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sequencing for mpc x beginners

Where can I find a step by step tutorial on how to lay down a track in the sequencer?
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  • For the Live you do it as follows: For drum programs you can hit a drum pad to select it then go to the sequencer/velocity edit page from the bar graph button on the grid view. The 16 pads then represent the 16 steps in that bar. You can use the pads to enter a sequence (velocity gets recorded, hitting again toggles the notes) or click the square under the step to enable it then drag the bar up/down to set the velocity. You can repeat this per bar and per drum pad.

    For the X you may have some shortcut buttons or dials to speed up the process. There isn't really anything more to it than that. I have never actually step sequenced but instead play in my drum on the pads and my melodic lines on a keyboard. Another option is to use the random pattern generator for drum or melodic programs. In any case you can edit from the grid view as well if you don't need this locked to step or length. As far as I am aware there isn't a way to record automations for a specific step, but you can try and do it over MIDI then in the list view delete unnecessary events and move the correct ones to exactly the spots you need them (just before the event they are meant to affect.

    If you mean lay down a track in the more general sense then that is more about developing a workflow and understanding music rather than device specific.
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  • Hey AGBAK,

    Thanks for posting!

    I think this video will be a good place to get you started with sequencing - it's quick and gets right to the point:

    MPC Lounge: Drum Programming

    As Daniel mentioned, you can either perform live and record directly into the sequencer or use the step sequencer. I would recommend experimenting with both and there is certainly no reason to exclusively work with one or the other. They are both tools available to you for creation - use whichever serves the song best.

    Once you familiarize yourself with the workflow, you will find that many of the processes across different modes are similar or shared. As you create, performing functions will quickly become second nature. The best way to do this is to spend some time with the machine and just dig in.

    Speaking of digging, I would recommend checking out this channel when you're ready to get into some more advanced functions and techniques:

    Tube Digga on YouTube

    Tube Digga makes some great content that really explores what the MPC can do. I would highly recommend checking that out!

    I hope that's helpful - let us know if you have any questions!

    Thanks for helping out, Daniel!
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  • Good looking out Daniel. I’ve checking Tube Digga out and he is on point.
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