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Mpc Tuesday:Time Signatures

Posted by Ms.Tris On July - 14 - 2009

Hey all, how are you? I have the Mpc fired up, about to make a beat for a new artist that I will feature here very soon. Hopefully he’ll record at my studio so I can capture the footage.


I’ve had my Mpc for about 2 yrs now. I must confess I don’t use it often enough. First it was the learning curve. Once I learned how to use it, I still thought I could use software more efficiently.

I sat down last week and made a beat on the Mpc2500 really quick. So I guess the final ice has been broken. 🙂

It is time for me to learn this piece of equipment like I know software. I am starting by changing the time signatures. I imagine this will help me get precise chops when recording in real time. Today I am fiddling around with an 8/4 time signature building the beat in 4 bar measures.

Q.First of all, what are time signatures? A.Time signatures are the amount of beats in a measure. Quite simple right? I know not so easy at first for me either lol…Well here is a video that explains time signatures clearly…

Before I begin my beat making, I need to know how to change the time signature. I couldn’t find many videos on this for the Mpc2500. I did find one for the 4000.
Expert Village:How to Use the Akai MPC 4000 : Time Signature on the Akai MPC 4000

This is explained on the 4000, but I am pretty sure all mpcs have the same function.
“On the Mpc2500 scroll to the “Tsig 4/4” , highlight the “4/4″ part and select Window to open the editing screen…”

I’ll let you know the how the 8/4 turns out. Mpc users what time signatures do you use? and what time signature settings do you think work best for hiphop? Hit me up with some comments below, I’d really like to get some feedback..

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!~

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