HOW TO HOOK AN MPC 60 TO MY COMPUTER

Posted by CIPHA7 on Thu, 09/30/99 - 18:17:34.

HI, MY FIRST QUESTION MIGHT BE SIMPLE BUT I JUST GOT A COMPUTER AND I'M TRYING TO BUILD A STUDIO.
I JUST WANTED TO KNOW HOW CAN I HOOK UP MY MPC 60 DRUM MACHINE TO MY COMPUTER, WHICH IS A PC?
WHAT SOFTWARE TO USE? HOW CAN I SAMPLE WAV FILES INTO THE MACHINE, AND HAVE MY OWN SAMPLES COME ONTO THE COMPUTER.

PLEASE HELP ME OUT, I APPRECIATE IT,
PEACE, CIPHA7

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I don't have any big money to invest on an expensive interface, myself. If you're trying to build a studio, you have a mixer, right? If not, I'd say you're gonna need one. I use a Mackie 1202 that I managed to pick up used. I love Mackie, it's very user friendly and VERY low noise...I mean that...so quiet you can hear it. I just use the stereo tape output to go to the 1/8" line input on my soundcard. Now here's a trick: I happen to have two Mackies, so what I like to do is run what I'm recording into the first mixer, go from it's main outs into my effects rack, run it through any effects I'm using, a little compression, and then into two channels on the second mixer (which I will sometimes pan, depends if I'm using stereo effects) and then out of that mixer's tape out to the computer. This way I can get anything I won into the computer without any fancy high-dollar digital interface or stuff like that.

Experiment. Really all you need to get your drum machine (or really anything else, one at a time) is the right kind of wires. If your drum machine happens to have rca type outs you can hook it directly with a rca-to-1/8" cord. If not, you can plug it via the 1/4" jack to something else that does have them, like a signal proccessor...whatever you've got, bypassing it's effect and just using it as a "cable converter." Or you could even go to radio shack and pick up something cheap that has the kind of ins/outs that you need (my chief influence, Les Claypool records his stuff on his computer and uses whatever works, whether it's radio shack, or the big expensive stuff they want you to think you can't live without). Call it "creative engineering." Just keep in mind that you don't want to plug into the line input of the computer from a powered output. That's a great way to get unwanted noise.

As to how to get waves and samples back onto your drum machine...sorry, I can't help you there...I don't have one.

Re: HOW TO HOOK AN MPC 60 TO MY COMPUTER

to connect your MPC60 to pc you need a soundcard
with midi-support or a midi-expander like MOTU
midi-express pc. (www.motu.com)
as software you need a sequencer (isn't your mpc
also a sequencer?) like cubase or logic.
(www.steinberg.de, www.emagic.de)
or just look aroung here, there are lots of
freeware-progs.
to get samples onto your pc you also just need a
soundcard. I'd recommend the audiowerk 2 from
emagic. cheap and powerfull.
should be no problem to find a prog to record
samples.

any additional questions?

greets,
sniffa

Re: HOW TO HOOK AN MPC 60 TO MY COMPUTER

sniffa thanks alot for the info. Now all i need to know, (even though this is a dumb question probobly) but now that i have all of this hooked up. How do i get sound from my mpc onto the computer. I have a Sound Blaster AWE64 IF that helps any. Basically I just wanted to know how to do that as well as sample from the computer.

THANKS ALOT BRO,
CIPHA7

Re: HOW TO HOOK AN MPC 60 TO MY COMPUTER

: sniffa thanks alot for the info. Now all i need to know, (even though this is a dumb question probobly) but now that i have all of this hooked up. How do i get sound from my mpc onto the computer. I have a Sound Blaster AWE64 IF that helps any. Basically I just wanted to know how to do that as well as sample from the computer.

: THANKS ALOT BRO,
: CIPHA7

Use an Audio Out on your mixer/amp/mpc into the Line Input on your Soundblaster card. If you have the Gold version You can go straight from RCA to RCA. If not you proablly would have to go to an Radio Shack or Wal-Mart and pick up a a pacth cable that would allow you to go to a 1/2 in. to either RCA or a 1/4 in.

Just reverse the procedure too sample sounds from your comptuer to your MPC 60.

Thats the quickest way. You can also use the Parallel port on the back of your MPC with a computer serial cable.

Hope this helps...