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MPC Live and X: Streaming audio from SSD for more audiotracks and freeing RAM

MPC Live: Streaming audiotracks from SSD (through the 16gb and the Sata one) this could raise the available count of usable audiotracks in mpc live and X aswell. It will free up the 2gb ram to be used for other purposes so it wont be maxed out doing any liveset longer then 10 minutes
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  • Just about every DAW nowadays should be processing its audio in 32-bit floating point.. Regardless of what the project's sample rate/bit rate/etc is set to, the DAW itself resamples everything in memory to 32-bit float, and any time its touched back down to disk, it does an on the fly resample back to whatever the native rate was. I still remember when it was a brand new option in Cubase VST32 hah, nowadays the cpus can handle it so its the norm. There's also two different kinds as well, there's floating-point, and there's fixed integer bitrates. Your cpu is working with floating point math for more accuracy, your files will be fixed integer, but you can use either one for both. Just like sample rates and higher bit rates, file size goes up with floating point vs fixed integer too.

    Haven't really run into issues with MIDI clock and the software yet, but Ive barely just started using my synths with it. I wanted to get the basics down with its own sampler before I started moving to the next set of features to learn heh. I really don't do much other than trigger regular old phrases and stuff though. Once Im finished messing with the sound itself I usually track it and just throw em in the sequencer as a sample. I rarely use arps or built in sequencers, but I do sync LFOs with MIDI so Ill have to keep an ear on that. The timing of some of those modulations are kinda important to where and how the patch is used so..

    Who knows maybe all they need to do is go through and optimize the software to run a little leaner? Its got 2GB total RAM, so the other 1.5GB is for the OS and all its components, the audio system, hardware, etc. Even for a standalone machine, 2GB seems awfully small nowadays. My old Galaxy S6 and the brand new iPhone I just got have more RAM and storage in them. Its Linux so Im sure there's lots they can do to optimize it for the specific purpose of being an MPC. I mean the 60 and 2000 were written in BASIC so.
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    This feature should have been there from the beginning.

    It cannot be marketed as a DAW replacement without this basic feature.

    Let’s make it happen please <3
    • Agreed, we all want the machine Akai marketed (full MPC sampler, Full MPC Pads, Full MPC MIDI - AND Audio for stems).

      It's such a shame the developers couldn't realise it - or maybe audio was tacked-on at the last minute (as was full MIDI)?
    • To be honest, I don't think that's it.

      I think the developers (being that they do just that, create) always had a DAW like scenario in mind. Unfortunately the traditional MPC concepts kept pushing from olden days. I also think that time has been a major factor for the MPC X/Live. They were forced (by whom one can speculate) to prioritize (which means heavy compromises) what to and how to make things work, just to get the product out the door. This is likely the reason why some functionality was not even there at launch (BT, Wi-Fi, etc.), and also why some things were just "rushed" into the machine and not fully implemented (MIDI, TS). I can relate to such situations, from multiple ventures and fields.

      However, what is really awesome now, is that Akai is working on rectifying this for the future, which seems to include the MPC X/Live. The fact that multiple software implementations (PC, X/Live/Force, etc.) share code base is truly outstanding. This means that hopefully as time pass on, the X/Live will benefit from changes possibly even after their retirement.
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