Akai MPC live - Audio Channel inputs

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To all you lovevly people tha produce tha amazing devices. Well Akai Mpc Live, I don't own one but I am for sure about to buy one. I have so many questions, I am already "studying" it a lot but I will keep it simple for now.

So Audio channel inputs:
(Mainly on standalone mode cause as an interface I am sure it will be great for all that)

1.Can I use two mono instrumentrs like a bass and a guitar stimulatunsly? (pan the left and right channel to the middle)

2.Record them, having effects on them like hearing them live as "monitor" mode etc?
you know record them procces them live having two musicians with me perform on the stage using it as a main di/mixer/basic eq and effects for the instruments.

I wrote much but the question is kind of simple. I would love to hear from you.
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Starship Ghetto Byrd

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I have not done precisely what you want to, but I believe the answers are: Yes, and yes.

1. You can input two 1/4" jacks simultaneously, and set both to "Outputs 1,2" which should "center" them both.

2. Yes, you can apply the effects to the input signals, although there have been issues with latency in the looper (which seems the most likely way to do what you want). The manual itself warns you that multiple FX can lead to latency in the monitor signal, though I have not noticed this. Likewise, some folks have reported latency with the looper even on a "dry" signal, but this seemed to be only when using the LIVE to drive MIDI devices.

If you want to record "dry" and THEN process the samples live, that would not be as smooth as applying FX to the input signal. It could be done, but not as easily or quickly - the looper applies FX only to the input signal, so you could not add them afterwards except by exporting a recorded sample to a drum program, and then editing the effects on that sample alone.

The latency issue seemed never to affect external instruments, although I did not use effects. In fact, last time I was looping guitar, I was able to see how precisely on-the-beat I was, so the Looper and I get along quite nicely.

Since the 2.3 update, I tried my damnedest to get latency with the looper and a MIDI device and just could not do it! (Again, I did not use FX.)

If you don't wish to loop or record anything, you could also just use the "audio in" function to mix the signals and apply FX. I can't comment on that because I use that only for "studio" recording - the looper is my pal for live performance.

I've been meaning to shoot some video for eons, so I will let you know if I post something soon.
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Man you are HUUUGE!! I got what you said. Thanks so much i will be on alert for those vids heheheheh Thanks again man thats rgeat news as far the latency thing we fight that from the beggining of times heheheh So it won't be a problem.
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Glad to help - but on second thought I'm not 100% certain about centering both inputs; haven't done that myself. I'll try that out and get back to ya.
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Hey Paul,

Thanks for posting!

Using Inputs 1 and 2 as a stereo pair will result in the left input being on the left channel and the right input being on the right channel. The pan knob will behave more like a volume control in this instance.

If you want to connect two mono instruments to inputs 1 and 2, I would recommend simply configuring the inputs as mono inputs. You could connect the guitar to the left input and assign it to Input 1 on audio track 1 and connect the bass to the right input and assign it to Input 2 on audio track 2. This will result in both signals being panned to center. Both inputs can be recorded simultaneously and treated independently after you've recorded.

You can apply effects to an input before recording and hear those effects in the monitor but the recorded audio will not have the effects written to them. This is handy if you want to edit, remove, or otherwise change those effects after recording. You can make an audio track permanently affected by an insert effect by converting it into a sample after recording.

I hope that's helpful!

Thanks for helping out, Starship! Still looking forward to seeing those videos!
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wow man that was an accurate reply. Thank you all. I am really waiting the Starship Ghetto Byrd vids too.Thank you all again!!!
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Happy to help! Let us know if you have any further questions!
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One more question, can I use the TC to fix the latency on processing the two inputs thru effects?

If I am using the live as a 2 input mixer I find a fair amount of latency esp with other drum machines.

Thanx!
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Hey there, i have a questioni think thatsrelated to this topic - i recorded 2 instruments in one stereo audio track. Is it possible to divide those two channels (L & R) into seperate tracks? I would record them again if i could, but some friends did it when we met for a session and i cant play those instruments :/
And i just cant find a solution anywhere in the manual or on the internet, so thank you for any help in advance!
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I don't know if you can do it on the LIVE, but you should certainly be able to export it into a DAW and split it there....
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I also tried like that, but i just can't manage to find a way how to do that. Obviously i'm really not seing something that is right in front of my nose, but i just can't figure it out
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If it's there it will be in the sample editor. Go to the editor, select your recording from the sample pool and click process, then look at the processes list.