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Akai MPC5000 - Using the frequency shifter for huge chorus and stereo effects

Frequency Shifter is an effect that has been around for a long time, but fell out of favor in the late 1970s. Today, producers are rediscovering this effect that does NOT do what its name implies. A frequency shifter does not function as a pitch shifter;

Akai MPC5000 - Using Q-Links to Control and Sequence External Synths

Many external synthesizers and modules have parameters such as filters, envelopes, and oscillators that can be controlled by MIDI Continuous Controllers (CCs). You can use MPC5000 Q-Link controls to send and sequence MIDI CCs to control these parameters.

Akai MPC5000 - Massive Aggressive Distortion

Here's an effects chain that’s designed for absolute distortion craziness. We recommend trying it on drums, hits, and 16th note arpeggiated synths.

Akai MPC5000 - Performance Tools

The MPC5000 not only features great tools for song and beat production, it's also a powerful live-performance instrument. From dirty, gritty, in-your-face distortions to wacky modulation effects, the MPC5000's effects engine could easily replace an entire

Akai MPC Series - Synchronizing with Sonar

A step-by-step walkthrough on how to synchronize your MPC with Sonar.

Akai MPC Series - Synchronizing with Ableton Live

A step-by-step walkthrough on how to synchronize your MPC with Ableton Live.

Akai MPC Series - Synchronizing with Cubase LE

A step-by-step walkthrough on how to synchronize your MPC with Cubase LE.

Akai MPC Series - Synchronizing with Pro Tools

A step-by-step walkthrough on how to synchronize your MPC with Pro Tools.

Akai MPC Series - Synchronizing with Fruity Loops

A step-by-step walkthrough on how to synchronize your MPC with Fruity Loops.

Akai MPC2500 - Tips and Tricks

The MPC2500 is a staple of music production, used by professional producers, beatmakers, and other musicians everywhere. MPCs make it quick and easy to make beats and shape them to perfection. In this column, we’ll give you some ideas on how to get even

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