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Using Reason As A Sound Mod With Mpc

Posted by Ms.Tris On March - 6 - 2009

Happy Friday All 🙂 Woohoo… Today is gonna be warmer than usual as we enter into Spring. It’s days like this that I have to close the blinds so I won’t be tempted to go outside and stay

It’s also days like this where a little youtube motivation helps me get into work mode. While I was at the No Guts No Glory Battle, I was discussing how I’m slowly getting into using the Mpc efficiently. My thing with production that I work on constantly other than mixing, is: it takes me forever to make the HITS… don’t get me wrong, I can make a beat within an hour. It’s the sure fire bangers that take me a lonnnggg time. I use a lot of percussion tracks which gets so time consuming on the Mpc. I also like to turn knobs on vsts and when I use Reasons Malstrom or Subtractor.

My fam and great producer “Phathead” mentioned that I could use my software as a sound module. I told him ” well I’ve got the motif connected…don’t really need to use them”… WRONG!

I logged onto Youtube this morning, not even thinking about the conversation nor possibilities of using my software as a module..and BOOM ..clicking around on my subscribed channels I found a few videos about it. I may have mentioned this before, but I haven’t seen the videos I’ll be posting today.

After trying it out, my mind just opened up to an exciting new way of using the mpc. Well it’s not new, but new to me using it. Now if I can figure out how to have multiple instruments from Reason on different tracks in the Mpc; I can see how this will help.

I know Reason and Fl Studio very well. I love the ability to use Vsts in Fl Studio, as well as Reasons samplers and modules. On the other hand the Mpc kicks are my absolute best! The thing is I am super slow using the Mpc for anything. lol…I think it’s the knob turning, the pc just seems so much faster when tweaking synth sounds and doing major percussion work. Also, adjusting the actual sounds from the motif rack takes a good little while itself.

Whala! Best of both worlds.. I can play the mpc drums, then get all my synths and percs from Reason or Fl Studio..yay. I can also use my hardware synths, all sequenced in one place on the Mpc.

Some of you may think ” Why don’t you just sequence in Protools or Reaper?”. Well then I’d have to use Rewire,and midi tracks. Both require bouncing the midi to audio files. Using software as modules I can record all on the mpc, record into the multitrack and work strictly with audio files. This makes it much easier as a beginner to mixing.

I’m still thinking all this through.. so please enjoy the videos and let me know if you have any suggestions.

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!~

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4 Responses to “Using Reason As A Sound Mod With Mpc”

  1. Gee Wiz says:

    good info as usual. matter of fact, do you know where i can get an mpc from? lol, you got an extra one lying around?

  2. Ms.Tris says:

    Ay yo.. Ty and we missed a session due to snow..we’ll have to make that up soon. I need to holla at cha about my pc matter of fact ..I’ll probably hit you later..

    Mpc? I can check around..if I fond anyone I’ll let you know …stay to you soon

  3. Triple=X says:

    I know this is an old post..
    but anyway, you mentioned being slow on the mpc.. assuming you have a 2500 or a 1000, have you heard or tried JJOS?
    its an aftermarket operating system for the mpc 1k and 25k and its SICK!

    It improves the workflow so much. I cant live without now.
    honestly seeing what JJOS does, I cant believe Akai gets away with selling the mpc with the BS os that comes on it.

    So with today being March 9th, Ill end this with..
    “If ya Don’t Know, now ya Know, Nikka”
    RIP BIG.

  4. Hey Hey Triple X… I have since learned the Mpc2500 very well. Yes I looked into the jjOS but I think its basically a spin off of what the 2500 already does plus a little more. I haven’t checked into it again after I got the hang of the mpc though. The mpc is a beast and Ive added native Instruments Maschine to my line up which I love :).. thanks for commenting because I know the JJOS is getting great reviews!

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