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Changing Sequence Tempo on MPC LIVE

I know this has sort of been touched upon before but i thought it was worth asking about now there has been a substantial software update.

Is there now any way to change tempo mid sequence?

I use this feature in lots of different ways. Obviously compositions do change tempo and a lot of the times its not a sudden/sharp change but more of a gradual slow down or speed up. That means it there are scenarios where a sequence changes tempo 20 or so times.

Do I really need to string 20 or so sequences together to make a song to get this effect or is there another way?

This is a fairly basic standard feature on most DAWS and is on all the previous standalone MPC's so I can't imagine AKAI have decided to completely remove it.

Does anyone else make sequences they would like to change the tempo in?
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  • Maybe you can record tempo automation on your sequence to give it the gradual change you are looking for! Just a thought!
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  • Hey Richard,

    Thanks for posting!

    Tempo changes cannot be made in the middle of a sequence and tempo changes will not record as automation. Your sequence tempos will either all be assigned their own tempo or will follow a master tempo. I do understand why changing tempo mid-sequence this would be a useful feature to have at your disposal so i would advise submitting this as a feature request with the MPC 2.0 Software's built-in feedback module. The feedback module is represented by a smiley icon at the lower right side of the software next to the browser icons. This information goes directly to the Akai team for consideration!

    Thank you for your feedback!
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  • yes I've been asking for this request since it was eliminated in the renaissance. I still have to use my MPC 4000 for the desired simple tempo changes WITHIN a sequence. I have asked over and over again for this update and was told it was coming. Don't see it in 2.2
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  • I have solved this problem using a program called Bidule made by a Canadian company named Plogue (https://www.plogue.com/). I run the MPC software as a VST plugin within Bidule and have set it up to generate tempo, where the tempo rate is controlled by a MIDI CC on an MPC track. If you sync the MPC to this tempo generator, you can make tempo change anyplace within a sequence.

    Bidule is an amazing environment to work in and allows you to "build" all kinds of problem solving patches. However, it is not officially supported by Akai and a few things don't work correctly, but they aren't show stoppers. The other thing about Bidule is that it has minimal documentation and a pretty steep learning curve. BUT, it has a great users site with a lot of very knowledgeable and helpful users. AND, I will give you the patches I built to do this.

    If you are interested, let me know.
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