Akai MPC beat - Free

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Post 21 Jul 2020

You can grab it here.
https://www.akaipro.com/mpc-beats

Haven't found a manual yet, but I guess it is a "lite" version of their MPC 2.8.

Things to find out:
* Is the MPC plugin itself VST3 or VST2?
* Can it host both VST2/3?
* Can hosted VSTs send out midi?
* Can the MPC software send out midi?
* Can you host multiple MPCs in a DAW?

It has several nice piano roll features, possibly also automation that can be worthwhile to check out. And some free fx, synths and sample packs. Sample chopping might be good too.
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Post 21 Jul 2020

Nice. Idk if you know if this would work to import MPC files into?

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Post 22 Jul 2020

Tried to get this but no download link arrived. Tried two browsers and two different email addresses but no luck.
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Post 22 Jul 2020

MrFigg wrote:
22 Jul 2020
Tried to get this but no download link arrived. Tried two browsers and two different email addresses but no luck.
Yeah, same here. Guess, I'll just give it a day to see if their servers respond.

It has:
Auto sampling
VST midi routing
3 instruments, 28 fx
Note repeat
Midi capture/retrospective
Punch in
Quantize while recording
Drag out your beat as audio or midi
Browser w loop sync
Zplane audio warp
Some kind of clip launcher

No VST3 loading yet...
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Post 22 Jul 2020

Nah. Tried again and nuthin’. Few people over the web having the same issue. Oh well.
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Post 22 Jul 2020

Link arrived, downloading now...
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Post 23 Jul 2020

Why is this in "VST Plugins" section? It's a (demo) DAW.
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Post 23 Jul 2020

Hahahaha. Just got 15 emails from Akai. Hahahahaha
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Post 23 Jul 2020

antic604 wrote:
23 Jul 2020
Why is this in "VST Plugins" section? It's a (demo) DAW.
Works as a VST inside Reason...
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Post 23 Jul 2020

Boombastix wrote:
23 Jul 2020
antic604 wrote:
23 Jul 2020
Why is this in "VST Plugins" section? It's a (demo) DAW.
Works as a VST inside Reason...
So does FL or Maschine and they're still considered DAWs first, VST second.
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Post 23 Jul 2020

antic604 wrote:
23 Jul 2020
Boombastix wrote:
23 Jul 2020


Works as a VST inside Reason...
So does FL or Maschine and they're still considered DAWs first, VST second.
Hahahaha. You just want your thread to be the main one :).
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Post 23 Jul 2020

MrFigg wrote:
23 Jul 2020
antic604 wrote:
23 Jul 2020


So does FL or Maschine and they're still considered DAWs first, VST second.
Hahahaha. You just want your thread to be the main one :).
No, I can delete it. I just care about order & consistency :)
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Post 23 Jul 2020

antic604 wrote:
23 Jul 2020
MrFigg wrote:
23 Jul 2020


Hahahaha. You just want your thread to be the main one :).
No, I can delete it. I just care about order & consistency :)
A place for everything and everything in its place.
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Post 23 Jul 2020

MrFigg wrote:
23 Jul 2020
antic604 wrote:
23 Jul 2020


So does FL or Maschine and they're still considered DAWs first, VST second.
Hahahaha. You just want your thread to be the main one :).
😂😂😂 that made me laugh out loud, Mr Figg

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Post 23 Jul 2020

2 audio tracks? that definitely doesn’t belong in the other software section among other DAWs 😂

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Post 23 Jul 2020

I kind of prefer it over here on this side actually (first thread). Hi folks...I'm back :)



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Post 23 Jul 2020

MrFigg wrote:
23 Jul 2020
I kind of prefer it over here on this side actually (first thread). Hi folks...I'm back :)



MERGEMERGEMERGE!!!
to keep everyone happy, it should get its own subforum 😆

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Post 23 Jul 2020

Dunno if Akai screwed it up, but MPC Beats does NOT route VST midi. What it does is, it can take incoming midi and route it from one track to another, basically a way to make layered sounds.

So just like Reason and Machine, it won't work with VST midi devices add far as I could see.

If any one else can make Scaler or something similar work then LMK.

By the way, I see MPC Beats more like a very capable Player Sequencer type thing, like Sequences. Not something to arrange a whole song with.
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Post 23 Jul 2020

Boombastix wrote:
23 Jul 2020
Dunno if Akai screwed it up, but MPC Beats does NOT route VST midi. What it does is, it can take incoming midi and route it from one track to another, basically a way to make layered sounds.

So just like Reason and Machine, it won't work with VST midi devices add far as I could see.

If any one else can make Scaler or something similar work then LMK.

By the way, I see MPC Beats more like a very capable Player Sequencer type thing, like Sequences. Not something to arrange a whole song with.
Big question is, is it worth installing? What do you think. Play with it for 10 minutes or actually think you’ll get some use out of it? “VSTs I Use” folder or somewhere buried in a HD in the “Free VSTs” folder and forgotten about?
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Post 23 Jul 2020

MrFigg wrote:
23 Jul 2020

Big question is, is it worth installing? What do you think. Play with it for 10 minutes or actually think you’ll get some use out of it? “VSTs I Use” folder or somewhere buried in a HD in the “Free VSTs” folder and forgotten about?
Takes more than 10min to learn it, but it is very capable to do drum programming for electronic music (not live rock type stuff, but pop, hip hop, dance).

Not sure if it that much better for chords and piano, but it has built in chord generator, like a mini Scaler. You can drag out your stuff as midi or audio into Reason to work on your arrangement. The F9 sound pack is good too.

You can pretty quickly make a drum groove with 8 tracks, each with insert fx, then master fx and just drag it out as an audio loop. Once you learn about note repeat and stuff, it is useful for that, just start a 2 or 4 bar loop and build it up while looping.

The built in Electric Piano was surprisingly nice.

So yeah, there is stuff there.
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Post 26 Jul 2020

Downloaded it this morning having fun with it! Got some great sounds and loops so yea i think its worth downloading. It took overnight before I got the download link.

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Post 26 Jul 2020

WOO wrote:
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Downloaded it this morning having fun with it! Got some great sounds and loops so yea i think its worth downloading. It took overnight before I got the download link.
Besides the included sounds, the beat chopping and pad assignment is great, also build a drum pattern in loop-mode and using note repeats and using over-dub.
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