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Soundfont with Akai MPD and Live Drums

This is a type of track I’ve wanted to do for a while. I’ve had the idea of making a song on the Akai MPD24 and playing drums to it, but was stuck with how to use the MPD with Linux. I finally figured out how to create a soundfont from samples I cut up myself and using fluid synth as a means to play them. Using a soundfont gives me nearly as much control, and in some ways more than Ableton’s drum rack. I don’t have anything against Ableton, it’s great software. I just wanted to produce this whole track within Linux. I mixed it all in Mixbus, but still edited the video in Windows, Vegas Movie Studio. My cameras record in MTS which kdenlive in Linux has some problems with. I worked around this on the last few vids, but forgot this time, so rather than go convert everything again then re-edit in Kdenlive, I thought it would just be quicker and easier to do it in Vegas.

Sorry for the long-winded explanation. thanks for watching and commenting 🙂

Drum setup:
Custom Tama Imperialstar Hairline Blue finish 18×20 kick, 8×12 rack, 14×14 floor, 5×14 snare
Tama Iron Cobra hi hat stand (main hats)
Vintage Olympic hi hat stand (trash hats)
Ludwig flat base straight stands (crashes)
PDP boom stand (ride)
Vintage Nuvader Nickel Silver 15″ Hi Hats
Meinl HCS 8″ Bell
Kasza 17″ Dirty Bell crash cymbal
Vintage NuVader 22″ ride cymbal (Nickel Silver)
Meinl HCS 16″ Trash Crash / Generic 16″ brass crash bottom (trash hats)
Vintage Camber 18″ Crash Cymbal (Brass)
Aquarian Studio X on tom batters
Tama single ply clear tom resonants
Aquarian Studio X Dot on snare batter
Tama thin clear snare resonant
Aquarian Response 2 Coated kick batter
Remo Vintage Emperor w/ Kickport 2 on kick resonant
DW 6000 kick pedal (sucks, I want a new pedal)
Vintage flat base Slingerland snare stand
Vintage MIJ canister throne

Mics on this one I did something new. I used only a kick and overhead, then blended that with the camcorder mic from my Sony HDR-CX240. It made it a very raw and cool sound. There is also some slight decimator (bit crusher) effect on the kick and overhead mics.

Akai MPD24 Finger Drumming – Plunderphonics / Vaporwave – Geeky Gigs #11

Here’s another performance on my MPD24 and Ableton Live Intro. All was done on a single drum rack. I cut up some samples and played them back in real-time.

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Akai MPD24 Finger Drumming – IROC Remix – Life – Fairlight CVI – Geeky Gigs #10

This is a remix of an awesome song I found on youtube by IROC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qsh3hmu4IM check out his vid and read the description after this.

I took the music from his video chopped it up, created a drum rack in Ableton out of it and played it all live on the MPD. The drum samples are all classic Linndrum samples and the video fx were taken from old Fairlight CVI clips.

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Akai MPD24 Finger Drumming – Trap, Vaporwave, Trip Hop

akai mpd24 finger drumming

I Finally upgraded from the nanoPAD to an Akai MPD24. I really love this thing.

Geeky Gigs #9 is a bit of a hodgepodge mix up of styles, kinda trap, kinda vaporwave, kinda trip hop, and just kinda weird. I cut up son Janet Jackson, 808, casio rapman, my own real drum samples, some vinyl drum samples and some synth parts and bass lines using the UVI digital sensations and Plastique VST. Everything is live sequenced and triggered in Ableton Live Intro.
The end is a bit of improv. Hope you like it!

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Akai MPD24 firmware update with MIDI-OX on 64 bit Windows


Did you get an MPD24 and find it odd that the transport functions didn’t work with Ableton Live? Me too, but don’t worry there’s a fairly easy fix. You need to update your MPD to the most recent firmware 1.10 which allows the transport buttons to work as regular midi controls rather than MMC.

Now at first this may seem like just download something then install it and you’re done. This is not the case however and updating this firmware runs a chance of bricking your MPD. If you follow my instructions on this page however you should be fine. That being said I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE DONE TO YOUR MACHINE, FOLLOW THIS TUTORIAL AT YOUR OWN RISK.

This is a Windows 7 64 bit tutorial only. It theoretically should work on windows 8.1 or 10, but I have not tested those. Here’s what you need (all links provided):

What you do not need: A korg midi driver (like some people have suggested), a longer than usual usb cable, or the vyzex software from Akai. These items were all listed in other forums as hacks to get it to work with varying results. Some of these may do the trick as well. But I have confirmed my method to work and it is fairly simple. 

The last item listed above is essential to a successful update. It does not have to be one of those exact cables, you may also use an audio interface that has a standard hardware midi interface output. The reason for this is once you wipe the old firmware off the MPD, windows 7 64 bit will no longer recognize the device correctly, making it impossible to transmit data to the MPD over USB. The way around this is to transmit the data through a hardware MIDI port using a standard midi cable and MIDI-OX. Follow the steps below once you have your midi connection figured out and it should only take you 5 minutes.

  1. download and install MIDI-OX
  2. unplug the usb connection from your MPD
  3. hold down rewind, stop and rec on the MPD and plug it back in
  4. when it comes back up push enter to erase the old firmware, this will leave the MPD in a waiting state to receive the new firmware DO NOT UNPLUG THE USB CONNECTION TO YOUR MPD and do not touch anything on it!
  5. Connect the hardware MIDI out from your alternate computer midi interface to the hardware MIDI in on the MPD. 
  6. Open up MIDI-OX and click on “Options/MIDI devices”. When the dialog opens, select your alternate midi device as the input and output for MIDI-OX. At this stage you should not be able to see the MPD’s usb midi in midi-ox, but just in case you do see it, DO NOT SELECT IT! Use the hardware midi in and out ONLY. 
  7. Close the options dialog, then click on “View/SysEx” a new box will open up which allows you to view and send SysEx data. This is all the firmware is, is a SysEx file. 
  8. Click on “Command Window/Load File” then select the firmware you downloaded above. After this you should see that white box now filled with hexadecimal data. 
  9. Click on “Command Window/Send SysEx” and look at the screen on your MPD, you should now see the data loading to your MPD! You’ll also see a progress bar for MIDI-OX. Once it finishes the MPD will say it’s completed and to press enter. 
  10. Close MIDI-OX, then unplug your alternate midi connections and USB from the MPD. Plug the MPD USB back in and you should be all set! 

To change the transport controls on the MPD, just press edit on the device, then press a transport button, then press enter and make the desired selection!