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MPC Renaissance 1.8 Update Explained®

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    Working with Samples (11:13)


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    Performance & Record Improvements (9:50)


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    Live Looper (5:16)


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    General Workflow Enhancements (4:00)


AKAI has now released its v1.8 update for the MPC Renaissance, and studio beatbox expert Scottie Dugan is here to pump you up on this powerful new update!

Scottie dives right in and explains all the new Workflow Options when Working with Samples, including the new Non-Destructive Chopping, Live Chopping, and Audio Marker Preview Options. Editing samples in the MPC has never been easier.

From there, Scottie shows you how you can now Use the MPC to Record Melodic Ideas more efficiently. Being able to Assign Scales, Chords and Progressions to Pads is a major new creative feature, for both in the studio and on stage.

After that, Scottie jumps into the new Live Looper. You'll learn How to Record Dry, Through an Effects Chain, or a Vintage Mode Overdub. Then see How to Manipulate Incoming Live Audio in Real-Time, then Export that Performance to a Pad or your Sample Pool.

Finally, Scottie explores all the General Improvements and Workflow Enhancements in this update, including Improved Graphics, Menus, Windows, Expansion File Format and the Expansion Builder.

Whether you're new to the world of the AKAI MPC Renaissance or updating from a previous version, let Scottie help you build up your MPC muscles... Watch "MPC Renaissance 1.8 Update Explained" today!


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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I grew up taking classical piano lessons, so music has always been a part of my life. It started out as a daily chore and eventually evolved into a passion. Now I am very lucky to call it my profession.

2. What training have you had?

After thirteen years of private piano lessons I decided to pursue a formal degree. Two years in and I realized it wasn't for me. From that point on a began teaching myself and taking various online courses that offered subjects that excited me. I've gotten to learn and sit under individuals who are way better than I am.

3. When did you get into recording?

Ableton Live and the ability to make music with a computer were the two biggest reasons I didn't continue pursue a formal degree. I was in a band, we cut a DIY "garage album" and that started the obsession. The once obscured world of synths, hardware and software was now overwhealming as I transitioned away from a piano only mindset.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have the great privilege to be working with Ableton as one of their Ableton Certified Trainers. Being a part of that community has been really amazing and life changing. I have yet to work with anyone rich and famous... but I have a feeling one day some of these crazy talented people will be. I get to work with students and artists who are chasing their musical dreams. I like the purity and passion that comes with that.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well, I've always been told that I'm a good teacher but I hated talking to people I didn't know. It took a while to get over those introvert tendencies and fear of public speaking and now I can't get enough. Watching a student get that lightbulb breakthrough or seeing an ignition of passion after the transfer of knowledge creates such a sense of fulfillment for me. I can't not teach.

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