Up close with an MPC screen. Now you can make your computer screen your MPC slicing interface. Photo: regueifeiro.

Want to load ReCycle REX sample files onto your MPC? Or looking for a better solution for chopping up samples – that is, firing up ReCycle on your screen? Joe Lambert writes in to share his GBP11 Mac utility for the task:

Just a quick note to let you know about a little application I wrote that lets users easily convert chopped Recycle files into Akai MPC program files.


This essentially allows a producer to chop a breakbeat (or other sample) using their Mac instead of having to use the built-in chopshop and small screen on the sampler itself. It also makes sample CD’s with pre-chopped loops a lot more useful for MPC users.

Unrelated, but he also has a nifty “virtual BCF2000” utility so you can make use of its control mappings on the road, even when you don’t have the Behringer handy. (Editing in coach class, anyone?)

I’m curious what your REX/MPC workflows are like and if this is helpful.

MPC Forever

I certainly have no doubts that this is relevant to some people. I actually spent a good part of yesterday and today hanging out with MPC creator Roger Linn. Among many other conversations, Roger noted his own bemusement at the ongoing popularity of the original MPCs – to say nothing of the MPC as a category in general. You can buy version 3.10 software for the MPC60 from Roger Linn Design. Tom Oberheim’s SCSI adapter for the MPC also came up. From that site:

NOTE: As of March 1, 2009, Tom Oberheim’s Marion Systems has stopped manufacturing the MPC-SCSI due to diminished demand. However, he’ll make another batch if there is enough demand. If you definitely wish to purchase one at for the former price of $300, email us to let us know and we’ll add your name to a waiting list. When the list grows long enough, Tom will make another batch and we’ll contact you.

Yes, just to be clear, we’re talking the MPC60 and the now-defunct SCSI. (While you’re at it, maybe you’d like a new dust case for your Apple III?) Of course, despite allegations that electronic music tech is easily outmoded or disposable, the MPC is doggedly neither. And while I have no personal need for an MPC60, elegant achievement that it was, I find something comforting in that. So I’ll do my own small part – with apologies to Tom and Roger – to call attention to the thing.

Of course, if you do want something new designed by Roger Linn, the LinnDrum II is planned for release later this year. The moment I can talk more about that, I will.

  • hey, any news from roger on the linndrumII?

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  • There's no *news* on the LinnDrum II, but as they announced previously, Roger and Dave plan to release later this year. I know there were delays before as they rethought the whole product, but I can say confidently, this is a date they're actually aiming for.

  • mpc60's and mpc3000's where always out of reach due to their high cost and even used pieces are scoring high prices so i opted for an s900 with the Tom Oberheim 16bit mod board and an s1000.
    right now all i do is sample to either one and then record the audio outputs to my mac or laptop. i'll use audacity, recycle, or sound forge to extract kicks, snares, and other noises. then dump it into ableton. i have a small resource page for my s900 over here http://xfader.com/akai

  • Emil

    c'mon Peter, give us a hint about the linndrumII…if it's Q2, Q3 or Q4.

    just reply with one of those numbers.

  • Peter Kirn

    I think Roger and Dave are saying fall. I can't recall which quarter is which, exactly. 😉

  • Rex Rhino

    I hope the new redesigned LinnDrum II has a slot for installing a HD. Compact flash drives tend to get the pins messed up with a lot of use.

    Considering the typical working lifespan of an MPC, I think they should really be thinking "is this going to still be working in 20 years".

  • stepwriterun

    Tom Oberheim's Marion Systems still exists? That's news to me. If only the MSR-2/ProSynth project had not dropped off of the face of the earth.

  • MPC60s are 1st class, the bomb, deluxe. One may not need a Cadillac to cruise around in, but it sure feels nice. They ooze quality and are unmatched even today. 3000s are nice to, according to taste.