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Connecting the Akai MPC 2000XL to the Computer (Home Studio Configuration Tips)
I created this video because I want to share the Studio Configuration that I use in my pre-production process. This video displays a physical cable configuration which allows me to use the computer as a sound module, while retaining the MPC sequencing workflow. I use Logic 8 as a host for all of my instruments and the MPC as a sampling MIDI Sequencer*. This configuration allows me to track and record my instruments significantly faster than what’s possible with hardware Instruments. Equally important, this configuration provides me with a more manageable system to recall and store my instrument and effect settings. This video will show you the exact MIDI connections that I used to integrate the following equipment:
Apple Logic 8
Akai MPC 2000XL MCD
Novation Remote (1st Generation)
Studio Electronics SE-1
My overall goal with this configuration is to develop my pre-production ideas using the MPC to sequence high quality software instruments sounds. Enjoy the video and please post comments and questions.
* Note: The MPC 2000XL has 2 MIDI output ports which allows for a total of 32 simultaneous MIDI instrument channels to be controlled by it’s sequencer. The amount of instruments that your computer can host will vary based on the technical specs of your computer. As a general benchmark my 2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro running OSX 10.6.3, could host about 10-15 instances of Kontakt 4 with an Audio Setting of 256 samples I/O Buffer Size.