Vintage 72 EP User Guide
Table of Contents
001 Overview
Introduction
The Piano
002 Technical Details
The Samples
The Instrument Programs
Installation
003 Tips & Tweaks
Turn FULL LEVEL off!
Adjusting Pad Sensitivity
Using a MIDI Control Keyboard
Custom Programs
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Overview
The Vintage 73 EP from BBoyTechReport.com and MPC-Samples.com brings
you a chromatically multisampled, multi-velocity switching recreation of a classic
Fender Rhodes directly to the pads of MPCs and Maschine. With a number of
different memory configurations for different MPC models, this is without doubt
the most faithful reproduction of the classic Fender Rhodes ever made for the
MPC series.
The Piano
The vintage EP used for this sample pack is an iconic Fender Rhodes Mark I 73 key Suitcase model. This distinctive “tine” based Electric Piano is known for
its distinctive full bell like tone that can be dreamy, rich and soulful when played
softly and conversely growly and raw when played hard.
In the lineage of this instrument there are certain time periods that saw significant
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changes in manufacturing which some will argue had significant impact on its
overall sound and build quality. That’s why certain models of this type of EP are
known as the holy-grail to EP enthusiasts. In particular the years 1970 – 1973 is
the timeframe from which any serious EP hunter will want to capture a Mark I
model EP.
Conversely, this Vintage 73 EP was made on the 48th week of 1972 which lands
it directly in the midst of the holy grail period. Fast forward to 2014 and this 40+
year old vintage EP finds itself having undergone full restoration to its former
glory by Ken Rich Sounds, one of the world’s leading Vintage Keyboard
Repairmen and EP experts.
The Vintage 73 EP is a meticulously multi-sampled instrument. The EP was run
directly into a vintage analog mixboard and sampled purely for its natural tone
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and resonance. To preserve its natural, full bodied tone there were no effects or
compression used while capturing the sound of each key at 4 different velocities,
ensuring the Vintage 73 EP multi-sampled instrument pack brings that
unmistakable vintage vibe and warm tone from 40+ years ago directly into your
production.
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Technical Details
The Samples
To capture the natural sound and subtle timbre variations of the Rhodes, we
sampled all 73 keys on the piano chromatically, each at four unique velocities
(soft, medium, medium hard, hard), providing a total of 292 unique samples in
WAV format.
All samples contain their root note in their file name followed their respective
velocity grading (soft=01, medium = 02, medium-hard = 03, hard = 04).
For example, 73EP_48_02.wav is MIDI note 48 at a medium velocity.
The Instrument Programs
In addition to the 292 samples, we’ve also provided a number of pre-programed
MPC and Maschine keygroup instrument programs which utilise the built in
velocity switching features of these samplers. These programs allow you to play
the Rhodes either using your MPC/Maschine pads or via an attached MIDI
Control keyboard.
Software samplers (e.g. MPC Software and Maschine) have no problem loading
the full version of the kit (205MB in size). Legacy ‘standalone’ MPC models have
limited memory so to tackle this we created a number of different programs with
reduced keygroups and samples to ensure that the kit loads in all supported
MPCs while still providing a natural, realistic recreation of the original Rhodes
piano.
Important: There is no escaping that this is a memory hungry instrument! We
have created versions for most MPCs (all except the MPC60/3000), however we
have assumed that each model has been upgraded to the maximum allowed
memory (e.g. 192MB for the MPC5000, 128MB for the MPC1000/2500/500 etc).
This way you’ll still have plenty of spare memory left for the rest of your song.
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The 4 zone chromatic program
This is the ‘pure’ instrument program, giving the most realistic recreation of the
Rhodes. It has fully chromatic sampling and uses 4 unique velocity layers per
note, utilising all 292 samples across the 73 keys. It runs from MIDI note 28 –
100 (36-100 on the MPC5000).
Due to its memory requirements, this particular program can only run on the
samplers listed below:
Sampler Model
Program
Size
Notes
MPC Software & MPC
Essentials
Vintage_73EP.XPM
205MB
MPC Ren, Studio
Element & Touch
MPC5000
Vintage_73EP.50K
178MB
MIDI notes 36-99
Pads A01-D16
MPC4000
Vintage_73EP.AKP
205MB
Maschine
Vintage_73EP.msnd
205MB
Play in ‘keyboard
mode’
The 4 zone ‘compressed’ program
This compressed 4-zone program retains all 4 velocity switching levels but
contains half as many keygroups with each keygroup covering a range of 2 notes
instead of 1 (i.e. single semitone tuning compensation). Still very realistic but
more practical as it frees up a lot of memory.
Sampler Model
Program
Size
Notes
MPC5000
73ep-4z-cmp.50K
44MB
MIDI notes 36-99
Pads A01-D16
MPC4000
73ep-4z-cmp.AKP
44MB
MPC2500/MPC1000
(Akai OS + JJOS Free)
73ep-4z-cmp.PGM
44MB
DRUM program
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MPC500
500-4z-cmp.PGM
40MB
48 notes/pads only
The 3 zone chromatic program
This is fully chromatic but uses 3 zone velocity switching instead of 4 (the softest
velocity is omitted and the switching ranges adjusted accordingly). This is the
best quality program available for the ‘paid’ JJOS (which only allow 3 zones per
pad).
Sampler Model
Program
Size
Notes
MPC5000
73ep-3z.50K
68MB
MIDI notes 36-99
Pads A01-D16
MPC4000
73ep-3z.AKP
68MB
JJOS (all paid versions)
73ep-3z.PGM
68MB
JJOS only supports
3 zones per pad
MPC2500/MPC1000
(Akai OS + JJOS Free
73ep-3z.PGM
68MB
DRUM program
MPC500
500-3z.PGM
57MB
48 notes/pads only
The 3 zone ‘compressed’ program
This compressed 3-zone program uses 3 velocity switching levels but contains
half as many keygroups with each keygroup covering a range of 2 notes instead
of 1 (i.e. single semitone tuning compensation).
Sampler Model
MPC5000
Program
Size
Notes
73ep-3z-cmp.50K
33MB
MIDI notes 36-99
Pads A01-D16
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MPC4000
73ep-3z-cmp.AKP
33MB
JJOS (all paid versions)
73ep-3z-cmp.PGM
33MB
JJOS only supports
3 zones per pad
MPC2500/MPC1000
(Akai OS + JJOS Free)
73ep-3z-cmp.PGM
33MB
DRUM program
MPC500
500-3z-cmp.PGM
30MB
48 notes/pads only
The Legacy MPC2000/MPC2000XL program
Legacy MPCs have limited memory and limited functionality (self-contained pad
‘layers’ are not supported and the included pad-based velocity switching
functionality is not suitable for a program that already uses all 64 pads). The best
compromise was to retain the chromatic sampling while utilising a single velocity
on each pad.
To save further memory we created special truncated (shortened) versions of the
samples in SND format; these are at least 30% smaller in file size while still
retaining a very usable sample time.
Sampler Model
MPC2000/MPC2000XL
Program
Size
Notes
73ep-leg.PGM
23MB
MIDI notes 35-98
Truncated samples
Installation
First copy the entire samplepack folder to the location on your disk where you
usually store your projects and kits. For software samplers this will be a location
on your computer hard disk, for hardware MPCs this will be either the internal
disk in your MPC or removable media such as CF card or zip disk.
For detailed information on how to transfer sounds to the various MPC models,
please refer to the following article at MPC-Samples.com:
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http://www.mpc-samples.com/article/mpc-file-transfers
MPC Software/MPC Essentials
We have provided two installation options for MPC Software users. If you wish to
permanently load the instrument as an MPC ‘expansion pack’, locate the ‘MPC
Software Expansion Pack’ folder and inside you’ll find the ‘Vintage_73EP.XPN’
file. Drag this file into the MAIN screen of the MPC Software application; you’ll
see the following:
Click Import. After installation open the MPC Expansion browser (SHIFT & E)
and you’ll see the Vintage 73 EP appear in your list of expansions:
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Click to expand its contents and open the ‘Programs’ folder. Double click the
Vintage_73EP.XPM file to load the instrument.
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Alternatively you can load the program via the File Browser. Use the standard
MPC ‘Browser’ (SHIFT & B) to navigate to the location of the ‘MPC & Maschine
Versions’ folder on your hard drive and double click the Vintage_73EP.XPM file.
The instrument program will now load into your project and will appear in your
Project Information panel.
Maschine
Locate the Vintage_73EP.msnd file using the Maschine browser and double
click this file.
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Once loaded, activate Keyboard Mode:
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MPC5000
Go to DISK (MODE & pad 3) > Load (F1) and select the Vintage_73EP.50K file
– hit DO IT. Do not use the AKP files as these are not optimised for the
MPC5000.
MPC1000/2500/500
Go to LOAD (MODE and pad 2) and select the most suitable PGM file for your
OS (as per the tables shown earlier in this chapter, e.g. 73ep-4z-cmp.PGM).
MPC4000
Press the LOAD button and select the most suitable AKP file for your project
(e.g. Vintage_73EP.AKP) – hit DO IT.
MPC2000/XL
Hit SHIFT and 3 (LOAD) and select the 73ep-leg.PGM file. Hit DO IT.
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Tips & Tweaks
Turn ‘FULL LEVEL’ Off!
To hear this Rhodes as it was intended it is essential that you play with ‘FULL
LEVEL’ turned off – this is the only way you are going to hear the beautiful
changes in timbre, tone and texture at the different velocity levels. With full level
turned on, you’ll only hear the more aggressive, trebly sounding ‘hard’ hits and
will miss out on all the gentle warm tones found at the softer velocities.
Adjusting Pad Sensitivity
As these kits have been set up specifically for velocity sensitive playback, you’ll
get the maximum benefit from ensuring your Maschine or MPC pad sensitivity
settings have been calibrated to your particular playing style. So while playing
your kit, adjust the sensitivity and velocity curve settings (‘velocity scaling’ in
Maschine) until you can comfortably achieve a full range of velocities from your
pads, from 1 up to 127.
Using a MIDI control keyboard
If you have a MIDI control keyboard you can attach this to your MPC’s MIDI IN
and control the Rhodes this way. This should lend itself to creating more natural
piano pieces with more expression.
Importing Into Software Samplers & DAWs
The Vintage 73EP uses standard WAV files (provided individually), so you will
have no problem loading these sounds into any audio application including audio
editors, software samplers and DAWs. Additionally many software samplers will
also import the AKP program files provided, which will automatically map the
samples and velocity layers across your keyboard, although some tweaking may
be required. Please note that we unfortunately cannot provide support for using
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the Vintage 73 EP in any sampler other than the models listed in the previous
chapter.
Custom Programs
You can of course build your own custom program from scratch, either by directly
adapting our included examples or by starting from scratch with a new blank
program. You could for example change the number of layers used, alter the
velocity switching ranges, tweak mixer settings or experiment with effects and
LFO.
You can also experiment with your own unique ‘compressed’ versions, such as
limiting the note range of the program (e.g. perhaps only covering two banks of
pads), or using different velocity zone combinations or keygroup ranges (e.g. 2
zone programs, keygroups covering several notes instead of 1 or 2).
For detailed guidance on how to build custom programs in an MPC, check out
‘Beat Making on the MPC’ books, as well as the JJOSXL Chopping Bible and
‘MPC: Sampling Laid Bare’.
http://www.mpc-samples.com/section.php/8/0/akai-mpc-tutorials/
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Recorded by Corry Banks (BBoyTechReport.com)
Sample Editing & Programming by Andy Avgousti (MPC-Samples.com)
Copyright © BBoyTechReport.com & MPC-Samples.com 2015. All rights reserved.
Published by MPC-Samples.com 2015.
For more information go to:
http://www.mpc-samples.com/product.php/254/the-vintage-73-ep/
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