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The MPC Renaissance and Studio include a powerful standalone MPC application. You can also use the MPC software as a plugin within your favorite DAW such as MOTU's Digital Performer. This guide walks you through using key features of the MPC plugin inside Digital Performer.
As of the first publishing of this article, the most current version of the MPC software is version 1.3.1. This version of the MPC software only supports use in a 32-bit application. MOTU provides both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of DP 8 on Windows machines, however, on Mac OSX you must locate DP in your APPLICATIONS folder, right-click on it, choose Get Info, and click on the Run in 32-bit Mode option. Digital Performer will continue to run in 32-bit mode until you change this option back.
The Command window allows you to assign different commands in Digital Performer to keyboard shortcuts and to external MIDI devices. It is important to make sure that Master Master and Transport Master are selected under the MIDI Masters heading, otherwise, you will not be able to control the transport via the MPC Renaissance.
In the search bar, type the word "PLAY". This will display only the play functions in the Commands window. In the "Play" column, click the field under the MIDI Event heading and press the PLAY button on the MPC Renaissance. Press ENTER on your computer keyboard. The PLAY button of the Renaissance is now mapped to the PLAY button in Digital Performer.
Use the same process to map Stop, Record, Overdub, Rewind, Fast Forward, and Fast Reverse. It should be noted that Rewind actually brings you to the beginning of your session while Fast Reverse "rewinds" your session in the traditional sense.
Create auxiliary tracks in Digital Performer by choosing Project > Add Track > Aux Track. You will need as many Aux tracks as you have tracks in your MPC Project.
Go Through and assign the input of each Aux track to the corresponding tracks from the MPC Plugin.
Congratulations! You're MPC Renaissance is fully setup with Digital Performer!
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