Akai MPC Operator`s manual
Operator's Manual
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard,
do not expose this appliance to
rain or moisture.
Important Notice
The material in this document is copyright to AKAI professional M.I. Corp., and may not be
quoted or reproduced in any form without written permission from the company.
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All the software provided with, or purchased especially for, AKAI professional products has
been tested for functionality. AKAI professional M.I. Corp. will make its best efforts to correct
reported software defects for future releases subject to technical practicabilities.
AKAI professional M.I. Corp. makes no warranty or representation either expressed or
implied with respect to the system's performance or fitness for a particular purpose.
In no event will AKAI professional M.I. Corp. be liable for direct or indirect damages arising
from any defect in the software or its documentation. Further, AKAI professional M.I. Corp.
will not accept any liability for any programs, sounds, audio recording or sequences stored in
or used with AKAI professional products, including the cost of recovery of such data.
The warranties, remedies and disclaimers above are exclusive and take precedence over all
others, oral or written, express or implied, to the extent permitted by law in the geographical
area of the product's use. No employee of AKAI professional M.I. Corp., agent, distributor or
employee of an agent or distributor is authorised to offer any variation from this policy.
WARNING!!
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose this appliance to rain or moisture.
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CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
THE SYMBOLS ARE RULED BY UL STANDARDS (U.S.A.)
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is
intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage”
within the product’s enclosure; that may be of sufficient magnitude to
constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intented to alert the user
to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
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Caution - use of controls or adjustments or performance
. of procedures
other than those specified herein may result in hazardous radiation exposure.
.
.
This appliance is not equipped with a fully disconnect main power switch. Even when the appliance
is turned off, the power supply to the appliance is not completely turned off when the power cord is
plugged in. Pull out the power cord when not using the. appliance for long periods.
June - 8 / 2005 Rev.1
WARNING: WHEN USING ELECTRIC PRODUCTS, BASIC PRECAUTIONS SHOULD ALWAYS
BE FOLLOWED, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING:
WARNING
The MPC2500 is designed to be used in a standard household environment.
Power requirements for electrical equipment vary from area to area. Please ensure that your MPC2500
meets the power requirements in your area. If in doubt, consult a qualified electrician or AKAI professional dealer.
120 VAC
220~240 VAC
240 VAC
@ 60 Hz for USA and Canada
@ 50 Hz for Europe
@ 50 Hz for Australia
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
1. Read these instructions.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with dry cloth.
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacture's instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat souces such as radiators, heat register, stoves, or other apparatus
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has
two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third
grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided
plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
11. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
12. Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold
with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has
been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been
spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or
moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
15. Do not expose this apparatus to dripping or splashing and ensure that no objects filled with
liquids, such as vases, are placed on the apparatus.
For U.K. customers only
WARNING
THIS APPARATUS MUST BE EARTHED
IMPORTANT
This equipment is fitted with an approved non-rewireable UK mains plug.
To change the fuse in this type of plug proceed as follows:
1) Remove the fuse cover and old fuse.
2) Fit a new fuse which should be a BS1362 5 Amp A.S.T.A or BSI approved type.
3) Refit the fuse cover.
If the AC mains plug fitted to the lead supplied with this equipment is not suitable for your type of
AC outlet sockets, it should be changed to an AC mains lead, complete with moulded plug, to the
appropriate type. If this is not possible, the plug should be cut off and a correct one fitted to suit the
AC outlet. This should be fused at 5 Amps.
If a plug without a fuse is used, the fuse at the distribution board should NOT BE GREATER than
5 Amp.
PLEASE NOTE:
THE SEVERED PLUG MUST BE DESTROYED TO AVOID A POSSIBLE
SHOCK HAZARD SHOULD IT BE INSERTED INTO A 13 AMP SOCKET
ELSEWHERE.
The wires in this mains lead are coloured in accordance with the following code:
GREEN and YELLOW
— Earth
BLUE
— Neutral
BROWN
— Live
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead of this apparatus may not correspond with the coloured
markings identifying the terminals in your plug, please proceed as follows:
The wire which is coloured GREEN and YELLOW must be connected to the terminal which is
marked with the letter E or with the safety earth symbol
or coloured GREEN or coloured
GREEN and YELLOW.
The wire which is coloured BLUE must be connected to the terminal which is marked with the
letter N or coloured BLACK.
The wire which is coloured BROWN must be connected to the terminal which is marked with
the letter L or coloured RED.
THIS APPARATUS MUST BE EARTHED
Ensure that all the terminals are securely tightened and no loose strands of wire exist.
Before replacing the plug cover, make certain the cord grip is clamped over the outer sheath of the
lead and not simply over the wires.
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FCC WARNING
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses,
and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one
or more of the following measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
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AVIS POUR LES ACHETEURS CANADIENS DU MPC2500
Le présent appareil numérique n’ément pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant les limites
applicables aux appareils numériques de la Class B prescrites dans le Règlement sur le
brouillage radioélectrique édicté par le ministère des Communications du Canada.
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This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital
apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.
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VENTILATION
Do not prevent the unit’s ventilation, especially by placing the unit on soft carpet, in a narrow
space, or by placing objects on the unit’s chassis—top, side, or rear panels. Always keep the
unit’s chassis at least 10 centimeters from any other objects.
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CHANGES OR MODIFICATIONS NOT EXPRESSLY APPROVED BY THE MANUFACTURER
FOR COMPLIANCE COULD VOID THE USER’S AUTHORITY TO OPERATE THE EQUIPMENT.
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COPYRIGHT NOTICE
The AKAI professional MPC2500 is a computer-based device, and as such contains and uses
software in ROMs. This software, and all related documentation, including this Operator’s Manual,
contain proprietary information which is protected by copyright laws. All rights are reserved. No
part of the software or its documentation may be copied, transferred or modified. You may not
modify, adapt, translate, lease, distribute, resell for profit or create derivative works based on the
software and its related documentation or any part thereof without prior written consent from
AKAI professional M.I. Corp., Yokohama, Japan.
Table of contents
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
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Overview ............................................................................................................1
Upper side of Top panel ..................................................................................... 1
DATA INPUT section .......................................................................................... 2
Control section ................................................................................................... 3
Pad section ........................................................................................................ 3
Q-Link section ....................................................................................................4
Front Panel ........................................................................................................ 4
Rear Panel .........................................................................................................5
Connecting MPC2500 to External Audio / MIDI device ...................................... 6
Terminologies in MPC2500 ................................................................................ 7
Chapter 2: Basic Operation
9
Setting names .................................................................................................. 10
Entering number with Numeric key .......................................................................11
Chapter 3: Sequencer feature
12
Recording the performance ..............................................................................13
Playing back a sequence ................................................................................. 14
Other useful features for recording sequences ............................................... 14
Detailed information on sequence features ......................................................18
Track feature ....................................................................................................21
MIDI sequencer feature ................................................................................... 24
Chapter 4: Editing sequences
26
Selecting a region within a track to edit ............................................................26
Selecting the editing region by bar ...................................................................29
Changing the order of tracks (TRACK MOVE) .................................................30
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Chapter 5: Step editing
31
About step edit ................................................................................................. 31
Screens ............................................................................................................31
Events ............................................................................................................. 32
Copying / Pasting an event ............................................................................. 35
Moving an event .............................................................................................. 35
Deleting an event ............................................................................................ 35
Entering an event(Step recording) .................................................................. 36
Chapter 6: Grid Edit
37
About Grid Edit ................................................................................................ 37
Screens ........................................................................................................... 37
Editing in GRID mode .................................................................................... 40
Copying(COPY) / Pasting(PASTE) an Event .................................................. 40
Moving (MOVE) an event ................................................................................ 40
Deleting an event ............................................................................................ 41
Entering an event ............................................................................................ 41
Chapter 7: Song mode
42
Structure of a song .......................................................................................... 42
Screens ........................................................................................................... 42
Creating a song ............................................................................................... 43
Playing a song ................................................................................................ 43
Other features in the SONG ............................................................................ 44
Chapter 8: Functions of a Pad
46
Playing with pads ............................................................................................... 46
Setting the track mute with pads ..................................................................... 47
Selecting a sequence to play with pads .......................................................... 48
Chapter 9: Q-Link slider & knob
Setting the slider & knob ................................................................................. 49
Recording the slider/knob value in a sequence ............................................... 50
AFTER key ...................................................................................................... 50
Other features Q-Link slider and knob ............................................................ 51
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Chapter 10: Using the MPC2500
with External devices
52
Sync with the MPC2500 as the master ........................................................... 52
Sync with the MPC2500 as the slave .............................................................. 52
Connecting the MPC2500 to the MIDI keyboard
with the sound module ................................. 53
Setting the MIDI input ..................................................................................... 53
Cutting off the internal sound from a pad (Setting Local Control) .................... 54
Changing sequence by Program Change from an external devices ..................... 54
Chapter 11: Recording a sample
55
Recording the sample - detailed information - .............................................. 57
Recording the digital signal ............................................................................. 57
Recording the MAIN OUT ............................................................................... 57
Recording the internal CD’s sound.................................................................. 58
Other features ................................................................................................. 59
Direct Recording feature .............................................................................. 60
Chapter 12: Editing a sample
63
Setting the start / end points for the samples .................................................. 63
Deleting an unnecessary part from a sample (DISCARD) .............................. 64
Deleting a selected range from sample and moving the data
after the end point towards the start point (DELETE) ....................... 64
Silencing a range selected from a sample(SILENCE) ..................................... 65
Saving part of a sample as a new sample (EXTRACT) ................................... 65
Sample widow feaures .................................................................................... 65
Other editing functions ................................................................................... 66
Dividing a phrase sample to several regions ............................................. 69
Dividing a sample by detecting the attack part of the phrase (AUTO) ..............70
Dividing a sample into regions of equal length (EQUALLY).............................. 71
Adjust the strart / end point of the region ........................................................ 72
Converting divided samples to
SLICED SAMPLE or PATCHED PHRASE ..................... 73
Converting PATCHED PHRASE ...................................................................... 73
Changing the tune and the tempo of a Patched phrase sample ..............................74
Editing a Patched Phrase ................................................................................ 74
Other available edits for Region .......................................................................75
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Setteing the loop ............................................................................................76
Linking the loop point to the start point ............................................................ 77
Auto Phrase Loop ............................................................................................ 77
Chapter 13: Program
78
Creating a program .......................................................................................... 78
Assigning / Reassigning samples to the pads ..................................................78
Playing the sample while the Pad is being hit .................................................. 79
Setting the volume and the tuning for a sample ............................................... 79
Changing the sample volume with velocity ...................................................... 79
Changing the sample pitch with velocity .......................................................... 80
Playing several samples with one pad ............................................................. 80
Switching between samples using velocity ...................................................... 80
Setting the envelope for a pad ......................................................................... 81
The functions in the Program window .............................................................. 83
Editing the sound of a sample ..........................................................................84
Limiting the number of the voicce in the Program ............................................ 85
Simulating the open / close hi-hat (setting the mute group) ............................. 86
Setting the overlap of the sounds on the same pad (voice overlap) .................86
Editing a pad sample ....................................................................................... 87
Setting a LFO (Low Frequency oscillator) ........................................................89
Delete all the unused samples at the same time (PURGE) ..........................
90
Setting a MIDI note number to the pads .......................................................... 90
Assigning MIDI note numbers to the pads (changing the default setting) ...........90
Chapter 14: Mixer
91
Setting the level and pan of the Pad ................................................................ 91
Setting the output for the sample ..................................................................... 91
Selecting the pad to apply the effect ................................................................ 92
Mixer Automation ............................................................................................. 92
Short cut between MIXER and Effect mode .....................................................93
Input Thru fuction ............................................................................................. 94
Applying effects to an incoming signal ............................................................. 94
Applying filters to an incoming signal ............................................................... 95
Using Q-Link features in INPUT THRU mode .................................................. 95
Saving the setting of Input Thru ....................................................................... 96
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Chapter 15: Effect
97
Applying effects to a specific pad sound .......................................................... 97
Applying effects of the FX2 to the effect sound of the FX1 .............................. 98
Editing effects .................................................................................................. 98
Using the master effect .................................................................................. 101
Editing the master effect ................................................................................ 101
Editing the effect set ...................................................................................... 101
Short cut between MIXER and Effect mode ...................................................102
Chapter 16: Save / Load
103
About a memory card .....................................................................................103
Saving the data .............................................................................................. 103
Saving data to the Internal Hard disk (option) .......................................
106
Loading a file ..................................................................................................107
Renaming a file .............................................................................................. 110
Deleteing a file ............................................................................................... 110
Setting the auto load function .........................................................................110
Formatting the memory card .......................................................................... 111
Saving the data to the internal flash memory ................................................. 111
Chapter 17: Connecting the MPC2500
to your computer 112
Connecting the MPC2500 to a Windows - based PC ..................................... 112
Connecting the MPC2500 to the Macintosh ................................................... 112
Chapter 18: Other settings
114
Foot switch ..................................................................................................... 114
Adjusting the master level .............................................................................. 114
Adjusting the contrast of LCD .........................................................................114
Initialize to Factory Preset .............................................................................. 114
Adjustment of Pad Sensitivity .........................................................................115
Continuous sample track ................................................................................116
Specifications ......................................... 117
Preset program list .................................. 119
MIDI implementation chart ............................................................................. 120
Installation of Internal Hard Disk Drive ...........................................................122
Index .............................................................................................................. 123
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Chapter 1 : Introduction
Welcome to MUSIC PRODUCTION CENTER MPC2500. This operator's manual describes how to use an MPC2500.
Please read this manual before you start using your MPC2500, and keep it in a safe place so that you can refer to it as needed.
In this manual, the names of the knobs and keys on panels and plugs are located in square brackets, as follows: [name] .
Overview
This chapter describes the name of each part and the function, and explains how to make connections and terminologies for the MPC2500.
Upper-side of Top Panel
①
⑤
01. Display
This is the LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) with backlight. You can adjust the contrast of the LCD by
turning the DATA wheel while holding in the
[SHIFT] key.
②
③
⑥⑦ ⑧
④
⑨
⑩
06. PAD BANK [A] through [D] keys:
Use these keys to switch between pad banks A, B,
C, D. The LED above currently selected pad bank
will be lit.
07. [FULL LEVEL] key:
02. [INPUT THRU] key
You can mix the Input signal of [RECORD IN] to the
Play-back sound from the MPC2500. For more information, see the “INPUT THRU” feature on page 94.
03. [REC GAIN] knob:
It controls the recording level of the incoming signal from [RECORD IN]. It cannot control the digital input level.
When turned on (LED is lit), the MPC2500 always
plays back at the maximum velocity (127).
08. [16 LEVELS] key:
When turned on, you can use 16 pads to change
the selected pad’s velocity and tune in 16 steps.
For more information, see the “16 Level function”
section on page 46.
09. [NEXT SEQ] key
04. [MAIN VOLUME] knob:
It controls the levels of [STEREO OUT] and
[PHONES] (headphone).
This key calls up the NEXT SEQ page, where you
can switch sequences with pads. For more information, see the ”Selecting the sequence to play with
pad” section on page 48.
05. [F1] through [F6] keys:
These keys are used to call up pages at the bottom
of the display, or to execute the feature assigned to
the key. The available feature depends on the currently displayed screen.
10. [TRACK MUTE] key
This key calls up the TRACK MUTE page where
you can mute a track with pads. For more information, see the “Selecting track mute with pads”
section on page 47.
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07. [MAIN] key
DATA INPUT section
①
③
④ ⑤
Pressing this key displays MAIN mode, regardless
the current mode.
08. [WINDOW] key
②
Pressing this key, when the LED is lit, displays a
pop up window where you can make a detailed
setting of the field.
09. [TAP TEMPO] key
You can set a desired tempo by tapping this key. (
TAP TEMPO feature) For more information, see the
“Tap Tempo feature” section on page 18.
10. [SHIFT] key
You can use various features with a combination of
another key.
⑥
⑫
⑦
⑧⑨ ⑩
⑪
01. Numeric keys
These keys are used to enter numeric data directly.
Enter numbers with these keys into selected numeric
fields and press the [ENTER] key. If you are entering
numbers with a decimal value, enter the number ignoring the decimal point. (example: 120.5, enter
1205.). If you make a mistake, it is possible to cancel
by pressing the [SHIFT] key before the [ENTER] key.
If you use the [CURSOR] keys, [DATA] wheel, or
[MAIN] key while you are entering data with the numeric keys, the input will be canceled and the data
returns to its original status.
02. [ - / + ] key
This key toggles a numeric value between (-) and (+).
03. [ENTER] key
This key finalizes the value that was input by the
numeric keys.
04. [DATA] wheel
This wheel changes the value of the currently selected field. The data variably increases the faster
the wheel is turned. You can also adjust the contrast of the LCD by turning this wheel while holding in the [SHIFT] key.
05. [DATA] key ( [-] [+] keys)
[ - ] key decreases the value of the highlighted cursor.
[ + ] key increases the value of the highlighted cursor.
06. [MODE] key
When you press this key (LED will blink), you can
switch modes with pads.
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11. [UNDO] key
When you record a sequence, the LED of this key
will light up. Pressing this key, when the LED is lit,
resets the system to its status before recording, and
LED will be turned off.
12. [CURSOR] key
You can move the highlighted cursor up and down
on the screen to select a field. In the value field, you
can switch digits by pressing </> keys, holding
[SHIFT] key. This changes the value of the currently
selected field.
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Control section
①
06. [STOP] key:
②
This key stops the play back/recording of a sequence. If you hit this key 3 times quickly, you can
stop all sound playing back.
③
07. [PLAY] key
This key starts the playback of a sequence from its
current position.
08. [PLAY START] key
This key starts the playback of a sequence from its
beginning.
④
⑤
⑥
⑦
⑧
PAD section
01. [STEP] key (< / > )
This key locates the sequence point backwards and
forwards one step at a time. The step is set in the
Timing field of the MAIN screen. Pressing this key
while holding the [GO TO] key locates the position
of previous/next event recorded on a track.
02. [GO TO] key
This key displays the locate window. Entering the
locate point or moving the cursor to the memorized
locate point and then pressing [F5] (GO TO) locates
the position you want. To memorize a locate point,
pick a point that you want to memorize and display
the Locate window by pressing the GO TO key, then
move the cursor to the number you want to memorize and press [F2] (CAPTUR) to memorize the point.
03. [BAR] key ( << / >>)
This key locates the sequence point by bars.
04. [REC] key
Pressing the [PLAY START] key or the [PLAY] key
holding this key starts recording to a sequence. Any
event that is already recorded on the track will be
replaced with new events. You can punch in by
pressing the [PLAY] + [REC] key while playing back
a sequence, and punch out by pressing the [REC]
key during recording. For more information, see the
“Punch In/Punch Out feature” section on page 17.
[PAD1] through [PAD16]
These are the drum pads to play the internal sampler. The pressure/strength you use to hit the pad
controls the level of the sound. In TRACK MUTE
mode, you can select a track and, in NEXT SEQ mode,
you can select a sequence with a pad. You can also
use these pads to select modes or to enter letters.
5. [OVER DUB] key:
This key is basically the same as the [REC] key, but
it adds new events to the current events (over dub).
You can punch in by pressing the [PLAY] + [OVER
DUB] keys while playing back a sequence, and
punch out by pressing the [OVER DUB] key while
over dubbing.
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Q-Link section
01. [Q1] and [Q2] sliders
These sliders control the sound according to the setting in the SLIDER mode.
For more information, see the “Q-Link slider” section on page 49.
③
02. [Q3] and [Q4] knobs
These knobs control the sound according to the setting in the SLIDER mode. For more
information, see the “Q-Link slider” section on page 49.
①
03. [AFTER] key
When you turn on this key, the information of the Q-Link slider recorded on a track
replaces the current value of the slider. For more information, see page 50.
②
04. [ERASE] key
This key deletes event(s) within a track. You can delete events in real time on recording, or you can select the events to delete in the Erase window. For more information,
see the “Erase feature” section on page 14.
05. [NOTE REPEAT] key
You can repeat a note according to the setting in T.C. (Timing Correct) by holding a
pad while pressing this key. For more information, see the “Note Repeat feature”
section on page 17.
④
⑤
Front Panel
①
②
③
④
01. CD Drive bay
You can install an optional IDE CD drive.
02. Compact flash slot:
This is a card slot for the compact flash memory card.
03. [FOOTSWITCH 1/2] plug:
This is where you connect a foot switch. You can use a foot switch to punch in/out. For more information, see the
“Foot Switch” section on page 114. There are two types of foot switches: normal open (the contact is open when it is
not pressed), and normal closed (the contact is closed when it is not pressed).
If a foot switch has been connected to the MPC2500, when you turn on the power to the MPC2500, it automatically
detects the type of foot switch connected. You can use either type of foot switch.
04. [PHONES] plug
This is a stereo phone plug to connect a set of headphones. It sends out the same signal with the [STEREO OUT] plug.
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Rear Panel
①
②
⑥
③
④
⑤
⑧⑨
⑦
07. [ASSIGNABLE MIX OUT 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8] plug
01. [DIGITAL IN/OUT] plug
These are the coaxial digital input/output. This IN
is to connect digital outputs such as a CD player
and a DAT. This OUT sends out the same signal as
the [STEREO OUT].
These are outputs you can use to output each pad
sound separately. With external mixers or effecters, you can perform advanced mixing.
08. Power plug
02. [STEREO OUT L/R] plug:
Plug in the AC cable here.
This is the main output
09. [POWER] switch
03. [USB] plug (slave)
It switches the power on/off of the unit.
You use this plug to connect the MPC2500 to your
PC and transfer data. For more information, see
the “Connecting the MPC2500 to your computer”
section on page 112.
04. [MIDI OUT A/B/C/D] plug
This is the MIDI output. Each output can send independent MIDI signals.
05. [MIDI IN 1/2] plug
This is the MIDI input. MIDI signals from MIDI
IN 1 and 2 will be merged (mixed).
06. [RECORD IN L/R] plug
This is an analog input for recording an analog signal. With a stereo phone plug, it can be used as
balanced input.
GND
COLD
HOT
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Connecting MPC2500 to External Audio/MIDI device
The diagram below demonstrates how you can connect the MPC2500 to an external Audio/MIDI device.
Please note that this is one example, so, when you actually connect your devices, refer to the device’s operator's manual.
Note: When you connect devices, make sure the power is turned off.
PC or MAC
CD Player
MIDI Keyboard
DIGITAL OUT
MIDI OUT
MD Recorder
USB
DIGITAL IN
Sound Module
INPUT
MASTER
OUT L / R
AUDIO OUT
MIDI IN
DJ Mixer
INPUT
INPUT
Amplifier
Mixer
Monitor Speaker
PHONO
Microphone
Turn Table
FOOTSWITCH
1
2
PHONES
Compact Flash
Footswitch
Headphone
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Terminologies in MPC2500
These are the basic terminologies you need to know to operate the MPC2500:
Sequence
Sequence is the most basic unit that you use when you create data with
the MPC2500. The data from the MIDI keyboard or pads will be recorded to each track in a sequence.
A sequence has 64 tracks, each of which can hold performance data.
You can create up to 99 sequences. The length of a sequence can be set
from 1 bar to 999 bars. You can create a whole song with one sequence;
however you can also create a song with a combination of several short
sequences with the Song feature.
Track
A sequence has 64 tracks. Each track can record separate performance
data. For example, you can record instruments separately on each track
(ex. Piano sound in track 1, Bass on Track 2, Organ on Track 3,etc…).
You can record one track at a time; however, you can play back alreadyrecorded tracks while recording a new track. Each track has the track
mute setting (whether play back the contents of the track or not). For
example you record two Piano solos on Track 1 and Track4 and compare them using mute function. Performance data will be recorded on a
track as a MIDI event. It does not record sounds directly on a track.
Song
With the song feature, you can play back sequences in a certain order.
You can set the order and number of sequences to play back freely. This
is useful when you wish to play back several songs in a row, or when
you are creating a song with a combination of several sequence data.
With the MPC2500, you can create up to 20 songs. When you arrange
sequences into a song, assign them to each step in the song. A step is like
a “container” of sequences. A song has 250 steps.
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Chapter 1: Introduction
Sample
With the MPC2500, sound data that is loaded into the unit is called a sample. A sample is loaded to the MPC2500 when
you record in RECORD mode, load from a memory card, or transfer from PC through USB. You can change the start/end
point of a sample or set loop in TRIM mode. To play back sounds, you need to assign samples to pads in PROGRAM
mode. There are 2 kinds of samples: Stereo sample (2-channel sample with left and right channels), and Mono sample (1channel sample).
Drum Pad
The MPC2500 has 16 pads. You can play a sample that is assigned to a pad by hitting the pad. The MPC2500 has 4 pad
banks that you can assign separate samples to. You can switch those 4 pad banks using the [PAD BANK] key, so you can
use up to 64 pads. To assign samples to the pads, use the PROGRAM mode. The performance of the pad can be recorded
to a track in a sequence.
Program
Once you assign samples to the pads in the PROGRAM mode, you can
play those samples with the pads. A set of 64 pads, each assigned
samples, is called the Program. The program also has features that allow you to control the sound of samples, such as envelop and filter. You
can make settings separately for each pad.
RAM
RAM (Random Access Memory) is a space where you can load sounds or data temporarily. The MPC2500 comes with 16
MB (megabyte) of RAM that can record up to 136 seconds (monaural recording). The MB is a unit that represents the size
of the memory. With the optional EXM128, you can increase your memory to 128MB.
The data loaded in the RAM will be deleted when you turn off the MPC2500. If you wish to save your recordings, you
need to save on a memory card, or transfer the data to PC through USB.
Memory Card
The MPC2500 has a 32MB compact flash memory card. Compact Flash is a memory that is called “Flash Memory” .You
can save the data on the flash memory like RAM, but the data will remain after you turn off the unit. By saving the
recordings in the MPC2500’s RAM on the Memory card, you can save the data after you turn off the MPC2500. Please
note that the MPC2500 cannot play back the data directly from a memory card. You have to load the data from a card to
RAM to play back. There are several kinds of flash memory cards, but MPC2500 uses “compact flash” memory cards.
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Chapter 2 : Basic Operation
In this chapter, we will describe the basic operation of the MPC2500.
MAIN Page
This is the main screen of the MPC2500, where you record and play back sequences. You can go back to this page at any
time by pressing the [MAIN] key; for example, when you get lost while operating MPC2500 and want to go back to this
page. You cannot go back to MAIN page by pressing [MAIN] key while processing (e.g. recording, loading/saving etc..).
Cursor, Cursor Keys, Field, DATA Wheel
The highlighted part on the screen is called the “Cursor” (On above screen, [
] on Main
screen is highlighted).You can move the cursor on the
screen using four cursor keys on the panel. Usually
they move to a specific locations such as right to colon
( : ) . Those locations are called “field”, where you can
make various setting, or enter values. To change the
settings of a field, select the field and turn the [DATA]
wheel on the panel.
This operation, selecting a field by using a cursor key
and changing its settings with the [DATA] wheel, is
the most basic operation of MPC2500.
Function Keys
Six keys (F1 to F6) aligned under the LCD (liquid crystal display) are function keys. Those keys correspond
to each of the six functions that are displayed on the
bottom of the LCD. Pressing each key activates its corresponding function. The function that each function
key represents depends on the contents on the LCD.
When the LCD displays like this, pressing function keys
starts some processing or displays windows.
When LCD displays like this, you can switch pages
using function keys F1 to F4. The currently selected
page is displayed with black letters on a white background. Pressing F5 and F6 keys does not make any
changes.
Some pages display the page selection and processing
function at the same time (see below).
In this case, use F1 and F2 for switching pages, and F6
for activating processing. You cannot use F3, F4 and F5.
In this book, function keys are described something
like this: “[F1] (TRIM) key”- in the bracket, it shows
the function displayed on LCD.
WINDOW key
The MPC2500 has so many functions that they cannot
be displayed in one screen. For efficiency, each page
only displays the most frequently used functions. If
you want to make an advanced setting, press the [WINDOW] key. This opens a window for the detailed setting of the selected field. This is not available for all
fields. When you select a field in which you can use
the [WINDOW] key, the LED of the key is lit.
MODE key
With the MPC2500, each function (such as recording
samples, editing samples, assigning samples to each
pad, editing sequence data, loading from memory
cards, etc…) has a separate screen. These screens are
called “modes”. For example, you will use the
RECORD mode to record samples, and the TRIM mode
to edit samples, the [MODE] key switches modes. By
pressing the [MODE] key and hitting a pad, you can
switch modes. The mode that a pad corresponds to is
displayed above each pad.
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Setting names
The MPC2500 handles various types of data, from
sound related data (such as samples and programs) to
performance related data (such as sequences and
tracks). These data are managed by names. In this section, you will learn how to name different data.
Select a field which you wish to name with the cursor
and turn the DATA wheel. The Name windows will
show up. In the Name windows, you can name the data.
04. The next letter is a lower-case letter (“ a ”), so press
the DOWN cursor key.
Pressing the DOWN cursor key allows you to enter lower case letters.
05. Hit Pad 1 once.
The lower case letter “a” is entered.
06. Hit Pad 10 once.
The cursor will move to the right automatically and
a lower-case letter “s” is entered.
07. Press the RIGHT cursor key to move the cursor to
the right and hit the pad 10 once.
In this window, the cursor is displayed as an underscore instead
of highlights.
You can enter the name, either by using pad or by using DATA wheel.
Entering letters with DATA wheel
You can change letters selected with a cursor by turning DATA wheel in the Name window. Move the cursor with RIGHT/LEFT cursor key and enter letters. You
can enter letters using both DATA wheel and pads.
08. Press the RIGHT cursor key to move the cursor to
the right and press RIGHT cursor key holding the
[SHIFT] key.
The [SHIFT] + RIGHT cursor key inserts space.
09. Press the right cursor key to move the cursor one step
to the right, and press the “0” key of Numeric keys.
To enter numeric values, use the numeric keys.
10. Press the “1“ key.
Entering letters with a pad
Two letters are assigned to each pad. By hitting a pad,
the corresponding letter is entered. Below, we will describe how to enter “Bass 01” instead of “Sequence 01”.
01. Press the UP cursor key to make the first letter capitalized.
Pressing the UP cursor key allows you to enter a
capitalized letter.
02. Hit Pad 1 twice.
Hitting Pad 1 once enters A, twice enters B. Each
time you hit the pad, the letter switches between A
and B.
03. Press the RIGHT cursor key and move the cursor to
the right.
If you enter the next letter using a different pad,
the cursor will move to the right automatically.
However, when you enter the letters which are assigned to the same pad, you need to press the
RIGHT cursor key to move the cursor manually. In
this example, A and B are assigned to the same pad.
So, you need to move the cursor manually.
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the right, and press the LEFT cursor key four times
holding the [SHIFT] key.
The [SHIFT] + LEFT cursor keys delete selected letters.
Now “Bass 01” is entered instead of “Sequence 01”.
12. Press [F5] (ENTER) to confirm the entry and close
the window.
Pressing [F4] (CANCEL) cancels the entry and
closes the window. In this case, the name does not
change.
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Other useful functions in the Name window
(Copy and Paste function)
With the copy and paste function, you can copy the
letters in the “New name” field and paste to set a name
to another data. This is useful when you wish to create
similar names for different data.
If you press [F2] (COPY ) key when Name window is
open, the letters in the “New name” field will be copied (temporarily saved). When you press [F3] (PASTE)
in the Name window , those copied letters can be pasted
to the “New name" field.
Entering number with
Numeric key
In the value fields, such as the sample’ s TRIM page,
you can enter numbers directly by using the numeric
keys.
Example: if you wish enter “100” in a field,
01. Press the cursor key to move the cursor to the filed
you wish to enter a number.
02. Press the “1”, “0”, “0” keys and then press the [ENTER] key.
If you are entering numbers with a decimal value
such as in the Tempo field in the MAIN page, enter
the number, ignoring the decimal point.
example: if you want to enter 120.5, press the “1”,
“2”, “0”,”5” keys and then press the [ENTER] key.
( In case of 120.0, press the “1”,”2”, “0”, “0” keys and
then press the [ENTER] key). If you make a mistake,
it is possible to cancel by pressing the [SHIFT] key
before pressing the ENTER key.
If you use the [CURSOR] keys, DATA wheel, or
[MAIN] key while you are entering data with the
numeric keys, the input will be canceled and the data
returns to its original status.
In the field where “- / +” can be set, pressing the [ - ]
/ [ + ] toggles the entry between (-) and (+)
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Chapter 3 : Sequencer feature
The MPC2500 has a sequencer feature that allows you to record/playback your performance. With the sequencer feature,
you can record the performance you created with the pads. And by playing back the recorded data, you can reproduce your
performance. The actual performance will be recorded on a track within a sequence. For more information on sequences and
tracks, see the “Terminologies in MPC2500” section on page 7.
The performance data you made by hitting the pads will be recorded on a track as a pad event. A track can contain other
events, such as Q-Link slider information, tempo change etc… When you are using the MPC2500 with an external MIDI
device, you can record the data from the external keyboard as MIDI events.
Note: Please note that Sequencer feature records only performance data (when and which pad you hit, etc… ). It does not record the actual sound.
MAIN page
This is the page where you record/playback sequences. This is the MPC2500’s main operation mode and, unlike the
other pages, you can display this page just pressing the [MAIN] key at any time.
Now field
The Now field, which is located in the upper left corner of the screen,
displays the current time of the sequence. It shows the bar, beat, tick (1
beat = 96 ticks), from left to right. For example, “002.03.00” means the
third beat in the second bar. A tick is a unit that divides a beat (1/4
note) into 96 parts. For example, 1 beat equals one 1/4 note (96ticks),
so one 1/8 note equals the half of 1 beat, which is 48 ticks.
Below is the relationship between note and tick:
1/4 note
1/4 triplets
= 96 ticks
= 64 ticks
1/8 note
1/8 triplets
= 48 ticks
= 32 ticks
1/16 note
1/16 triplets
= 24 ticks
= 16 ticks
When you record/playback a sequence, the display updates constantly to show the current position of the sequence. You
can move the cursor to the Now field to set the time manually.
Sequence / Sq field
A Sequence is the most basic unit when you create data with
the MPC2500. Performance data from the MIDI keyboard or
pad can be recorded on each track within a sequence. You
can select a sequence in the Sq field. An unused sequence is
indicated as (unused). All the settings in the MAIN page can
be set separately for each sequence.
Track / Tr field
A sequence has 64 tracks where you can record various performance data separately. You can, for example, record Piano sounds on track 1, Bass on track 2, Organ on track 3
etc… In the Tr field, you can select a track within the sequence selected in the Sq field. An unused track is indicated as (unused). You can set Mute, Midi, V%, Type, and Pgm
fields separately for each track.
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Recording the performance
In this section, you will learn how to record the performance
you made with pads to tracks in a sequence.
10. If you do not like the performance, you can start a
new recording by pressing the [REC]
[PLAY START] keys.
This cancels the currently recorded performance
data and starts a new recording.
Note: To record your performance data to a sequence, you need
to load a program to the MPC2500 that you play using the pads.
By default, the MPC2500 automatically loads a preset program
and demo sequence when you switch it on. Here, we assume that
you have already loaded a program to the MPC2500. If you have
11. To add to the already recorded performance, press the
[PLAY START] key while holding the [OVER DUB] key.
It plays back the currently recorded performance and
you can add the new performance by hitting pads.
not done so, do this now by loading a program from a memory
card, or by recording a sample and assigning it to a pad, etc…
Tips: If you select another sequence in the Sq field, you can record
For more information on loading a program, see the “Loading a
a new performance separately. By playing back those sequences,
file” section on page 107. For more information on recording a
you can create one whole song.
sample, see the “recording a sample” section on page 55.
Tips: By default, the MPC2500 is set to load a demo sequence
01. Press the [MAIN] key.
The [MAIN] key displays the MAIN page where
you record your sequences.
automatically when you turn it on. If you wish to remove the
demo sequence and start from the scratch, see “Deleting all sequences” section on page 20.
02. In the Sq field, select a sequence to which you wish
to record your performance.
You can select any sequence for recording a performance; but here, select a sequence that says “unused”. “Unused” indicates that the sequence is not
used.
03. In the Tr field, select a track on which you wish to
record your performance.
Your performance will be recorded on the track you
select in the sequence. You can select any track, but
here select “Tr:01”.
04. In the Pgm field, select a program you wish to play.
You can select a program in the RAM by turning
the DATA wheel.
05. Hit pads to check the sounds that are assigned to
the pads.
You can play back the program selected in the Pgm field.
06. Press the [PLAY START] key while holding the [REC] key.
The recording will start after 4 counts.
07. Play the pads to record your performance.
By default, the sequence is set to 2 bars. After recording for 2 bars, the MPC2500 will start playing
back the recorded performance. You can add to
your original performance by continuing to play
the pads when the track loops. The MPC2500 automatically switches to "over dub" recording and adds
to the performance.
08. You can stop overdub recording by pressing [STOP] key.
09. Press the [PLAY] key to play your recorded performance.
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Playing back a sequence
You can play back a recorded sequence by pressing the
[PLAY START] key. The sequence will be played repeatedly
until you press the [STOP] key. If you press the [PLAY] key
again, the MPC2500 will resume the playback from where
the previous play back was stopped.
Erase feature
You can delete a certain pad performance by using the
[ERASE] key. There are two ways to use this feature:
by deleting real-time during overdub, and by selecting
a pad and part to delete in the ERASE window when
overdub is stopped.
• Deleting in real time
Repeat play back of a sequence
You can play back several sequences in a series by using the Next Sequence feature. The Next Sequence feature allows you to select the next sequence to play, during playing back a sequence, so that you can play the
sequences in a series.
01. In the Sq field in the MAIN page, select the sequence
you wish to play first.
02. Press the [PLAY START] key to start the play back of
the sequence.
03. Select the Sq field during play back, and select the
next sequence to play.
Selecting a sequence in the Sq field during the playback brings up the Next field, where you can select
the next sequence.
After playing back the currently selected sequence
to the end, the MPC2500 will start playing back the
sequence you select in the Next field. By repeating
this step, you can play back several sequences continuously.
01. Press the [PLAY START] key while holding the [OVER
DUB] key to start overdub.
02. Hold the pad you wish to delete while holding the
[ERASE] key.
From the performance data being recorded, only the
section from where you press the [ERASE] key and
pad and you release them will be deleted. By pressing the pad at the right timing, you can delete the
performance data at a certain timing in the phrase.
• Deleting in the Erase window
Performance data will be recorded in a track as an event.
In the Erase window, you can select specific events in a
track to delete.
01. Press the [STOP] key to stop a sequence.
02. Press the [ERASE] key.
The Erase window will open up.
The Tr field displays the number and the name of
the selected track. To delete all the events of the
track, select “Tr:00- ALL TRACKS” by turning the
DATA wheel to the left.
Tips: With the [NEXT SEQ] key, you can select the next sequence with a pad. For more information, see the “Selecting a
sequence with pads” section on page 48.
Tips: In the SONG mode, you can set the order to play sequences.
For more information, see the “SONG mode” section on page 42.
03. In the Time field, specify the area to delete events.
Other useful features for
recording sequences
Undo Sequence feature
When overdubbing sequences, you can cancel the last
recording and reset to the setting before the recording.
You will select the start and end point of the area in
the Time field. For example, to delete only the event
in the first bar from 2-bar sequence, set “001.01.00 002.01.00”. In this case, the event at 002.01.00 point
will not be deleted.
If you set the end point “002.01.00” like this, the
area right before the end point will be included in
the area.
01. During overdubbing, press the [STOP] key to stop
the overdub and press the [UNDO] key.
The LED of the [UNDO] key will be off and only the
last added recording will be deleted. To restore the recording, press the [UNDO] key again to light the LED.
Note: You can use the [UNDO] key only for the last recording.
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04. In the Erase field, select NOTE ONLY.
Note field will open up.
05. Select the Note field.
If you wish to delete all events, leave it as ALL.. To
delete only events on a specific pad, hit the pad to
delete. You can select several pads. If you hit a different pad by mistake, you can cancel the selection
by hitting the pad again. To restart the pad selection, turn the DATA wheel to the left. The value in
the Note field will be reset to ALL so that you can
select pad from the beginning.
06. Press [F5] (DO IT) key.
The operation starts and the events of the selected
pad within the selected area will be deleted.
• Swing feature
You can set the swing value in the Swing% field.
With the swing feature, the even numbered events
set in the Note value field will be off the rhythm
according to the value in the Swing% field. With
this feature you can create the shuffle groove.
03. Press [F4] (CLOSE) key.
It closes the window.
Note: If you press [F5] (FIX) key, the MPC2500 will correct the
timing of the recorded data.
Tips: If you press [F1] (T.C.) key during recording/playback, a
small Timing Correct window will be displayed while you are
holding the key. You can use the Note value field of this window
Tips: When you delete events with the Erase field set to ALL
to change the value for timing correction. It makes it easier to
EVENT, the MPC2500 will delete other events in the selected
change the value during the recording.
area as well as pad events. When you delete events with the Erase
field set to EXCEPT Note, the MPC2500 will delete the other
events other than the pad events in the selected area.
• Correcting the timing of recorded events
You can correct the timing of recorded events.
Timing correct feature
When recording a pad performance, it is hard to play the
pads to the tempo. By using the timing correct feature,
you can correct the timing of the pad event you recorded
by hitting pads. There are two ways to use this feature:
by correcting the timing in real time during the recording, and by correcting the recorded event after the recording.
01. When a sequence is stop, press [F1] (T.C.) key in the
MAIN page.
Timing Correct window will open up.
• Real time timing correction
You can correct the timing real-time during the recording.
01. When a sequence is stop, press [F1] (T.C.) key in the
MAIN page.
The Timing Correct window will open up.
02. In the Note value field, set the value for timing correction.
For example, if you set “1/16”, each position of the performance data will be gridded to the nearest 1/16 note.
You can set the Note values as follows:
1/8 = 1/8 note, 1/8(3) = 1/8 note triplets, 1/16 = 1/16
note, 1/16(3) = 1/16 note triplets, 1/32 = 1/32 note,
1/32(3) = 1/32 note triplets, OFF = NO timing correction.
• Swing feature
02. In the Note value field, set the value for timing correction.
For example, if you set “1/16”, each position of the
performance data will be moved to the nearest 1/16
note.
You can set the swing value in the Swing% field.
With the swing feature, the even numbered events
set in the Note value field will be off the rhythm
according to the value in the Swing% field. With
this feature you can create the shuffle groove.
You can set the Note values as follows.
1/8 = 1/8 note, 1/8(3) = 1/8 note triplets, 1/16 =
1/16 note, 1/16(3) = 1/16 note triplets,
1/32 = 1/32 note, 1/32(3) = 1/32 note triplets,
OFF = NO timing correction.
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03. Press the [F5] (FIX) key.
Timing Correct window will open up.
Click/Metronome feature
In this section, you will learn about various settings for
the metronome (click sound).
01. When a sequence is in stop mode, Press [F2] (CLICK)
key in the MAIN page.
Click/Metronome window will open up.
04. In the Time field, select the area to correct the timing.
05. In the Note field, hit the pad you wish to correct the timing.
To correct the timing of all events, leave it as ALL.
To correct the timing of only events on a specific
pad, hit the pad. You can select several pads. If you
hit a different pad by mistake, you can cancel the
selection by hitting the pad again. To restart the pad
selection, turn the DATA wheel to the left. The value
in the Note field will be reset to ALL so that you
can select pad from the beginning.
Count in field
You can set how soon the recording/playback should
start after the [PLAY] or the [PLAY START] key is pressed;
right after the key is pressed, or after a 1-bar count.
OFF
Recording/playback will start right
after the key is pressed without a
count.
REC ONLY
There will be a count only for recording/overdub. Playback will be
start without a count.
REC+PLAY
There will be a count for both recording and playback.
06. Press [F3] (DO IT) key.
The timing correction will start and the window
will be close.
Rate field
You can select the rhythm for the metronome sound.
The metronome will be played with 1/4 note if you
set “1/4”, and 1/8 note if you set “1/8”.
In play field
You can select this if you want the metronome
sound during playback. If you select YES, you will
hear the metronome sound during playback.
In rec field
You can select this if you want the metronome
sound during recording/overdub. If you select NO,
you will not hear the metronome sound during the
recording/overdub.
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Note repeat feature
If you press a pad while holding the [NOTE REPEAT]
key, the pad sound will be played repeatedly according to the value of the timing correct until you release
the pad. You can also control its velocity by changing
the strength used to press the pad. With the Note repeat feature, you can record a difficult phrase to record
in real time, such as 16 beat hi hat, snare roll, etc…
01. Press the [NOTE REPEAT] key during recording / playback.
Auto Locate feature
The [GO TO] key is used to move to a specific position
within a sequence. You can memorize up to three locate points.
• Saving a Locate point
01. In the MAIN page, press the [GO TO] key while the
sequence is stopped.
The Locate window will open up.
02. While holding the [NOTE REPEAT] key, press the
pad to play repeatedly.
The pad’s sound will be played repeatedly according to the value of the timing correct until you release the pad. You can also control its velocity by
changing the strength to press the pad.
While holding down the [NOTE REPEAT] key, the
bottom of display is changed as below. You can
change the Timing correct value directly with pressing the [F1] through [F6] key.
The selected Timing correct value is highlighted.
• Note Repeat Hold
You can also lock the “Note Repeat” feature by holding down the [NOTE REPEAT] key and then pressing the [SHIFT] key (or by holding down the
[SHIFT] key and then pressing the [NOTE REPEAT]
key). Pressing the [NOTE REPEAT] key again will
unlock the “Note Repeat” feature.
In the Go to field, the now time in the MAIN page
is displayed. You can enter the locate point you wish
to save by using the numeric keys or the DATA
wheel.
02. Move the cursor to either Locate1 – Locate 3 field
and press the [F2] (CAPTUR) key.
• Locating to a saved Locate point
01. In the MAIN page, press the [GO TO] key while the
sequence is stopped.
The Locate window will open up.
Punch In/Punch Out feature
You can start the recording in the middle of the sequence
during the playback (“Punch In”).
You can also stop the recording in the middle of the
sequence and resume the playback (“Punch Out”). This
is useful when you re-record the part of the recorded
sequence.
Punch In
02. Move the cursor to either Locate 1 – Locate 3 field
and press the [F5] (GO TO) key.
The Now Time instantly change to the saved Locate point.
Tips: You can use the Auto Locate feature in both the MAIN
page and in the STEP/GRID mode.
Press the [PLAY], or the [PLAY START] key to play
back a sequence. At the point where you wish to start
the recording, press the [REC] key while holding the
[PLAY] key. The MPC2500 will start the recording.
If you press the [OVER DUB] key and the [PLAY]
key instead, the MPC2500 will start the over dubbing.
Punch Out
If you press the [REC], or the [OVER DUB] key during the recording/overdubbing, the MPC2500 will stop
the recording/overdubbing and resume the playback.
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Chapter 3: Sequence feature
Detailed information on
sequence feature
Setting the length of a sequence
By default, a sequence is set to a 2-bar length, but you
can set this length between 1 to 999 bars.
01. In the MAIN page, select the Bars field.
The Bar field displays the current value.
02. Turn the DATA wheel, or press [WINDOW] key.
The Change Bars window will open up.
03. In the New bars field, select the new number of bars.
If you set a larger number than the current value,
empty bars will be added at the end of the sequence.
If you set a smaller number, the bars in the end of
the sequence will be deleted.
04. Press [F5] (DO IT) key
That applies the new setting and closes the window.
Setting the time signature of the sequence
By default, the time of a sequence is set to the quadruple
time (4/4), but you can change the setting.
01. In the MAIN page, select Tsig field.
The Tsig field displays the current value.
02. Turn the DATA wheel or press the [WINDOW] key.
The Change Tsig window will open up.
Setting tempo
You can set the tempo in the (Tempo) field of the
MAIN page. You can set the tempo for a sequence between 30.0 and 300.0. You can change the tempo after
you create the sequence. You can also change the tempo
in the sequence by inserting the tempo change event in
the STEP EDIT mode.
• Tap tempo feature
You can set the tempo using the [TAP TEMPO] key
as well as in the (Tempo) field. Tap the [TAP
TEMPO] key to the desired tempo. The MPC2500
will calculate the tempo starting with the timing
that you tap with the [TAP TEMPO] key, and set
the sequence’s tempo to that. The MPC2500 takes
the average interval of 4 taps of the [TAP TEMPO]
key. You can set the number of taps used to calculate the tempo in the Tap average field in the MISC.
page in OTHER mode.
• Changing tempo of all sequences at one time
You can change the tempo of all sequences to the
same tempo at one time. You can change the tempo
of each sequence at any time after you create the
sequence, but it is useful to change all the sequence
at one time when you are creating one song with
several sequences.
01. In the MAIN page, select
the [WINDOW] key.
(Tempo) field and press
The Tempo Change window will open.
02. Press [F5] (FIX) key.
The Fix Tempo window will open.
03. In the Fix tempo field, set the tempo.
04. Press [F3] (DO IT) key.
It changes the tempo of all of the sequences to the
value set in the Fix tempo field.
The upper part of the screen indicates the number
of bars. The currently selected time is displayed
below it.
03. Select the desired time signature, and set to this.
Select the bar to change the time with the right/left
cursor keys and change the time with DATA wheel.
will be displayed under the time display at the bar
to which you changed the setting.
04. Press [F5] (DO IT) key
That changes the time signature of the bars and
closes the window.
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• About Tempo change
With the STEP RECORDING feature in the STEP EDIT
mode, you can insert the tempo change even in a track,
so that you can change the tempo within a sequence.
When you use the tempo change feature, select the
(Tempo) field in the MAIN mode and press the
[WINDOW] key to open the Tempo Change window
and set the Tempo change field to ON.
When you turn the tempo change feature on, the
(Tempo) field in the MAIN page will be displayed as
below.
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The tempo display on the left is the original tempo
set for the sequence. On the right, the tempo you
changed with the tempo change event will be displayed. The sequence will actually be played at the
tempo in the right.
To move to the STEP EDIT mode, press [F2] (EDIT)
key in the Tempo Change window.
Setting the loop for a sequence
By default, the MPC2500 has the sequence loop feature
on. It is useful when you create a short sequence. With
the sequence loop feature, you can overdub a new performance while playing back a sequence repeatedly.
However, when you are working on a long song, created as a single sequence, it may be better to loop only
the part of the song that needs to be changed. Also, when
you wish to play freely without worrying about the bars
or times, it is better to turn the loop feature off. In this
section you will learn how to set the loop feature.
01. In the MAIN page, select the Loop field.
You can switch the sequence loop features ON/OFF
by turning the DATA wheel.
In this field, you can only set the loop at ON/OFF.
You can set the start/end points of the loop in the
Loop window.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Loop window will open. The MPC2500 will repeat the part you set in the First bar and Last bar fields.
If you set END in the Last bar field, the last bar of the
sequence is always the end of the loop. Even if you
edit a sequence and change its length, the last bar of
the sequence is still the end of the loop.
The Number of bars field displays the length of the
bars to loop. The Last bar field and the Number of
bars field work together. Changing the value in the
Last bar field also changes the value in the Number
of bars field.
key. And the number of the bar when you actually
pressed the [STOP] key will be set as the new length
for the sequence. This is useful when you do not
know the length of the song.
Tips: When you press the [PLAY START] key when the First bar
is not 1, the MPC2500 will start the playback from the bar set in
the First bar field instead of from the beginning of the sequence.
Changing the default settings
Some settings for a sequence (such as number of the
bars, time, tempo, loop) are automatically set to the
default setting when you create a new sequence. You
can change the default settings for your convenience.
01. In the MAIN page, set the Loop field, field, Tsig field,
Bars field as you like.
02. Select the Sq field and press the [WINDOW] key.
The Sequence window will open.
03. Press [F3] (USER) key.
The User Default window will open.
04. Press [F5] (DO IT) key.
The values currently set in the Loop, , Tsig, Bars
field in the MAIN page will be saved as default
setting. The Next time you create a new sequence,
these values are applied.
Changing the sequence name
01. In the Sq field in the MAIN page, select a sequence
that you wish to change the name of.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Sequence windows will open.
03. In the Sequence name field, enter the new name.
For more information for setting the name, see the
“Setting the name” section on Page 10.
04. Press [F4] (CLOSE) key.
It closes the window and goes back to MAIN page.
03. Press [F4] (CLOSE) key.
This closes the window and goes back to MAIN page.
Extending the sequence length automatically
Usually, the length of a sequence is set based on
the value of the Bars field in the MAIN page. However, when you are recording/overdubbing with
the Loop field set to OFF, the length of a sequence
will be extended automatically. For example, when
the Bars field is set to 2, If you start recording with
the loop field set to OFF, the recording will continue after second bar until you press the [STOP]
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Changing the default name for a sequence
Deleting a sequence
Usually, when you create a new sequence, the name
will be set to the default name as “Sequence## (## will
be the sequence number)” automatically. You can
change the default name.
You can remove a sequence from the memory of the
MPC2500.
01. In the MAIN page, select the Sq field.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Sequence window will open.
03. In the Default name field, enter the new name.
For more information for setting the name, see the
“Setting the name” section on Page 10.
04. Press [F4] (CLOSE) key.
01. In the Sq field in MAIN mode, select a sequence to delete.
The Sequence window will open.
03. Press [F2] (DELETE) key.
The Delete Sequence window will open.
04. Press [F5] (DO IT) key.
That deletes the selected sequence and changes its
name to “unused”.
This closes the window and goes back to the MAIN page.
Copying a sequence
You can copy a sequence to another sequence.
01. In the Sq field in MAIN mode, select a sequence to copy.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Sequence window will open.
03. Press [F5] (COPY) key.
The Copy Sequence window will open.
04. In the Sq field (below), select a sequence to copy to.
05. Press [F5] (DO IT) key.
Copying the sequence will start. To cancel the operation, press the [F4] (CANCEL) key.
Copying a sequence parameter
Deleting all sequences
You can delete all the sequence data in the memory at
one time.
01. In the MAIN mode, select the Sq field and press the
[WINDOW] key.
The Sequence window will open.
02. Press [F2] (DELETE) key.
The Delete Sequence window will open.
03. Press [F3] (ALL SQ) key.
The Delete ALL Sequences window will open.
04. Press [F5] (DO IT) key.
That deletes all the sequences and changes their
names to “unused”.
You can copy a sequence parameter to another sequence
01. In the Sq field in MAIN mode, select a sequence parameter to copy.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key
The Sequence window will open.
03. Press [F5] (COPY) key.
The Copy Sequence window will open.
Handling the duration (the length of a note)
at the loop boundary
When you are recording a sequence in the loop mode,
you can specify how the MPC2500 should operate when
it reaches the boundary of the loop (it reaches the end
of the sequence and jumps back to the beginning) while
you are holding a pad.
01. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 10]
(OTHER) key.
That switches to the OTHER mode.
02. Press [F2] (MISC.) key.
The MISC. page will be displayed.
04. In the Sq field (below), select a sequence to copy to.
05. Press [F3] (PARAMS) key
Copying the sequence parameter will start. To cancel the operation, press the [F4] (CANSEL) key.
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03. Select the Truncate duration field and select the option how to handle the duration between loops.
TO SEQUENCE LENGTH
The MPC2500 records as played up to sequence length.
TO SEQUENCE END
The MPC2500 cuts the note at the end of the sequence even if you hit the pad. You cannot record
beyond the loop.
Track features
Setting the track type
You can set the track type in the Type field in the MAIN
page. There are two types of track: DRUM and MIDI.
They are called DRUM track and MIDI track respectively.
Below are the differences of each track type.
DRUM
Select this track type when you play the
MPC2500’s internal sampler by hitting
pads. The DRUM track data will be managed per pad.
MIDI
Select this track type when you use the
MPC2500 as a MIDI sequencer with external MIDI devices (MIDI keyboard
etc…). The MIDI track data is managed
per MIDI note event. For more information, see the “MIDI sequencer feature”
section on Page 24.
AS PLAYED
The MPC2500 records your performance as it is played.
Selecting a program
When you wish to play the internal program
with the MPC2500
In the Pgm: field, select the internal program loaded in
the internal memory by turning the DATA wheel. You
can play the samples in the selected program by hitting
the pads. If you select “OFF” or “No.”, the MPC2500
does not play the internal programs/samples.
When you wish to play the external sound module
with the MPC2500
In the Pgm: field, select “OFF” or ”No.”, the MPC2500
does not play the internal prgrams/samples, but instead
will “trigger” an extrnal sound module such as a synth.
• Setting the MIDI Program number
for the external sound module.
When you select “No.” in the Pgm: field, the MIDI
Program number field will appear in the right side of
the Pgm: field. You can set the MIDI Program Number from 1 to 128. The selected MIDI Program Number will be transmitted from the selected MIDI OUT
in Midi field when the sequence is selected or the
[PLAY START] key is pressed.
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While selecting the “No.” in the Pgm: field and the
cursor on it, pressing the [WINDOW] key will open
the Program Change window.
Setting the MIDI Output channel
You can set the MIDI output channel in the MIDI field
on the MAIN page.
You can set the MIDI output channel for each track independently. You need to set the output channel when you
use the MPC2500 to play an external MIDI sound module. You do not have to set this when you are using the
internal sampler.
You can set a “MIDI Bank Select” message to transmit together with a “MIDI Program Change” message in this window. You can also set whether a
“MIDI Program Change” message recorded in the
track is transmitted or not.
Bank Select: (ON/OFF)
You can select whether a “Bank Select” message is
transmitted or not.
MSB:/ LSB: (0-127)
You can set “MSB” (Control Change # 0) and “LSB”
(Control Change #32) of a MIDI Bank Select message from 0 to 127.
Transmit program changes in this track: (YES / NO)
You can select whether a “MIDI Program Change”
message recorded in the track is transmitted or not.
Track velocity feature
Allows you to adjust the Velocity ratio on the selected
Track while the sequence is playing.
The MPC2500 has four MIDI outputs. Channels 1A
through 16A will be sent out via MIDI OUT A, MIDI channels 1B through 16B will be sent out via MIDI OUT B,
MIDI channels 1C through 16C will be sent out via MIDI
OUT C, and MIDI channels 1D through 16D will be sent
out via MIDI OUT D.
Changing a track name
01. In the Tr field in the MAIN page, select a track you
wish to change the name on.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Track window will open.
03. In the Track name field, enter the new name.
For more information for setting the name, see the
“Setting the name” section on Page 10.
04. Press [F4] (CLOSE) key.
This closes the window and goes back to the MAIN page.
Changing the default name for a track
Select the “V%:” field in the MAIN page and adjust the
Velocity ratio by turning the DATA wheel from 1% to 200%.
Note : Changing the “V%” has no effect while recording sequence
data, it will only effect the playback of a sequence. If the velocity is
Usually, when you create a new track, the name will be
automatically set as default “Track## (## indicates track
number). You can change the default track name.
01. In the MAIN page, select the Tr field.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Track window will open.
set to 127 (maximum), any setting over 100% will have no effect.
03. In the Default name field, enter the new name.
Track mute feature
You can set the track mute in the Mute field on the
MAIN page.
You can set the mute for each track independently. For
example, let’s assume you have recorded a Piano solo
on track 1 and another piano solo on track 2. By setting
either track to mute, you can compare these two piano
solos and choose the better one. If you set the mute ON
for a track, the MPC2500 won’t play back that track.
Tips : With the [TRACK MUTE] key, you can set the track mute
with a pad. For more information, see the “Setting the track mute
with pads” section on page 47.
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For more information about setting the name, see
the “Setting the name” section on Page 10.
04. Press [F4] (CLOSE) key.
This closes the window and goes back to the MAIN page.
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Copying a track
You can copy a track to another track.
01. In the Tr field of the MAIN mode, select a track to copy.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Track window will open.
03. Press [F5] (COPY) key.
The Copy Track window will open.
04. In the Tr field (below), select a track to copy to.
05. Press [F3] (DO IT) key.
Copying the sequence will start. To cancel the operation, press [F4] (CANCEL) key.
Solo function of a track
When you are working on a sequence that has many
tracks, it is useful to use the solo function to play back
only the selected track. For example, when you are recording various instruments on several tracks, you can
check the contents of each track with this feature.
01. In the Tr field in the MAIN page, select a track you
wish to play back.
02. Press [F6] (SOLO) key and start recording/playback
of the sequence.
The [F6] (SOLO) key will be highlighted and the
MPC2500 plays back only the selected track and
mutes all the other tracks.
03. To cancel the solo, press [F6] (SOLO) key again.
Deleting a track
The MPC2500 plays back all tracks.
You can remove a track from the memory of the
MPC2500.
1. In the Tr field in MAIN mode, select a track to delete.
2. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Track window will open.
3. Press [F2] (DELETE) key.
The Delete Track window will open.
4. Press [F5] (DO IT) key.
That deletes the selected track and changes its name
to “unused”.
Deleting all tracks
You can delete all the track data in the memory at one time.
01. In the MAIN mode, select the Tr field and press the
[WINDOW] key.
The Track window will open.
02. Press [F2] (DELETE) key.
The Delete Track window will open.
03. Press [F3] (ALL TR) key.
The Delete ALL Tracks window will open.
04. Press [F5] (DO IT) key.
That deletes all the tracks and changes their names
to “unused”.
Selecting a track with function keys
You can select a track in the Tr field in the MAIN page.
You can also select a track using [ F3] (TR -) key and [F4]
(TR +) keys. With [F3] (TR - ) and [ F4] (TR +) keys, you
can select a track without moving a cursor to the Tr field.
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MIDI sequencer features
When you are playing the internal sound module with the pads, you can start recording just by selecting the desired program
in the Pgm field in the MAIN page. However, the MPC2500 can be used as a MIDI sequencer. By connecting an external MIDI
keyboard to it, you can record the data from the keyboard and control the external sound module.
About MIDI...
MIDI is a standard for transferring the performance data between electronic instruments regardless of the manufacturer.
Devices are connected using a special cable called MIDI cable. For example, when you connect the keyboard’s MIDI
OUT to MIDI IN of the MIDI sound module, the performance data you made with your keyboard will be sent to the
MIDI sound module, which plays the sound. MIDI can transfer only the performance data, not the actual sound. To
transfer as much data as possible through one MIDI cable, there are MIDI channels. By using a MIDI channel, you can
transfer different performance data to each channel separately. You can transfer the performance data to up to 16 channels. The MIDI channel is very important when you handle MIDI.
You must set the same MIDI channels for both the keyboard and the sound module even if you play the sound from the
keyboard. For example, if the keyboard’s output channel is set to 1, the sound module’s input channel should also be 1.
Some sound modules can receive several channels. In that case, you can assign a separate instrument (Piano, Bass,
Strings etc…) to each separate channel.
About MIDI sequencer
A MIDI sequencer is a device that can record and play back MIDI data. The MPC2500 can be used as a MIDI sequencer.
When you connect an external MIDI keyboard to use the MPC2500 as a MIDI sequencer, connect the keyboard’s MIDI
OUT to MPC2500’s MIDI IN, and the MPC2500’s MIDI OUT to the external MIDI sound module’s MIDI IN. Thus, you
can record the keyboard performance to the MPC2500 and play sounds from the MIDI sound module. In this section,
you will learn how to record the performance data from the external MIDI keyboard to the MPC2500 and play sounds
from the external sound module.
01. Connect the external MIDI devices as described in
the “Connecting MPC2500 to External Audio/MIDI
device” section on page 6.
Connect the MIDI OUT of the keyboard to the
MPC2500’s MIDI IN, and the MPC2500’s MIDI
OUT to MIDI IN of the external sound module.
05. Play the keyboard to make sure the sound module works.
If you don’t hear any sound, check the connection
and make sure you have the correct settings for the
keyboard and the sound module.
06. Press the [PLAY START] key while holding the [REC] key.
The recording starts after 4 counts.
Note: You may still want to connect the MPC2500’s stereo out
to a mixer so that you can hear a metronome sound even when
you use the MPC2500 as a MIDI sequencer.
02. In the Type field, select MIDI.
03. In the Pgm field, select OFF or No.
If you select it to the OFF or No., the MPC2500 does
not play internal programs. If you select it to the
No. and set MIDI Program number, MPC2500
transmit the MIDI Program number to the external
sound module for selecting the sound in it when
the sequence is selected.
04. In the Midi field, select a MIDI channel.
Here, you set the MIDI channel to send the MIDI
data on. Set the same channel as the one on of the
sound module.
Tips: By default the MPC2500’s input MIDI channel is set to
receive all MIDI channels, so you don’t have to set the channel to
the keyboard’s MIDI channel.
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07. Play the keyboard in time with the click sound.
By default, sequence is set to 2 bars. After recording for 2 bars, the MPC2500 will start playing back
the recorded performance. If you make another
performance with pads, you can add the performance to the currently recorded one. This is called
“over dub”.
08. You can stop over dub by pressing the [STOP] key.
09. Press the [PLAY] key to play the recorded performance.
10. If you don’t like the performance, you can start the new
recording by pressing the [REC] + [PLAY START] key.
It cancels the currently recorded performance data
and starts the new recording.
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12. To add the recording to the already recorded data,
press the [PLAY START] key while holding [OVER
DUB] key.
This plays back the currently recorded performance
and you can add the new performance by hitting pads.
Tips : If you select another sequence in the Sq field, you can record
a new performance separately. By playing back those sequences,
you can create one whole song.
Tips : You can use the other useful features for sequence recording
(see page 14) like when you record the performance data from pads.
Tips: for more information on how to connect a MIDI keyboard
with sound module to the MPC2500, see the “connecting MPC2500
to a MIDI keyboard with sound module” section on page 53.
Handling the sustain pedal
In this section, you will learn how to set the option to
handle the sustain pedal information when you are
connecting the MPC2500 to the external MIDI keyboard
to use it as a MIDI sequencer.
Sustain pedal data is a MIDI event used to make the
sound continue after a key on the keyboard is released.
Usually a foot switch controls this data. The keyboard
sends out Sustain pedal data as separate event from
note event, so normally the sequencer recognize this
data as separate data. However, when you are overdubbing on a short sequence loop, it might be better to
convert the sustain pedal data to the recorded note’s
duration (the length of the note).. For example, if you
record the sustain pedal data as it is, once you press the
sustain pedal during the loop, the sustain will be applied to all the data after that. If you convert the sustain pedal data to a note’s duration, the movement of
the sustain pedal will not affect the other notes.
Thus, the MPC2500 is set to convert the sustain pedal
data to a note’s duration by default, but you can change
the setting to record the data as the sustain pedal data.
01. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 10]
(OTHER) key.
It switches to OTHER mode.
02. Press [F2] (MISC.) key.
The MISC. page will be displayed.
03. In the Sustain pedal to duration field, select the option how to handle sustain pedal.
YES
The MPC2500 converts the sustain
pedal information into duration.
NO
The MPC2500 records the sustain pedal
information as it is.
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Chapter 4: Editing sequences
Chapter 4 : Editing sequences
There are two ways to edit sequences. You can select a region and edit all events at one time, or you can edit each event in
detail. In this section, you will learn about the SEQ EDIT mode, where you can select a region to edit your event(s).
Selecting a region within a
track to edit
You can edit the events within a region that you set in the
track. This is done in the EVENTS page of the SEQ EDIT
mode, which can be accessed by pressing the [MODE] key
and then the [PAD 13].
• When DRUM track is selected:
In default, the field is set to ALL, which means the
MPC2500 will edit all the pads. If you wish to edit
only a specific pad, position the cursor in the Notes
field and hit the desired pad. The pad number will
be displayed in the Notes field. You can select several pads. If you hit a different pad by mistake, you
can cancel the selection by hitting the pad again.
To restart the pad selection, turn the DATA wheel
to the left. The value in the Note field will be reset
to ALL so that you can select the pad that you want
from the beginning.
When MIDI track is selected:
The display changes to show the selected region
by note number.
Selecting a region for the editing
In the EVENTS page, there are 3 different editing options in the Edit field: COPY, MOVE and TRANSPOSE.
The procedure to select the editing region is the same
for all three options. Let us begin with the selection of
the editing region.
• Setting the time
Select the Time field in the EVENTS page of the
SEQ EDIT mode.
In the Time field, you can set the start and end
points of the editing region. For example, to edit
the first bar of a 2-bar sequence, set this field to “
001.01.00 - 002.01.00 ”. In this case, the event at the
“002.01.00” point will not be edited.
If you set the end point “002.01.00”, like in this
picture, the area right before this point will be included in the area.
You will set the upper limit and the lower limit of
the note in the field, The MPC2500 will edit only
the events within the note numbers set in this field.
Copying events (COPY)
You can copy events within the selected region to another
place. The source data will remain in the original location.
01. Select the Edit field in the EVENT page of the SEQ
EDIT mode, and select COPY.
The various fields necessary for the copying will
be displayed.
002.01.00
EVENT
EVENT
EVENT
EVENT
001.04.93 001.04.94 001.04.95
EVENT
002.01.01
02. In the Time field and the Notes field, select the region
and notes that you wish to copy.
• Setting the pad/note number
01. Select the Notes field in the EVENTS page of the
SEQ EDIT mode.
The display of the Notes field depends on the type
of the track that you have selected.
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03. In the From sq field and the Tr field in the right, select
the source sequence and track.
04. In the To sq and the Tr field in the right, select the
destination sequence and track.
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Tips: In the EVENTS page, the From sq, Tr field and the To sq, Tr
field only display the sequence number and the track number respectively, but pressing the [WINDOW] key when the cursor is
in the From sq,Tr or To sq,Tr field, will bring up the Select window, where you can browse the sequence or track name to select.
05. In the Mode field, specify how to copy the data to the
destination.
REPLACE
MERGE
The MPC2500 will overwrite the
destination with the source data.
The data that is already in the destination will be removed.
The MPC2500 will merge the
source data with the data that is already in the destination.
05. In the Mode field, specify how to move the data to
the destination.
REPLACE The MPC2500 will overwrite the destination with the source data. The data
that is already in the destination will be
removed.
MERGE
The MPC2500 will merge the source
data with the data that is already in
the destination.
06. In the Start field, set the start point of destination time.
The MPC2500 will start moving the event to the
time selected here.
07. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start moving the event.
06. In the Start field, set the start point of destination time.
The MPC2500 will start the copy to the time set here.
07. In the Copies field, set the number of times to copy.
To copy the same phrase repeatedly, enter the number of copies in the Copies field. You can copy it
repeatedly with one operation.
08. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start copying the data.
Changing the key (Pitch) of the event/ the
pad event to other pad (TRANSPOSE)
You can transpose (change the key of) the note events.
This operation changes the selected track, whether it’s
a DRUM track or a MIDI track.
01. Select the Edit field in the EVENT page of the SEQ
EDIT mode, and select TRANSPOSE.
The various fields necessary for the transpose will
be displayed.
Moving events (MOVE)
You can move events within the selected region to another location. Unlike the copy function, this function
will remove the source data from the original location.
01. Select the Edit field in the EVENT page of the SEQ
EDIT mode, and select MOVE.
The various fields necessary for moving will be
displayed.
02. In the Time field and the Notes field, select the region that you wish to edit.
03. In the Edit sq field and the Tr field on the right, select
the sequence and track that you wish to edit.
When the MIDI track is selected, the Amount field
is displayed. Set the amount of the transpose in the
Amount field. The unit of the amount is semi tone.
02. In the Time field and the Notes field, select the region
that you wish to move.
03. In the From sq field and the Tr field on the right, select the source sequence and track.
04. In the To sq and the Tr field on the right, select the
destination sequences and tracks.
Tips: In the EVENTS page, the From sq,Tr field and the To sq,Tr
field only display the sequence number and the track number respectively, but pressing the [WINDOW] key when the cursor is
in the From sq,Tr or To sq,Tr field, will bring up the Select window, where you can browse the sequence or track name to select.
When the DRUM track is selected, the Pad field is
displayed. You can change the selected pad event
to another pad event. To do this, select the pad event
you wish to change in the Notes field and then select the destined Pad in the Pad field.
In the Edit sq field and Tr field, you can select ALL
by turning the DATA wheel.
When you select ALL, the Transpose is performed
on all sequence or all tracks.
Note : When you select ALL, the Transpose is performed only in
the MIDI tracks, not in theDRUM tracks.
04. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start processing your changes.
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Changing the timing of an event (SHIFT TIMING)
You can shift the timing of the note event.
01. Select the Edit field in the EVENT page of the SEQ
EDIT mode, and select SHIFT TIMING.
The various fields necessary for the Shit Timing will
be displayed.
04. In the MODE field, choose the method of velocity change.
ADD VALUE: Adds the value selected in the
Value: field to the note.
SUB VALUE: Subtracts the value selected in the
Value: field from the note.
MULTI VAL%: Multiplies the Velocity (percent) by
the value selected in the Value:
field.
SET TO VALUE: Sets the note to the Velocity selected
in the Value: field..
05.In the Value field, set the value to be adjusted.
02. In the time field and the Notes field, select the region
that you wish to edit.
03. In the Edit sq field and the Tr field on right, select the
sequence and track that you wish to edit.
In the Edit sq field and the Tr field, you can select
ALL by turning the DATA wheel. When you select
ALL, the MPC2500 will shift the timing of all the
sequence and tracks. .
04. In the Amount field, set the amount of Shift timing.
You can set by tick.
05. Select the direction of Shift Timing.
EARIER:
LATAR:
Shits forwards
Shifts back
You can set the Value between 0 and 127. When
you select “MULTI VAL%” in the Mode field, you
can set the Value between 0 and 200.
06. Press the F6 (DO IT) key
The MPC2500 will start processing your changes.
Changing the duration of an event (DURATION)
You can change the Duration of any note event.
01. Select the Edit field in the EVENT page of the SEQ
EDIT mode, and select DURATION.
The various fields necessary for changing the duration will be displayed.
06. Press the F6 (DO IT) key
The MPC2500 will start processing your changes.
Changing the Velocity of an event (Velocity)
02. In the time field and the Notes field, select the region that you wish to edit.
You can change the velocity of any note event.
01. Select the Edit field in the EVENT page of the SEQ
EDIT mode, and select Velocity.
The various fields necessary for changing the velocity will be displayed.
03. In the Edit sq field and the Tr field on right, select the
sequence and track that you wish to edit.
In the Edit sq field and the Tr field, you can select
ALL by turning the DATA wheel. When you select
ALL, the MPC2500 will change the Duration of the
sequence and all its track.
04. In the MODE field, select how you want to change
the Duration.
02. In the time field and the Notes field, select the region
that you wish to edit.
03. In the Edit sq field and the Tr field on right, select the
sequence and track that you wish to edit.
In the Edit sq field and the Tr field, you can select
ALL by turning the DATA wheel. When you select
ALL, the MPC2500 will change the velocity of the
sequence and all its tracks.
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ADD VALUE :
Adds the value selected in the
Value: field to the note.
SUB VALUE :
Subtracts the value selected in
the Value: field from the note.
MULTI VAL% :
Multiplies the Velocity (percent) by the value selected in
the Value: field.
SET TO VALUE : Sets the note to the Velocity selected in the Value: field..
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05. In the Value field, set the value to be adjusted.
You can set the Value between 0 and 9999. When
you select “MULTI VAL%” in the Mode field, you
can set the Value between 0 and 200.
06. Press the F6 (DO IT) key
The MPC2500 will start processing your changes.
Selecting the editing region by bar
You can edit the sequence by bar. This is done in the BARS
page in the SEQ EDIT mode, which can be accessed by pressing the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 13].
Copying bars (COPY)
You can copy bars within the selected region to another
place. The length of the destination sequence will be
extended to add the copied bars.
01. Select the Edit field in the BARS page of the SEQ
EDIT mode, and select COPY.
The various fields necessary for copying will be displayed.
02. In the From sq field, select the source sequence.
03. In the To sq, select the destination sequence.
Tips: In the EVENTS page, the From sq, Tr field and the To sq, Tr
field only display the sequence number and the track number respectively, but pressing the [WINDOW] key when the cursor is
in the From sq,Tr or To sq,Tr field, will bring up the Select window, where you can browse the sequence or track name to select.
04. In the First bar field, select the first bar of the source sequence.
05. In the Last bar field, select the last bar of the source sequence.
06. In the After bar field, select the destination.
The selected bars will be copied to the end of the
bar set here.
07. In the Copies field, select the number of times to
copy the data.
To copy the same phrase repeatedly, enter the number of copies in the Copies filed. You can copy it
repeatedly with one operation.
08. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start copying the bars.
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Inserting a bar (INSERT)
To insert empty bars in the sequence, proceed as follows:
01. Select the Edit field in the BARS page of the SEQ
EDIT mode, and select INSERT.
The various fields necessary for inserting bars will
be displayed.
Changing the order of tracks
(TRACK MOVE)
When you are creating a song by combining several short
sequences, normally you would use the SONG feature to
play back sequence in the specified order. The MPC2500
can convert the song data with short sequences to one long
sequence. To do this, you need to arrange the order of the
tracks in each sequence. In this section, you will learn how
to use the track move function that allows you to change
the order of the tracks in a sequence.
02. In the Sq field, select the sequence that you wish to
insert the bars.
You can set the track move in the TrMOVE (Track move)
page of the SEQ EDIT mode, which can be accessed by pressing the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 13].
03. In the After bar field, select the location to insert the
bars in.
01. In the SEQ EDIT mode, press the [F3] (TrMOVE) key.
The selected bars will be inserted at the end of the
bar set here.
The TrMOVE (Track move) page will be displayed.
04. In the Number of bars field, set the number of bars to
insert.
05. In the Time signature field, select the time signature
of the bars to insert.
06. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The number of empty bars selected will be inserted
at the selected location.
Deleting a bar (DELETE)
02. In the Sq field, select the track that you wish to change
the order.
03. In the Reference sq field, select the sequence to be
used as the reference when changing the order.
For example, if you want other tracks to follow the
order in sequence 01, you should select sequence
01 in the Reference sq field.
To delete the selected bar(s) in the sequence, proceed
as follows:
04. Using the down cursor key, move the cursor to the
track list.
01. Select the Edit field in the BARS page of the SEQ
EDIT mode, and select DELETE
05. You can scroll through the list by turning the DATA wheel.
The fields necessary for deleting the bars will be
displayed.
Select the track that you wish to move.
06. Press the [F6] (SELECT) key.
This selects the track.
To select a track again, press the [F5] (CANCEL) key.
07. Select the destination by turning the DATA wheel.
02. In the Sq field, select the bars to delete.
03. In the First bar field, specify the first bar to delete.
The list will scroll with the track selected in steps 5
and 6 fixed.
Refer to the list on the left to select the destination
position.
08. Press the [F6] (MOVE) key.
04. In the Last bar field, specify the last bar to delete.
05. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The selected bar(s) will be deleted.
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The track will move to the selected location and
the order will be changed.
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Chapter 5 : Step editing
There are two ways to edit sequences. You can select a region and edit several events at one time, or you can edit each event
in detail. In this section, you will learn about the STEP EDIT mode, where you can edit each event in detail.
About step edit
Each track has the performance data you made with pads, or MIDI note information from an external MIDI keyboard. The
Step Edit function allows you to edit each event separately. There are other types of events than Pad and MIDI note information. There are also events specific to the MPC2500, such as Q-Link slider information and tempo information, and MIDI
events such as pitch bend and modulation wheel.
Step edit is done in the STEP EDIT mode, which is accessed by pressing the [MODE] key and then [PAD 14].
Screens
Now field
The time display on the upper left corner on the screen
is the Now field. The Now field always displays the
current position of a sequence. This is the same as the
Now field in the MAIN page.
View field
You can set the type of events to display in the event
list in this field. The event list displays only the events
set in this field. It is useful when you wish to edit only
specific events.
Event list
The event list is displayed below the Now field and the View field. It lists the
events within the active track.
Event time field
The event time field is displayed to the left of the event list. It displays the positions of the events within the track.
Event field
The Event field is displayed to the right of the event time field. The display differs
depending on the type of event. You can change the value by moving the cursor.
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Events
Event list
When the cursor is in the Now field or View field,
pressing the down cursor key moves the cursor to
the event list.
Pad event
This is the event that is recorded when you hit the pads
in the DRUM track.
Duration field
Pad field
You can scroll through the event list with the up
and down cursor keys. When the cursor is in the
event time field, you can scroll through the list by
turning the DATA wheel.
When the cursor is in the event time field, pressing
the left cursor key moves the cursor to the Now field.
In the event list, you can select several events at one
time by pressing the down cursor key while holding the [SHIFT] key.
Note variation field
Velocity field
P (pad) field
You can set the pad number in this field.
Note variation field
In the above picture, the area that displays “T” is
the note variation field. You can select the type of
note variation data to record with the Q-Link sliders.
[F1] (T.C.) key
This key works the same as the [F1] (T.C.) key in
the MAIN page. You can set the timing correction.
For more information, see the “Timing correct feature” section on page 15.
[F2] (TRACK) key
Pressing this key displays the window to change
tracks until you release the key. You can select a
track without switching back to the MAIN page.
[F6] (PLAY) key
Pressing this key plays back the selected event.
Editing method
In the step edit page, the events in the track are
listed. You can select the event with up/down cursor keys and the field with right/left cursor keys.
You can change the value in the field by turning
the DATA wheel.
T
Tune (pitch)
F
Filter
L
Layer
A
Attack time
D
Decay time
About the note variation
Note variation data, which is used for the Q-Link sliders or 16LEVELS function, is the information used to control the sound of a
pad, and is saved in the track along with the pad event. With the
note variation data, you can switch the sounds of the pad even
when you are playing back the same pad.
Note variation value field
In this field, displayed to the right of the note variation field, you can set the note variation value.
D (duration) field
You can specify the length of a note.
V (velocity) field
You can set the velocity of the pad.
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Tempo change event
Tempo change event is used to change the tempo
within the sequence.
The tempo change event is different from other
events. It does not belong to a specific track.
By selecting TEMPO in the View field, you can display the tempo change event information separately, regardless of the selected track. Even when
you have selected ALL EVENTS in the View field,
the tempo change event will not be displayed in
the event list.
Real Time event
This is the real time event assigned on Q-Link sliders
and knobs.
Pad field
You can set the pad number in this field.
Event field
You can set the event variation in this field.
TUNE :
the pitch of the sample
CUTOFF1+2 : the cutoff frequency of both Filter
1 and Filter 2
% field
You can set the amount of the tempo change.
Initial tempo field, Current tempo field
The field on the left with a note symbol is the initial
tempo field. The field on the right is the current
tempo field.
The initial tempo field displays the original tempo
set in the tempo field of the sequence, the Current
tempo field displays the new tempo changed by
the setting in the % field.
LEVEL :
the volume level of the sample
CUTOFF1 :
the cutoff frequency of Filter 1
CUTOFF2 :
the cutoff frequency of Filter 2
RESO 1+2 :
the resonance value of both Filter 1
and Filter 2
RESO 1 :
the resonance value of Filter 1
RESO 2 :
the resonance value of Filter 2
PAN :
the panning position
Note : Both the LEVEL and PAN events share the Q-Link value.
For more information, see "Chapter 9 : Q-Link slider and knob.
The events described above are specific events to the
MPC2500.
Effect select event
This event is used to switch the effect selection
within the sequence.
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Below are the MIDI events that you use when using
the MPC2500 as a MIDI sequencer.
Note: How a MIDI event effects an external sound module depends on the specification of the sound module. For more infor-
mation about the effect of each MIDI event, see the operation
manual of your sound module.
Note event
Program change event
You can set the program change. This event is normally
used to switch the sound of an external sound module.
If program numbers are assigned to programs in the
internal sampler section, you can switch the programs
that are assigned to the track within the sequence.
Channel pressure event
This is a MIDI note event.
N (Note number) field
You can set the note number in this field. A note number indicates the location on a keyboard as a numbers,
with the middle C of the piano as note number 60.
You can set the channel pressure. Normally, a Channel
pressure event is used for aftertouch. This feature allows you to control the sound depending on the pressure used to press the keyboard.
Poly pressure event
D (duration) field
You can specify how long a note is held (length of a
note). In the MIDI standard, pressing a key is called
“Note on”, releasing a key is called “Note off”. In this
field, you will set the time from Note on to Note off.
V (velocity) field
You can set the velocity of the note event. In the
MIDI standard, the speed used to trigger a note is
called velocity. The velocity is shown in 127 steps,
with 127 the maximum.
Pitch bend event
You can set the pitch bend. Normally this event is used
to control the pitch in real time.
Control change event
The control change, which is used for various applications, is the most versatile event in the MIDI standard.
The control change event consists of a control number,
which determines the type of the control change, and
the control change value.
The Poly pressure event is used for aftertouch much
like the channel pressure event, however the Poly pressure event can be set to different values for each individual note.
Exclusive data event
Exclusive data event is used to set the sound module,
or to give a more detailed setting to the sound module,
which cannot be done using control changes. The
MPC2500 can edit the exclusive data as well as record
and play them back. However, the type of exclusive
data you can receive and their functions are determined
by each manufacturer.
Editing the exclusive data
An exclusive data event displays only the size of the
event data and you cannot edit this event directly. To
edit the exclusive data, you need to select the desired
exclusive data event and press the [WINDOW] key to
display the Edit Exclusive Event window.
CC field
You can select the type of the control change in this
field, and the control change value in the field on
the right.
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The data of each byte will be displayed. You can scroll
through the display with right/left cursor keys.
Select the byte that needs change, and change the setting with the DATA wheel.
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To change the length of the exclusive data, press the
[F2] (F7 EOX) key. Pressing the [F2] (F7 EOX) key enters “F7”, which indicates the end of the exclusive data,
to the selected byte.
03. Move Event window will open.
Pressing the [F5] (SEND) key sends out the currently
set exclusive data.
When you finish editing, press the [F4] (CLOSE) key
and close the window.
Copying / pasting an event
To copy the selected event and paste it to another location,
proceed as follows.
Time= :
the selected event time (the start point)
is displayed. You can not change this
value.
Move to : You set the time where you wish to
move the selected event.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The selected event will be moved.
01. In the event list, select the event that you wish to copy.
You can select several events by pressing the down
cursor key while holding the [SHIFT] key.
02. Press the [F3] (EDIT) key and the [F4] (COPY) key
at the same time.
When you press the [F3] (EDIT) key, the display of
the [F4] and the [F5] key will change to (COPY)
and (PASTE) respectively until you release the key.
Deleting an event
To delete the selected Event, proceed as follows.
01. In the Event list, select the Event that you wish to
delete.
You can select several Events by pressing the down
cursor key while holding the [SHIFT] key.
02. Press the [F4] (DELETE) key.
The selected Event will be deleted.
03. In the Now field, select the time position that you
wish to paste the event to.
Note : You can delete the
Event by pressing the [Erase]
04. Press the [F3] (EDIT) key and the [F5] (PASTE) key
at the same time.
The selected event will be pasted.
key in Step Edit mode.
For more information, see "Chapter 3 : Sequencer feature,
Erase featur".
After done the copying / deleting an Event, you can revert back
Moving an event
the previous status by pressing the [UNDO] key.
To move the selected event to another location, proceed as
follows. The difference between Copy/Paste command is
that the selected event is not in the original location after
the Move function.
01. In the Event list, select the Event that you wish to move.
You can select several Events by pressing the down
cursor key while holding the [SHIFT] key.
02. Press the [F3] (EDIT) key and the [F2] (MOVE) key
at the same time.
When you press the [F3] (EDIT) key, the display of
the [F2], [F4], and [F5] key will change to (MOVE),
(COPY), and (PASTE) respectively unitl you release
the key..
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Chapter 5: Step Edit
Entering an event (Step recording)
In the STEP EDIT mode, when you hit a pad, or when the
MPC2500 receives MIDI data from an external device, you
can record the event in the current time position (the time
displayed in the Now field). Move the event to the desired
time position by moving through the event list with the up/
down cursor keys, or by setting the time position in the Now
field, and you can add events to the desired time position
one by one. This method, recording each event individually
when MPC2500 is in the stop mode, is called step recording.
01. In the STEP EDIT mode, Press the [REC] key or the
[OVER DUB] key.
The LED of the [OVER DUB] key will be lit, which indicates that you can now enter events by hitting a pad.
02. Move through the list with the up/down cursor keys,
or select the Now field, to select the time position to
insert event.
TC VALUE% When set to 100%, the value set in
the timing correct will be entered in the D (duration) field, regardless of the length that you actually pressed the pad (MIDI keyboard). Selecting the
TC VALUE% will display the field, where you can
set the percentage of the duration to apply to the
current timing correct value. (Ex. 50% will set duration to one-half timing correct value.)
Inserting an event
During the step recording, you can enter events using the
insert function as well as using pads and MIDI keyboard.
01. Move to the time position that you wish to insert the
event, and press the [F5] (INSERT) key.
The Insert Event window will open.
02. In the Type field, select the event to insert, and press
the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The selected event will be inserted.
03. Hit a pad.
The event of the pad will be recorded.
04. Press the [STOP] key.
The LED of the [OVER DUB] key will be turned off
and you can finish the step recording.
Detailed setting for step recording
Pressing the [WINDOW] key in the STEP EDIT mode
brings up the Step Edit Options window, where you
can make various settings for the step recording.
Auto step increment field
If you select YES, the MPC2500 will automatically
update the sequence according to the setting of the timing correct when it receives a pad event or a note event.
Duration of recorded notes field
You can determines how the length that a pad
(MIDI keyboard) is pressed affects the event to recorded during step recording.
AS PLAYED The length that a pad (MIDI keyboard) is pressed will be applied to the event.
When you hit a pad (MIDI keyboard), the metronome
sound will start automatically. Refer to the metronome
sound to set the length to press a key. When you release a pad (MIDI keyboard), the length that a key
was pressed will be entered in the D (duration) field.
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Chapter 6 : Grid Edit
The MPC2500 has the Grid Edit mode for editing or entering the Pad event in the sequence. In the Grid Edit mode, you can
enter and edit the Pad Event in the Graphic Matrix Editor.
About Grid Edit
Each track in the MPC2500 has the performance data you entered with the pads, or MIDI note information from an external
MIDI keyboard. In the Grid Edit mode, you can only enter or edit (such as Copy, Delete, Move, etc.) the Pad Event on the
Graphic Matrix Editor. The Grid Edit mode is for the Drum track, not a MIDI track. If you select the MIDI track in the Grid
Edit mode, the MIDI note are displayed as the Pad numbers.
Pressing the [MODE] key and then pressing [PAD 15] (GRID EDIT) will allow you to enter the Grid Edit mode.
Screens
Now field
The time displayed in the upper left corner on the
screen is the Now field. The Now field always displays the current position of a sequence and is linked
to the vertical marker in the Event area. This is the
same as the NOW time in the MAIN page.
Time ruler
This indicates the time axis of the track. The number
in the ruler show the bar number.
Vertical marker
This indicates the current location. You can use it to
select the editing region on the time ruler.
Horizontal marker
This selects the pad number that you wish to edit.
Pad field
This indicates three pad numbers corresponding to
the note events recorded in the track. When you hit a
pad, it will appear at the bottom.
Event Area
This area graphically displays the note events recorded
in the track. The unit of the grid for editing is changed
by the Timing Correct parameter. If a box in the grid
contains a note events, it will display a “ ” symbol.
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Basic operation
the previous display, the horizontal marker will
move to the A02’s row.
• Operation in Event area
When the cursor is in the NOW field, pressing the
down cursor key moves the cursor to the Event area.
The cursor in the Event area is at the grid where the
vertical and horizontal makers intersect. Your editing operations will be affected in the selected grid.
You can move the cursor in the Event area by the
cursor keys. You can also move the cursor to horizontal directions by turning the DATA wheel.
If the Event area is not shown in the grid, the time
ruler will move and the next event area will be
shown by turning the DATA wheel.
When the horizontal marker is the upper side of
the Event area, pressing the up cursor key moves
the cursor to the Now field.
• Relationship between the unit of the Grid and
the Timing Correct.
The unit of the grid in the Event area is changed by
Note value in Timing Correct window which is
shown by pressing the [F1] (T.C.) key.
When you set the Note value to 1/16, one unit of
the grid is 1/16 notes. When you set the Note value
to 1/8, one unit of the grid is seto to 1/8 notes. When
the Pad Events are in the grid, a “ ” symbol is displayed in the grid.
Example: First, the Note value has been set to 1/32
and the Pad Events are recorded as in the drawing
below.
• Selecting a pad
In the pad field, you can select up to three pads at
one time.
If you change the Note value to 1/16, the even area
will be changed as follws.
You can select the displayed pad by hitting it. For
example, in the above drawing, if you hit the PAD
A05, the display will change as below.
In this case, every single “ ” symbol is displayed
in the first four grids but each grid actually has two
Pad Events.
When you edit (such as copy/paste/delete/move)
the grid, all the Pad Events in the grid are edited.
Note : If you only wish to change how the units are displayed in
The A03 that was at the bottom is in the second
row, and the A05 is at the bottom.
In this way, the last pad you hit is always displayed
at the bottom. But if you hit the pad that exists in
the Edit area, the horizontal marker moves to that
pad’s row. For example, if you hit the PAD A02 in
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Value in Timing Correct window. If you press the [F5] (FIX), the
MPC25000 will begin processing the Timing Correct change.
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• Selecting a event
If a box in the grid contains any Pad Events, it will
display a “ ” symbol.
When you select the Pad Event, move the cursor to
the grid of the Pad Event by pressing the cursor keys.
For example, if you wish to select the PAD A03 event
at 001.04.00 in the display, press the right cursor key
several times (or turn the DATA wheel) and move
the cursor to the position of 001.04.00. The vertical
marker moves and the display in the Now field becomes to “001.04.00”. Next, move the cursor to the
PAD A03 row by pressing the down cursor key
twice. The display will looks like this.
The selected Pad Events are displayed in this window.
If you select several grids, all the Pad Events in the
grid will be displayed.
Tick field (left side) :
This shows the tick value of the Event. It cannot be edited.
P (pad): field :
You can select the Pad Number in this field
The Pad Event will now be displayed as white “ ”
symbol within the black Now Time marker. Now
the event in the grid is selected.
Note Variation field
In the above picture, the area that displays “T” is
the Note Variation field. You can select the type of
note variation.
T : ........ Tune (Pitch)
In the Event area, you can select several pads and
regions by pressing the [SHIFT] key and moving
the cursor key.
F : ........ Filter
L : ........ Layer
A : ....... Attack time
When the cursor is in the Event area, pressing the
[WINDOW] key will display the Events window.
D : ....... Decay time
- About the note variation Note variation data, which is used for the Q-Link sliders/knobs or 16LEVELS function, is the information
used to control the sound of a pad, and is recorded in
the track along with the pad event. With the note
variation data, you can change the sounds of the pad
even during play back.
Note Variation Value field
In this field, displayed to the right of the Note Variation field, you can select the Note Variation Value.
D (duration) field
You can specify the duration, or length of a note.
V (Velocity)
You can set the velocity of any Pad.
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Chapter 6: Grid Edit
Editing in GRID mode
You can edit a Pad Event in GRID mode as well as in
STEP EDIT mode.
03. Move the cursor to the Grid or select the Time Position in the Now field you wish to paste the event to.
04. Press in and hold the [F3] (EDIT) key and then press
the [F5] (PASTE) key.
The selected Event will be pasted.
Moving (MOVE) an event
[F1] (T.C.) key
This key works the same as the [F1] (T.C.) key in
the MAIN page. It allows you to select the Timing
Correction. For more information, see the “Timing
Correct feature” section.
[F2] (TRACK) key
Holding in this key displays a window which will allow you to close a different track to edit. When you have
made your close with the DATA wheel, simply let go of
the [F2] (TRACK) key. This way, You can select a track
without havng to switch back to the MAIN page.
[F3] (EDIT) key
Pressing this key will display (MOVE), (EDIT),
(COPY), and (PASTE) on [F2] – [F5] keys.
You can move an Event to another position. After moving
the Event, it does not remain at the original position, which
is different from copying/pasting an Event.
01. In the Event list, select the Grid and the Range that
you wish to move.
You can select several pads by pressing the up/
down cursor key while holding in the [SHIFT] key.
You can then select several Grids by pressing the
right/left cursor or turning the DATA wheel if you
continue to hold in the [SHIFT] key.
02. Press in and hold the [F3] (EDIT) key and then press
the [F2] (MOVE) key.
When you press the [F3] (EDIT) key, the display of
the [F2] key will change to ( MOVE) until you release the key.
[F4] (DELETE) key
You can delete a selected Event by pressing this key.
Copying (COPY)/ pasting
(PASTE) an Event
03. The Move Events window will be displayed.
To copy the selected Event and paste it to another location,
proceed as follows.
01. In the Event list, select the grid and the range that
you wish to copy.
You can select several Pads by pressing the up/
down cursor key while holding in the [SHIFT] key.
You can then select several Grids by pressing the
right/left cursor or turning the DATA wheel if you
continue to hold in the [SHIFT] key.
02. Hold down the [F3] (EDIT) key and then press the
[F4] (COPY) key.
When you press the [F3] (EDIT) key, the display of
the [F4] and the [F5] key will change to ( COPY)
and (PASTE) respectively until you release the key.
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Time = :
The selected Event time (the start point)
is displayed. You cannot change this
value.
Move to : You select the time that you wish to
move the selected Events to.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The selected event will be moved.
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Deleting (DELETE) an event
To delete a selected Event, proceed as follows.
01. In the Event list, select the Grid and the Range that
you wish to delete.
You can select several Pads by pressing the up/
down cursor key while holding in the [SHIFT] key.
You can then select several Grids by pressing the
right/left cursor or turning the DATA wheel if you
continue to hold in the [SHIFT] key.
04. Press the [STOP] key.
The LED of the [OVER DUB] key will be turned off
and you can finish the Step Recording.
Detailed setting for Step Recording
Pressing the [WINDOW] key in the STEP EDIT mode
will open up the Step Edit Option window, where you
can select various settings for Step Recording.
02. Press the [F4] (DELETE) key.
The selected Event will be deleted.
Note : you can delete an
Event in the ERASE window by pressing [Erase] key
in Grid Edit mode. For more information, see “Chapter 3 : Sequencer feature, Erase feature”.
Auto step increment field
If you select YES, the MPC2500 will automatically update the sequence according to the setting of the Timing Correct when it receives a Pad or a Note event.
Duration of Recorded Notes field
Entering an event
Step recording
In the GRID EDIT mode, when you hit a pad, or when
the MPC2500 receives MIDI data from an external device, you can record the event in the current time position (the time displayed in the Now field). Move the
event to the desired time position by moving through
the event list with the up/down cursor keys, or by setting the time position in the Now field, and you can
add events to the desired time position one by one. This
is called Step Recording.
01. In the GRID EDIT mode, press the [REC] key or the
[OVER DUB] key.
The LED of the [OVERDUB] key will be lit, which indicates that you can now enter events by hitting a pad.
02. Move the cursor to the time position you want to insert an event by pressing the right/left cursor key.
You can also move the cursor by turning the DATA
wheel or selecting the time position in the Now field.
You can set how the duration that a pad (or MIDI
note) is pressed affects the Event that are recorded
during Step Recording.
AS PLAYED
The duration that a Pad (or MIDI note) is pressed
will be applied to the event exactly as you played
it. When you hit a pad (or MIDI note), the metronome sound will start automatically. When you
release the pad (or MIDI note), the duration that
Event was pressed will be entered in the D (duration) field.
TC VALUE%
The value set in the timing correct will be entered
in the D (duration) field, regardless of the length
that you actually pressed the pad (or MIDI note).
Selecting the TC VALUE% will display the field,
where you can set the percentage of the duration to
apply to the current timing correct value.
Real time recording
In the GRID EDIT mode, you can record the sequence
data in real time by pressing the [REC] key or the [OVER
DUB] key and pressing the [PLAY] key at the same time.
03. Hit a pad.
The Event will be recorded and the cursor will move
to the next grid automatically.
If you select NO in Auto step increment field in the
Step Edit Options in STEP EDIT mode, the MPC2500
will stop the auto step increment. See the Detailed
setting for Step Recording for more information of it.
Note : The event you recorded by real time recording displays on
the grid after stopping the recording.
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Chapter 7: Song mode
Chapter 7 : Song mode
In the SONG mode, you can set the order of multiple sequences and play them in a series. The SONG mode is useful when
you are creating a song by combining short sequences. You can check the structure of an entire song while working, so you
can finish the song easily. You cannot record the performance in the SONG mode, you can convert the song that you created
in the SONG mode to one long sequence so that you can record/edit it like you would a normal sequence.
Structure of a song
The MPC2500 can handle up to 20 songs. Each song has 250 steps. You can create a
song by assigning sequences to each step in the list. For each step, you can assign a
sequence, and also set the number of times the MPC2500 should repeat the sequence. You can create a song in the SONG mode, which can be accessed by pressing the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 16].
Screens
Now field
The time display on the upper left corner on the
screen is the Now field. The Now field always displays the current position of a sequence. This is the
same as the Now field in the MAIN page.
Song field
You can set the song number in this field. The song
name will be displayed to the right of the number. If
there is an unused song, it is displayed as (unused).
Step list
The list that is displayed below the Now field and the Song
field is the step list, which is used to assign the sequences
to each step. Pressing the down cursor key when the Now
field or the Song field is selected moves the cursor to the
step list. When there are many steps with different sequences assigned, you can scroll through the list with the
up/down cursor keys. Pressing the left cursor key in the
Step field of the step list moves the cursor to the Now field.
Step field
This field displays the step number. You can scroll through
the list by turning the DATA wheel.
Sequence field
You can assign the sequences in this field by turning the
DATA wheel.
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Reps field
You can set the number of times to repeat the sequence.
Tempo field
Displays the tempo of the selected sequence. You can
change the tempo of the sequence, but if you are using the same sequence in another step, the tempo of
that sequence will be changed as well.
Bars field
Displays the number of bars of the selected sequence.
This field only displays the number of bars, you cannot make any changes in this field.
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Creating a song
01. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 16] (SONG).
The SONG page will be displayed.
02. In the Song field, select a song whose name is (unused).
Deleting a step
To delete a step in the list, proceed as follows.
01. Select the step that you wish to delete.
You can select the step by using the up/down cursor keys in the step list.
02. Press the [F5] (DELETE) key.
03. Move the cursor to (end of song) and select the sequence to play first using the DATA wheel.
Turning the DATA wheel creates the new step and
you can select a sequence. Then the new song will
be created and its name will change from (unused)
to Song## (## indicates the song number).
04. In the Reps field, set the times to repeat a sequence.
The MPC2500 will repeat the sequence the number
of times set here before starting to play the next step.
The selected step will be deleted and the following
steps will be moved forward.
Inserting a step
To insert a step in a song, proceed as follows.
01. In the Step list, select a step that you wish to insert a
new step into.
The new step will be inserted before the selected step.
02. Press [F6] (INSERT) key.
1 - 99
The MPC2500 will repeat the sequence the
selected number of times.
HOLD
The MPC2500 will repeat the sequence until you press the [F4] (SUDDEN) or the [F6]
(NEXT) key.
If you set the Reps field to 0, the MPC2500 will finish the play back after the previous step. It will not
play the next step.
05. Select the (end of song) field by pressing the down
cursor key, and select the sequence that you want
played back next.
Assign the sequences in the desired order by repeating the steps 03. and 04.
06. Press the [PLAY START] key.
The assigned sequence will be played in the selected order.
A new step with the same contents as the select step
will be inserted right before the selected step.
Playing a song
You can play the song by pressing the [PLAY START] key.
To play from the middle of the song, select the position that
you wish to start the playback, using the cursor, and press
the [PLAY] key.
During the playback, the function key will change as follows.
[F4] (SUDDEN) key
If you press this key during the playback, the
MPC2500 will skip to the next step before it finishes the current sequence.
[F6] (NEXT) key
If you press this key during the play back, the
MPC2500 will skip to the next step after it finishes
playing back the current sequence regardless of the
number of repeats in the Reps field.
Tips : If HOLD is selected for a step in the Reps field, the
MPC2500 will not go to the next step until you press the [F4]
(SUDDEN) key or the [F6] (NEXT) key.
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Other features in the SONG
Changing the song name
01. In the Song field of the SONG page, select a song
that you wish to change the name of.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Song window will open.
03. In the Song name field, enter the new name.
For more information for setting the name, see the
“Setting names” section on Page 10.
Deleting all the songs
You can delete all the song data in the memory at one time.
Proceed as follows.
01. In the SONG mode, select the Song field and press
the [WINDOW] key.
The Song window will open.
02. Press the [F2] (DELETE) key.
The Delete Song window will open.
03. Press the [F3] (ALL SG) key.
The Delete ALL Songs window will open.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
04. Press the [F4] (CLOSE) key.
All the songs will be titled (unused).
It closes the window and goes back to the SONG page.
Setting all sequences to the same tempo
Copying a song
To copy a song to another song, proceed as follows.
01. In the Song field of the SONG mode, select a song
that you wish to copy.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Song window will open.
03. Press the [F5] (COPY) key.
The Copy Song window will open.
04. In the Song field (below), select a song that you wish
to copy the selected song to.
05. Press the [F3] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start copying the song. To cancel
the operation, press the [F4] (CANCEL) key instead.
Deleting a song
To remove the selected song from the memory of
MPC2500, proceed as follows.
01. In the Song field of the SONG mode, select a song
that you wish to delete.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Song window will open.
03. Press the [F2] (DELETE) key
The Delete Song window will open.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
This deletes the selected song and changes its name
to “unused”.
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Each sequence has its own tempo. When you are creating a song in the Song mode, it is useful to change all
the sequences to have the same tempo at once. With
this feature, you can change all the sequences that you
are using for a song to the same tempo at once.
01. In the Tempo field of the step list, press the [WINDOW] key.
The Tempo Change window will be displayed.
02. Press the [F5] (FIX) key.
The Fix Tempo window will be displayed.
03. In the Fix tempo field, select the desired tempo.
04. Press the [F3] (DO IT) key.
All the sequences used in the song will be set to the
tempo that is set in the Fix tempo field.
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Ignoring tempo change events in a sequence
For example:
You can set the MPC2500 to ignore tempo change events
that are set set in a sequence.
The track data of MIDI output channels 1A-16A
will be merged to tracks 1-16.
01. In the Tempo field in the step list, press the [WINDOW] key.
The track data of MIDI output channels 1B-16B
will be merged to track 17-32.
The Tempo Change window will be displayed.
02. Select a setting in the Ignore tempo change events
in sequence field.
NO
The MPC2500 will execute the tempo
change events in the sequence.
YES
The MPC2500 will ignore the tempo
change events in the sequence.
The track data of MIDI output channels 1C-16C
will be merged to track 33-48.
The track data of MIDI output channels 1D-16D
will be merged to track 49-64.
Note : If the track is set to OFF in Midi field in the MAIN page,
the data in the track will not be merged after Convert Song to Seq.
If you wish to convert the tracks for an internal program, set the
MIDI output channel for the track temporary.
03. Press the [F4] (CLOSE) key.
This closes the window.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key
The song will be converted to a sequence.
Converting a song to a sequence
You can convert a song to one long sequence. You can
record or over dub to the converted sequence in the
MAIN mode like other sequences. You can also edit the
sequence in the STEP EDIT mode or the SEQ EDIT mode.
01. In the SONG mode, press the [F4] (CONVRT) key.
The Convert Song to Seq window will be displayed.
Note : during Song Conversion
(when selected “REFERENCED TO 1ST SQ and
MUTE TRACKS IGNORED)
When you convert a song, the specific settings used in each track
within the sequence, such as track type, MIDI channel setting,
selection of the program, etc, will be set to the values that you set
02. In the From song field, select the song that you wish
to convert.
03. In the To seq field, select the destination sequence.
04. In the Track status field, select the track status after
conversion to a sequence.
in step 1. If the track setting of the sequence in another step is
different from those in the step 1, the song may not be converted
properly. To avoid this, it is better to make the track settings and
the order of each sequence the same. For more information on
how to change the order of the tracks, see the “Changing the order of the tracks” section on page 30.
REFERENCED TO 1ST SQ :
The setting data (such as MIDI output, Mixer
setting, Tempo, etc) of each track in the 1st Sequence of the Song will be used for all tracks in
the following sequences.
MUTE TRACKS IGNORED :
The muted tracks in the sequences of the Song
will not be converted.
MERGED ON MIDI CHANNEL
The track in the sequence of the Song will be
merged to the track according to the MIDI output channel.
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Chapter 8: Functions of a pad
Chapter 8 : Functions of a pad
16 level function (16LEVELS key)
You can play a sound using 16 parameter levels assigned to the 16 pads.
01. Hit the pad that you wish to play in 16 levels.
02. Press the [16 LEVELS] key.
The Assign 16 Levels window will be displayed.
The Pad field displays the pad you selected in step 1.
03. In the Type field, select the type of the parameter
that you wish to play in 16 levels.
You can select the following parameters;
VELOCITY
The MPC2500 will play the velocity in 16 levels.
TUNE
The MPC2500 will play the pitch in
16 levels by semitone.
FILTER
The MPC2500 will play the filter
cutoff value in 16 levels.
LAYER
The MPC2500 will play the layer
value in 16 levels.
Playing with pads
DECAY
By assigning the sounds in memory to a pad, you can play
those sounds.
The MPC2500 will play the decay
value in 16 levels.
ATTACK
The MPC2500 will play the attack
value in 16 levels.
The MPC2500 has 16 drum pads. The pads perform various
function besides making sounds when hit. In this section,
you will learn about various functions of the pad.
Below are some useful functions when playing with pads.
Switching pad banks
The MPC2500 has 16 pads, but you can play up to 64
samples by switching between the four pad banks.
The LED of the currently selected pad bank (from banks
A through D) is turned on. By pressing the desired [PAD
BANK] key, you can switch pad banks.
Full level function (FULL LEVEL key)
You can control the level of the sound by the velocity
used to hit the pads, but if you press the [FULL LEVEL]
key, the MPC2500 will play the sample at the maximum
level regardless of the velocity.
If you press the [FULL LEVEL] key, the LED will be lit,
and the full level function will be activated. To deactivate this function, press the [FULL LEVEL] key again.
When TUNE is selected, the Original key pad field
will be displays. In this field, you can specify the
pad that plays the original key pad.
04. Press the [F5] (TurnON) key.
The window closes and the LED of the [16 LEVELS]
key is turned on, which indicates you can play in 16
levels. Pressing the [16 LEVELS] key turns its LED off
and deactivates the 16 levels function.
Tips: When you select VELOCITY in the Type field, the velocity
of the pad event can be played in 16 levels, but if you select an
option other than VELOCITY, the note variation value will be
played in 16 levels. The note variation data can change the value
of a specific parameter when you play the pad’s sample. For example, if you select TUNE in the Type field, when you hit the
pad, the note variation data of TUNE will be sent to the sampler
section with the pad event, and the TUNE value will be changed
according to the pad you played.
During Sequence recording, the Note variation data will be recorded with the note event and you can play back the sequence
exactly what was played. The note variation value is also used for
the Q- Link slider function.
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Setting the track mute with pads
You can mute/unmute tracks in real time during playback by
hitting the pads. This is useful when you have several instruments assigned to different tracks, so that you can play a
song and switch tracks on/off using the pads while playing
back your sequence.
Pressing the [TRACK MUTE] key brings up the track mute page.
Solo function
With the Solo function, you can play back only the selected track.
01. Hit the pad that corresponds to the track that you
wish to play, while pressing the [F6] (SOLO) key.
The [F6] (SOLO) will be highlighted and MPC2500
will play only the selected track while it mutes the
other tracks. You can switch the tracks to play, by
hitting a pad.
02. Pressing the [F6] (SOLO) key deactivates the solo
function.
Setting the track mute in solo mode
TRACK MUTE Screen
Now field
Like the Now field in the MAIN page, this field
displays the current time position of the sequence.
Sq field
Like the Sq field in the MAIN page, you can select
a sequence in this field.
Track list
The track list is displayed under the Now field and
the Sq field.
The track list displays the first 8 letters of the track
name. The tracks are displayed according to the
position of the pads; Track 1 on the lower left and
track 16 on the upper right. You can display 16 pads
at one time, but you can display 1 to 64 tracks by
switching pad banks. The track whose track mute
is set to off will be highlighted.
Solo function switches the track mute setting temporary. Turning off the solo function resets the track mute
settings for each track to the same status as before the
solo function was activated. However, you can also turn
off the solo function while keeping the track mute setting unchanged. With this feature, you can make a performance starting with many tracks followed by only
a simple rhythm track and then gradually add tracks.
Operation
When the solo function is on, press the [F6] (SOLO)
key while holding the [SHIFT] key.
The Solo function will be deactivated and the mute setting for the track set to solo will be turned off. The setting for other tracks will be turned on.
Operation
Hitting a pad when the track mute page is displayed switches the track mute setting of that track
instead of playing the sound.
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Chapter 8: Functions of a pad
Selecting a sequence to play
with pads
Tips: You can cancel the next sequence that is displayed below
the sequence list, by pressing the [F6] (CLEAR) key.
SUDDEN key
You can select a sequence that you wish to play next, by
hitting the pads. This is useful for live performances, which
change a song structure in real time. Also, you can check
the relationship between sequences while you are working
on a song with several short sequences.
Pressing the [NEXT SEQ] key brings up the next sequence page.
Normally, the MPC2500 will switch to the next sequence after it plays the current sequence to the end.
However, you can also switch to the next sequence before the MPC2500 finishes playing back the current sequence by pressing the [F4] (SUDDEN) key.
It is useful for the live performance, where you need
to switch to the next phrase at a certain cue.
01. Select the next sequence with the pads, and press
the [F4] (SUDDEN) key.
The MPC2500 will switch to the next sequence at
the point the key is pressed.
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Now field
Like the Now field in the MAIN page, it displays
the current time position of the sequence.
Sq field
Like the Sq field in the MAIN page, you can select
a sequence in this field.
Sequence list
The sequence list is displayed under the Now field
and the Sq field.
The sequence list displays the first 8 letters of the
sequence name. The sequences are displayed according to the position of the pads; Sequence 1 on
the lower left and sequence 16 on the upper right.
You can display 16 pads at one time, allowing you
to display 1 to 64 sequences by switching pad banks.
Note: you cannot select a sequence between 65 and 99 using
pads, but you can select them in the Sq field.
- Operation 01. In the Sq field, select a sequence that you wish to
play first.
02. Start to play back the Sequence.
03. Select another sequence that you wish to play next,
using a pad.
The number and name of the selected sequence will
be displayed below the Sequence list. The MPC2500
will switch to the next sequence after it plays the
current sequence to the end.
Tips: You can change the next sequence by hitting the pads until
the current sequence ends.
Tips: When no other sequence is selected, the MPC2500 will continue to playback the current sequence over and over.
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Tips: If you press the pad while holding the [F4] (SUDDEN)
key, the MPC2500 will switch to the next sequence at the point
the pad is hit.
HOLD key
Normally, when the next sequence is selected, the
MPC2500 will switch to the next sequence after it finishes playing the current sequence. If you press the [F5]
(HOLD) key, the MPC2500 will keep playing back the
current sequence until you press the [F5] (HOLD)
again. It is useful for the live performance, where you
wish to change the phrase according to the response of
the audience.
01. Select the next sequence with the pad, and press
the [F5] (HOLD) key.
The key will be highlighted and the MPC2500 will
keep playing back the current sequence, instead of
switching to the next sequence.
If you press the [F5] (HOLD) key again, the Hold
function will turn off and the MPC2500 will switch
to the next sequence after it finishes playing back
the current sequence.
Tips: If you press the [F4] (SUDDEN) key when the hold function
is on, the MPC2500 will switch to the next sequence right away.
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Chapter 9 : Q-Link slider & knob
By using the Q-Link sliders and knobs, you
can control certain pad parameters (filter,
tune, etc…) with a slider or knob. There
are two ways (NOTE ON and REALTIME)
for controlling the sound by Q-Link.
NOTE ON, the sound will be affected to
the position of Q-LINK slider/knobs at the
point the Pad is hit. But the sound will not
be affected by changing the Q-Link slider/
knobs after hitting the pad. REALTIME,
you can change the sound during playing
back by changing the Q-LINK slider/knob.
In this section, you will learn how to set the Q-Link sliders
or knobs. This is done in the SLIDER mode, which can be
accessed by pressing the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 1]
(SLIDER) key. The SLIDER mode has 4 pages, [F1] (Q1),
[F2] (Q2), [F3] (Q3), and [F4] (Q4), and you can set the QLink slider 1 and 2, Q-Link knob 3 and 4 separately.
position data. For example, when
you select TUNE as a parameter, by
moving the slider, you can affect the
sample tune.
REAL TIME :
If you change the Q-LINK slider/
knob while the sound is playing
backs, the sound will be changed.
When REAL TIME is selected, the
information of Q-LINK slider/knob
is recorded as a Q-LINK event , not
as Note Variation data.
03. In the Parameter field, select the parameter you wish
to control.
• When the REAL TIME is selected in the Change field
TUNE :
This controls the sample’s pitch.
LEVEL :
This controls the sample’s volume level.
CUTOFF1+2 : This controls the cutoff frequency of both Fil-
Setting the slider & knob
ter 1 and Filter 2.
CUTOFF1 :
This controls the cutoff frequency of Filter 1.
CUTOFF2 :
This controls the cutoff frequency of Filter 2.
RESO1+2 :
This controls the resonance value of both Filter 1 and Filter 2.
01. In the Assign pad field, select the pad to which you
wish to assign Q-Link by hitting it.
The effect of the slider or knob will be applied to
the selected pad. If you do not wish to use the QLink function for any pad, select OFF by turning
the DATA wheel.
02. In the Change field, select the condition for changing
the parameter.
RESO1 :
This controls the resonance value of Filter 1.
RESO2 :
This controls the resonance value of Filter 2.
PAN :
This control the sample’s pan position.
• When the NOTE ON is selected in the Change field
TUNE :
This controls the sample’s pitch.
Filter :
This controls the cutoff frequency Filter.
LAYER :
This allows you to alter the HIGH and
LOW Range at which the Event will be
triggered.
NOTE ON :
The setting value of the Q-LINK
slider/knob at hitting the pad affects to the sound. If you change the
Q-LINK slider/knob while the
sound is playing back, the sound
will not be changed. The information of the slider or knob position
will be sent to the sampler section
as Note Variation data The Note
Variation data is included in the
Pad Event and converts the specific
parameter value to slider or knob
ATTACK :
This controls the attack time of the
Amp Envelop.
DECAY :
This controls the decay time of the
Amp Envelope.
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04. In the High range field and Low range field, set the
upper and lower limit of the slider or knobs.
The value of the controlled parameter is determined
by the value set here. The value depends on the type
of the parameter selected in the Parameter field.
TUNE :
-120 - +120 This controls the sample pitch with “10”
equals a semitone.
LEVEL : 0 –100
This control the sample volume level.
CUTOFF1+2 / CUTOFF1 / CUTOFF2 : -50 - +50
This offsets the cut off frequency of the currently
selected filter. The value set in the PROGRAM mode
is used as 0.
Recording the slider/knob
value in a sequence
When you use the Q-Link slider/knob while recording a
sequence. the Note Variation data will be recorded into the
track of the sequence.
When the NOTE ON is selected in the Change field,
the value of the Q-Link slider/knob will be recorded
as Note Variation information with the Pad Event.
When the REAL TIME is selected in the Change field,
the value of the Q-Link slider/knob will be recorded
as Q-Link event, independent of the Pad Event.
RESO1+2 / RESO1 / RESO2 : -50 - +50
AFTER key
This offsets the resonance of the currently selected filter.
The value set in the PROGRAM mode is used as 0.
This key sets the operation of the Q-Link slider/knob, when a
sequences is recorded, the Note Variation data is played back.
LAYER : 0 - 127
This value switches layers instead of Velocity.
The operation of the [AFTER] key is different with “NOTE
ON” or “REAL TIME” .
ATTACK : 0 – 100
The attack time of the envelope will be replaced
with this value.
DECAY : 0 – 100
The decay time of the envelope will be replaced
with this value.
Note : When you change the LEVEL or the PAN on REAL
TIME by Q-Link slider/knob, some noise may occur depending on the sound.
Resetting the Q-Link slider / knob value
You can reset (back to the original value) the altered
value of Q-Link slider/knob.
Example : When you control the Tune of the Pad Event
with REAL TIME, the Tune will keep the changed value
after you change the Q-Link slider. If you press the [F5]
(ALL R) key or the [F6] (RESET) key, the changed value
resets to its original value.
When the “NOTE ON” is selected,
If the [AFTER] key is OFF, (the LED is off), if you
move the Q-Link slider or knob while playing back
a sequence with Note Variation, the Pad’s Note
Variation is played as recorded. If you hit a Pad
during playback, the Pad that you hit will have
the effect of Q-Link slider or knob.
If the [AFTER] key is ON (the LED is lit.), if you
move the Q-Link slider or knob while playing back
a sequence with Note Variation, the Note Variation value will be replaced with the current position of the Q-Link slider or knob.
When the “REAL TIME” is selected,
If the [AFTER] key is OFF, (the LED is off), if you
move the Q-Link slider or knob while playing back
a sequence with Note Variation, the recorded Pad’s
sound will be changed.
If the [AFTER] key is ON (the LED is lit.), the recorded Q-Link Event will be ignoreed and the current Q-Link slider/knob position will be used while
playing back a sequence with Note Variation.
While recording a sequence,
[F5] (ALL R) : All parameter changed with REAL
TIME resets to the original value.
[F6] (RESET) : Only the parameter being displayed in
Slider page resets to the original value.
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If the [AFTER] key is OFF, when you move the QLink slider/knob, the new Q-Link Event will be recorded and added to the existing Q-Link Events.
If the [AFTER] key is ON, when you move the QLink slider/knob. The new Q-Link event will be
recorded and will erase any previous Q-Link Events.
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Other features of Q-Link slider
and knob
Q-Link slider and knobs also have the following features.
Feature in MIXER mode
In the L/PAN page in the MIXER mode, the Q-Link
slider and knob work as follows :
Q1 slider : This can control the level of the selected pad.
Q2 knob : This can control the pan of the selected pad.
Feature in TRIM mode
In the TRIM page and LOOP page within TRIM mode,
holding in the [AFTER] key while manipulating the QLink sliders.
[AFTER] key + Q1 slider
TRIM page : This can adjust the start point.
LOOP page : This can adjust the loop start point.
[AFTER] key + Q2 slider
TRIM page : This can adjust the end point.
LOOP page : This can adjust the loop end point.
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Chapter 10: Using the MPC2500 with external devices
Chapter 10 : Using the MPC2500 with external devices
In this section, you will learn how to sync the MPC2500 to the other MIDI devices using MIDI clock. MIDI clock is a
function of the MIDI standard and allows several MIDI devices to synchronize. If your MIDI device supports MIDI
clock, you can use the device and the MPC2500 in sync. If you are not sure if your MIDI device supports MIDI clock or
not, refer to the device’s operation manual.
Sync with the MPC2500 as
the master
Sync with the MPC2500 as
the slave
When you play the MPC2500’s sequence, the connected
MIDI device will follow. MIDI clock data will be sent from
the MPC2500 to the connected MIDI device. In this case, the
MPC2500 is called the “master”, and the connected MIDI
device the “slave”.
The external MIDI sequencer triggers the MPC2500. When
the external MIDI sequencer starts playback, the MPC2500
starts playback as well. The MIDI clock is sent from the external MIDI sequencer to the MPC2500. In this case, the external MIDI sequencer works as the master, and the
MPC2500 as the slave.
01. Connect the MIDI OUT of the MPC2500 to MIDI IN
of the external MIDI device using a MIDI cable.
The MPC2500 has four MIDI OUTs: MIDI OUT A,
MIDI OUT B, MIDI OUT C, and MIDI OUT D. You
can connect to any MIDI output, but for this example connect to the MIDI OUT B.
01. Connect the MIDI IN of the MPC2500 to MIDI OUT
of the external MIDI device using the MIDI cable.
The MPC2500 has two MIDI Ins: MIDI IN 1 and
MIDI IN 2. You can connect to either MIDI IN, but
here, connect to the MIDI IN 2.
02. Select the MIDI/SYNC mode by pressing the [MODE]
key and hitting the [PAD 9] (MIDI/SYNC).
02. Select the MIDI/SYNC mode by pressing the [MODE]
key and hitting the [PAD 9] (MIDI/SYNC).
03. Press the [F2] (SYNC) key.
03. Press the [F2] (SYNC) key.
The SYNC page will be displayed.
04. Select the Sync out field and then select the output
of the MIDI clock.
You can send out MIDI clock from any of MIDI OUT
A or B or C or D. When you select “AB”, MIDI clock
is sent from both MIDI OUT A and B. In this example, since you have connected the external MIDI
device to MIDI OUT B in step 1, select MIDI OUT B.
05. Press the [MAIN] key.
The main page, where you play back the sequence,
will be displayed.
The SYNC page will be displayed.
04. Select the "Sync in" field and select the input of the
MIDI clock.
You can receive the MIDI clock from both MIDI IN
1 and 2. In this example, as you have connected the
external MIDI device to MIDI IN 2 in step 1, select
MIDI OUT 2.
05. Press the [MAIN] key.
The main page, where you play back the sequence,
will be displayed.
06. Set the external MIDI device to send out the MIDI clock.
Refer to the device’s operation manual.
06. Set the external MIDI device to receive the MIDI clock.
Refer to the device’s operation manual.
07. Press the [PLAY START] key.
07. Start the playback of the external MIDI sequencer.
The MPC2500 starts the playback as well.
(EXT) will be displayed in the (Tempo) field.
The MPC2500 starts playback and the external
MIDI device should start playback at the same time.
Note: The tempo being set in the sequence will be displayed during stopping the sequence.
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Note: The MIDI clock signal has tempo information. The slave
device will follow the master device’s tempo regardless of its origi-
02. Press the [F1] (MIDI) key.
The MIDI page will be displayed.
nal tempo.
03. Select the Soft thru field and select OFF.
Note: The MIDI clock signal does not have time information. If
the time settings of the master and the slave are different, they will
still play in sync but their time position display may be different.
Connecting the MPC2500 to
the MIDI keyboard with the
sound module
In this section, you can learn how to connect the MPC2500 to
a MIDI keyboard which has an internal sound module to
use the MPC2500’s sequencer feature.
Normally, The MIDI keyboard with the sound module is set
to generate the sound from the internal sound module when
you play the keyboard. However, The MPC2500 sends out
any incoming MIDI signals to the MIDI keyboard at the MIDI
output. So, if you play the keyboard, the performance will
be played in duplicate. To use the MPC2500 as a sequencer,
you need to change the setting on the MIDI keyboard so that
the MPC2500, not the MIDI keyboard, plays the keyboard’s
internal sound module.
Normally this could be done by changing the setting called
“local control”. By setting the MIDI keyboard’s local control
to OFF, you can use the external keyboard and its internal
sound module separately.
In this case, the MIDI signal flows as in the figure in the right.
The soft thru field determines how to output the
incoming MIDI signal.
You can select the following options:
OFF
The MPC2500 will not output the incoming MIDI signal.
AS TRACK The MPC2500 refers to the MIDI channel setting of the sequence’s track. The
channel information of the incoming
MIDI signal will be replaced with the
MIDI channel selected the track.
OMNI- A
The MPC2500 will output the incoming
MIDI data as it is from MIDI OUT A.
OMNI- B
The MPC2500 will output the incoming
MIDI data as it is from MIDI OUT B.
OMNI-C
The MPC2500 will output the incoming
MIDI data as it is from MIDI OUT C.
OMNI-D
The MPC2500 will output the incoming
MIDI data as it is from MIDI OUT D.
OMNI- AB The MPC2500 will output the incoming MIDI data as it is from both MIDI
OUT A and B.
OMNI-CD The MPC2500 will output the incoming MIDI data as it is from both MIDI
OUT C and D.
OMNI-ALL The MPC2500 will output the incoming MIDI data as it is from all of MIDI
OUT A, B, C, and D.
Setting the MIDI input
The performance data from the MIDI keyboard will be entered to the MPC2500.
It will not be sent to the internal sound module.
The MIDI output of the MPC2500 will be sent back to the MIDI
keyboard, which will plays the keyboards sound module.
For more information about the setting of your MIDI
keyboard’s local control, see the keyboard’s operation manual.
If your MIDI keyboard does not have a local control setting,
deactivate the MPC2500’s soft through function. In this case,
the MPC2500 will output only the data that is recorded on the
track, not the incoming MIDI signal.
However, if you do this, you cannot use some MPC2500 features, such as note repeat.
01. Select the MIDI/SYNC mode by pressing the [MODE]
key and hitting the [PAD 9] (MIDI/SYNC).
Normally, the MPC2500 can receive the incoming MIDI data
regardless of the MIDI channel, so you do not have to worry
about the MIDI channel of the connected MIDI devices. You
can change the setting to receive only the data on a specific
MIDI channel.
01. Select the MIDI/SYNC mode by pressing the [MODE]
key and hitting the [PAD 9] (MIDI / SYNC).
02. Press the [F1] (MIDI) key.
The MIDI page will be displayed.
03. Select the Active track receive channel field and select
the MIDI channel from which you wish to receive the data.
If you set this field to ALL, the MPC2500 will receive
all channels. If you select any channel from 1 to 15,
the MPC2500 will receive only the selected channel.
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Cutting off the internal sound
from a Pad (Setting Local Control)
You can cut off the internal sound from a Pad. When the
“Pad to Internal sound “ field to OFF., the pad information
does not come from an internal sound but is sent out from
MIDI OUT. The internal sound can be played by incoming
MIDI IN signal from the external MIDI device.
01. Select the MIDI/SYNC mode by pressing the [MODE]
key and hitting the [PAD 9] (MIDI/SYNC).
02. Press the [F1] (MIDI) key.
03. Select the “Pad to internal sound” field and use the
DATA wheel to select “OFF” .
Changing a sequence by
Program Change from an
external device
The MPC2500 can change to a different sequence by MIDI
Program Change message from an external MIDI device.
01. Select the MIDI/SYNC mode by pressing the [MODE]
key and then hitting the [PAD 9] (MIDI/SYNC).
02. Press the [F1] (MIDI) key.
03. Cursor down to the “Sequence change by program
change” field and use the DATA wheel to chose “ON”.
The sequence of the same number as the incoming
Program Change number will be selected.
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Chapter 11 : Recording a sample
In this chapter, you will lean how to record from an analog
external device (CD player’s analog output, microphone,
etc…) so that you can play the sound by hitting the pads.
05. Play the source. Check the level meter on screen and
adjust the recording level using the [REC GAIN] knob.
Note: When you select DIGITAL or MAIN OUT / INTCD in the
Input field, you cannot adjust the recording level with the [REC
Preparing the recording
01. Connect the external device to the RECORD IN,
which is located on the MPC2500’s rear panel.
The format of the analog input of the MPC2500 is
standard phone jack. If your device’s format is different, you will need an adapter.
02. Press the [MODE] key and then [PAD 5] (RECORD).
When you press the [MODE] key, its LED will blink.
Pressing [PAD 5] with the [MODE] key’s LED on
displays the RECORD page, where you set the setting for the recording.
GAIN] knob.
The level meter moves according to the input level.
If the meter goes too far to the right, the sound will
be distorted, but if the sound level is too low, the
sample will gain a lot of noise. Set the level as high
as possible without reaching the right edge (clip).
06. Select the Threshold field and set the threshold level
to start the recording.
When the MPC2500 is in the recording enable mode,
it starts the recording automatically when the level
of the incoming source exceeds the threshold level.
If you set the threshold level too high, the MPC2500
may not start the recording when you play the input source, or the beginning of the recording may
be missing. If you set the threshold level too low,
the MPC2500 may start the recording before you
play the external source. Set this to the appropriate
level using the level meter. The threshold level will
be indicated as “ ” as the figure below.
03. Select the Input field, and select the recording source.
ANALOG
The MPC2500 will record the incoming signal from the RECORD IN on the
rear panel.
DIGITAL
The MPC2500 will record the incoming signal from the DIGITAL IN on the
rear panel.
07. Select the Time field and set the recording time.
MAIN OUT The MPC2500 will record the same signal with the signal from the STEREO
OUT on the rear panel.
INT CD
The MPC2500 will record the signal
from Audio CD in internal CD drive.
(This only can be selected if the optional CD drive is installed.)
For this example, please select ANALOG.
04. Select the Mode field and select STEREO or MONO.
STEREO
The MPC2500 will record the left and
right channel signals as a stereo sample.
MONO L
The MPC2500 will record only the left
channel signal.
MONO R
The MPC2500 will record only the right
channel signal.
The MPC2500 will record for the time set in this
field. We recommend you set the time a little longer
than the actual recording time. You can finish the
recording manually.
Starting the recording
08. Press [F6] (RECORD) key.
The MPC2500 will be in the record ready mode,
and the bottom of the screen will change as below.
This indicates that the MPC2500 is waiting for the
incoming signal. It starts the recording when the
input signal exceeds the threshold level.
Pressing the [F5] (CANCEL) key cancels the record
ready mode and resets the MPC2500.
Pressing the [F6] (START) key starts the recording,
even when the incoming signal does not exceed the
threshold level.
Note: If you press the [F6] (RECORD) key when the external
source is higher than the threshold level, the MPC2500 will start
the recording right after you press the [F6] (RECORD) key.
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09. Play the external source.
The MPC2500 will start the recording automatically
when the level of the input signal exceeds the
threshold level. During the recording, the bottom
of the screen will change as below:
The MPC2500 stops the recording at the time set in
the Time field.
You can stop the recording manually before the time
set in the Time field, by pressing the [F6] (STOP) key.
To cancel the recording, press the [F5] (CANCEL) key.
After the MPC2500 ends the recording, the Keep or
Retry window will be displayed.
10. Check the recorded sample by pressing [F4] (PLAY) key.
If you press the [F4] (PLAY) key, you can play back
the recorded sample until you release the key.
If you do not like the recording, you can remove the
recording and return to the RECORD page by pressing the [F2] (RETRY) key. If you like the recording
and decide to keep it, proceed to the next step.
11. Select the New name field with the cursor, and set
the name for the sample.
In the New name field, the recorded sample will
have a new name automatically. You can select the
New name field with the cursor and change the
sample name if needed. For more information about
setting the sample name, see the “Setting names”
section on page 10.
12. Select the Assign to pad field with the cursor and
select the pad to which you wish to assign the sample.
You can select the pad directly by hitting the pad
when the cursor is in the Assign to pad field. If you
just wish to keep the recorded sample in the
MPC2500’s memory and not to assign to the pad,
select OFF with the DATA wheel.
13. Press the [F5] (KEEP) key.
This closes the Keep or Retry windows and goes
back to the RECORD page.
Note: The recorded sample will be removed when you switch the
unit off. To keep the sample, you need to save on a memory card
or import it to a PC. For more information about saving the data,
see the “Save / Load” section on page 103 or see the “Connecting
the MPC2500 to your computer” section on page 112 .
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Recording the sample - detailed information
In this section, you will learn about several features regarding the recording which were not described in the “Recording the sample” section.
Recording the digital signal
Here, you will learn how to record a digital signal.
Note: You can record only from the devices whose sampling
OUT. Before going back to the RECORD mode, set
the program and sequence so that the desired sound
will be output from the STEREO OUT.
02. Press the [MODE] key and then [PAD 5] (RECORD)
to display the RECORD page.
03. Select the Input field and select MAIN OUT.
04. Select the Mode field and select STEREO or MONO.
rate in set to 44.1kHz (ex. CD player). The MPC2500 does not
support the other sampling rates.
05. Select the Time field and set the recording time.
Note: The format of the MPC2500’s digital input is coaxial type.
Note : When the MAIN OUT is selected, you cannot adjust the
If your digital device has an optical output, you cannot connect
recording level When the MAIN OUT is selected, the recording
it to the MPC2500 directly. You will need an adapter.
level is decided by the setting of Master level in the GLOBAL
Preparing the recording
01. Connect the external device to the DIGITAL IN which
is located on the MPC2500’s rear panel.
page of the OTHER mode. The initial setting of the Master level
is –12dB as the output sound will not distort when many samples
are played back simultaneously. If you record one sample through
MAIN OUT with this setting, the recorded sample level is lower
than the original sample level. In this case, if you set the Master
02. Press the [MODE] key and then [PAD 5] (RECORD)
to display the RECORD page.
03. Select the Input field and select DIGITAL.
When you select DIGITAL, a digital device MUST
be connected to the MPC2500.
level to 0dB, the recorded sample level is same as the original
sample level.
Note: When MAIN OUT is selected, the level meter is not displayed.
For the next steps, proceed as described in the “Starting the recording” section on page 55.
04. Select the Mode field and select STEREO or MONO.
05. Play the source. Check the level meter on screen.
Note: With the digital recording, you cannot adjust the recording level.
06. Select the Threshold field and set the threshold level
to trigger the recording.
07. Select the Time field and set the recording time.
For the next steps, proceed as described in the
“Starting the recording" section on page 55.
Recording the MAIN OUT
In this section, you will learn how to record the same signal found on the STEREO OUT of the MPC2500. With this
feature, you can add the effects to the recorded sample and
re-record it, or you can record the phrase that you created
with the sequence feature, as one sample.
Preparing the recording
01. Prepare the system so that you can play the desired
sound by hitting the pads or playing back the sequence.
The sound that the MPC2500 will actually record
is exactly the same as the sound from the STEREO
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Recording the internal CD’s sound
In this section, you will learn how to record the CD’s sound
from the internal CD drive directly to the MPC2500.
(When the optional internal CD drive is installed.)
[PLAY START] key :
This key plays Audio CD from the beginning of the track
[PLAY] key :
This key plays Audio CD from the current time position.
[Step] key :
Preparation for recording
01. Set the audio CD you wish to record on the tray of
the internal CD drive.
Wait until the disk rotation is stable or stopped.
02. Press the [MODE] key and then [PAD 5] (RECORD)
to display the RECORD page
03. In the Input field, select CD.
The CD Control window will be displayed, instead
of Level Meter window.
This key will Rewind /Fast forward the Audio CD.
[BAR] key :
This key selects the track in Audio CD.
[STOP] key :
This key stops Audio CD.
06. Select the track you wish to record with the [BAR]
keys and then press the [PLAY] key.
07. Press the [F6] (RECORD) key.
The MPC2500 will start the Audio CD recording.
Note : When CD is selected, you cannot adjust the recording level.
Note : When CD is selected, the level meter is not displayed
For the next steps, proceed as described in the
“Starting the recording “ section.
Note: When Recording the internal CD’s sound, you cannot start
the recording by exceeding the threshold level. You must start the
recording by pressing the [F6] (RECORD) key.
04. In the Mode field, select STEREO or MONO
05. In the Time field, set the recording time.
• CD drive operation
Track : This shows the selected track number
of audio CD.
Time : This shows the play time on track.
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the internal memory. For more information, see “Chapter 16 :
Save/ Load”.
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Other Features
Monitoring feature
In the Monitor field of the RECORD page, you can determine if you want to monitor the input signal (output the
signal from the STEREO OUT) in RECORD mode or not.
ON
You can monitor the input signal. This
is useful when you record sounds directly from the CD player.
OFF
You cannot monitor the input signal. For
example: when you send the signal to
the MPC2500 through a mixer, both the
source sound and the monitored sound
may be sent to the mixer. To avoid this,
you should set this to OFF.
Peak hold/Reset peak feature
The level meter in the RECORD page has the peak hold
feature. This is a useful feature for adjusting the signal
level during recording. Normally, the display of the
level meter changes in real time according to the level
of the incoming signal. However, the peak hold displays the maximum level and keep the level even when
the level decreases.
To reset the peak hold display, press the [F1] [F2] (RESET PEAK) key in the RECORD page.
Sample Memory Window
When you press the [WINDOW] key in the RECORD
page, the Sample Memory window will be displayed.
The Free memory field displays the time you can record
with the current memory. Below it, the status of the
memory is indicated as bar graph.
Below the bar graph, the total amount of the RAM in
the MPC2500 is displayed.
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Direct Recording feature
The Direct Recording feature will allow you to record a signal from “ROCORD IN” while the sequence is playing back. This
makes it much easier to ensure the sample you record will match the Tempo of the sequence.
Because a sample by Direct Recording is recorded to the internal RAM memory, the recording time is dependent upon the
Internal memory capacity.
Recording a live performance
while listing to a sequence
Note : When you select DIGITAL in the input field, you cannot
adjust the recording level with the [REC GAIN] knob.
Preparing the recording
01. Connect the external device to the RECORD IN,
which is located on the MPC2500’s rear panel.
02. Press the [MODE] key and then [PAD 5] (RECORD).
The level meter moves according to the input level. If
the meter goes too far to the right , the sound will be
distorted, but if the sound level is too low, the sample
will gain a lot of noise. Set the level as high as possible
without reaching the right edge (clip)
Note : In Direct recording, The threshold / Time fields are not available.
Note : In Direct recording, the MPC2500 keeps recording to the maximum time of the free memory and it stops the recording when you
press the [STOP] key. So setting the time fields will have no effect.
03. Select the Input field, and then select the recording source.
ANALOG :
The MPC2500 will record the incoming signal from the RECORD
IN on the rear panel.
DIGITAL :
The MPC2500 will record the incoming signal from the DIGITAL
IN on the rear panel.
In Direct Recording, the MAIN OUT/CD are not
available. For this example, please select ANALOG.
04. In the Mode field, select STEREO or MONO.
05. In the Monitor field, select “ON”.
If you set the Monitor field to “ON”, you can hear
your performance from the OUTPUT of the
MPC2500.
06. Play your instrument and check the level meter you
can adjust the recording level using the [REC GAIN]
knob.
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Starting the recording
10. Press the [PLAY] or [PLAY START] key for playing
the sequence.
07. Press [MAIN] key.
The Main page will be displayed.
11. Press the [F6] (RECORD) key when you wish to start
the recording and play your performance.
The MPC2500 will start the recording and the bottom of MAIN page will be changed as follows:
08. In the Type: field, press [WINDOW] key.
The Direct Recording window will be displayed.
Note : In Direct Recording, the MPC2500 will keep the recording by pressing the [F6] (STOP), whether the sequence is set to
LOOP ON or OFF.
You can stop the recording by pressing [F6] (STOP)
key. If you want to cancel the recording, press the
[F5] (CANCEL) key.
Tips : When you use Direct Recording, the foot switch is very
useful for starting/stopping the sequence, leaving your hands free.
If you press the [F5] (Turn ON) key, the window will
be closed and the MAIN page will be displayed with
waiting for the Direct Recording.
If you press the [F4] (CANCEL), the window will be
closed and the MAIN page will be displayed.
For more information on this.
See “Foot switch” in Chapter 18: Other settings.
After finishing the recording, the Keep or Retry window will be displayed.
For this example, please select [F5] (Turn ON).
09. The MAIN page is displayed and the Type : field becomes “D.REC”.
12. Check the recorded sample by pressing [F4] (PLAY) key.
The MPC2500 is now in stand-by mode for Direct
Recording. You can start the sequence freely in
stand-by mode for Direct Recording.
[F6] (RECORD) : The MPC2500 will start the recording.
[F5] (CANCEL) :
The MPC2500 will go back to
the ordinary MAIN page.
[F2] (CLICK) :
The MPC2500 will go to the
“Click/Metronome” page.
You can set the click. For more information, see the
“Click/Metronome feature “ in Chapter 3: Sequence
feature.
Note: In the Direct Recording mode, you cannot change the Sequence, Track, or Track type. If you want to change them, press
[F5] (CANSEL) and go back to the MAIN page.
If you press the [F4] (PLAY) key, you can hear the
recorded sample until you release the key. If you
do not like the recording, you can delete the recording and return to the RECORD page by pressing
the [F2] (RETRY) key. If you like the recording and
decide to keep it, proceed to the next step.
13. In the New name field, the recorded sample will have
a new name automatically.
If you wish to enter in a new name, use the [CURSOR]
keys and the DATA wheel to enter in the new name.
For more information about entering in a sample
name, see the “Setting names” section on page 10.
14. Select the Assign to pad field with the cursor and
select the Pad to which you wish to assign the sample
by hitting the Pad.
If you just wish to keep the recorded sample in the
MPC2500’s memory and not assign it to the Pad,
select OFF with the DATA wheel.
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In the Keep and Retry window in Direct Recording
mode, if you select the pad in the Assign to pad
filed, the new “Record event” field will be displayed.
If you select YES in the Record event field, the recording start timing is written as track event in the
sequence. The recorded sample can be played back
with the same timing that the sequence is playing
back. For this example, please select to “YES”.
15. Press the [F5] (KEEP) key.
This closes the Keep or Retry windows and goes back
to the MAIN page with Direct Recording waiting.
After the recording, try to play the sequence. You can hear
the recorded sample is in the same timing as the sequence.
Note : The recorded sample will be removed when you switch the
unit off. To keep the sample you need to save on a memory card or
the internal Hard disk (optional) or import it to a comuputer via
USB. For more information about saving the data, see the “Save/
Load” section on page 103 or see the “Connecting the MPC2500
to your computer” section page 112.
Tips : The recorded sample will be assigned to the pad in the
Program which is currently selected in the MAIN page. It will
be useful to make an empty Program to assign the recorded sample
to before attempting a Direct Recording.
• Setting the Continuous sample track
The MPC2500 plays the sample assigned to the pad
when trigging the pad event. So that, if you have the
sequence which has a long sample and start playing
the sequence from a point which is past the actual pad
event, the sample may not be played. Because the pad
event for the sample may be earlier than the sequence
play start point.
If you use the Continuous sample track feature available in the MISC. page within the OTHER mode, the
MPC2500 will plays the sample earlier than the sequence play start point. This is very useful when playing a long sample, like a vocal passage, which has been
recorded by using the Direct Recording. For more information about the Continuous sample track, see the
“Continuous sample track” feature in Chapter 19: Others.
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In this section, you will learn about the TRIM mode, where you can set the sample’s start/end points, or the loop.
Setting the start / end points for the sample
The start/end points sets the part of the sample data, which will actually be played back. The recorded sample may have an
unnecessary part at the beginning, which may make it more difficult to place the sound in the correct spot timing when
hitting the pad. You can fix this problem by adjusting the start point. You can also adjust both the start and end points to play
only a part of the phrase. If the sample has empty parts at the end, which consumes unnecessary memory, you can delete the
empty parts by adjusting the end point and using the edit feature.
Start/end points are displayed in sample points. The sample point is the minimum unit used for sample editing. The MPC2500
has the 44100 sample points per second.
About the waveform display
The TRIM page displays the waveform of the sample selected in the Sample field.
It displays the waveform of the whole sample, with
the parts set by start/end points highlighted. If you
select a stereo sample, you can select the channel
(LEFT/RIGHT) to display in the View field.
Adjusting the start point
01. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 6] (TRIM).
When you press the [MODE] key, its LED will blink. Press the [PAD 6] while the [MODE] key’s LED is blinking to
display the TRIM page.
02. Select the Sample field and select a sample you wish to edit.
The Sample field is located in the upper left corner of the screen, which displays the sample name. It displays the
waveform of the selected sample.
03. Select the St (start) field and adjust the start point.
You can change the start point by turning the DATA wheel.
If you press the left/right cursor key while holding the [SHIFT] key, you can select the digit with the DATA wheel.
You can also enter the value directly with using the numeric keys.
04. Hit the pad to check the start point.
When you hit the pad, the MPC2500 plays the sample. The playback method varies depending on the pad.
If you hit the [PAD 14] (PLAY TO), the MPC2500 will play the sample before the start point.
If you hit the [PAD 15] (PLAY FROM), the MPC2500 will play the sample from the start point.
If you hit the [PAD 16] (PLAY ALL), the MPC2500 will play the whole sample regardless of the start/end point settings.
If you hit any pad from the [PAD 1] to [PAD 12], the MPC2500 will play from the start point to the end point.
Adjusting the end point
05. Select the End field and adjust the end point.
You can change the end point by turning the DATA wheel.
If you press the left/right cursor key while holding the [SHIFT] key, you can select the digit with the DATA wheel.
You can also enter the value directly with using the numeric keys.
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06. Hit the pad to check the end point.
When you hit the pad, the MPC2500 plays the sample. The playback method varies depending on the pad.
If you hit the [PAD 14] (PLAY TO), the MPC2500 will play the sample until the end point.
If you hit the [PAD 15] (PLAY FROM), the MPC2500 will play the sample from the end point.
If you hit the [PAD 16] (PLAY ALL), the MPC2500 will play the whole sample regardless of the start/end point settings.
If you hit any pad from the [PAD 1] to [PAD 12], the MPC2500 will play from the start point to the end point.
Zooming in/out of the waveform
With the Fine window, you can zoom in to a part of the
waveform and edit the part in details. Press the [WINDOW] key in the TRIM page, when the cursor is either
in the St (Start) or End field, and the Fine window will
be displayed.
In the Fine windows, the waveform display varies depending on the location of the cursor. When you select
the St (Start) field with the cursor, it displays the start
point in the center of the window. When you select the
end field, it displays the end point in the center.
If you press the [F2] (ZOOM-) key the waveform will
be zoomed out, if you press the [F3] (ZOOM+) key, it
will be zoomed in.
LINEAR and LOGARITHMIC displays
The vertical axis indicates the sample’s level. Normally,
the waveform display is set to LINEAR, which displays
the sample level as it is. However, some parts (fade out
part etc…) may not be displayed in the waveform if
the level is too low. In this case, you can switch to the
LOG (logarithmic) display by pressing the [F5] (LOG)
key and you can see the parts whose level is low. When
you switch to the LOG mode, the display in the [F5]
key will change to LINEAR. To switch back to the LINEAR mode, press the [F5] key again.
02. Press the [F6] (EDIT) key.
The Sample Edit window will be displayed.
03. In the Edit field, select DISCARD.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The data outside the start/end points will be deleted. The deleted data will be returned to the available memory.
Deleting a selected range from
sample and moving the data after
the end point towards the start point.
(DELETE)
01. Adjust the start/end points.
Set the range so that you wish to delete with the
start/end point.
02. Press the [F6] (EDIT) key.
The Sample Edit window will be displayed.
03. In the Edit field, select DELETE.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key
The Keep or Retry window will be displayed.
Deleting an unnecessary part
from a sample (DISCARD)
The MPC2500 plays back only the part of the sample from the
start point to the end point. The parts outside these points are
not used for the playback. With the Discard function, you can
delete these unnecessary parts and save the memory space.
01. Adjust the start/end points.
Set the points so that the MPC2500 plays back only
the necessary part.
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New name field :
Set the name for the new sample
[F2] (PLAY) :
You can audition the new sample.
[F3] (OVER W) :
You can delete the original
sample and keep the new
sample by pressing this key.
The sample name remains.
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[F4] (RETRY) :
This will return to the Sample Edit
window without keeping the new
sample.
[F5] (Keep) :
Allows you to save the new
sample. You can also name the
sample in the New name field.
Silencing a range selected
from a sample (SILENCE)
Saving part of a sample as a
new sample (EXTRACT)
You can extract the part of the sample set with the start/
end points, as a new sample. For example, you can extract
the snare sounds from the recorded drum loop and save it
as a new sample to use it separately.
01. Adjust the start/end points.
Set the desired part with the start and end points.
02. Press the [F6] (EDIT) key.
01. Adjust the start/end points.
Set the range you wish to silence with the start/
end point.
The Sample Edit windows will be displayed.
03. In the Edit field, select EXTRACT.
04. In the New name field, set the name for the new sample.
02. Press the [F6] (EDIT) key.
The Sample Edit window will be displayed.
03. In the Edit field, select SILENCE.
05. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The part between the start/end points will be saved
as a new sample.
Sample window features
Pressing the [WINDOW] key in the sample field bring up
the Sample window. In the Sample window, you can make
several settings for the selected sample.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key
The Keep or Retry window will be displayed.
Changing the sample name
New name field :
Enter a name for the new sample.
[F2] (PLAY) :
You can audition the new sample.
[F3] (OVER W) :
You can delete the original
sample and keep the new sample.
The sample name remains.
[F4] (RETRY) :
[F5] (Keep) :
01. In the Sample field in the TRIM page, select a sample
that you wish to change the name of.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Sample windows will open.
This returns to the Sample Edit
window without keeping the
new sample.
03. In the Sample name field, enter the new name.
Allows you to save the new
sample. You can also name the
Sample In the New name field.
04. Press [F4] (CLOSE) key
For more information for setting the name, see the
“Setting names” section on Page 10.
It closes the window and goes back to TRIM page.
Changing the pitch of a sample
In the Tune field, you can set the sample’s pitch. The 2
digits in the left is semitones, the 2 digits in the right is
cents (100 cents = 1 semitone). You can change the pitch
in the PROGRAM mode as well. The changes you
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made in the Sample window will be applied to the actual sample. So if you assign one sample to several pads,
or use one sample in several programs, the change will
be applied to all of them. To change the sample of a
specific pad, use the PROGRAM mode.
Copying a sample
You can copy a sample and create a new sample.
01. In the Sample field in the TRIM mode, select a sample
to copy.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Sample window will open.
03. Press the [F5] (COPY) key.
The Copy Sample window will open.
04. In the New name field, set the name to the newly
created sample.
For more information regarding setting the name,
see the “Setting names” section on Page 10.
Other editing functions
NORMALIZE
When you assign a sample recorded at low level, its
playback level will also be low. You can set the levels of
pads in the MIXER mode, but you have to set some
pads to a lower level. With the normalize function; you
can increase the sample level to the highest level possible without being distorted.
01. In the sample field, select the sample you wish to
adjust the level of.
02. Press the [F6] (EDIT) key.
The Sample Edit window will be displayed.
03. In the Edit field, select NORMALIZE.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
Normalizing will start. It may take some time to
process depending on the length of the sample.
05. Press the [F3] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start copying the sample. To cancel
the operation, press the [F4] (CANCEL) key instead.
Deleting a sample
You can remove a sample from the memory of the
MPC2500.
REVERSE
Allows you to reverse the selected sample.
01. In the sample field, select the sample you wish to reverse.
02. Press the [F6] (EDIT) key.
The Sample Edit window will be displayed.
01. In the Sample field in the TRIM mode, select a sample
to delete.
03. In the Edit field, select REVERSE.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The Sample window will open.
03. Press [F2] (DELETE) key.
The MPC2500 will begin processing the sample . It
may take some time to process depending on the
length of the sample.
The Delete Sample window will open.
04. Press [F5] (DO IT) key.
This deletes the sample you have selected.
Deleting all samples
You can delete all the sample data in the memory at one time.
TIME STRETCH (Changing the length of the sample)
With the Time Stretch function, you can lengthen or
shorten the selected sample without changing the pitch.
This is useful when you want to match one sample to
another which has different tempo.
01. In the TRIM page, select the Sample field and press
the [WINDOW] key.
The Sample window will open.
02. Press [F2] (DELETE) key.
The Delete Sample window will open.
03. Press [F3] (ALL) key.
The Delete ALL Samples window will open.
04. Press [F5] (DO IT) key.
This deletes all the samples from the MPC2500’s memory.
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TIME STRECH.
02. Press the [F6] (EDIT) key.
The Sample Edit window will be displayed.
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03. In the Edit field, select TIMESTRETCH.
04. In the Original tempo field, set the new tempo you
would like to TIME STRECH the sample to.
In the Original tempo field, the tempo of the selected Sequence is already disaplayed.
If you do not know the tempo of the selected
sample, you can use the DETECT TEMPO page to
find out the tempo.
• Using the DETECT TEMPO
I. Set the start point and the end point of the sample
to match to the length of one bar at 4/4.
In the Sample Edit window, press the [F2] (TEMPO) key.
II. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The window will go back to the Sample Edit window
and the calculated tempo in the DETECT TEMPO will
be set automatically in the Original Tempo field.
Note : Depending on the sample, the DETECT TEMPO may
not be able to detect the the correct tempo.
05. HFREQ RHYTHM (High frequency Rhythm section)
06. MFREQ RHYTHM (Middle frequency Rhythm section)
07. LFREQ RHYTHM (Low frequency Rhythm section)
08. PERCUSSION
09. LFREQ PERC. (Low frequency Percussion)
10. STACCATO
11. LFREQ SLOW (Low frequency Slow music )
12. MUSIC 1
13. MUSIC 2
14. MUSIC 3
15. SOFT PERC. (Soft percussion)
16. HFREQ ORCH. (High frequency Orchestra)
17. LFREQ ORCH. (Low frequency Orchestra)
18. SLOW ORCH. (Slow orchestra)
Adjust : You can use this to ‘tweak’ the selected preset. If your selected preset is close to what
you’re looking for, but still needs a little fine
tuning, try a few different settings here until you get the best result. A ( + ) value will
help improve high frequency and percussive sounds while a ( - ) value will help improve bass sound. Most of the time, this can
be left at zero.
07. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The Keep or Retry window will be displayed after
executing the timestretch.
It may take some time to process depending on the
length of the sample.
05. In the new field, set the desired new tempo.
Tips : If you want to change the sample length with %, you can
use the following method. For example, if you wish to lengthen
the sample by 120%, you set the original tempo to 100, then set
the new tempo to 120. Now you can get the 120% longer sample.
06. In the Preset field and Adjust field if necessary.
Preset : The MPC2500 uses 18 preset algorithms to
carry out the timestretch process, so you can
select a preset that nearest resembles your
sample’s content. If the results are not to your
liking, try experimenting with different presets.
Each preset is divided into A, B or C:
A : Standard quality timestretch with fast processing.
B : Better quality timestretch with slower processing.
C : Highest quality timestretch with even slower processing.
New name field:
You can enter a new name for the sample.
[F2] (PLAY) :
You can audition the new sample.
[F3] (OVER W) :
You can delete the original sample and keep the
new sample.
[F4] (RETRY) :
It returns to Sample Edit window without keeping
the new sample.
[F5] (KEEP) :
You can keep the new sample with the name set in
the New Name field.
Time stretch Presets :
01. FEM VOX (Female voice)
02. MALE VOX (male voice)
03. LOW MALE VOX (low male voice)
04. VOCAL
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PITCH SHIFT (Changing the pitch of the sample)
With the Pitch Shift function, you can change the pitch
of the selected sample without changing the length. This
is useful when you want to change the pitch of the phrase
sample in the sequence without changing the tempo..
01. In the sample field, select the sample you wish to
change the pitch..
02. Press the [F6] (EDIT) key.
The Sample Edit window will be displayed.
16. HFREQ ORCH. (High frequency Orchestra)
17. LFREQ ORCH. (Low frequency Orchestra)
18. SLOW ORCH. (Slow orchestra)
Adjust : You can use this to ‘tweak’ the selected preset. If your selected preset is close to what
you’re looking for, but still needs a little fine
tuning, try a few different settings here until you get the best result. A ( + ) value will
help improve high frequency and percussive
sounds while a ( - ) value will help improve
bass sound. Most of the time, this can be left
at zero.
06. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The Keep or Retry window will be displayed after
executing the Pitch shift.
Lengthy samples will take longer to process.
03. In the Edit field, select PITCH SHIFT.
04. In the Pitch field, set the pitch amount you wish to change..
Pitch : -12.00 - +12.00
This determines the amount of the pitch shift in semi
tone and cent step. For example, if you enter +1.00,
the sample will pitch up one semi tone. If you enter
+12.00, the sample will pitch up one octave.
05. Set the Preset field and Adjust field if necessary.
Preset : The MPC2500 uses 18 preset algorithms to
carry out the pitch shift process, so you should select a preset that closely resembles your sample’s
content. If your are not happy with the results, try
experimenting with different presets.
Each preset is further divided into A, B or C:
A : Standard quality pitch shift with fast processing
B : Better quality pitch shift with slower processing
C : Highest quality pitch shift with slower processing.
Pitch shift Presets:
01. FEM VOX (Female voice)
02. MALE VOX (male voice)
03. LOW MALE VOX (low male voice)
04. VOCAL
05. HFREQ RHYTHM (High frequency Rhythm section)
06. MFREQ RHYTHM (Middle frequency Rhythm section)
07. LFREQ RHYTHM (Low frequency Rhythm section)
08. PERCUSSION
09. LFREQ PERC. (Low frequency Percussion)
10. STACCATO
11. LFREQ SLOW (Low frequency Slow music )
12. MUSIC 1
13. MUSIC 2
14. MUSIC 3
15. SOFT PERC. (Soft percussion)
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New name field:
You can enter the new name for the sample.
[F2] (PLAY) :
You can audition the new sample.
[F3] (OVER W) :
You can delete the original sample and keep the new
sample.
[F4] (RETRY) :
Returns to Sample Edit window without keeping
the new sample.
[F5] (KEEP) :
You can keep the new sample with the name set in
the New Name field.
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Dividing a phrase sample to several regions
ChopShop function
The ChopShop function will allow you to divide a phrase sample
into several regions. The MPC2500 has two different ways to use
the ChopShop function. “Auto” which divides a sample into several regions, automatically detecting the attack part of the phrase
in the sample. And, “EQUALLY” which divides a sample to several regions of equal length.
SLICED SAMPLE and PATCHED PHRASE
The divided sample, whether “AUTO” or “EQUALLY”, can be
used the following two ways. “SLICED SAMPLES” will assign each divided region to a pad. “PATCHED PHRASE” is
one sample which has the divided regions and the sequence data for playing the divided regions. You can change the
tempo freely when playing the sequence.
Note : You cannot use the ChopShop function on a stereo sample. If you use a stereo sample, only the left channel is used.
Dividing a phrase sample
Dividing a sample
by detecting the attack part of the phrase
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Dividing a sample
into regions of equal length
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Adjusting the start/end point of the region
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Converting to SLICED SAMPLES
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Converting to PATCHED PHRASE
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Dividing a sample by detecting the attack part of the phrase (AUTO)
The MPC2500 divides a sample into several regions by automatically detecting the attack part of the phrase.
01. In the Sample field within the TRIM page, select the sample you wish to edit.
You can set the sample range of your edit by adjusting the start/end points.
For more information about adjusting the start/end points, see “Adjusting the start point” and “Adjusting the end
point” section on page 63..
02. Press the [F5] (CHOP) key.
The ChopShop window will be displayed.
03. In the Mode field, select “AUTO”.
Recovery time ( 0 – 100) :
This sets the minimum time between the attack and the next attack. If you set this time too long, continuous
attacks may not be detected. Select a smaller value when the sample has a lot of attack parts.
Threshold ( 0 –100) :
This sets the detectable level of an attack. The smaller the value, the more sensitive the detection will be, so if
you select a very low value, everything will 'register' as an attack..
Sensitivity (0 – 100) :
This sets the sensitivity used while detecting an attack. Selecting a smaller value will make the detecting
process more sensitive towards varying attack levels.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT).
The MPC2500 will start dividing the sample, then go to the “ChopShop” page.
The next step is to adjust the divided regions.
Go to the “Adjusting the start/ end point of the region” section for more information.
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Dividing a sample into regions of equal length (EQUALLY)
The MPC2500 will divide a sample into seperate regions of equal length. You choose the number of sections.
01. In the Sample field within the TRIM page, select a sample you wish to edit.
You can set the sample range you wish to edit by adjusting the start/ end point.
For more information about adjusting the start/end point, see “Adjusting the start point” and “Adjusting the end
point” section on page 63..
02. Press the [F5] (CHOP) key.
The ChopShop window will be displayed.
03. In the Mode field, select “EQUALLY”.
Number of Region: You set the number of regions you wish to divide the sample into.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT).
The MPC2500 will start dividing the sample, and then go to the “ChopShop” page.
The next step is to adjust the divided regions.
Go to the “Adjusting the start/ end point of the region” section for more information.
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Adjusting the start / end point of the region.
A Region is each part of a sample that is divided with the “AUTO” or “EQUALLY” feature.
You can adjust the start/end point of each region within the ChopShop page.
01. After dividing a sample using the “AUTO” or “EQUALLY” function (pressing the [F5] (DO IT) in the ChopShop window),
the ChopShop page will be displayed.
You can adjust the start/end point of each region in this page.
In the ChopShop page, hitting Pad 1-12 will trigger each selected region.
Tips : If you want to re-try dividing a sample, press the [F5] (RECHOP) key. The “ChopShop” window will be displayed and you can set it again..
If you want to stop the “ChopShop” feature, press the [F1] (CANCEL) key. The display will go back to the “TRIM” page.
02. In the Region field, select the region number you wish to use to adjust the start/end point.
The selected regions waveform will become the reversal display.
03. In the St: field, adjust the start point of the region.
You can change the start point by using the numeric keys directly or by turning the DATA Wheel key. If you press the
left/right cursor key while holding the [SHIFT] key, you can select individual digits to change with the DATA wheel.
Note : Each start point of a region is same as the end point of the previous region. If you change the start point of a region, the end point
of the previous region will be changed automatically.
04. In the End: field, adjust the end point of the region.
You can change the end point the same way as the start point.
Note : Each end point of a region is same as the start point of the next region If you change the end point of a region, the start point of the
next region will be changed automatically.
If you want to re-try Dividing a sample, press the [F5] (RECHOP) key. The “ChopShop” window will be displayed
and you can try a different setting.
If you press the [F6] (EDIT) key, the Region Edit window will be displayed. You can extract, divide, or combine
regions in this page. Refer to “Editing a Patched Phrase”.
If you wish to cancel the ChopShop function, press the [F1] (CANCEL) key, the TRIM page will be displayed.
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Converting Divided samples
to SLICED SAMPLES or
PATCHED PHRASE
Converting PATCHED PHRASE
05. After adjusting the parameters within each region in
the ChopShop page, press the [F4] (CONVRT) key.
The Convert window will be displayed.
05. After adjusting the parameters within each region,
press the [F4] (CONVRT) key.
The Convert window will be displayed.
06. In the Convert to: field, select PATCHED PHASE
Here you can select two different ways for converting the divided sample, SLICED SAMPLE or
PATCHED PHRASE
06. In the Convert to: field, select SLICED SAMPLES.
Release :
This sets the length that is added to the release after dividing a sample. If you set this to larger value,
the release of the divided sample will be long and
the sample data will be larger in size as well.
Create new program (YES / NO) :
If you set this to YES, the MPC2500 makes a Program where each region is assigned to pads, from
PAD A01 – A16, in order.
07. After adjusting each parameter, press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will process the SLICED SAMPLES
and then the “TRIM” page, with the divided
sample, will be displayed.
The new sample name of the divided sample will
be the original sample name and a number.
Release:
This sets the length that is added to the release after dividing a sample. If you set this to larger value,
the release of the divided sample will be long and
the sample data will be larger in size as well.
Original Tempo (30.0 – 300.0):
This sets the original tempo for the patched
phrase. In the Original tempo field, the automatically calculated original tempo is already displayed. If you know the original tempo of the
sample, you should enter it.
Note : The auto-calculated tempo is done with the original pitch
(Tune), regardless of the TUNE setting. Depending upon the
sample, the auto-calculated tempo may not work correctly.
The Patched Phrase sample is each region sample and
the trigger timing of the sample together. If the original
tempo setting is not correct, it may not work correctly.
07. After adjusting each parameter, press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start processing the PATCHED
PHRASE, then the “TRIM” page with the new
sample will be displayed.
For Example:
Sample01 > Sample01-01
Sample01-02
Sample01-03
The new name of the patched phrase sample will
be the original sample with “PP” added to the end.
For Example: Sample01 > Sample01PP.
You can assign the patched phrase sample to a
pad in a program as well as an ordinary sample.
The tempo of the patched phrase sample will
change with the sequence tempo.
Note : You can not adjust the start/ end point of a patched
phrase in TRIM mode. (The TRIM page of the patched phrase
does not display the start/ end point.).
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Changing the tune and the tempo
of a patched phrase sample
Editing a Patched Phrase
You can extract a region in a Patched phase as a sample or
covert the Patched Phrase to a sample.
If you press the [WINDOW] key in the Sample field of the
TRIM page, the Sample window will be displayed. You can
set the sample name, tune , and the original tempo of the
patched phrase.
01. Select the Patched Phrase in the TRIM page, and
press the [F6] (EDIT) key.
The Patched Phase Edit window will be displayed.
Sample name : You can enter a new name.
02. In the edit field, select the type you wish to edit.
Tune:
This sets the pitch of the patched phrase.
Original tempo : This sets the tempo of the patched
phrase. The Original tempo setting
is important for playing the
patched phrase correctly. If the
patched phrase sample cannot be
played with the correct tempo, adjust the Original tempo.
EXTRACT
This extracts the selected region of the Patched
Phase as a sample.
Pressing [F4] (CLOSE) key will go back to the TRIM page.
Region :
You select the number of the region you wish to extract.
New sample :
You can select a new name for the new sample.
[F2] (PLAY) :
You can audition the region by pressing this key.
[F4] (CANCEL):
You can cancel the Extract by pressing this key
03. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start processing the Extract, and
then the display will go back to the TRIM page.
RESTORE
This converts the selected Patched Phrase to an ordinary sample.
Tempo : This set the tempo of the sample.
[F4] (CANCEL) : You can cancel the Extract process by pressing this key
03. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will begin processing the Restore,
and then the display will go back to the TRIM page.
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Other available edits for Region
By using the Edit function in the ChopShop page, you can
divide one region into two regions or combine continuous
regions into one region. You can also extract the selected
region as another sample.
COMBINE REGION
You can combine the continuous regions to one region.
03. In the Edit field, select COMBINE REGION.
Region :
01. In the ChopShop page, press the [F6] (EDIT) key.
The Region Edit window will be displayed.
02. In the Edit field, select the type you wish to edit.
You select the numbers of regions you
wish to combine.
For example, if you set this 1-5, the regions from 1
to 5 will be combined.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start combining the regions.
Pressing [F4] (Cancel) will cancel the process and
the display will go back to the ChopShop page.
EXTRACT
You can extract the selected region as another sample.
03. In the Edit field, select the EXTRACT.
Region:
You select the number of the region
you wish to extract.
New sample: You can select a new name for the
new sample.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start the extract process. Pressing [F4] (Cancel) will cancel the extract.and the display go back to the ChopShop page.
DIVIDE REGION
You can divide the selected region to two regions.
03. In the Edit field, select DIVIDE REGION.
Region:
You select the number of regions you
wish to divide.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT).
The MPC2500 will start dividing regions. Pressing
[F4] (Cancel) will cancel the process and the display will go back to the ChopShop page.
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Chapter 12: Editing a sample
Setting the loop
The loop feature plays the sample repeatedly. With the loop feature, you can play the sample from the loop point to the end
point repeatedly. To activate the loop feature, turn on the loop field, which is located in the upper right corner of the LOOP
page. When the loop feature is on, the MPC2500 first plays the part from the start point set in the TRIM page to the end point,
and then plays the part from the loop point set in the LOOP page to the end point repeatedly.
Note : If you set the pad to ONE SHOT in the PROGRAM mode, the MPC2500 will play the sample assigned to that pad like when the loop
is off, even when the loop feature is on. When you use the loop feature, set the pad’s play mode to NOTE ON. For more information, see the
“Playing the sample while the pad is being hit” section in the page 59.
Adjusting the loop point
01. In the TRIM mode, press the [F2] (LOOP) key.
Adjusting the end point
05. Select the End field and adjust the end point.
The LOOP page will be displayed.
Note : The end point of the loop is the same with the end point of
the sample, which is set in the TRIM page.
If you change the end point in the LOOP page, the end
point in the TRIM page will be changed as well.
02. Select the Sample field and select a sample you wish to edit.
The Sample field is located in the upper left corner
of the screen, which displays the sample name. It
displays the waveform of the selected sample.
03. Select the Lp (loop) field and adjust the loop point.
You can change the loop point by turning the DATA
wheel.
If you press the left/right cursor key while holding the [SHIFT] key, you can select the digit with
the DATA wheel.
You can also enter the value directly using the Numeric keys.
Zooming in/out of the waveform
With the Loop Fine window, you can zoom into a part
of the waveform and edit the part in details. Press the
[WINDOW] key in the LOOP page, when the cursor is
either in the Lp (loop) or End field, and the Loop Fine
window will be displayed.
The waveform of the end point is displayed in the left
of the waveform display, and the waveform of the loop
point in the right, so you can adjust the loop and end
points while checking the relationship of the waveform.
If you press the [F2] (ZOOM-) key the waveform will
be zoomed out, if you press the [F3] (ZOOM+) key, it
will be zoomed in.
04. Hit the pad to check the loop point.
When you hit the pad, the MPC2500 plays the sample.
The playback method varies depending on the pad.
If you hit the [PAD 13] (PLAY LOOP), the MPC2500
will play the sample from the loop point to the end
point repeatedly.
If you hit the [PAD 14] (PLAY TO), the MPC2500
will play the part before the loop point.
If you hit the [PAD 15] (PLAY FROM), the MPC2500
will play the sample from the loop point.
If you hit the [PAD 16] (PLAY ALL), the MPC2500
will play the whole sample.
If you hit any pad from the [PAD 1] to [PAD 12],
the MPC2500 will first play from the start point to
the end point, and then play from the loop point to
the end point repeatedly.
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LINEAR and LOGARITHMIC displays
The vertical axis indicates the waveform’s level. Normally, the waveform display is set to LINEAR, which
displays the sample level as it is. However, some parts
(fade out part etc…) may not be displayed as the waveform if the level is too low. In this case, you can switch
to the LOG (logarithmic) display by pressing the [F5]
(LOG) key and you can see the parts whose level is
low. When you switch to the LOG mode, the display in
the [F5] key will change to LINEAR. To switch back to
the LINEAR mode, press the [F5] key again.
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Linking the loop point to the
start point
When you loop the whole sample (ex: loop the phrase
sample to the rhythm), it is better to set the start and loop
point to the same value so that you can change both points
at the same time.
01. In the LOOP page, select the
link) field.
Auto Phase Loop
You can make a loop automatically match the tempo of the
phrase sample.
01. In TRIM mode, press the [F2] (LOOP) key.
The LOOP page will be displayed.
(start/loop
02. Turn the DATA wheel and set the field to
(locked by the key).
Loop point is set to the value of the start point. If
you change the loop point later, the start point will
be changed as well and vice versa.
If you reset the start/loop link field, you can set
the start point and loop point separately.
02. In the Lp: field, set the loop start point of the phrase sample.
03. Press the [F5] (AUTO L) key.
The Auto Phrase Loop window will be displayed.
In the Tempo field, the tempo of the phrase sample
is displayed with calculated by the MPC2500. Set
the tempo if you know it.
In Beat field, Set the number of beat you wish to loop.
For example, if you want to loop 1 bar of 4/4, set to 4.
Note : You cannot set the beat number longer thru the length of the sample.
[F4] (Cancel) : You can cancel the Auto Phrase
Loop by pressing this key.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start the Auto Phrase Loop.
Note : Depending upon the sample, such as a single snare hit,
the tempo may not be calculated correctly.
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Chapter 13 : Program
In this section, you will learn how to edit a program. This is done in the PROGRAM mode, which can be accessed by pressing
the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 7] (PROGRAM).
Creating a program
To create a new program, proceed as follows.
Note : the MPC2500 is set to load the preset program automatically when turned on. You can set the MPC2500 to start without
loading preset program. For more information, see the “Setting
the auto load function” on page 110.
01. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 7] (PROGRAM).
When you press the [MODE] key, its LED will blink.
When you press the [PAD 7] with the [MODE] key’s
LED blink, you can enter the PROGRAM mode.
02. Select the Pgm field and press the [WINDOW] key.
The Program window will be displayed.
Assigning/Reassigning
samples to the pads
You need to assign samples to the pads in the PROGRAM
mode so that you can play the samples with the pads. In this
section, you will learn how to assign samples to these pads
and how to change the current assignment.
01. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 7] (PROGRAM).
When you press the [MODE] key, its LED will blink.
When you press the [PAD 7] with the [MODE] key’s
LED blinking, you can enter the PROGRAM mode.
Pressing the [F1] (SAMPLE) key displays the
SAMPLE page.
03. Press the [F3] (NEW) key.
The New Program window will be displayed.
04. In the New name field, turn the DATA wheel.
The name window will be displayed. Set the name
for the new program and press the [F5] (ENTER)
key. For more information about setting the name,
see the “Setting names” section on page 10.
05. In the New Program window, press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The new program will be created.
The new program is “empty”, which means it does
not have any samples assigned. To play the program, you need to assign samples to the pads in
the SAMPLE page of the PROGRAM mode.
The Pgm field in the upper left corner displays the
name of the currently selected program. You can
change the selected program in the Pgm field.
02. Hit the pad you wish to assign a sample to.
The pad number will be displayed in the left (the
section which says A01 in the above picture). The
pad number will change according to the pad you hit.
03. Select the 1 field and select the sample to assign to
the pad.
You can select the sample currently stored in the
MPC2500’s RAM by turning the DATA wheel.
You can assign samples by selecting 2 through 4
fields. If you assign samples to 2 through 4 fields,
you can play several samples by hitting the pad once.
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Playing the sample while the
pad is being hit
When you play a sample by hitting the pad, the sample will
be played until the end regardless of the length you hit the
pad for. This is useful when you play short drum sounds.
However, when you play a long sample such as a phrase
sample, it is better to set the MPC2500 to play the sample
only when you hold the pad. In this section, you will learn
how to play the sample when you hit the pad.
01. In the SAMPLE page of the PROGRAM mode, hit
the pad you wish to change.
The pad number display in the left of the screen
will change according to the pad that you hit.
04. Select the Tune field.
The Tune field has two fields divided by a decimal
point. The 2 digits on the left set the tuning by
semitones.
The 2 digits on the right change the tuning by cents
(100 cents = 1 semitone).
05. Adjust the pitch to the desired level while checking
the tune by hitting pad.
Changing the sample volume
with velocity
You can control the sample volume by velocity (how hard
you hit the pad). With this feature, you can play the pads
like real drums; when you hit the pad strongly, the sound
will be loud and vice versa.
02. Select the 1 field and press the [WINDOW] key.
The Play Mode window will be displayed.
03. Select the Layer 1 field and select the option.
ONE SHOT
NOTE ON
The MPC2500 plays the sample until the end regardless of how long
you hold the pad.
The MPC2500 plays the sample
only while you hold the pad.
01. In the SAMPLE page of the PROGRAM mode, hit
the pad you wish to edit.
The pad number display in the left of the screen
will change according to the pad you hit.
02. Select the Lvl field.
03. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Amp Envelope window will be displayed.
04. Press the [F4] (CLOSE) key to close the window.
It will bring you back to the SAMPLE page.
Note : When you loop the sample, set the play mode to NOTE
ON. When you select ONE SHOT, the loop feature will not work
even when it is on.
Setting the volume and the
tuning for a sample
You can set the volume and the tuning for samples that are
assigned to the pads.
01. In the SAMPLE page of the PROGRAM mode, hit
the pad you wish to change its volume and pitch.
The pad number display in the left of the screen
will change according to the pad you hit.
04. Select the V>Level field.
05. Adjust the field to the desired value while checking
the level by hitting the desired pad.
If you set this field to 0, the sample will be played
back at the maximum level regardless of the
amount of pressure. The larger you set the value,
the bigger the difference of the level will be.
You can set the more detailed setting for a sample
volume by using the other parameters in the Amp
Envelope window. For more information about
setting them,, see the Setting the Amp envelope.
02. Select the Lvl field.
03. Adjust the volume to the desired level while checking
the level by hitting pad.
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Changing the sample pitch
with velocity
You can control the sample pitch by velocity (how hard you
hit the pad).
01. In the SAMPLE page of the PROGRAM mode, hit
the pad you wish to edit.
The pad number display in the left of screen will
change according to the pad you hit.
02. Select the Tune field.
03. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Pitch Modulation window will be displayed.
signed to the pad in the 1 field and the 2 fields, will
be played at the same time.
04. Assign the samples to the 3 and 4 fields if necessary.
Switching between samples
using velocity
When you assign more than one sample to a pad, you can
switch between samples by the velocity used to hit the pad.
01. In the SAMPLE page of the PROGRAM mode, select the desired pad by hitting it.
02. Assign the samples to the 1 field and the 2 field.
03. Select the Range field in the same row with the 1
field, and set the velocity range to trigger the sample
assigned to the field.
04. Select the V>Pitch field.
05. Adjust the field to the desired value while checking
the level by hitting the desired pad.
If you set this field to 0, the sample pitch will not
change with velocity. The larger you set the value,
the higher the pitch will be.
Playing several samples with
one pad
You can assign up to 4 samples to one pad. When you assign more than one sample to a pad, you can play several
samples by hitting one pad.
01. In the SAMPLE page of the PROGRAM mode, select the desired pad.
The pad number display in the left of the screen will
change according to the pad you hit.
The Pgm field in the upper left corner displays the
name of the currently selected program. You can
change the currently selected program in the Pgm field.
02. Select the 1 field and select the sample to assign to
the pad.
You can select the samples currently saved in the
MPC2500’s memory by turning the DATA wheel.
03. Select the 2 field and select the sample to assign it to
the pad.
When you hit the pad, both samples, which are as-
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The Range field has two fields to set the upper and
the lower limits. You can set the lower limit in the
left field and the upper limit in the right field. Here,
set the upper limit (the right field) to 63.
04. Select the Range field in the same row with the 2
field, and set the velocity range to trigger the sample
assigned to the field.
In this example, set the lower limit (the left field) to 64.
05. Check the result by hitting the pad.
If you hit the pad strongly, the MPC2500 will play
the sample assigned to the 2 field. If you hit the
pad weakly, the MPC2500 will play the sample assigned to the 1 field.
Tips : The pressure used to hit the pad will be displayed in the
128 steps (0 to 127). The maximum level is 127. This is the same
with the “MIDI velocity”, which indicates the pressure used to
play the keyboard.
Tips : You can also use the Q- Link slider to switch layers. For
more information, see the “Q-Link Slider” section on page 49.
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Setting the envelope for a pad
You can set the envelope for the samples assigned to the
pads. The MPC2500 has two envelopes, one is the Amp
Envelope for the volume and the other is the Filter envelop
for sound character.
V > Attack field : You can control the sample’s attack
time by velocity. The larger you set
the value, the slower the sound
will start by velocity. If you set this
field to 0, the attack time is constant , regardless of the velocity.
V > Start field :
You can control the sample’s
start point by velocity. The larger
you set the value, the bigger delay the sample start point will be
by velocity. If you set this field
to 0, the sample start point is constant, regardless of the velocity.
V > Level field :
You can control the sample’s volume by velocity. The larger you
set the value, the bigger the difference of the level will be. If you
set this field to 0, the sample will
be played back at the maximum
level regardless of the velocity.
Setting the Amp Envelope
01. In the SAMPLE page of the PROGRAM mode, select the pad you wish to make a setting by hitting it.
02. In the Lvl field, press the [WINDOW] key.
The Amp Envelope window will be displayed.
Pad field :
The selected pad will be displayed.
Attack field :
You can set the sample’s attack time in this field.
The larger the value, the longer it will take for the
sound to start. (fade in)
Decay field :
You can set the samples decay time in this field.
The larger you set the value, the slower the fade
out becomes.
Dcy md (decay modulation) field :
You can set the start point that the decay starts the
fade out in this field.
START :
The decay will begin right after the attack time set
in the Attack field.
END :
The start point of the decay will be set so that the
fade out will end at the sample’s end point.
Tips : When you work with drum sounds or phrase sampling, select
END. Select START if you need the fade out effect for the phrase.
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Setting the Filter Envelope
01. In the FILTER page of PROGRAM mode, select the
pad you wish to filter by hitting it.
02. In the Type field, press the [WINDOW] key.
The Filter Envelope window will be displayed.
Pad field :
The selected pad will be displayed.
Filter field :
The selected Filter type will be displayed.
Time field :
You can set the time of the filter envelope. It is the time from the beginning (the value set in the Amount
field) to the original cut off frequency.
Amount field : You can set the depth of the filter envelope. If you set this filed to a “ + ”
value, the cut off frequency will start
higher than the original cut off frequency and goes back to the original
frequency within the time set in the
Time field. . If you set this filed to a “
- “ value, the cut off frequency will
start lower than the original cut off
frequency and go back to the original
frequency within the time set in the
Time field.
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V>Time field : You can control the filter envelope
time by velocity. If you set this field
to a “ + ” value, the time will be closer
to the time set in the Time field with
higher velocity, If you set this field
to a “ - ” value, It works exactly opposite. If you set this field to 0, the
time is constant by velocity.
V>Amount field : You can control the depth by velocity. If you set this field to a “ + ” value,
the beginning cut off frequency will
start closer to the frequency set in
the Amount field with higher velocity, If you set this field to a “ - ” value,
It works exactly opposite. If you set
this field to 0, the depth is constant
by velocity.
V>Freq. Field: You can control the cut-off frequency
with velocity. The larger the velocity, the higher the cut-off frequency.
If you set this field to 0, the cut-off
frequency is constant by velocity.
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The functions in the Program
window
Pressing the [WINDOW] key in the Pgm field brings up the
Program window. In the Program window, you can edit the
setting for the selected program.
Changing the program name
01. In the Pgm field of the PROGRAM page, select a
program that you wish to change the name of.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Program windows will open.
03. In the Program name field, enter the new name.
For more information for setting the name, see the
“Setting names” section on Page 10.
04. Press [F4] (CLOSE) key.
It closes the window and goes back to PROGRAM mode.
Copying a program
You can copy a program to make a new program.
01. In the Pgm field in PROGRAM mode, select the program that you wish to copy.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
Deleting all programs
You can delete all the program data in the memory at
the same time.
01. In the PROGRAM mode, select the Pgm field and
press the [WINDOW] key.
The Program window will open.
02. Press [F2] (DELETE) key.
The Delete Program window will open.
03. Press [F3] (ALL PG) key.
The Delete ALL Programs window will open.
04. Press [F5] (DO IT) key.
This deletes all the programs.
Setting the program change number
You can switch the programs assigned to a track within
the sequence by setting the program change numbers in
each program. You do not have to set the program change
numbers if you do not need to switch the programs. To
switch the programs, program change events are used.
You can enter these events in the STEP EDIT mode.
For more information about entering the program change
events, see the “Step editing” section on page 31.
01. In the Pgm field of the PROGRAM mode, press the
[WINDOW] key.
The Program window will be displayed.
The Program window will open.
03. Press [F5] (COPY) key.
The Copy Program window will open.
04. In the New name field, set the name for the new
program.
For more information regarding setting the name,
see the “Setting names” section on Page 10.
05. Press [F3] (DO IT) key.
Copying the program will start. To cancel the operation, press [F4] (CANCEL) key instead.
02. Select the MIDI program change field and set the
program change number.
If a track has a program change event with the same
number set in this field, the MPC2500 switches the
program at the event while playing back the sequence. If you do not wish to switch the program
during the playback, set this field to OFF.
Deleting a program
You can remove a program from the memory of the MPC2500.
01. In the Pgm field in PROGRAM mode, select the program that you wish to delete.
02. Press the [WINDOW] key.
The Program window will open.
03. Press [F2] (DELETE) key
The Delete Program window will open.
04. Press [F5] (DO IT) key.
This deletes the selected program.
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Editing the sound of a sample
Each pad has a parameter to change the sound, which is
called “Filter”. You can edit the sound of the sample by editing this parameter. This is done in the FILTER page of the
PROGRAM mode.
off frequency too high, most of the lower frequencies are cut off, which results in a more hollow
sound.
05. Set the Reso field to adjust the resonance of the filter.
If you set the resonance value at a larger value, the
frequencies set in the Freq field will be boosted
more. It is hard to describe the effect of the resonance, because it differs depending on the cut off
frequency and filter type. Experiment several settings in the Type field, Freq field, and Reso field.
Note : If you notice distorted sound while using the FILTER,
Each pad has two filters. You can create a more complicated
sound by combining these two filters. Also you can link these
two filters to make a more powerful filter.
you can use the Att parameter to adjust the level of the signal
sent to the filter, and remove the unwanted distortion.
06. Set the filter of the filter 2 (to the right) in the same way.
Setting the Filter
Tips : You do not have to edit both filter 1 and 2. If you do not
01. In the PROGRAM mode, press the [F2] (FILTER) key.
The FILTER page will be displayed. You can select
the program to edit in the Pgm field.
02. Select the pad you wish to edit for the sound by hitting it.
The Pad field displays the pad number of the selected pad. To the right of the pad number, the name
of the sample assigned to the pad is displayed.
03. Select the Type field of filter 1 (to the left) and select
which filter type to use.
The MPC2500 has several types of filter to edit the
sound. With these filters, you can cut or boost the
specific frequency of the sound.
LOW PASS
This filter cuts out the high frequencies and passes the low frequencies. This filter is frequently
used in the electronic instruments such as synthesizers.
HIGH PASS
This filter cuts out the low frequencies and passes the high
frequencies.
BAND PASS
The filter passes the specific frequencies and cuts out the other
frequencies.
OFF
No filter is used.
04. Select the Freq field and set the cut off frequency.
The cut off frequency is the frequency that triggers
the filter. When you select the LOW PASS filter, if
you set the cut off frequency too low, the sound
will seem dull. This is because most of the higher
frequencies of sound are cut off by the filter. When
you select the HIGH PASS filter, if you set the cut
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Linking the two filters
You can link the two filers to make it as one powerful filter.
To link the filters, select the LINK in the Type field for
the filter 2 (in the right).
The MPC2500 will ignore the settings in the Freq field
and the Reso field for the filter 2 and apply the same
setting as those for the filter 1, which provides you with
a powerful filter effect.
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Controlling the sound with velocity
You can control the cutoff frequency of the filter by the
velocity used to hit the pad. With this feature, you can control the sound by changing the velocity used to hit the pad.
01. In the PROGRAM mode, press the [F2] (FILTER) key.
The FILTER page will be displayed.
02. Select the desired pad by hitting it.
The Pad field displays the pad number of the selected pad.
Limiting the number of the
voice in the Program
Normally, the pad sounds in the program are played polyphonic, when you hit the pad several times. But you may
wish to play the program with the pad sound of monophony.
such as the program being made by the SLICED SAMPLE
function. In this case, you can set the limit of voice number
on the pad in the program.
01. In the Program mode, press the [F3] (PARAMS) key
03. Select any of the Type, Freq, or Reso fields and press
the [WINDOW] key.
The PARAMETER page will be displayed.
The Filter Envelope window will be displayed.
02. In the Play field, select MONO.
04. Select the V> Freq field.
The larger the value you set, the more drastic a
change you can make to a sample by how hard you
hit the pad.
Refer to “Setting the Filter Envelope” about the
other parameter in the Filter Envelope window.
Play field :
POLY
The MPC2500 overlaps the sound in
the program.. (Polyphony)
MONO
The MPC2500 does not overlap the
sound in the program.. (Monophony)
Note : This is the setting of the whole Program, but you can set
each pad in the program to the voice overlap (POLY or MONO)
Tips : You can set the V>Freq for the filter 1 and 2 separately .
respectively. Refer to “Setting the overlap of a sound on the same
pad (voice overlap)”
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Simulating the open/close hihat (setting the mute group)
Mute Target feature
You can use the Mute Target feature for stopping the
playback of the sample of a pad when you hit another
pad, except using the mute group.
Normally, when you hit a pad when another pad is played
back, the samples of these two pads will be played back overlapped. With the mute group function, you can stop the playback of the sample of a pad when you hit another pad. You
can simulate the open/close hi-hat; the sound of the open
hi-hat will stop when the close hi-hat sound is triggered.
You can use this function by setting two pads to the
same mute group. The pads set to the same mute group
will not be played at the same time.
01. In the PROGRAM mode, press the [F3] (PARAMS) key.
The PARAMS page will be displayed.
02. Select one of the pads to set the mute group, by
hitting the pad.
03. In the Mute group field, select a number.
You can set any number except OFF.
04. Select the other pad to set the mute group, by hitting
the pad.
05. In the Mute group field, set the same number you set
for the first pad in the step 3.
You must set the same number to activate the mute
group.
Hit one pad while playing back another. The first
sample will be stopped and only the sample of the
pad you hit will by played.
If you use the Mute group, the playback of the pads in
the same mute group are stopped.
But if you use the Mute Target, it allows you to set “to
stop the pad A02 when hitting the pad A01, but not to
stop the pad A01 when hitting the pad A02”.
For example, in the Mute target field in the pad A01,
select the pad A02, and in the Mute target group in the
pad A02, not select the pad A01. In this case, the playback of the pad A02 will be stopped by hitting the pad
A01, but the playback of the pad A01 will not be
stoppped by hitting the pad A02.
You can set the maximum four mute tagret pads.
Setting the overlap of the
sounds on the same pad
(voice overlap)
Normally, when you hit the same pad several times, the same
sound will be overlapped. When you use the MPC2500 as a
drum machine, you can make the performance sound natural with this feature. However, when you are using a phrase
sample, it may be better not to overlap the same sound. With
the voice overlap function, you can set the MPC2500 not to
overlap the same pad sound.
01. In the PROGRAM mode, press the [F3] (PARAMS) key.
The PARAMS page will be displayed.
Tips : You can set the mute group to more than two pads.
02. Select the desired pad by hitting it.
Note : If you set the Play field to MONO, each pad sample cannot
03. In the Voice overlap field, select MONO.
be played with Polyphony, regardless of which mute group you
assign it to. When you use a mute group, set the Play field to POLY.
POLY
The MPC2500 overlaps the sound.
MONO The MPC2500 does not overlap the sound.
If you select MONO, when you hit the pad several
times, only the pad that was hit last will be played.
Note : If you set the Play field to MONO, each pad sample cannot
be played with Polyphony, regardless of the Voice overlap setting.
When you use the voice overlap function, set the Play field to POLY.
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Editing a pad sample
You can edit a pad sample without going to TRIM mode.
While editing a pad sample in Program mode, you can use
“Time stretch” edit and “Pitch Shift” edit.
• Using the DETECT TEMPO
I.
In the Pad Sample Edit window, press the [F2]
(TEMPO) key.
Note : You can edit the pad sample assigned only in Layer 1 in
SAMPLE page.
Time Stretch (Changing the length of the sample)
The Time Stretch edit can lengthen or shorten the selected sample without changing the pitch. This is useful when you want to match one sample to another
(even though they have different tempos), to fit a
sample into a specific period of time or into a track.
01. In the Program mode, press the [F3] (PARAMS) key.
II. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The Pad Sample Edit window will be displayed and
the calculated tempo in the DETECT TEMPO will
be set automatically in the Original Tempo field.
Note : Depending upon the sample (such as a single snare drum
sample), the DETECT TEMPO may not be able to detect the
correct tempo.
The PARAMS page will be displayed.
06. In the new field, set the desired new tempo.
Tips : If you wish to change the sample length with %, you can use
the following method. For example, if you want to lengthen the
sample with 120%, simply set the original tempo to 100, and then
set the new tempo to 120. Now you can get the 120% longer sample.
02. Select the desired pad by hitting it.
03. Press [F6] (EDIT) key.
The Pad Sample Edit key will be displayed.
04. In the Edit field, select the TIMESTRETCH.
07. Set the Preset field and Adjust field if necessary.
Preset : The MPC2500 uses 18 preset algorithms to
carry out the timestretch process, so you
should select a preset that nearest resembles
your sample’s content. If you are not happy
with the result, try experimenting with different presets.
Each preset is further divided into A, B or C:
A : Standard quality timestretch with fast processing.
B : Better quality timestretch with slower processing.
C : Highest quality timestretch with slower processing.
In the Pad field, the selected pad for edit is displayed. This field displays only the selected pad
number in the Parameter page...
05. The Original tempo field will be displaying the tempo
of the currently selected sequence, so you will need
to set it to the original tempo of the selected sample.
If you do not know the tempo of the selected
sample, you can use the DETECT TEMPO page and
the MPC2500 will find out for you.
Time stretch Presets :
01. FEM VOX (Female voice)
02. MALE VOX (male voice)
03. LOW MALE VOX (low male voice)
04. VOCAL
05. HFREQ RHYTHM (High frequency Rhythm section)
06. MFREQ RHYTHM (Middle frequency Rhythm section)
07. LFREQ RHYTHM (Low frequency Rhythm section)
08. PERCUSSION
09. LFREQ PERC. (Low frequency Percussion)
10. STACCATO
11. LFREQ SLOW (Low frequency Slow music )
12. MUSIC 1
13. MUSIC 2
14. MUSIC 3
15. SOFT PERC. (Soft percussion)
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16. HFREQ ORCH. (High frequency Orchestra)
17. LFREQ ORCH. (Low frequency Orchestra)
18. SLOW ORCH. (Slow orchestra)
03. Press the [F6] (EDIT) key.
The Pad Sample Edit window will be displayed.
04. In the Edit field, select PITCH SHIFT.
Adjust : You can use this to ‘tweak’ the selected preset. If your selected preset is close to what
you’re looking for, but still needs a little fine
tuning, try a few different settings here until you get the best result. A ( + ) value will
help improve high frequency and percussive sounds while a ( - ) value will help improve bass sound. Most of the time, this can
be left at zero.
07. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The Keep or Retry window will be displayed after
executing the timestretch.
Lengthy sample will take longer to process.
05. In the Pitch field, set the pitch amount you want to change..
Pitch : -12.00 - +12.00
This determines the amount of the pitch shift in semi
tone and cent step. For example, if you set +1.00,
the sample pitch will be one semi tone up. If you set
+12.00, the sample pitch will be one octave up.
06. Set the Preset field and Adjust field if necessary.
Preset :
New name field:
You can enter a new name for the sample.
[F2] (PLAY) :
You can audition the new sample.
[F3] (OVER W) :
You can delete the original sample and keep the
new sample.
The MPC2500 uses 18 preset algorithms to carry out
the Pitch shift process, so you should select a preset
that nearest resembles your sample’s content. If the
results are not close enough what you’re looking
for, try experimenting with different presets.
Each preset is further divided into A, B or C:
A : Standard quality Pitch shift with fast processing
B : Better quality Pitch shift with slower processing
C : Highest quality Pitch shift with slower processing.
Pitch shift Presets:
[F4] (RETRY) :
It returns to the Pad Sample Edit window without
keeping the new sample.
[F5] (KEEP) :
You can keep the new sample with the new name set
in the New Name field.
PITCH SHIFT (Changing the pitch of the sample)
The Pitch Shift edit can change the pitch of the selected
sample without changing its length. This is useful when
you want to change the pitch of a phrase sample in the
sequence without changing the tempo..
01.In the Program mode, press the [F3] (PARAMS) key.
The PARAMS page will be displayed.
01. FEM VOX (Female voice)
02. MALE VOX (male voice)
03. LOW MALE VOX (low male voice)
04. VOCAL
05. HFREQ RHYTHM (High frequency Rhythm section)
06. MFREQ RHYTHM (Middle frequency Rhythm section)
07. LFREQ RHYTHM (Low frequency Rhythm section)
08. PERCUSSION
09. LFREQ PERC. (Low frequency Percussion)
10. STACCATO
11. LFREQ SLOW (Low frequency Slow music )
12. MUSIC 1
13. MUSIC 2
14. MUSIC 3
15. SOFT PERC. (Soft percussion)
16. HFREQ ORCH. (High frequency Orchestra)
17. LFREQ ORCH. (Low frequency Orchestra)
18. SLOW ORCH. (Slow orchestra)
Adjust : You can use this to ‘tweak’ the selected preset. If your selected preset is close to what
you’re looking for, but still needs a little fine
02. Select the desired pad by hitting it.
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tuning, try a few different settings here until you get the desired result. A ( + ) value
will help improve high frequency and percussive sounds while a ( - ) value will help
improve bass sound. Most of the time, this
can be left at zero.
06. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The Keep or Retry window will be displayed after
executing the Pitch shift.
Lengthy samples will take longer to process.
New name field:
You can enter the new name for the sample.
[F2] (PLAY) :
You can audition the new sample.
[F3] (OVER W) :
You can delete the original sample and keep the
new sample.
[F4] (RETRY) :
It returns to Pad Sample Edit window without
keeping the new sample.
[F5] (KEEP) :
You can keep the new sample with the name set in
the New Name field.
Setting a LFO (Low Frequency
Oscillator)
You can set the LFO on the pad sample in the Program. By
using the LFO, you can get a more powerful sound. For
example, if you set the Pitch in the LFO page, the pad sound
can have the vibration effect, and if you set the Level in the
LFO, the pad sound can have the tremolo effect. The
MPC2500 can set the Filter or Pan in the LFO page as well
as the Pitch or Level.
01. In the Program mode, press the [F5] (LFO) key.
The LFO page will be displayed.
In the Pgm field, you can select the Program you
wish to edit.
02. Select the desired pad by hitting it.
In the Pad field, the selected pad will be displayed.
Wave field:
You can select the wave for the LFO from
TRANGLE, SINE, SQUARE, SAW, SAW DOWN,
or RAMDOM.
Rate field (00.00 – 99.00)
You can set the cycle (speed) of the LFO. This setting value is based on the Beat and Tick. The cycle
(speed) will be changed with the tempo of the sequence. For example, if you wish to set the cycle of
the LFO to one beat of the sequence, you would
set this value to “01.00”, if you want to set the cycle
to an 1/8 note, set it to “00.48” and so on.
Delay field (00.00 – 99.00)
You can set the delay time (the time before starting
the LFO) with the Beat and the Tick. For example,
if you wish to start the LFO after one beat from
starting from the point of triggering a sample, set it
to “01.00”.
Pitch field (0-100)
You can set a value to change the pitch of the
sample. ( Vibrate effect).
The lower this value, the less pitch variation you
will get, and vice versa the higher this value, the
more pitch variation.
Filter field (0 – 100)
You can set this value to change the filter of the
sample. (WOW effect)
The lower this value, the less the WOW becomes,
and vice verse. This parameter works is based upon
the setting in the Filter page.
Level field (0 – 100)
You can set this value to change the level of a
sample. (Tremolo effect)
The lower this value, the less tremoro effect, the
larger the value, the more tremoto effect.
Pan field (00.00 – 99.00)
You can set this value to change a pan of a sample.
(Auto-Panning).
The lower this value, the narrower the panning effect, the larger this value, the wider the panning
effect will be.
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Delete all the unused samples
at the same time (PURGE)
When you use the MPC2500 to record or load several
samples, you may have unused samples (samples not assigned to any pads in the program) in the MPC2500’s
memory. In this case, it is time consuming to browse the
contents of the program for unused samples and delete them
one by one. With the PURGE function, you can delete all
the unused samples at the same time.
01. In the PROGRAM mode, press the [F1] (SAMPLE) key.
The SAMPLE page will be displayed.
02. Press the [F6] (PURGE) key.
The Purge Samples window will be displayed.
03. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
All the samples, which are not assigned to the program, will be deleted at the same time.
Setting a MIDI note number
to the pads
The performance data you made by hitting the MPC2500’s
pads is sent to the internal sampler and sequencer section
directly. You can also send the data as a MIDI signal at the
same time. The performance data will be sent as MIDI note
information. To do so, you need to determine which MIDI
note to send out when you hit each pad.
Also, when you load sequence data, which was created with
the external sequencer, to the MPC2500 and play the internal sampler section, you have to determine which pad to
play by the MIDI note date in the sequence data.
In this section, you will learn how to assign MIDI notes to
the pads.
01. In the PROGRAM mode, press the [F4] (NOTE) key.
The NOTE page will be displayed.
02. Select the desired pad by hitting it.
The note number of the selected pad will be highlighted.
03. Select the note number with the DATA wheel.
In the upper right corner of the screen, the MIDI
GM standard name of the drum, which represents
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the selected note number, is displayed.
To reset the setting to the default, press the [F6] (RESET) key. All the notes assigned to the pads will be
reset to the default setting.
Assigning MIDI note numbers
to the pads (changing the
default setting)
Normally, when you hit a pad, the MPC2500 will output the
MIDI note data assigned to the pad in the program.
However, when the selected track does not have any program assigned, hitting a pad sends out the default MIDI note
number, instead of the number set in the program. When
you create a new program, this setting will be used as the
default setting. You can change this default pad setting in
the MIDI/SYNC mode, which can be accessed by pressing
the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 9] (MIDI/SYNC).
01. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 9] (MIDI/SYNC).
You can enter the MIDI/SYNC mode.
02. Press the [F3] (NOTE) key.
The NOTE page will be displayed.
03. Select the desired pad by hitting it.
The note number of the selected pad will be highlighted.
04. Select the note number with the DATA wheel.
In the upper right corner of the screen, the MIDI
GM standard name of the drum, which represents
the selected note number, is displayed.
To reset the setting to the default, press the [F6]
(RESET) key. All the notes assigned to the pads will
be reset to the default setting.
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Chapter 14 : Mixer
In this section, you will learn about the mixer feature. In the
MIXER mode, you can edit several settings while checking
the status of the pads graphically. This is done in the MIXER
mode, which can be accessed by hitting the [MODE] key
and then the [PAD 8] (MIXER).
Setting the level and pan of the pad
01. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 8] (MIXER).
When you press the [MODE] key, its LED will blink.
By pressing [PAD 8] while the [MODE] key’s LED is
blinking, you will enter the MIXER mode. Pressing
the [F1] (L/PAN) key brings up the Level/Pan page.
Setting the output for the sample
The MPC2500 has 8 outputs (assignable mix out) as well as
the stereo out.
To use an external FX processor to effect a specific pad, assign it one of the assignable mix outs. Now, route cables
from that assignable mix outs to your FX processors Inputs.
Finally, route cables from your FX processors outputs to the
MPC2500s RECORD IN. Now you can either re-sample with
the desired effect, or utize the MPC2000s INPUT THRU feature. In this section, you will learn how to change the output of the sample of the pad.
Note : For more information about connecting to the external
effecter or mixer and about the operation of them, see the operation manual of these devices.
01. In the MIXER mode, press the [F2] (L/OUT) key.
In this display, each column indicates pad 1 though
16 , starting from the left, and the currently selected
pad is highlighted. The bar display on the bottom indicates the current level. Longer bars indicate higher
levels.
The circle in the top of the column indicates the pan
setting. The location of the line within the circle indicates the current pan setting.
02. Hit the desired pad.
The column of the selected pad will be highlighted.
You can select several pads by hitting pads while
holding in the [SHIFT] key. You can also select all
pads in the PAD BANK by pressing a [PAD BANK]
key while holding in the [SHIFT] key.
Tips : When you select several pads and change a parameter (Level
or Pan), the parameter on each pad will be changed relatively
The Level/OUT page will be displayed.
Each column indicates pad 1 though 16 from the left
and the currently selected pad is highlighted. The display at the top is the field, where you where you will
assign a specific pad to a specific assignable ouput.
02. Hit the desired pad.
The column for the selected pad will now be highlighted.
03. Press the up cursor key.
You can change the setting by turning the DATA wheel.
ST
The pad will be output to the stereo out.
1/2
The pad will be output to the assignable
mix out 1/2.
3/4
The pad will be output to the assignable
mix out 3/4.
5/6
The pad will be output to the assignable
mix out 5/6.
7/8
The pad will be output to the assignable
mix out 7/8.
with keeping the balance.
03. Press the down cursor key to set the level, and the
up cursor to set the pan.
When you press the up cursor key, the cursor will
move to the pan display, and you can change the
pan setting with the DATA wheel. When you press
the down cursor key, the cursor will move to the
level display and you can change the level setting
with the DATA wheel.
Tips : The output setting is made in stereo pairs. If you wish to
output eight monaural signals separately from the eight assignable
mix outs, use the pan settings in the L/PAN page. For example, to
use the assignable mix out 1/2 as two mono outs, in the L/OUT
page, set the output to 1/2 and set the pan setting of the pad you
wish to output from the out 1 and 2 to L and R respectively.
Tips : You can also use the [Q1] (SLIDER) to manipulate the
Level, and the [Q3] (KNOB) to manipulate the Pan of the currently highlighted column(s).
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Selecting the pad to apply the effect
With the MPC2500, you can route specific pad(s) to either
of two(2) internal FX. To do this, you need to route the pads
sample in the FX SEND section.
Mixer Automation
The MPC2500 can record the information such as Level
and Pan changes so that they will automate during sequence play back.
01. In the MIXER mode, press the [F4] (SETUP) key.
Tips : This picture displays the signal flow of the sample sound to
the stereo out through the effect section. As you can see in this
picture, you can only apply the effects to a pad whose outputs are
set to the stereo out.
You cannot apply the effects to a pads whose outputs
are set to the assignable mix output.
The SETUP page will be displayed.
02. In the Record mix changes: field, select YES with
the DATA wheel.
If you set this field to YES and change the LEVEL or
PAN in the L/PAN page during the sequence is recording, the changed data will be recorded into the
sequence. The sequence will be played with changing
the Level or the Pan as you did during the recording.
01. In MIXER mode, press the [F3] (FXSEND) key.
The FX SEND page will be displayed.
Each column indicates pad 1 though 16 from the
left to right, and the currently selected pad is highlighted. The display at the top indicates the output
setting. The bar display on the bottom indicates the
current send level.
To adjust this level: simply cursor down and use
the DATA wheel.
The mixing data recorded in the sequence is displayed in STEP EDIT page as follows and you can
edit it same as other MIDI event.
02. Hit the desired pad.
The column of the selected pad will be highlighted.
03. Press the UP cursor key.
The FX Send field for the effect setting will be selected. You can change the setting by turning the
DATA wheel.
OF
No effect will be used.
1
The effect 1 will be used. The Pad sound
will be sent to the FX1 of the effect section.
2
The effect 2 will be used. The Pad sound
will be sent to the FX2 of the effect section.
04. Press the DOWN cursor key and adjust the FXSEND
level by turning the DATA wheel.
Tips : You can also adjust the FXSEND level on the currently
highlighted pad(s) by using the [Q1] (SLIDER).
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Shortcut between MIXER
and Effect mode.
While in MIXER mode, you can easily switch to EFFECT
mode by using the [F6] (GO2FX) key.
While in EFFECT mode, you can easily switch to MIXER
mode by using the [F5] (GO2MIX) key.
The following menus are available in MIXER/EFFECT mode:
MIXER mode
EFFECT mode
L / PAN page
MASTER page
L / OUT page
MASTER page
FXSEND page
FX page which is selected
in FX field.
SETUP page
MASTER page
INPUT page
MASTER page
Tips : This is especially useful when searching for the right effect
for the right sample.
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Input Thru function
The MPC2500 can mix the incoming signal from REC IN or DIGITAL IN with the play back sound from the MPC2500. You
can also route the Input Thru signal to the internal Effects and two (2) Filters. You can control the level, pan, the cut off
frequency, the resonance, etc of incoming signal with the Q-Link sliders and knobs.
Applying effects to an
incoming signal
Out field :
In this example, select the “ST”. Remember, you can only route the Input Thru signal to the internal FX if
you choose ST as an output.
Note : In this explanation, some Effect should be selected first. If
you don’t select any Effect, select some Effect with referring to
FX field :
“Chapter 15 : Effect”.
01. Press [INPUT THRU] key.
The INPUT page will be displayed.
You can also get to the INPUT page by pressing the
[F5] (INPUT) key in the MIXER mode.
03. Set the following parameters.
Source field : You can select the input signal,
ANALOG or DIGITAL.
Mode field :
You can select the input signal, ST
(Stereo), L (L channel) or R (Right
channel)
Level field :
You can set the input level. If you
select ANALOG in the Source field,
adjust the [REC GAIN] volume
with using the level meter in the
RECORD mode in advance. If you
select DIGITAL in the Source field,
you cannot use the [REC GAIN]
volume.
Pan field :
Note: This field will be displayed
only when you select L or R in the
Mode field. This will allow you to
set the pan position.
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You can select the effect of the input
thru signal. OF (Off), 1 (Effect 1) or 2
(Effect 2). If you select OF, the input
thru signal is not applied any effect.
In this example, select the “1” or “2”.
Send field :
02. In the Input thru field, select ON.
You can select the outputs of the input thru signal, ST, 12, 34, 56, or 78.
You can set the effect send level of
the Input thru signal. This field will
be displayed only when the Effect
is selected to REVERB or DELAY in
the FX field.
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Applying filters to an
incoming signal
01. Select SLIDER mode by pressing [MODE] key then
hitting PAD 1 (SLIDER)
02. In the Assign pad field, select IN.
You can apply the internal filters to the incoming signal from
REC IN (Analog) or DIGITAL IN (Digital). You can also
control the cut-off frequency and Resonance in real-time by
using Q-Link slider/knob.
01. Press [INPUT THRU] key.
Note : Only “REALTIME” will be available in the Change field.
The INPUT page will be displayed.
You can also get to the INPUT page by pressing the
[F5] (INPUT) key in the MIXER mode.
03. In the Parameter field, adjust the desired parameter.
LEVEL :
This control the input signal volume level.
CUTOFF1+2 : This controls the cutoff frequency of both Filter 1 and Filter 2.
CUTOFF1 : This controls the cutoff frequency of Filter 1.
CUTOFF2 : This controls the cutoff frequency of Filter 2.
Set the necessary parameter in each field while referring to the Applying effects to an incoming signal.
02. In the Type field, select the filter type.
RESO1+2 : This controls the resonance value of both Filter 1 and Filter 2.
RESO1 :
This controls the resonance value of Filter 1.
RESO2 :
This controls the resonance value of Filter 2.
PAN :
This control the sample’s pan position.
04. In the High range field and Low range field, set the
upper and lower limit of the slider or knobs.
Setting set the filter type is same as in the Filter page
while in PROGRAM mode. Refer to “Editing the
sound of a sample” in the PROGRAM mode.
Note : You cannot use the Filter Modulation with INPUT THRU.
Using Q-Link feature in
INPUT THRU mode
You can control the input level, pan, and the filter’s parameter ( Cut-off frequency and Resonance) in real-time by using Q-Link slider/ knob.
The value of the controlled parameter is determined by the value set here. The value depends
on the type of the parameter selected in the Parameter field.
LEVEL : 0 –100.
This is linked to the value in Level field in the INPUT
page. If you change the slider or knob, the value will
be changed depending on the value in INPUT page.
CUTOFF1+2 / CUTOFF1 / CUTOFF 2 : -50 - +50
This value also offsets the current setting in the
INPUT page.
RESO1+2 / RESO1 / RESO2 : -50 - +50
Again, this value offsets the current setting in the
INPUT page.
Note : You cannot record the real-time control of the INPUT
THRU into the sequence.
Note : In the Input THRU mode, you cannot record the moving
of Q-Link in the sequence.
Note : In this explanation, the necessary setting on the filter and
the input level/pan for INPUT THRU mode should be entered
first. If you haven’t set any parameter for them, set them while
referring to “Applying effects to an incoming signal” and “Applying filters to an incoming signal”
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Saving the setting of Input Thru
You can save the setting of the Input Thru as the separate file
independent from the Program or Sequence file.
If you save the internal memory data using “SAVE ENTIRE
MEMORY”, the Input thru file will be saved with the Project file.
The Input Thru setting is contained in an Input Thru file.
When you load the Project file, the Input Thru file will be loaded
automatically along with the Project file. You can also load only
the Input Thru file. The Input Thru file (.IPT file) is saved as the
file with IPT – and the project name.
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In this section, you will learn how to select and edit effects. The MPC2500 has two stereo effects and one master effect. To
apply the effects to a specific pad sound, use the two stereo effects. To apply effects to the entire sound, use the master effect.
Note : The effect settings will be saved with the ALL file, which is created when you save the data by selecting SAVE ALL SEQS & SONGS.
Applying effects to a specific
pad sound
You can apply effects to the selected pad sound. Here, let’s
apply BIT GRUNGER to the selected pad sound.
01. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 12] (EFFECT).
The EFFECT mode will be displayed.
02. Press the [F1] (SELECT) key.
The SELECT page will be displayed.
03. Move the cursor to the FX1 type field and turn the
DATA wheel, or press the [WINDOW] key.
The Select Effect window will be displayed. You
can select the effect type by turning the DATA
wheel.
04. Select BIT GRUNGER and press the [F5] (SELECT) key.
This closes the window and goes back to the SELECT page.
BIT GRUNGER is selected in the FX1 type field.
05. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 8] (MIXER)
to display the MIXER mode.
You select the pad for the effect in the MIXER mode.
06. Press the [F3] (FXSEND) key.
The FX SEND page will be displayed.
07. Hit the desired pad.
This pad will be selected and its display will be
highlighted.
08. Press the UP cursor key to select the FX Send field.
When you hit the selected pad, the processed sound
will be played.
The effected sound will be output from the stereo out.
Tips : you can apply the effect to several pads. The effect of the FX
1 is applied to all the pads whose FX SEND are set to 1 In the FX
SEND page of the MIXER mode.
Tips : you can set the effects in details. For more information about
detailed editing of each effect, see the “Editing effects” section.
Note : You cannot apply the effects to the pads whose outputs are
NOT set to ST (stereo out) in the L/OUT page of the MIXER mode.
Like FX 1, you can use the effects of the FX 2 by selecting an effect in the FX2 type field of the SELECT page
in the MIXER mode and setting the FX SEND field to 2
in the FX SEND page of the MIXER mode.
Applying reverb
When you select Reverb in the FX type, you need to apply this effect to a specific pad in a slightly different way.
Here, assume you have selected REVERB in the FX2
type field.
01. Select REVERB in the FX2 type field and then select
the FX SEND page of the MIXER mode.
02. Hit the desired pad.
03. Press the up cursor key to select the FX SEND field
and select 2 in the field.
You cannot apply the reverb effect by just selecting
the FX SEND. To apply the effect, you need to adjust the signal level sent to the reverb in the send
level field.
The FX Send field for the effect setting will be selected.
OF
No effect will be applied to the pad.
1
The effect of the FX1 will be applied to the pad.
2
The effect of the FX2 will be applied to the pad.
04. To adjust the signal level sent to the reverb, press
the down cursor key and turn the DATA wheel.
This field is called the Send level field, and it displays the value as the bar. The larger the signal level
is, the greater the reverb effect becomes.
Here, select 1.
Tips : You can adjust the send level field to adjust the amount of
the reverb for each pad, individually.
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Applying effects of the FX2
to the effect sound of the FX1
Normally, the effect sound is sent to the stereo out directly.
For example, when using the PHASE SHIFTER in the FX1
and REVERB in the FX2, you cannot apply REVERB in the
FX2, since the effect sound of the FX1 is sent to the stereo
out. By using the To FX2 field, you can send the output of
the FX1 to the FX2 to apply the effect of FX2.
• In the SELECT page of the EFFECT mode, set the
To FX2 field to YES.
The sound from the FX1 will be sent to the FX2.
If you set 1 to a pad in the FX SEND page of the
MIXER mode, you can apply the effects of both FX
1 and 2 to them.
If you set 2 to a pad in the FX SEND page of the
MIXER mode, you can apply the effects of FX2.
Below is a brief overview on each effect.
BIT GRUNGER
This effect adds distortion to the sound to lower the
quality of the sound and create the lo-fi sound.
Depth field
4 BAND EQ (4 band equalizer)
This effect is the equalizer, which can adjust the 4 frequency bands to correct or process the sound. Low/Hi
EQ is a shelving type equalizer, which boosts or cuts
the frequencies higher or lower than the specified frequency. The Mid1/2 is a peaking type equalizer, which
boosts or cuts the specified frequency and the harmonics surrounding the frequency.
Low frq field
You can set the frequency of the mid frequency range 1.
Mid1 Gain field You can set the gain of the mid frequency range 1.
Mid1 Q field
You can set the band range of the mid frequency range 1.
Mid2 frq field
You can set the frequency of the mid frequency range 2.
In this section, you will learn how to edit effects.
When you press the [F2] (FX1) key in the EFFECT mode,
the FX1 page will be displayed, where you can edit the effects selected in the FX1. Likewise, when you press the [F3]
(FX2) key in the EFFECT mode, the FX2 page will be displayed, where you can edit the effects selected in the FX2.
Also, you can change the effects assigned to FX1 and 2 by
selecting the effect type in the FX type field, which is located at the top of each page.
You can set the low frequency range.
Low Gain field You can adjust the gain of the low frequency range.
Mid1 frq field
Editing effects
Sets the amount to lower the sound
quality. The larger the value is, the
more lo-fi sound will be created.
Mid2 Gain field You can set the gain of the mid frequency range 2.
Mid2 Q field
You can set the frequency range of the mid
frequency range 2.
High frq field
You can set the frequency of the high frequency range.
High Gain field You can set the gain of the high frequency range.
Tips : If you press the [F5] (BYPASS) key in the FX1 and FX2
pages, you can turn off the effects temporally. This is useful to
compare the effected sound and the original sound.
COMPRESSOR
This effect compresses sound which exceeds a certain
level, to make the sound levels even.
Threshold field
any signals, which exceed the level set here, will be compressed. The lower the value is, the better the result will be.
Gain field
You can adjust the overall level here. As you lower the
value in the Threshold field, the overall level is also lowered. You can adjust the final level in this field.
Ratio field
You can set the compression ratio here. The larger
you set the value, the greater the compression becomes and you can make the overall level even.
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Attack field
You can set the time it takes to start the compression after the incoming signal exceeds the level set
in the Threshold field.
SeqSync field
You can set the Rate (the speed of the modulation)
with the Beat and the Tick of the tempo in the sequence. When it is set to ON, the display in the
Rate field will change to Beat and Tick..
Release field
You can set the time it takes to finish the compression after the incoming signal falls below the level
set in the Threshold field.
PHASE SHIFTER
This effect adds sounds with different phases to the
original sound, to create a swelling or rotating sound.
Sweep rate field
You can set the speed of the modulation here.
Offset L/R field
You can set the amount of the phase shift of L and
R. If you set this field to 00, L and R will be in sync.
As you increase the value, the phases of the L and R
will shift and you can create the complicated effect.
Feedback field
You can set the feed back level from the output to
the effect input. The effect will be boosted and create more a unique sound.
Sweep width field
You can set the depth of the modulation here.
Mid point field
You can set the center frequency for the phase shift.
If you set this value high, the phase shift will be
applied around the high frequency range.
L/R sweep sync field
If you set it to ON, the Sweep rate will be set at the
same cycle for both the Left and Right. If you set to
OFF, the sweep rate of the right channel will be set
slightly higher than that of the left channel. You will
be able to create a more complicated effect.
TREMOLO
TREMOLO changes the sound level periodically to add
a periodic modulation to the amplitude of sound.
FLYING PAN
This effect changes the normal position of the sound
periodically and creates the effect , in which it makes
the sound feel like is is rotating around your head.
Sweep rate field
You can set the speed of the sound rotation. The
higher the value is, the faster the rotation becomes.
Width field
You can set the shift range of the position (move
range). If you set this value higher, the position of
the sound changes more drastically.
Sweep curve bend field
You can set the type of the movement of the position.
Pan low field
You can set how to move the position. If you select
LINER, the position moves horizontally. If you select ROTATE, the position rotates in circle.
SeqSync field
You can set the Sweep rate (the speed of the sound
rotation) with the Beat and the Tick of the tempo
in the sequence. When it is set to ON, the display
in the Sweep rate field will change to Beat and Tick.
REVERB
This effect adds the reverberation to the original sound,
to give the spatial effect and depth to the sound.
Input filter field
You can set the cut off frequency of the low-pass
filter that you wish to apply to the input signal.
Time field
You can set the length of the reverb. If you set this
value higher, you can enhance the special scope of
the sound.
Rate field
You can set the speed of the modulation.
HF damp field
You can set the quality of the reverb. The lower
value creates harder sounds, and the higher value
creates a softer sound.
Depth field
You can set the depth of the modulation.
Reverb level field
You can set the level of the reverb.
Invert field
You can set the inversion of the L/R modulation.
When set to OFF, both L and R will be modulated
in the same way. When set to ON, L and R will be
inverted to create a more complex effect.
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DELAY
CHORUS and FLANGER
This effect adds delay to the original sound.
Note : DELAY can be selected only in FX2.
FLANGER adds modulated delay sounds to the original sound to give a ringing effect to the sound.
Both CHORUS and FLANGER add modulated delay
sounds to the original sound to give a ringing effect to
the sound. The settings are the same for both effects.
Note : You can select CHORUS and FLANGER only in the FX2.
Slow sweep rate field
You can set the modulation speed here.
Time field
You can set the delay time of the first delay sound.
If the Sq sync field is set to OFF, you can set it to the
maximum 999 msec. If the Sq sync field is set to
ON, you can set it with the Beat and the Tick.
Feedback field
You can set the feed back level from the output to
the effect input. The higher the value is, the more
the delay sounds are created.
HF damp field
You can set the quality of the delay sound (High Frequency damp). If you set it to a lower value, it makes
the delay sound like a classic analog delay effect.
Level field
You can set the volume level of the delay sound.
Sq sync field (ON/OFF)
You can synchronize the delay sound to the tempo
of the sequence. . When it is set to ON, the display
in the Time field will change to Beat and Tick. For
example, if you set the Time field to “01.00”, the delay time will be adjusted automatically to 1/4 notes.
Mode field (PAN/MONO)
This determines whether the delay will be mono
or stereo.
MONO : A standard monaural delay.
PAN :
A Stereo panning delay that will pan the
delays from left to right.
Width field
You select the width of a stereo panning delay. The
higher this value is, the wider the delay sound is.
Pan field
You can set the pan position of the delay sound.
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Slow sweep depth field
You can set the depth of the modulation here.
Vibrato rate field
You can set the detailed speed of the modulation here.
Vibrato depth field
You can set the detailed depth of the modulation here.
Feedback field
You can set the feed back level from the output to
the effect input. The effect will be boosted and create a more unique sound.
L/R sweep sync field
If you set it to ON, the Sweep rate will be set at the
same cycle for both the Left and Right. If you set it
to OFF, the sweep rate of the right channel will be
set slightly higher than that of the left channel and
you can also create a more complicated effect.
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Using the master effect
The master effect is applied to the overall sound from the
stereo out. You can use it separately from the effects of FX1
and FX2. The effects you can use as the master effect are a 4
band equalizer and compressor. With these effects you can
add the final touches to the sound.
01. In the EFFECT mode,
press the [F4] (MASTER) key.
The MASTER page will
be displayed. In the
MASTER page, you can edit the master effect.
If you increase the gain, you can boost the sound
around the selected frequency. If you lower the gain,
you can lower the level of the sound around the selected frequency.
Q setting determines how to change the sound around
the selected frequency when you change the gain setting. If you set this value larger, only the narrow range
around the selected frequency will be changed. As you
lower the value, the range will be wider.
Compressor
This effect compresses the signal level that exceeds the
selected level to make the volume even as a whole.
The fields are the same as those of the COMPRESSOR,
which is selected in the FX1 and 2.
02. To use the 4 band EQ, select ON in the EQ field.
03. To use the compressor, select ON in the Compressor field.
Note : If you use neither effects, set these fields to OFF.
Editing the master effects
In this section, you will learn how to edit the master effects
in details.
4 band EQ
This is the 4 band EQ (equalizer), which consists of two
shelving type Eqs for a high frequency and a low frequency and a 2 band parametric EQ. With the equalizers, you can boost or lower a specific frequency to control the sound from the stereo out.
H field, L field
You can set the frequency and the gain of the equalizers for high frequency (H) and low frequency (L). You
can set the frequency in the left field and the gain in
the right field.
If you increase the gain in the H field, you can boost
the frequency that is higher than the selected frequency.
If you lower the gain, you can lower the level of the
frequency that is higher than the selected frequency.
If you increase the gain in the L field, you can boost
the frequency lower than the selected frequency.
If you lower the gain, you can lower the level of the
frequency lower than the selected frequency.
1 field, 2 field
You can set the parametric equalizer, which can
control the sound around the selected frequency.
The field has the settings for frequency, gain and Q
(from the left).
Editing the effect set
The effect set is a set of FX1/FX2/MAIN effect types and
their settings. Each effect set can have different settings individually. You can switch the effect sets in the Eff field of
the SELECT page.
Tips : You can switch the effect sets within the sequence by entering the EFFECT SELECT event to the sequence.
For more information, see the “Step editing” section
on page 31.
In this section, you will learn how to change the name
of, copy, and reset the effect set.
Changing the name of the effect set
01. In the Eff field of the SELECT page, press the [WINDOW] key.
The Effect Set window will be displayed.
02. In the Effect name field, turn the DATA wheel.
The Name window will be displayed and you can
change the effect set name. For more information about
the operation in the Name window, see page 10.
03. In the Name window, press the [F5] (ENTER).
It confirms the name and closes the Name window.
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Copying the effect set
01. In the Eff field of the SELECT page, press the [WINDOW] key.
The Effect Set window will be displayed.
02. In the Effect Set window, press the [F5] (COPY) key.
The Copy Effect Set window will be displayed.
Shortcut between MIXER
and Efect mode
You can move from EFFECT mode to MIXER mode with
the functional key.
03. In the Eff field (up), select the source effect set.
04. In the Eff field (down), select the destination effect set.
05. Press the [F3] (DO IT) key.
The effect set selected in the Eff field (up) will be
copied to the effect set selected in the Eff field
(down). Pressing the [F4] (CANCEL) key cancels
the operation and closes the window.
Resetting the effect set
You can reset the setting for the effect set to the default
settings.
01. In the Eff field of the SELECT page, press the [WINDOW] key.
The Effect Set window will be displayed.
02. In the Effect Set window, press the [F2] (RESET) key.
The Reset Effect Setting window will be displayed.
03. In the Eff field, select the effect set you wish to reset.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The settings of the effect set selected in the Eff field
will be reset to the default settings. Pressing the [F4]
(CANCEL) key cancels the operation and closes the
window.
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While in MIXER mode, you can easily switch to EFFECT mode by using the [F6] (GO2FX) key.
While in EFFECT mode, you can easily switch to
MIXER mode by using the [F5] (GO2MIX) key.
The following menus are available in MIXER/EFFECT mode:
MIXER mode
EFFECT mode
L / PAN page
MASTER page
L / OUT page
MASTER page
FXSEND page
FX page which is selected
in FX field.
SETUP page
MASTER page
INPUT page
MASTER page
Tips : This is especially useful when searching for the right effect
for the right sample.
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Chapter 16 : Save / Load
The sample or sequence data you made in the MPC2500 will be deleted when you turn off the unit. If you wish to keep the
data, you need to save it to a memory card. You can use the saved files again by loading them into the MPC2500.
About a memory card
03. Select the To field and press the [WINDOW] key.
The MPC2500 can use the memory card called “compact
flash”.The MPC2500 comes with one 32MB (megabyte) compact flash card. You can use any memory card that supports
compact flash.
Tips: MB indicates the size of the memory card. The larger this
number is, the more data you can store.
Note: The size of the compact flash card that MPC2500 can handle
is from 32MB to 2GB.
Note: When you use a new compact flash card with with the
MPC2500, you need to format the card before use it. For more
information about formatting the card, see the “Formatting the
memory card” section on page 111.
Saving the data
In this section, you will learn how to save the data. This is
done in the SAVE page, which can be accessed by pressing
the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 3] (SAVE).
The Directory window will be displayed. In this
window, you can browse the contents of the
memory card. The files in the memory card are
saved in the directories hierarchically, like other
computer files. The folder selected in the To field
is displayed in the left of the directory list, and the
contents of the folder is displayed in the right of
the list. In the picture above, the ROOT folder is
selected and the folder has an AUTOLOAD folder.
04. Move through the directory using the left/right cursor keys.
You can use left/right cursor keys to move
through the directories. For example, in the picture above, if you press the right cursor key to select the AUTOLOAD folder and then press the
right cursor key again, the AUTOLOAD folder
will be displayed in the left and the contents of
the AUTOLOAD folder will be displayed in the
right. If you press the left cursor key, the cursor
will move to the left list, and if you press the left
cursor key again, the upper directory will be selected and displayed.
Tips : The ROOT folder indicates the top directory of the memory
card. There is no other upper directory.
Selecting the destination
You can set the location in the memory card to save the
data. Here, you will learn how the data will be saved
in the memory card and how to select the destination.
01. Insert a compact flash card in the memory card slot,
and press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD
3](SAVE).
The SAVE page will be displayed.
05. Select the folder you wish to save the data to.
The folder whose icon is highlighted (in black) in
the left list will be selected as the destination. Even
when a folder is selected by the cursor in the right
list, the folder in the left list will be selected.
06. Press the [F4] (CLOSE) key.
This closes the window. The folder selected in the
Directory window is selected in the To field.
Note : Make sure that you insert the compact flash card com-
Tips: You can also select the destination folder in the To field of
pletely in the slot.
the SAVE page. You can select a folder in the same directory
that the currently selected folder is located in, by turning the
02. In the Save to field, select MEMORY CARD.
DATA wheel in the To field. If the currently selected folder has a
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folder inside, you can select that folder (in the lower directory) by
pressing the right cursor key. You can also move to the upper
directory by pressing the left cursor key.
Creating a new folder
Saving a program
You can save a program and the samples used for the
program.
01. In the To field of the SAVE page, select the destination folder.
You can create a new folder and select it as the destination.
02. In the Type field, select SAVE A PROGRAM.
01. In the Directory window, select a directory you wish
to create a new folder to.
The new folder will be created in the folder currently selected in the left list.
02. In the Directory window, press the [F5] (NEW) key.
The Name window will be opened. Enter the folder
name in the window.
For more information about setting the name, see
the “Setting names” section on page 10.
03. In the Name window, press the [F5] (ENTER) key.
The new folder will be created in the selected directory. In the Directory window, the new folder is
selected.
Saving a sample
You can save samples one by one.
01. In the To field of the SAVE page, select the destination folder.
02. In the Type field, select SAVE A SAMPLE.
03. In the Item field, select the sample to save.
You can select the sample data in the memory by
turning the DATA wheel.
04. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 starts saving the sample.
• When the destination folder has the data with the same name
If the destination folder already has the data with
the same name, the File Exists window will be displayed. To cancel the operation, press the [F4]
(CANCEL) key.
To overwrite the data in the memory card with the
new data, press the [F2] (REPLAC) key. The data in
the memory card will be replaced with the new data.
Pressing the [F5] (RENAME) key brings up the
Name window, where you can change the name of
the file you are about to save. When you enter the
name in the Name window and press the [F5] (ENTER) key, the MPC2500 will start to save the data.
03. In the Item field, select the program to save.
You can select the program data in the memory by
turning the DATA.
04. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The Save a Program window will be displayed.
05. In the Save a Program window, make settings for
each field.
Save field
You can choose whether or not to save the sample
data (sounds) with the program data.
WITH SAMPLES
The MPC2500 will save the program data and the
samples used for the program.
Normally you should select this option. When you
load the saved program, the MPC2500 will load the
samples automatically.
PROGRAM ONLY
The MPC2500 will save only the program data. It
does not save the sample data. When you are sure
that the samples used for the program are in the
selected folder, you can reduce the time to save the
data by selecting this operation.
Replace same samples field
You can set how to handle files when the destination
location already has a sample with the same name.
NO
The MPC2500 will not save the file with the
same name. If you loaded the data from the
memory card and edited only the program,
select NO.
YES
The MPC2500 will overwrite the data with
the new data, which you are about to save.
If you have loaded the data from the
memory card and edited the sample data,
select YES.
06. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start to save the data.
Note : If the destination folder already has the data with the same
name, the File Exists window will be displayed. For more information about the File Existing window, see the “Saving a sample”
section on page 104.
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Saving all the programs and the samples
at the same time
05. In the Type field, select the file type.
SEQ
The sequence will be saved as a MPC2500
file. The data specific to the MPC2500 will
be saved with the sequence. Normally, select this.
MID
The sequence will be saved as the Format 1
of SMF (Standard MIDI File). The SMF is a
file format set by MIDI standard. If you
wish to load the MPC2500’s sequence data
to another sequencer, select this option.
However, the data specific to the MPC2500
can not be saved.
You can save all the programs and the samples in the
MPC2500 at the same time.
01. In the To field of the SAVE page, select the destination folder.
02. In the Type field, select SAVE ALL PROGRAMS
&SAMPLES.
03. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The Save ALL Programs window will be displayed.
04. In the Save a Program window, make the settings for
each field.
06. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
Make new folder field
Note : If the destination folder already has the data with the same
When you save the data you can create a new folder,
inside in the current folder selected in the To field,
and save the data in the new folder. When you use
SAVE ALL PROGRAMS &SAMPLES, a lot of data
may be saved.
With the Make new folder option, you can easily
create a folder for the data you wish to save.
NO
The MPC2500 will save the data in the selected folder. A new folder is not created.
YES
The MPC2500 will create a new folder and
save the data in that folder.
If you select NO, the Replace same files field
will be displayed. If the destination folder
already has the file with the same name,
select NO to cancel the operation and select YES to replace the data in the memory
card with the new data. When you select
YES, the Folder name field will be displayed. Enter the folder name in this field.
05. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start saving the data.
Saving a sequence
You can save sequences one by one.
01. In the To field of the SAVE page, select the destination folder.
The MPC2500 will start saving the data.
name, the File Exists window will be displayed. For more information about the Existing window, see the “Saving a sample”
section on page 104.
Saving all the sequences and the songs at
the same time
You can save all the sequences and the songs in the
MPC2500 at the same time.
The MPC2500 will save the data as one file called “ALL
file”, which include all the sequence and the songs, instead of saving individual sequences and song files.
When you load the ALL file, you can reset all the sequences and the songs to the status when they are
saved. The ALL file includes the effect set data.
01. In the To field of the SAVE page, select the destination folder.
02. In the Type field, select SAVE ALL SEQS AND
SONGS.
03. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The Save ALL Seqs & Songs window will be displayed.
04. In the File name field, select the file name to save.
05. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start saving the data.
02. In the Type field, select SAVE A SEQUENCE
03. In the Item field, select the sequence that you wish to save.
You can select the sequence data in the memory by
turning the DATA wheel.
04. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
Save a Sequence window will be displayed.
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Saving all the data in the memory at the
same time
You can save sample/program/ALL files at the same time.
When you save the data, a project file will be saved, as
well as a sample, program and ALL files. The project file
does not have actual sample or sequence data, but it has
the information about the sample/program/ALL files
that are saved when you save the data. When you load the
project file, the sample/program/ALL files saved with
the project file will be loaded automatically and set the
MPC2500 to the same status when you saved the data.
For example, if you select SAVE ENTIRE MEMORY when
you save the data after finish working on it for the day,
you can start the MPC2500, the next day, from where you
finished the previous day.
01. In the To field of the SAVE page, select the destination folder.
02. In the Type field, select SAVE ENTIRE MEMORY.
03. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The Save Entire Memory window will be displayed.
04. In the Project name field, select the name of the
project file to save.
05. In the Replace same files field, set how to handle the
file when you already have the data with the same
name as the loading file in the unit.
NO
The MPC2500 will not save the file with the
same name.
YES
The MPC2500 will overwrite the data by
with new file.
06. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start saving the data.
About Input Thru (.IPT) file
If you use “SAVE ENTIRE MEMORY” to save the Internal
memory data, the Input thru file will be saved with the Project
file. The Input Thru file contains the setting of the Input Thru in
the MPC2500. When you load the Project file, the Input Thru
file will be loaded automatically with the Project file. You can also
load only the Input Thru file (IPT File) in the Load page.
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Creating the Autoload folder
When you create an AUTOLOAD folder on the memory
card, the MPC2500 will load the contents of the
AUTOLOAD folder automatically when you switch on
the unit with the memory card in the card slot. You can
load the most frequently used drum set program or
sequence data automatically.
01. In the Type field, select SAVE ENTIRE MEMORY.
AUTOLOAD folder will be created in the ROOT
folder, which is located at the top directory, so you
do not have to select the destination folder.
02. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The Save Entire Memory window will be displayed.
03. Press the [F2] (A.LOAD) key.
The Save Auto load File window will be displayed.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will create the AUTO LOAD folder in
the ROOT folder and save all the data in that folder.
If the ROOT folder already has the AUTOLOAD
folder, the Autoload Folder Exists window will be
displayed.
To replace the current AUTO LOAD folder with a
new one, press the [F2] (REPLAC) key. In this case,
the contents of the current AUTOLOAD folder will
be deleted.
To keep the current AUTOLOAD folder, press the
[F4] (CANCEL) key to cancel the operation, go to
the Directory folder and change the name of the current AUTOLOAD folder.
Saving data to the internal
hard disk (option)
You can save data to the internal hard disk drive (option) as
well as the memory card, if the internal hard disk is installed
to the MPC2500. When you save the data to the internal
hard disk, select HARD DISK, instead of MEMORY CARD,
in the Save to field as in procedure “02” Saving data. The
other procedure is sama as Saving the data to memory card.
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Loading a file
In this section, you will learn how to load a file. The
MPC2500 can load a file from the Memory Card, the Internal Flash Memory, the Internal Hard Disk (option) or the
Internal CD Drive (option). This is done in the LOAD page,
which is accessed by pressing the [MODE] key and then the
[PAD 2] (LOAD).
page, but it is easier to use the Directory window, which displays the files
in the list.
In the Directory window, you can
browse the files in the memory. The
files in the memory card are saved in the directories hierarchically, like the other computer files.
The folder selected in the folder field is displayed in the
left of the directory list, and the files selected in the File
field are displayed in the right of the list. In the picture
above, the SNARE LOW file in the AUTOLOAD folder
is selected. Each file has an icon according to their types.
04. Move through the directory using the left/right cursor keys.
Selecting a file
To select a file to load, proceed as follows:
01. Press the [MODE] key and the [PAD 2] (LOAD).
The LOAD page will be displayed. To load a file
from the memory card, insert the compact flash card
in the memory card slot.
You can use left/right cursor keys to move through
the directories. For example, when a folder is selected in the right list, if you select the folder with
the cursor and press the right cursor key, the selected folder will be moved to the left list and the
contents of that folder will be displayed in the right.
If you press the left cursor key, the upper directory
will be displayed.
Tips : The ROOT folder is the top directory of the memory card.
Note : Make sure that you insert the compact flash card com-
There is no other directory above the ROOT folder.
pletely in the slot.
05. Select the file you wish to load.
02. Select the LOAD from field and select the memory
you wish to load the data from.
INTERNAL MEMORY The MPC2500 will load the data
from the internal preset memory.
Normally, when you switch on
the MPC2500, it will load the
data from the preset memory,
but you can load these files individually by selecting INTERNAL MEMORY in this field.
MEMORY CARD The MPC2500 will load the files from
the memory card in the card slot.
HARD DISK
CD
The MPC2500 will load the files from
the internal HARD DISK. (Option)
The MPC2500 will load the files from
CD-ROM disk in the internal CD
Drive. ( Option)
03. Select the folder field or File field, and press the
[WINDOW] key.
06. Press the [F5] (LOAD) key.
The MPC2500 will start loading the data. The next procedures differ depending on the type of selected file.
Tips : You can also select files and switch directories in the File
field of the LOAD page. You can select a folder at the same directory level that the currently selected folder is located in, by turning the DATA wheel in the File field. If you have selected a folder
in the File filed, you can move to the lower directory by pressing
the right cursor key. You can also move to the upper directory by
pressing the left cursor key in the File field.
Tips : When the sample is selected in File: field in LOAD page,
you can audition the sample by pressing [F5](PLAY) key
About View field…
The View field of the LOAD page is normally set to ALL FILES
to display all types of the files in the File field or Directory window. You can change the setting of the View to display only the
selected type of files. It is useful when you need to find a file from
a large list of the files. Select the View field and select the file type
to display by turning the DATA wheel.
The Directory window will be displayed. You can also
select a file in the folder, and in the File field of the LOAD
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Loading a sample
You can load a sample file one by one. You can also
assign the sample to the pad.
01. Select a sample file and load it. The Load a Sample
window will be displayed.
You can listen to the sample by pressing the [F2]
(PLAY) key.
To cancel the loaded sample, press the [F4]
(DSCARD) key.
02. Select the pad to assign the selected sample by hitting it.
When you hit the pad, the pad number will be displayed in the Assign to pad field.
If you do not wish to assign the sample to any pad,
select OFF by turning the DATA wheel to the left.
03. Press the [F5] (KEEP) key.
Loading a program
You can load a program file one by one.
01. Select a program file and load it. The Load a Program window will be displayed.
To cancel the operation, press the [F4] (CANCEL) key.
02. In the Load field, select if you wish to load the
samples as well.
WITH SAMPLES
The MPC2500 will load the samples used for the
program as well. Normally select this option.
PROGRAM ONLY
The MPC2500 will load only the program file.
It does not load the samples. Select this option
when you wish to create a new program by assigning different samples to the saved program.
The loaded sample will be assigned to the selected pad.
Tips : You can load the “.snd” files. This includes files from
MPC3000/2000/2000XL.
• Loading Audio CD from the internal CD drive
(option)
If you select “CD” in the Load from: field, you can
load audio track in Audio CD in the internal CD
drive (optional) as well as the sample file.
03. If you selected WITH SAMPLES in the Load field,
make settings in the Replace same samples in
memory field.
You can set how to handle the file when you already have the data with the same name as the loading file in the unit.
NO
The MPC2500 will not load the sample with
the same name.
YES
The MPC2500 will overwrite the data by
the new data.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start loading the data.
• Deleting the data in the memory before loading
01. In the File field, select the track.
You can audition the selected track with pressing
[F4] (PLAY) key.
02. Press the [F5] (DO IT)
The MPC2500 will start loading the audio track.
Note : The MPC2500 cannot load an audio track that is greater
in size than is available in the internal memory. The data size of
the selected track will be displayed in Size: field.
The maximum internal memory with EXM128 (optional) is 128MB.
Approx. 12 minutes can be sampled in this manner as
you will need approx. 10MB for each track minute.
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When you press the [F2] (CLEAR) key instead of
the [F5] (DO IT) key in step 4., you can clear the
MPC2500’s memory and load only the selected program in the memory.
01. In the step 4, press the [F2] (CLEAR) key instead of
the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The CAUTION window will be displayed. If you press
the [F5] (DO IT) key, the MPC2500 will start loading
the program after it clears all its internal memory.
Note : If you do this operation, all the data saved in the unit will
be deleted.
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Loading a sequence
You can load a sequence file one by one.
01. Select the sequence file and load it. The Load a Sequence window will be displayed.
02. In the Load into field, select the destination sequence
number.
Select the sequence number to load the data to.
03. In the Load file field, select the effect set to load.
04. In the Load into field, select the destination effect set.
Select the effect set number to load the data to.
If you select ALL in the Load file field, the current
effect set in the unit will be replaced by the data
from the ALL file.
05. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will starmt loading the data.
03. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start loading the data.
Loading the ALL file
You can load the ALL file, which has sequence and song
data. When you load the ALL file, all the sequences
and songs, which are currently in the MPC2500, will
be replaced by the new data.
01. Select the ALL file and load it. The Load ALL
(SEQS&SONGS) File window will be displayed.
02. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start loading the data.
Loading an individual sequence from the ALL file
• You can load an individual sequence from the ALL file
01. Select the ALL file and load it. The Load ALL
(SEQS&SONGS) File window will be displayed.
Loading a folder
You can load a folder and load all the files within the
folder at the same time. You can load program, sample,
and ALL files.
01. Select a folder and load it. The Load Folder window
will be displayed.
02. Make a setting in the Replace same files in memory field.
You can set how to handle the file when you already have the data with the same name as the loading file in the unit.
NO The MPC2500 will not load the file with
the same name.
YES The MPC2500 will overwrite the data in
the unit by the loaded file.
03. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The loading will begin.
02. Press the [F3] (SEQ) key.
The Load a Sequence window will be displayed.
03. In the Load file field, select the sequence to load.
In the Load file field, you can select a sequence data
in the ALL file.
04. In the Load into field, select the destination sequence.
Select the sequence number to load the data to.
05. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start loading the data.
• Loading only the effect set from the ALL file
The ALL file has effect set file, which has the effect
setting information. You can load only the effect
set from the ALL file.
01. Select the ALL file and load it. Load ALL
(SEQS&SONGS) File window will be displayed.
• Loading the folder after deleting the data
in the memory
When you press the [F2] (CLEAR) key instead of
the [F5] (DO IT) key in step 3, you can clear the
MPC2500’s memory and load the selected folder.
01. In the step 3, press the [F2] (CLEAR) key instead of
the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The CAUTION window will be displayed. If you
press the [F5] (DO IT) key, the MPC2500 will start
loading the folder after it clears all its internal memory.
Note : If you do this operation, all the data saved in the unit will
be deleted.
Note : If the folder has several ALL file, the MPC2500 will load
only one of them.
02. Press the [F2] (EFFECT) key.
The Load Effect File window will be displayed.
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Loading a project
When you use SAVE ENTIRE MEMORY mode to save
the data, the MPC2500 will load the project file that
will be created. When you load a project file, all the
data currently saved in the unit will be overwritten by
the data that the project file will load.
01. Select a project file and load it. The CAUTION window will be displayed.
02. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The loading will begin.
Loading an Input Thru file
If you use “SAVE ENTIRE MEMORY” to save the internal memory data the Input thru file will be saved with
the Project file. The Input Thru file contains the settings
of Input Thru in the MPC2500.
When you load the Project file, the Input Thru file will
be loaded automatically with the Project file. You can also
load only the Input Thru (.IPT file) file in the Load page.
Renaming a file
Deleting a file
You can delete the files in the memory card.
01. Open the Directory window in the SAVE page.
02. Select the desired file with a cursor key.
You can move through the directories with left/
right cursor keys.
03. Press the [F2] (DELETE) key.
The Delete File window will be displayed.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The selected file will be deleted.
Note : You can select a folder and delete it. If you delete a folder,
all the files in that folder will be deleted.
Setting the auto load function
In default, the auto load function, which loads the preset
sounds and demo sequence automatically when you switch
on the MPC2500, is activated. You can deactivate this function so that the MPC2500 will not load anything when
switched on.
You can change the name of the file in the memory card.
01. In the To field of the SAVE page, press the [WINDOW] key.
The Directory window will be displayed.
02. Select the desired file with a cursor key.
You can move through directories with the left/
right cursor keys.
03. Press the [F3] (RENAME) key.
The Name window will be displayed.
04. Enter the new name and press the [F5] (ENTER) key.
01. Press the [WINDOW] key in the LOAD from field of
the LOAD page.
The Load Setup window will be displayed.
02. In the Autoload field, set the field to OFF.
03. Press the [F4] (CLOSE) key to close the window.
Next time you switch on the MPC2500, it will not
load anything.
Tips : You can load the preset sounds and the demo sequence
separately by selecting the INTERNAL MEMORY in the LOAD
from field of the LOAD page.
For more information about setting the name, see
the “Setting names” section on page 10.
Tips : When you insert the memory card, which has AUTOLOAD
folder, into card slot and switch on the MPC2500, the MPC2500
Note : If you change the file name, the MPC2500 may not be able
to load the file properly. For example, the samples used for a program are saved in the program file as the sample name. IF you
change the name of the sample file, the MPC2500 cannot find it
when loading the program.
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Formatting the memory card
You can format the memory card. Please note that if you
format the card, all the data in the card will be deleted.
01. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 2] (LOAD)
or the [PAD 3] (SAVE).
02. Press the [F3] (UTILIT) key.
The Utility page will be displayed.
03. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The CAUTION window will be displayed.
04. Press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The MPC2500 will start formatting the card.
Saving the data to the internal
flash memory
When SAVE ALL PROGRAMS &SAMPLES is selected
The internal flash memory cannot have the file that is
larger than 5 MB. Make sure that the value in the Size
field, which will be displayed when you select SAVE
ALL PROGRAMS &SAMPLES in the Type field of the
SAVE page, does not exceed 5M.
01. In the SAVE to field of the Save page, select INTERNAL MEMORY.
02. In the Type field, select SAVE ALL PROGRAMS
&SAMPLES.
03. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The CAUTION window will be displayed. In this
window, press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The CAUTION window will be displayed again,
asking for the confirmation. Press the [F3] (DO IT)
key to save the data.
Tips : The INTERNAL folder in the compact flash memory that
comes with the MPC2500 contains the same factory preset programs and demo sequences that are saved in a MPC2500’s flash
If you select INTERNAL MEMORY in the SAVE to field of
the LOAD page, you can save the data to the MPC2500’s
internal flash memory. This is available only when SAVE
ALL PROGRAMS&SAMPLES or SAVE ALL SEQS&SONGS
is selected in the Type field.You cannot save the individual
sample or sequence data.
memory. You can reset the flash memory to the default data, by
loading these files from the INTERNAL folder and saving them
into the flash memory.
The saved data will be loaded automatically when you
turn on the MPC2500, like the preset program and the
demo sequence.
Note : The internal flash memory has the factory preset program
and demo sequence. When you save the data into the internal
flash memory, the new data will overwrite the factory data.
When SAVE ALL SEQS & SONGS is selected
01. Select INTERNAL MEMORY in the SAVE to field of
the Save page.
02. Select SAVE ALL SEQS & SONGS in the Type field.
03. Press the [F6] (DO IT) key.
The CAUTION window will be displayed. In this
window, press the [F5] (DO IT) key.
The CAUTION window will be displayed again,
asking for the confirmation. Press the [F3] (DO IT)
key to save the data.
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Chapter 17: Connecting the MPC2500 to your Computer
Chapter 17 : Connecting the MPC2500 to your computer
The MPC2500 supports the USB mass storage class. When you connect the MPC2500 to a PC that supports USB mass storage
class, the PC will recognize the memory card (the Internal Hard Disk (option)) in the MPC2500 as a removable media drive.
You can transfer the data between the recognized memory card /the Internal Hard Disk (optional) and the PC.
You can save the data on the memory card /the Internal Hard Disk (optional) to the PC, or you can load the data from the PC
to the memory card /the Internal Hard Disk (optional) .
You need Windows 2000/Me/XP or later version, or MacOS 9.x/10.x or later version.
Note : The computer cannot recognize the MPC2500's internal memory directly. To save the data in the internal memory to the computer, you
need to save the data to the memory card first / the Internal Hard Disk (optional). Also, the data from the computer will be saved to the memory
card / the Internal Hard Disk (optional). To use the data in the MPC2500, load the data from the memory card / the Internal Hard Disk (optional).
Connecting the MPC2500
to a Windows - based PC
01. Insert the memory card in the card slot of the
MPC2500.
02. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 2] (LOAD),
or the [PAD 3] (SAVE).
In the Load from or Save to field, select MEMORY
CARD. If you wish to load /save to/from the internal hard disk, select HARD DISK.
When you select to stop the device, the “'USB Mass
Storage Device is ready to remove safely.” dialog
box will be displayed.
08. Remove the USB cable from the USB jacks of the
MPC2500 and the PC.
Note: Make sure that you do Step 07 "Remove the device" before
disconnecting the USB cable.
Note: You can transfer the data between the MPC2500 and the
PC only when the USB page is displayed. You can not move to
another page or mode from USB page unless you disconnect the
USB cable.
03. In the LOAD page or SAVE page, press the [F4] (USB) key.
This brings up the USB page, which you use to connect the MPC2500 to the PC. That is all for the
MPC2500.
04. Connect the MPC2500’s USB slave jack to the PC’s
USB host jack via USB cable.
05. When you connect the MPC2500 to the PC for the
first time, the message, " Found New Hardware " will
be displayed and follow the instruction on the display.
Once the PC recognizes the MPC2500, its “Removal” icon will be displayed in the task bar. In
the Device Manager, the MPC2500 will be displayed
as a USB Mass Storage Device.
06. In My computer, the MPC2500 is displayed as a removable disk.
To save the data to a PC, select the data and drag
and drop it from the removable disk to the hard disk.
To load the data, select the data and drag and drop
it from the hard disk to the removal media.
07. When you finish the data transfer, click the “Removal”
icon on the PC’s task bar and select the “ Stop USB
Mass Storage Device - Drive( :)" .
Note: In the “ ( :)”, the alphabet is displayed, which indicates the
drive in the PC.
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Connecting the MPC2500
to the Macintosh
01. Insert the memory card to the MPC2500’s card slot.
02. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 2] (LOAD),
or [PAD 3] (SAVE).
In the Load from or Save to field, select MEMORY
CARD. If you wish to load /save to/from the internal hard disk, select HARD DISK.
03. In the LOAD page, or the SAVE page, press the [F4]
(USB) key.
This brings up the USB page, which you use to connect the MPC2500 to the PC. That is all for the
MPC2500.
04. Connect the MPC2500’s USB slave jack to your
computer’s USB host jack via USB cable.
05. Removal media will be displayed on the desktop.
To save the data in the computer, select the data
and drag and drop it from the removable disk to
the hard disk. To load the data from the computer,
select the data and drag and drop it from the hard
disk to the removal media.
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06. After you finish the data transfer, select the removable media and drag and drop to the trash can.
When you drag the removal media to the Dock’s
recycle bin under Mac OS 10.x, the icon will change
to the eject icon.
07. Remove the USB cable from the USB jacks of the
MPC2500 and the computer.
Note: Make sure that you do Step 06 before disconnecting the
USB page.
Note: You can transfer the data between the MPC2500 and the
PC only when the USB page is displayed.
You can not move to another page or mode from USB page unless
you disconnect the USB cable.
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Chapter 18 : Other Settings
Chapter 18 : Other settings
In this section, you will learn about the other features, which were not mentioned in the other chapters.
Foot switch
TEMPO TAP
It works the same as the
TEMPO/NOTE REPEAT key.
You can connect up to 2 foot switch to the MPC2500 and assign several functions (ex. Start/Stop a sequence, etc…) to them.
PAD1 through 16
The MPC2500 will play the selected
pad at the fixed velocity of 127
(maximum).
F1 through F6
They work the same as the function keys 1 through 6.
01. Connect a foot switch to the MPC2500’s
FOOTSWITCH jack.
02. Press the [MODE] key, and then the [PAD 10] (OTHER).
You will enter to the OTHER mode.
03. Press the [F3] (FOOTSW) key.
This brings up the FOOTSW page, where you can
make settings for the foot switch.
04. Select the function to assign to the foot switch 1 in the
Footswitch 1 field, and the function to assign to the foot
switch 2 in the Footswitch 2 field.
You can select the following functions.
PLAY START
It works the same as the PLAY
START key.
PLAY
It works the same as the PLAY key.
STOP
It works the same as the STOP key.
PLAY/STOP
When you step on the switch in
stop mode, the MPC2500 will start
the playback. When you step on
the switch in play mode, the
MPC2500 will stop the playback.
REC+PLAY
It works as the same when
you press the REC key and
the PLAY key simultaneously
(recording).
OVER DUB+PLAY It works as the same when
you press the OVER DUB and
PLAY keysimultaneously
(overdub).
REC/PUNCH
When you step on the switch in
stop mode, the MPC2500 will
start the playback, when you
step on the switch in play mode,
it starts recording, in recording
mode, it starts playback.
OVER DUB/PUNCH When you step on the switch in
stop mode, the MPC2500 will
start the playback, when you
step on the switch in play mode,
it starts overdubbing, in overdub mode, it starts playback.
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PAD BANK A through D They work the same as the PAD
BANK keys.
REPEAT
It works the same as the NOTE
REPEAT key.
Adjusting the master level
You can adjust the level of the headphone and the stereo
out by turning the MAIN VOLUME knob. The MAIN VOLUME changes the analog signal level. This will also adjust
the entire level of the MPC2500 digitally.
01. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 10]
(OTHER).
It switches to the OTHER mode.
02. Press the [F1] (GLOBAL) key.
The GLOBAL page will be displayed.
03. In the Master level field, set the level.
You will set the digital signal level, which will be
sent out to the DA converter. The MPC2500 can
output up to 32 sounds simultaneously. There is
the great difference in the level when you play
single sample and play 32 sounds. If you increase
the value in the Mater level field, you can increase
the entire level of the MPC2500 to create more powerful sound with less noise. However, if you playback many sounds at the same time, the level may
be overloaded, which may cause distortion. If you
decrease the value in the Master level field, you can
prevent distortion when you play many sounds at
the same time. However, you cannot have a good
result in respect to the noise or punch of the sound.
Set the appropriate value in the Master level field
depending on the application.
Adjusting the contrast of LCD
You can adjust the contrast of the LCD display by turning
the DATA wheel with holding [SHIFT] key. Adjusting the
contrast of LCD can be done in any page.
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Initialize to Factory Preset
Various Sample and Sequence settings can be saved to Compact Flash when the file is saved. The global settings found
in the MPC2500 (listed below) are saved to the internal Flash
Memory and stored when the MPC2500 is turned off. You
can re-initialize the Factory Preset settings using the following procedure.
01. Turn the MPC2500 on while holding the [ERASE] key.
02. Release the [ERASE] key after the display shows [
MPC2500 (##MB installed)].
Now the MPC2500 is reset to the Factory Preset settings.
The following global settings are stored in the
MPC2500 :
Timing Correct (Note value, Swing%)
Click/Metronome (Count in, Rate, In play, In rec)
Step Edit Options (Auto step increment, Duration
of recorded notes)
Active track receive channel
Soft thru
Sync in
Sync out
Master level
Sustain pedal to duration
Truncate duration
Tap average
Footswitch 1
Footswitch 2
Autoload
LCD contrast
03. Select the Pad you wish to adjust the Pad Sensitivity
by hitting it.
The selected Pad Number will be displayed in the
upper left corner of the screen. The number of the
current Pad sensitivity and the current Velocity
curve will be displayed in Pad sensitivity field and
Velocity curve field. The velocity number will be
displayed in the right “Velocity” field depending
on how hard you hit the Pad. (The range of Velocity is between 1 and 127).
The bar meter will be displayed the strength of
pressing the Pad while pressing the Pad.
04 . Select the Pad Sensitivity field and Adjust the Pad
sensitivity number as you hit the Pad.
If the Pad sensitivity number is set to low number,
it’s harder to get a high velocity value even if you
hit the Pad hard. If the Pad sensitivity number is
set to high number, it may become too easy to get
high velocities even hitting the Pad softly.
You should set the Pad sensitivity number to 1
(Minimum), and increase the Pad sensitivity number while hitting the Pad until the velocity number
at the right displays 127 when you hit the Pad with
the strength you wish to use to get Velocity 127.
Adjustment of Pad Sensitivity
Each time you hit a pad, the MPC2500 determines how hard
you hit the pad, and converts this to a MIDI Velocity value.
This parameter is used to determine the strength/weakness
of the internal sound during playback.
If you find it difficult to achieve a comfortable velocity range
for your playing style, e.g. you can not get a velocity of 127
even you hit the Pad very hard, or vice versa, you get velocity 127 easily even you hit the Pad softly, you can adjust the
Pad Sensitivity and the velocity curve as desired.
05. Select the Velocity curve field and adjust the Velocity
curve while hitting the Pad.
The velocity curve maps the strength of hitting the
Pad to MIDI velocity data. If the Velocity response
is not enough even with a range hard/soft Pad hits,
try switching the velocity curve from A-B-C- D.
* The Pad sensitivity and the Velocity curve can be adjusted
for each Pad separately.
01. Press the [MODE] key and then the [PAD 10]
(OTHER).
02. Press [F4] (PAD) key.
The Pad page will be displayed.
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Chapter 18 : Other Settings
Continuous sample track
You can play a phrase sample along with the sequence.
Normally, while playing a phrase sample within a sequence,
the phrase sample will not be played if its Note On is located before the play back point of the sequence. But if you
active the Continuous sample track, the MPC2500 will play
the sample from the point which matches the playing timing, even the sequence starts after its Note ON.
01. Press the [MODE] key and hit the [PAD 10] (OTHER).
It switches to the OTHER mode.
02. Press the [F2] (MISC.) key.
The MISC. page will be displayed.
03. In the Continuous sample track field, select the track
number which you wish to use the Continuous sample
track function..
If you select OFF, the Continuous sample track function does not work.
Tips : This function is very useful when you use the phrase sample
that the vocal or the live performance is recorded with the Direct
Recording function in the sequence.
Note : If the sample is shorter than 1 second, the Continuous
sample track does not work. If the track with setting to the Continuous sample track has a lot of events, the timing of the play
may be delayed.
Note : Patched phrase sampe will not be played, if its Note On is
located before the play back point of the sequence, even Continuous sample track sets to On.
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Specifications
General
Display
Memory card slot
Dimentions (W x H x D)
Weight
Power reqirement
240 x 64 dot graphic LCD w/back light
Compact Flash (The size of the compact flash card that MPC2500 can handle is from
32MB to 2GB)
415 x 93.5(MAX 139) x 332.9(Max 334)
6.15kg
21W
Sound generator
Sampling rate
Memory capacity
Recording time
Memory expansion slot
Data format
Polyphony
Dynamic filtering
Filter type
Preset sound memory
Number of programs
44.1kHz
16MB standard (11.5MB for sound memory), expandable to 128MB
136sec. (16MB, MONO), 24m28sec. (128MB, MONO)
1 x for optional EXM128
16-bit linear
32
2 x 2-pole filter per voice
Low pass, Band pass, High pass
5MB
24
Effects
Effects
Effect type
2 stereo effects and Master effect
Chorus, Flanger, Bit grunger, 4 band EQ, Compressor, Phase shifter, Tremolo, Flying
pan, Reverb, Delay
Master effect: 4 band EQ, Compressor
Sequencer
Maximum events
Resolution
Sequences
Tracks per sequence
MIDI output channels
Song mode
Drum pad
Drum pad banks
Sync mode
100,000 notes
96 parts per 1/4-note
99
64
64 (16 channels x 4 outputs)
20 songs, 250 steps per song
16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)
4
MIDI clock
Inputs/Outputs
Record input (L and R)
Digital input
Stereo output (L and R)
8 individual outputs
Phones output
Digital output
MIDI inputs
MIDI outputs
USB
Footswitches
1/4-inch stereo phone x 2, balanced -40dBu, input impedance 11k ohms;
Max. Input level +10dBu
RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF
1/4-inch phone x 2 balanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms,
Max. output level +22dBu
1/4-inch phone x 8 balanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms,
Max. output level +22dBu
1/4-inch stereo phone x 1, 200mW / 100 ohms
RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF
5-pin DIN x 2
5-pin DIN x 4
Slave connector x 1, USB MASS STORAGE CLASS support
(You need Windows 2000/Me/XP or later version, or MacOS 9.x/10.x or later version. )
1/4-inch phone x 2
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Specifications
Standard accessories
Standard accessories
32MB Compact Flash card, Power cable, Operator's manual
Options
EXM128
128MB expansion memory card
Data Compatibility
MPC1000
MPC2000/2000XL
MPC4000
MPC3000
Z4/Z8
S5000/6000
S1000/3000
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SEQ, WAV, PGM
SEQ, WAV, SND, PGM (Most parameters of PGM file can be loaded.)
SEQ, WAV, PGM (DRUM program only. Only note assign and tune are loaded.)
SND (THRU Computer)
WAV only
WAV only (THRU Computer)
No compatibility
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Preset program list
MPC2500’s internal flash memory and the compact flash memory card that comes with the unit have the following factory
preset programs.
Compact Flash Memory Card
INTERNAL
2500AD
Drum&Percussion
2500AD PGM
BASS ACE
Acoustic kit
Acoustic kit
Djambe
Djambe
Electric kit
E_kit1
PatchedPhrase
E_kit2
TAKATAKA
CDS
KEEN SET
NuDay
Percussion kit
Percussion kit
Wadaiko
WaDaiko
Other
Basses
Acoustic Bass
Electric Bass
Fretless Bass
MnMg Bass
Internal Flash Memory
INTERNAL
2500AD
Electric Piano
Electric Piano
NOISE
Record&AmpNoise
2500AD PGM
BASS ACE
CDS
Sound FX
Key Typing
KEEN SET
Telephone
NuDay
PatchedPhrase
Synth Pad
Synth Pad
TEST Signal
PINK NOISE
TAKATAKA
PULSE
SAWTOOTH
Note : The internal flash memory have the demo sequence, which
SINE1K
is created with the preset program.
SINE440
SQUARE
Note : The INTERNAL folder in the compact flash memory that
comes with the MPC2500 contains the same factory preset pro-
TEST SIGNAL
WHITE NOISE
grams and demo sequences that are saved in a MPC2500’s flash
memory.
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Specifications
AKAI professional M.I. Corp.
Date : June, 2005
Model : MPC2500 (Sampler Section)
Version : 1.0
MIDI Implementation Chart
Function
***
Basic Channel
Mode
Transmited
Recognized
Default
X
1 - 16
Changed
X
1 - 16
Default
X
1
Messages
X
X
Altered
X
X
X
35 - 98
True Voice
X
35 - 98
Note on
X
O
Note off
X
X
Key’s
X
X
Ch’s
X
O
X
X
X
X
X
0 - 127
X
X
: Song Position
X
X
: Song Select
X
X
: Tune
X
X
: Clock
X
X
: Commands
X
X
: Local on/off
X
X
: All Note Off
X
O
: Active Sense
X
X
: Reset
X
X
Note Number
Velocity
After Touch
Pitch Bend
Control Change
0 - 127
Program Change
Remarks
Used in Note Repeat feature
True #
System Exclusive
System Common
System Real Time
Aux Messages
Notes:
Mode 1 : OMNI ON, POLY
Mode 2 : OMNI ON, MONO
O : YES
Mode 3 : OMNI OFF, POLY
Mode 4 : OMNI OFF, MONO
X : NO
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Date : June, 2005
Model : MPC2500 (Sequencer Section)
Version : 1.0
MIDI Implementation Chart
Function
***
Basic Channel
Mode
Transmited
Recognized
Default
1 - 16
1 - 16
Changed
1 - 16
1 - 16
Default
3
1
Messages
X
X
Altered
X
X
0 - 127
0 - 127
0 - 127
0 - 127
Note on
O
O
Note off
X
X
Key’s
O
O
Ch’s
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
O
0 - 127
0 - 127
O
O
: Song Position
O
O
: Song Select
X
X
: Tune
X
X
: Clock
O
O
: Commands
O
O
: Local on/off
X
X
: All Note Off
O
X
: Active Sense
X
X
: Reset
X
X
Note Number
True Voice
Velocity
After Touch
Pitch Bend
Control Change
0 - 127
Program Change
True #
System Exclusive
System Common
System Real Time
Aux Messages
Remarks
Notes:
Mode 1 : OMNI ON, POLY
Mode 2 : OMNI ON, MONO
O : YES
Mode 3 : OMNI OFF, POLY
Mode 4 : OMNI OFF, MONO
X : NO
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INDEX
INDEX
[E]
[%]
% field
33
[1]
1 - 4 field
16 level function
78
46
AFTER key
Amount field
Amp Envelope
Assign pad field
Assign to pad field
Attack field
Autoload field
Auto step increment field
Auto Phrase Loop
26
33
63
14
31
31
31
34
[F]
[A]
Active track receive channel field
Edit field
Effect select event
End field
Erase feature
Event field
Event list
Event time field
Exclusive data event
[M]
53
50
27
81
49
56
81
110
36
77
Field
Filter
Filter envelope
Footswitch field
Freq field
Full level function
Function key
FX Send field
FX1 type field
FX2 type field
9
84
82
114
84
46
9
92/97
97
97
[G]
[B]
Barsfield
42
[C]
CC field
Channel pressure event
Chop shop function
Click, Metronome feature
Continuous sample track
Control change event
Copies field
Count in field
Cursor, Cursor key
Current tempo field
34
34
69
16
116
34
27
16
9
33
[D]
DATA Wheel
Dcy md field
Decay field
Detect Tempo
Direct Recording feature
9
81
81
67
60
Drum pad
8
Duration of recorded notes field 36
D field
32/34
GO2FX
GO2MIX
Grid Edit
High range/Low rangefield
50
HOLD Key
48
[I]
Initial tempo field
33
Ignore tempo change events in
sequencefield
45
16
16
55
94
[L]
Layer 1 field
LFO
LOAD from field
Load field
Local control
Lp field
Lvl field
9
105
114
8
24
24
92
9
35/40
59
86
[N]
N field
Note event
Now field
Note repeat feature
Note variation value field
Note variation field
Numeric keys
34
34
12
17
32
32
2
[O]
93
102
37
[H]
In play field
In rec field
Input field
Input thru funtion
MAIN page
Make new folder field
Master level field
Memory card
MIDI
MIDI sequencer
Mixer automation
MODE key
MOVE
Monitor field
Mute group field
Out field
91
[P]
P field
Pad bank
Pad event
Pad sample edit
Patched Phrase
Parameter field
Peak hold/Reset pak feature
Pgm field
Pitch bend event
Pitch shift
Poly pressure event
Program
Program change event
Punch in/Punch out feature
32
46
32
87
73
49
59
78
34
68
34
8
34
17
[R]
79
89
107
108
54
76
79
RAM
Range field
Rate field
Reference sq field
Region
8
80
16
30
71
Replace same files in memory field 109
Replace same files field
106
Replace same samples in memory
field
108
Replace same samples field
Reps field
Reso field
Reverse
104
42/43
84
66
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INDEX
[S]
[U]
Sample
8
Sample field
63
Save field
104
Send level field
97
Sequence
7
Sequence field
42
Sequence list
48
Shift Timing
28
Sliced sample
69, 73
Soft thru field
53
Solo function
47
Song
7
Song field
42
Sq field
12
St field
63
Start / Loop link field
77
Step field
42
Step list
42
SUDDEN key
48
Sustaine pedal
25
Sustain pedal to duration field
25
Sync in field
52
Sync out field
52
Swing feature
15
[T]
Tap tempo feature
Tempo change event
Tempo field
Threshold field
Timing correct feature
Time Stretch
To FX2 field
Truncate duration field
Tr field
Track
Track list
Track mute feature
Track type
Track velocity feature
Tune field
Type field (16 LEVELS)
Type field (PROGRAM)
18
33
42
55
15
66
98
20
12
7
47
22
21
22
79
46
84
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14
[V]
V > Freq field
V > Level field
View field (LOAD)
View field (STEP EDIT)
Voice overlap field
V field
85
79
108
31
86
32/34
[W]
WINDOW key
9
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