequence The following is a step-by-step example of recordi

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 40 ========== Initialize Sequence ========A Select sequence: 2-(unused) ===== General ===== ==== Track: 1 =

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 41 repeat and is described further in the “Timing Correct” section, later in this chapter. If at any time yo

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 42 5. Press the COUNT IN key—the light will go on. This will cause the metronome to play one bar before the seq

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 43 The TIMING CORRECT Key: Correcting Timing Errors, Swing Timing The MPC60 corrects timing errors made a

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Saving and Loading MIDI Files ... 177 Copying an Entire Floppy Dis

Page 188 - Formatting a Floppy Disk

Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 44 • The Swing% field: This field only appears if the Note Value field is set to either 1/16- or 1/8-notes. The

Page 189 - Floppy Disk Errors

Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 45 maximum shift amount is 5 ticks, or slightly less than 1/2 of one 1/32 note; and if the Note Value field

Page 190 - External Hard Disk Storage

Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 46 Overdub, or Record mode. The top line of the Play/Record screen will change to: ==== (Hold pads or keys to

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 47 Tempo and the TEMPO/SYNC Key Many of the functions in the MPC60 are associated with controlling the pl

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 48 1. SEQUENCE: Within each sequence is a unique tempo setting. If this option is selected, this unique sequenc

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 49 29.97 DROP (29.97 frames per second, drop frame): This is the standard for NTSC color television in the

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 50 Mid-Sequence Tempo Changes This feature allows the tempo to change automatically at preset locations within

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 51 the main tempo setting (either SEQUENCE or MASTER) is changed. • The Tempo field: This field displays t

Page 196 - The SYNC Screen

Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 52 tap intervals. This is set in the Tap averaging field, located in the Tempo screen. More information about u

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 53 The WAIT FOR KEY and COUNT IN Keys These two keys make the process of real-time sequence recording easi

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 54 The AUTO PUNCH Key The Auto Punch function allows Overdub or Record modes to be entered and exited automa

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 55 • The Last Punch In= and Out= fields: These two fields are indicators only—they cannot be manually change

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 56 The 2nd SEQ Key This function allows the MPC60 to play two sequences simultaneously. For example, you coul

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 57 The OTHER Key The OTHER key gives you access to a number of additional features, many of which are rel

Page 203 - Syncing to SMPTE

Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 58 1. NO: The metronome is heard during Record or Overdub modes, but not while in Play mode. 2. YES: The metro

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 59 '-': Press to duplicate the function of turning the data entry knob one step to the left. REC

Page 205 - Syncing to MIDI Time Code

Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 60 Initializing System Parameters There are a number of parameters in the MPC60 that are not saved in SEQ, ALL

Page 206 - Syncing to FSK24

Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 61 16 tracks of a newly-created empty sequence, with each track assigned to the like-numbered MIDI channel.

Page 207 - Syncing to 1/4-note Clicks

Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 62 that MIDI channel here. When <Proceed> is pressed, this track number will have its Type field set to D

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 63 This is for display only and cannot be changed. It indicates that the sequence’s Loop field is forced to

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Chapter 1: Introduction

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Chapter 3: Recording Sequences Page 64 Recording MIDI System-Exclusive Data The MPC60 can record patch data or any other MIDI system-exclusive m

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 66 The ERASE Key The ERASE key provides three main functions: • Erasing notes in real time while in Overdub mod

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 67 • The Seqnc (sequence) field: In this field, enter the sequence number from which the data will be erased. The se

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 68 followed by the pad number and currently assigned sound name. On the right side of the line is the text ( 1 pad

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 69 To erase a sequence and initialize it to preset values, press the ERASE key, followed by SOFT KEY 2 (<Initiali

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 70 MIDI channel 6, for example. The contents of the five fields in this section apply only to the track (1 of 99)

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 71 The EDIT Key The EDIT key provides access to many features related to sequence editing. Pressing it will displ

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 72 Changing the time signature of a single bar To change the time signature of a specific bar, press <Change T

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 73 To rearrange tracks, enter the desired sequence number, source track number and destination track number in the s

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Chapter 1: Introduction Page 2 Welcome! Since its release in 1988, the Akai MPC60 MIDI Production Center has earned a reputation not only as the wor

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 74 This feature allows you to delete a specified number of bars from the active sequence. To use this feature, sel

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 75 ============ Copy Bars From ===========A Seq:12-Sequence_name First bar: 1 Last bar: 2 ===========

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 76 source track are copied—no time signature or tempo data are copied. Unlike the Copy Bars feature, which inserts

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 77 Notes:36/A02-SNARE_DRUM ( 1 pad ) If another pad is pressed, its note number, pad number, and assigned so

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 78 ===== Copy One Sequence To Another ====A Copy contents of seq: 1-Sequence_name Over contents of seq: 2-Sequen

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 79 • The Ticks fields: These two bar.beat.tick fields are used to determine the region within the track that will b

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 80 ============ Edit Note Data ===========A 1.Edit velocity/duration 2.Edit note number assignment 3.Edit note var

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 81 the equivalent note name (C-2 to G8) is shown to the right of each field. Alternately, these fields can be set by

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 82 Editing Note Number Assignment of Drum Note Events This feature affects Drum tracks only. It is used to change

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 83 Editing Note Variation Data of Drum Note Events This feature affects Drum tracks only and is used to edit the N

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Chapter 1: Introduction Page 3 What Are the New Features in Version 3.1? The MPC60 Version 3.1 software contains many changes and improvements over

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 84 • The Value field: This field selects what value of tuning, attack, or decay the selected notes’ Note Variati

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 85 The STEP EDIT Key The Step Edit feature allows the contents of the active track to be edited in precise detail

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 86 • SOFT KEY 1 (<Insert> or <Paste>): This soft key has one of two functions, depending on the curren

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 87 editing it. Also, any notes played from the pads or external MIDI keyboard at this time will be recorded into thi

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 88 >N:64/A01-My_Sound V:127 Tun:-120 D: 96 The fields are: 1. The Note Number field (N:64/A01-My_Sound):

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 89 5. The Duration field (D: 96): This field shows the note duration in ticks (96 ticks = one quarter note). The

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 90 This displays the total number of data bytes. The maximum size of a system-exclusive event in the MPC60 is 99

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 91 track to simulate a smooth and continuous individual echo send level change. There are two fields: 1. The Pad fi

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 92 • The Event to insert field: This parameter selects which type of MIDI event will be inserted when the <Inse

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Chapter 4: Editing Sequences Page 93 1. NEXT STEP: This is the default setting. Pressing the REWIND [<] key moves to the previous step within th

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