16 Turning the MPC60 on 1. Of the disks which are included with the MPC60, find the disk "STUDIO SET and SYSTEM ALL" and place it into the disk drive. This disk contains a general purpose set of drum sounds and a collection of demonstration sequences. Note: Every time you turn the MPC60's power on, you must re-load the drum sounds (and sequences if desired) from disk. This is because ALL SOUND AND SEQUENCE MEMORY IS LOST WHEN YOU TURN THE POWER OFF. While it is true that most drum machines hold their memory when power is removed, these are devices with very low memory capacity. There are no samplers and no high capacity sequencers which retain memory when power is removed for one reason: the cost of low-power memory, which can be kept active by a battery, is much more expensive than the type of memory commonly used. We at Akai believe the customer would prefer to pay a substantially lower price for the minor inconvenience of saving his work to disk before powering down. For this reason, whenever you do any sampling or editing of sounds, or recording or editing of sequences, you must always save the changes to disk, or the changes will be lost! 2. Turn the power ON and wait for about 1 1/2 minutes for the MPC60 to load the sounds and sequences into memory. While loading, the screen will display the following message: Note: If the version number is a lower number than 2.00, your MPC60 is running an older software version. If so, you should update your MPC60 to version 2.00. To update your MPC60, contact your dealer or service center and say "I want to have the latest software update installed in my MPC60". When finished loading (after about one minute), the following screen should appear:
Section 2: The Basics 17 This is the PLAY/RECORD screen. It is the main operating mode of the MPC60 and all playing and recording of sequences is done while this screen is displayed. This screen will be discussed further in the section entitled "Recording sequences'". If at any time while operating the MPC60 you are confused and want to return to this mode, press the MAIN SCREEN key. Note: There are three other disks included with the MPC60: ROCK SET and SYSTEM ALL, DRY SET and SYSTEM ALL, and SYNTH SET and SYSTEM ALL. These disks contain 3 additional sets of drum sounds, but contain the same demonstration sequences. To hear the sounds on these disks, follow the above instructions again, but use one of these disks instead. It is also possible to load the files on these disks by using the DISK key, discussed later in the section "Saving to and loading from disk".