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BrianHenry

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Questions for MPC users
« on: July 13, 2017, 01:43:15 pm »

Hi All:

I have been a D-Pro user for several years and am contemplating switching to a more professional level software. I can go into the reasons why I want to switch if anyone is interested, but not really relevant to my questions (in the interests of keeping this brief). I am not using a hardware console at this time but if I am going to spend the time learning new software, I'd like for it to be something I will not grow out of.

My typical use case is this: There is a pre-programmed cue list for each song a band plays. Most of the cues in each list are triggered by a midi signal from a pedal (others are time-based). Only two midi signals are used: One to advance cues within a cue list and one to advance to the next cue list. This allows the band to control their cues from the stage with software running back-stage.

Second use case: Cuelists are prepared to sync to prerecorded tracks (this is used for dance shows). All cues timed to the track for automatic playback.

So, the question is can MPC work in these ways? I have looked at MagicQ, but seems like MIDI is locked out without an expensive piece of hardware.

I have spent some time searching on this and watching some tutorial videos. Would love to hear from some users to avoid spending the time installing/learning just to find out it will not meet my needs. Thanks!
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Re: Questions for MPC users
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2017, 04:51:02 pm »

Hi All:

I have been a D-Pro user for several years and am contemplating switching to a more professional level software. I can go into the reasons why I want to switch if anyone is interested, but not really relevant to my questions (in the interests of keeping this brief). I am not using a hardware console at this time but if I am going to spend the time learning new software, I'd like for it to be something I will not grow out of.

My typical use case is this: There is a pre-programmed cue list for each song a band plays. Most of the cues in each list are triggered by a midi signal from a pedal (others are time-based). Only two midi signals are used: One to advance cues within a cue list and one to advance to the next cue list. This allows the band to control their cues from the stage with software running back-stage.

Second use case: Cuelists are prepared to sync to prerecorded tracks (this is used for dance shows). All cues timed to the track for automatic playback.

So, the question is can MPC work in these ways? I have looked at MagicQ, but seems like MIDI is locked out without an expensive piece of hardware.

I have spent some time searching on this and watching some tutorial videos. Would love to hear from some users to avoid spending the time installing/learning just to find out it will not meet my needs. Thanks!
Brian, M-PC has significant timecode functionality, and combined with MPCTools can do lots of stuff with MIDI controllers.  As the software is free, other than offering a high level "probably" that it will do what you want, your next step is to put some time into it and evaluate it for your needs.
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BrianHenry

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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2017, 05:29:41 pm »

Tom, thanks! MPCTools looks to be a great tool for my application. I will have to spend some time with this now. Looks like MPC is being used regularly on tablet PCs. I have a surface 3 (not pro) I would like to use. Hopefully it is sufficient!


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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2017, 09:15:46 am »

I believe MPC will also do what you ask but for the best direct answer to your question go to the Martin M-Series user group on facebook and you will probably get an answer from the Martin guys in a matter of minutes.  They are on there constantly and are very useful.

I have seen many questions and answers about controlling with midi and midi controllers.  I don't do anything with midi but they certainly seem to be used.
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2017, 10:25:30 pm »

Started working with it yesterday and it's been a bit slow going so far. The problem is they just updated the layout editing this spring and all the tutorials came before that, so I'm having a hard time grasping the basic workflows. Looks like I'm going to have to open the manual :P

From what I've seen it should meet my needs, I just need to get accustomed to it and then deal with the MIDI connectivity. I don't anticipate needing to attach any kind of wing hardware any time soon.


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