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Akai MPC-60 v2.0 Owners Manual.pdf - Fdiskc

Akai MPC-60 v2.0 Owners Manual.pdf - Fdiskc

66 tempo change with a

66 tempo change with a value of 50% at bar 5 (120 BPM X 50% = 60 BPM). To delete the currently displayed tempo change, press the soft key. The field at the top of the screen, TEMPO CHANGES, is a choice field with 2 options: ON and OFF. If set to ON, tempo changes are used; if set to OFF, all tempo changes within the sequence are ignored. 3.9.3 The TAP TEMPO key The TAP TEMPO key allows the tempo to be quickly set by tapping 2 beats (1/4 notes) on the TAP TEMPO key. After two taps, the MPC60 automatically assumes the two taps to be 1/4 notes and recalculates a new tempo to match those 1/4 notes. For example, to quickly change to a tempo of 80 BPM, tap two 1/4 notes at a tempo of approximately 80 BPM on the TAP TEMPO key. After the second tap, the new tempo will appear in the TMPO field of the main PLAY/RECORD screen. This may also be done while the sequence is playing. Normally, only two taps are required before the MPC60 recalculates the new tempo. However, it is possible to set this feature so that it recalculates the tempo by averaging the last 3 (or 4) successive tap intervals. This is set in the TAP AVERAGING field, located in the TEMPO screen, and is explained further in that section of the manual. 3.9.4 Sequencer speed limitations at fast tempos If many notes exist at exactly the same location within a sequence and that sequence is played at a fast tempo, some of the notes may be slightly delayed when played back. For example, if 20 notes all play exactly at position 002.01.00 within the sequence and the playing tempo is 200 BPM, some of these 20 notes occurring at the same time may be delayed as much as 10 to 20 milliseconds when played back. This condition exists to some degree in all sequencers, and is due to the fact that there is a finite number of notes which the internal computer can process at one time. However, this will NOT cause the

Section 3: Recording sequences 67 sequence to slip out of sync when syncing to an external sync source. If you have one of these complex sequences and notice these occassional timing irregularities when playing at a fast tempo, the problem may be caused by having too many unused "channel pressure" events (sometimes called "after touch") in your sequence. For example, many keyboards, such as the Yamaha DX-7, commonly send out large amounts of channel pressure messages while playing, which are recorded into your tracks. If you are not using these messages, removing them from the tracks will improve the playback timing. To do this, press the ERASE key and use the ERASE FILTER to only erase channel pressure events from each of your tracks (see section 4.2: the ERASE key). If you rarely use channel pressure capability, it is best to disable recording these events in the MIDI INPUT FILTER (see section 9.2). If you have erased all unnessary events from all tracks of your sequence and the timing is still not accurate enough, there is another alternative which can be used when syncing to tape: record the sequence to tape a few tracks at a time, and turn off the tracks you are not recording for each pass by using the soft key (in the PLAY/R,ECORD screen). Since the unrecorded tracks are turned off, the computer does not have to use as much time to process them, and can use all of its time to play the tracks which are being played, avoiding the delay when all tracks play. Note that this delay is not affected by the number of tracks which playing, but rather only by the number of notes or events which are playing at the same exact location within the sequence, and the playing tempo. Here's another hint: the MPC60 must work slightly harder when in "Record ready" mode. Therefore, a slight improvement in timing accuracy while playing (not recording) complex sequences may be obtained by disabling the "Record ready" status (by selecting a different sequence, then re-selecting the intended sequence). Finally, the setting of the MIDI DRUM DATA SENT OUT field (accessed by pressing the MIDI key and selecting option `2') has a significant effect on how many internal computations the MPC60 must do while playing drum tracks. Normally, this field is set to "NONE", which requires the least internal computations and therefore gives the highest timing efficiency. Any other setting will make the MPC60 work much harder while playing drum tracks. This field is explained in section 9.3 "External drum triggering, the midi `drums' channel".

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