A couple years ago I bought my Akai MPD32 (upgraded from an M-Audio Trigger Finger). I did not realize, until after hooking it up to my PC, that the responsiveness of the pads was so bad. After searching this issue on the web, I found that many people were DIY modifying their MPD controllers. I modified my MPD32 within days of buying it, and I’m SO very glad that I did! The responsiveness is now awesome!
This is the step-by-step video that I used to modify my pads:
Shout out to the guy who put together this vid – a lot of really great information! In this video he is using electrical tape to fill in the gap between the pad and sensor. Or you can also buy a “pad sensitivity upgrade kit” (like this one) for your MPD controller. The kit is basically just a set of 16 rubbers squares that sit on the inside of each pad. Either method will work just fine – it’s really just a matter of preference.
I highly recommend this upgrade to anyone using one of the Akai MPD controllers – you won’t regret it!
So I just finished this beat making video for my newest beat, “In My Groove”. I would describe this one as an M-Phazes style track – very soulful with hard hitting drums, but also has atmospheric and jazzy elements to it as well.
This was my first attempt at any real video editing, so keep that in mind.
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So I had some requests in previous months for another another Beat making tutorial. I hadn’t done one of these for a while, so I wanted to give you guys a little insight into my process for making a sampled beat.
This one steps through a new Underground, Hip Hop beat, entitled “In the End”. I touch on all the the different elements that went into the beat as well as a small discussion on a technique for sampled bass lines, called Low End Theory. Make sure to watch until the end so you can hear the completed, full-length beat.
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