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Synchronise record and live erase

For reference I'm using an MPC Live on the 2.3 firmware. I've been experimenting recently with an "always playing" style of music creation where I play MIDI sequences live and overdub. I've been pleasantly surprised by some features such as when you copy a sequence it keeps playing and queues it up next. I've had a couple of annoyances that hold me back in some regards.

I often find myself wanting to play a new line replacing an existing track. It seems like I should just hit record and do it, but record mode engages immediately and reverts to overdub when the sequence ends. The problem with the current behaviour is it's almost impossible to replace the first note in the sequence. If you press fractionally early the sequence ends and you are in overdub, if you hit it a fraction late it doesn't replace the first note in the sequence. My preference would be to have it (optionally) cue record mode for when the sequence loops

My alternative was to just hit erase and press "do it" at the correct moment but the erase button doesn't work when the sequence is playing. I've come up with two workarounds: one is to enter grid mode and select all the notes in the sequence and hit erase at the right moment but this is annoying to have to do and easy to do wrong. Another option is to (from main view) hit edit track button and clear it, but this clears the track deleting its name and looses the tracks association with the program that was playing (especially annoying on MIDI tracks where the channel number and port gets reset).

These two aspects have meant my workflow feels very clunky and I can't focus on just playing the music. I need to look at the device (and the touch screen) and interact with it often. Does anyone have any suggestions of ways to work around these limitations or alternative approaches to this style of music creation.
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    (optionally) cue record mode for when the sequence loops

    This would be very welcome.

    Another option (albeit not ideal either) is to hold erase and hold the pad(s) you want to erase notes from while playing back.
    • Using the erase per pad is a pretty cool idea in general; Unfortunately I'm mostly doing this for melodic programs (mostly the new synths or MIDI). A number of features (e.g step sequencing) work great for drum programs but not so well for anything melodic.

      The more I think about it, the more sense record cueing makes. Any of the other options we've discussed typically need you to let the sequence play a full loop while you erase, or time some action very precisely. Record cueing allows you to get it set up early just like quantised mutes.

      Hopefully, if they implement it, there will also be a way to cancel the pending action (you can't do it with quantised mutes which I find frustrating at times).
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  • Hey everybody,

    Thanks for posting!

    I like the idea of continuously playing while the sequencer overwrites itself is a nice way to not break your focus. Maybe try experimenting with setting record behavior to Record Start. Double tap the location field at the top of Grid mode, and select the third icon in the Auto Record section that looks like a play button pointed toward a bar. This mode will make it so pressing the record button will delay recording (not overdubbing) until the sequence loops back on itself. The sequence will not automatically overwrite itself each time it loops so when you want to enable recording you will need to press the record button but this method might be a bit easier than trying to time button presses just right each time.

    That said, if you have an idea for the MPC workflow, be sure to submit this as a feature request with the MPC 2 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!

    If you need an alternative method of submitting feedback, you may use the following links:

    MPC - Submit a Feature Request

    MPC - Submit a Bug Report

    Thanks for your feedback!
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    • Any suggestions on what to do about this?
    • If I'm understanding it correctly, I'm not sure that much can be done until Akai fix it. It seems that playing in a note before the 1 is only quantized to the 1 during a count-in, but not other scenarios.

      I've also noticed that events recorded in near the end of a loop/sequence do get quantized, but to the start of the next bar that is not part of the loop e.g., start of bar 3 in a 2-bar loop. This surely can't be by design...
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