Unfortunately, I’ve got to sell my beloved MPC 1000, because I need money badly. This means I cannot continue the project as of now. I will certainly get another MPC one day, but for now, everything is f’ed up (again).
If there are peeps out there, who want to continue this blog or the manual let me know.
One love to all the good folks I met during the time I did music. Extra special shout outs to Don foe spending endless Hours of proof reading!!!
Peace. I’ll return…
A few days ago, JJ released the first build of this MPC-kindalike Software (or what you want to call it) for PC platforms. The development process seems to go well, because since its first release, the second update (build 0.63) was released today. Just one day before, a pretty major update of the OS XL2 (v.1.15) for our beloved MPC 1000 was released. I haven’t tested both yet, but there’s a discussion going on over at mpc-forums, if the JJ Sequencer useful/necessary or not, which is pretty interesting…
Link to the JJ Sequencer: http://www7b.biglobe.ne.jp/~jj_soft/
A few Days ago, the JJ Team released first impression on there new development: the JJ Sequencer, a PC-Only Software Sequencer, which looks a lot like a virtual representation of the MPC 1000 Sequencer. No further Details are known by now, so check out the Screenshots and judge yourself. Source: http://www7b.biglobe.ne.jp/~jj_soft/
The next build of JJ OS 2 (v. 1.13), which is set to be released on June 8th will bring a few nice additions to Trim Mode and the GPE:
- The Trim Screen will contain a shortcut o the PGM Mode, which makes jumping between these 2 essential modes easier. Also, the pitch value will also be added to the Trim screen!
- In Trim Mode, simply press a pad to show the currently assigned sample!
- Assigning samples has improved: in addition to the [WHOLE] Function, you can now hold a Pad and use the up and down arrows to assign the same sample to adjacent Pads and by using [UNDO SEQ], you can assign samples to non-adjacent pads.
- The last pad you hit will be selected/displayed when entering GPE
- A controller for sample loop cycles is added to GPE, which lets you decide how often the loop should be repeated.
- Finally, samples will be displayed alphabetical order inside the sample list.
>> The All in all a great update I think!
After raising the prices of OS 2 in April, JJ anounced yesterday to also raise the price for JJ OS1 from 30 to 39$. Until June 15th 2008 you can still get it for 30 Dollars, so hurry up and get it now!
Just finished the final release of the manual. I had to left out the DAW Syncing Tutorials for now, but I will deliver theese later as single pdf files appendixes.
TIPS for PRINTING:
Print on both sides of the paper. 1 sheet of paper = 2 pages of manual. Here’s how to do this:
- In Acrobat, select Print > The Printing Dialog appears.
- Select your Printer, then go to the field called ‘Print Range’
- Put a Dot at “All x pages” (for the whole manual)
- Then go down to the Drop Box ‘Print:’ and select ‘Odd pages Only’
- Then start printing.
- Wait… till its done.
- Next, take the whole pack of printed paper, flip it on the backside and put it back into the paper slot of your printer. Make sure, that you put it in the way it came out. Otherwise the printed backside will come out upside down after printing!
- Press Print again, but this time select ‘EVEN Pages Only’ from the ‘Print:’ Dropbox.
- Print…. and wait.
- Done. Enjoy your JJ OS MANUAL
- (Go to a copy shop to get a nice loose-leaf binding for it!)
PS: This pdf was created for the german DIN A4 paper format. If you use any other paper format, make sure to enable the “Fit to paper” option in Acrobat before printing. I just changed to paper format to US Letter and had a look at it: doesn’t look as nice as the DIN A4 version. To make it look good, I’d have to spend several more hours, which I am not willing to. just use the “fit to paper option” and you’re good to go.
NEXT UP: OS 2 Addition
PS: Holla at me for correction or anything else thats on your mind. PEACE
JJ will rise the price of his OS for the MPC 1000 to 49$, ten bucks more than before. It now costs as much as the MPC 2500 OS. So if you plan to get OS2, better hurry up. And remmber: in Japan the sun rises earlier than in the west!
I managed to embed videos into the pdf file…
Download the test chapter here
>> Needs the latest Adobe Reader Version to be installed on your system to work properly!
Actually, I wanted to present a new version of the JJ Manual today, but since I have to care of serious issues in real life, I had to push the project aside for a while. The next release won’t come out until OS1 (4.9x) is final. Although I am done with conceptualizing the new layout, I’ve got to consider if and how I implement OS2 controls into the manual, or if I should do 2 separate versions.
But don’t worry, this project is not dead. Updating, correcting and designing a document this big (about 50 plus pages and I guess about 60 or 70 once it’s done) is consuming too much time right now.
So for now, I just wanted to let you know, that I’m still here doin’ my thang. Enjoy your holidays with your loved ones, family and friends and see you next year on the virtual tip!
General MPC 1000 FAQ
>> Impressive overall MPC 1000 FAQ! Covers a lot of questions related to the MPC1000 Hardware.
Q: How many characters can a sample name contain?
A: 16 characters max, w/o the .wav suffix.
Q: What’s the maximum capacity for CF Cards for use with the MPC 1k?
A: Although AKAI says, it only could handle CF Cards with 2GB memory, 4 and 8 GB CF Cards have been reported working!
JJ-OS Basics (any version):
Q: Where can I get the JJ-OS?
A: Click Here
Q: What are the differences between AKAI and JJ-OS?
A: Check out the JJ-OS Comparison Chart to find out…
Q: How Do I install any of the JJ-OSs?
A:There are 2 ways of doing it:
A) You’re switching over from an AKAI OS to any JJ-OS or
B) You’re Updating from previous JJ-OS builds.
In Case A, the OS has got to be installed from the CF Card, because the AKAI OS cannot open .bin and .os2 files! Put the CF card with the OS file in the MPC. Turn it off. Next, hold down the [WINDOW] button and switch the unit back on… follow the instructions on screen to install the new OS. After JJ-OS is installed, you can open .bin or .os2 files from the Load Browser. The CF Card is not needed for later updating.
In Case B, just put the OS-File on the HD or CF Card and execute it from the Load screen. After the installation is done, Restart your MPC and you’re good to go.
Q: I’m looking for an older build of the JJ-OS – Where can I find it?
A: Dowload the JJ-OS Collection here Install at own risk!
Q: How can I change the contrast after I’ve installed the new OS?
A: Hold [STOP] and turn the DATA wheel to adjust the contrast. After you’ve set the contrast press [MAIN] so the setting will get stored.
Q: I’ve just installed the JJ OS, but the infamous Directory Error still occurs when I save! Why?
A: After installing JJ OS, you have to format your HDD or CF Card to avoid these errors. But make a backup of your files before formatting!
Q: I’ve just installed the JJ OS and the MPC behaves weird. What can I do?
A: Reset the MPC to factory defaults: Turn off your MPC, hold [ERASE], turn it on.
Q: Will I lose my serial, when I uninstall JJ’s OS?
A: No. Once the serial is entered, it won’t get lost. You can switch back and forth between AKAI’s and JJ’s Operating Systems without problems.
Q: When I turn on my MPC, the Tempo Setting is changed from [SEQ] to [MAS] or vice versa. Why?
A: Make sure to press MAIN after selecting the Tempo setting of your choice, so the changes will get stored.
Q: What’s the best way to save my work?
A: Create a new folder and select the option ‘SAVE ENTIRE MEMORY’.
Q: What’s the best way to load my work properly?
A: Enter the folder with the project you want to open and load the Project File (.prj), it’s the first file in the folder. This technique is more reliable than just loading the folder!
Q: Do I have to pay for every update?
A: No, of course not.
Is it possible to clear all events while the MPC 1000 is playing back?
OS 2 specific FAQ:
Q: Do I have to install JJ OS 1 to run OS 2?
A: Yes. And if you want to save your work in both of these OSes, you need to buy both passwords, too.
Q: How can I uninstall JJ OS 2?
A: “How to” not confirmed working yet. But basically, you’ve to install the AKAI OS again, then a JJ-OS 1 version. But the JJ-OS switcher screen remains, from what is known so far… update following.
Q: Where’s the [PURGE] function in OS 2 hidden?
A: Enter GPE [MODE + PAD7] > Highlight the ‘SAMPLE’ Column > Press WINDOW 2x > Purge appears on F1.
Alternative Route I: Highlight the sample column in MAIN screen, then press [WINDOW] 2x.
Alternative Route II: Enter Trim Mode [MODE + PAD6] > Press [WINDOW] > F1
Q: Where has track velocity setting gone
A: it’s been replaced by the track mixer; press [MODE]+PAD4.
You can also use the LEVEL controls inside GPE to do so: [MODE]+PAD7 > [F6] (Out) > ‘LVEL’ column (combine with [WHOLE]).
Q: Where can I find the [WHOLE] function in GPE?
A: In GPE, hold [SHIFT] and Press [F6]
Q: In GRID EDIT, how can I display the program/samples in use?
A: Hold [SHIFT] and press the [F3] or [VIEW] (F4) to toggle the display on or off.
Q: How can I record effect changes?
A you need to create a new effect setting and setup the automation of changing the effect program via Step Edit. Duplicate your FX Setups, with variants of each all ready to go, then call them up as effect events in the Sequence, (insert effect#XX – in the event list – at the required step in a seq, or at the start of any seq that requires that particular FX). Then in each seq, the FX set will switch between the variants as the FX# event is triggered. But you can only backup 20 effects programs (inside All Seqs and Song).
OS 1 FAQ (also applies to OS 2 for the most part) :
Q: Should I switch to the JJ OS?
A: Yes. It doesn’t matter how you use your MPC, the JJ OS is a more professional, featured, and capable system.
Q: Does it have any Bugs?
A: Yes and No. The programmer releases the OS in frequent updates with new features and bug fixes. As a result, there are sometimes small bugs that you can report on their web site. However, there are no bugs that exist in the JJ OS that are as serious as those that exist in the AKAI OS, which is known to mangle your saved files.
Q: How can I switch between OS 1 and OS 2?
A: Just hold [TAP TEMPO] and turn the MPC on, to switch/ set another JJ OS as default. (Also shown at the boot screen).
Q: How do I set the the Tempo and Bars of the default Sequence?
A: In Main Screen highlight the Sequence (Sq) and press [WINDOW]. Press F3 to set the sequence’s default name, tempo, and bars.
Q: Why does the Tap Tempo function not work after I’ve installed JJ OS.
A: The function is presumably deactivated by default. To enable it press [MODE] > [OTHER] > [MISC.]. In the field ‘Tap Average’ change the value from ‘OFF’ to ’2′ or ’4′.
Q: How can I change the swing and shift timing in real-time while recording?
A: In MAIN screen Press [T.C.]. In the next screen press [Q-LINK] and assign ‘Swing’ and / or ‘Shift’ to the Q-Link Sliders
Q: Do I have to jog all the way up to Track 57 to use Direct Record?
A: No. Hold [SHIFT] in MAIN Screen and press [F4] to quick select Audio Tracks, or change the track type to AUDIO.
Q: Is there a shortcut to toggle ‘INPUT THRU’ On and Off?
A: Hold [SHIFT] in MAIN Screen and press [F6] to quick select Input Thru.
Q: After I chop, why do all my samples cut each other off?
A: Your program is set to MONO by default after chopping. Change it to ‘POLY’.
Q: When I load samples they don’t auto-assign to the Pgm. Why is that?
A: Press window in the load screen. Then turn on ‘Sample assign to pad Window’.
Q: How can I turn on ‘Auto step increment’ in Grid Edit?
A: In Grid Edit press [WINDOW] and set the option to ‘ON’.
Q: Where can I find the Ring Modulator and the Bit Depth Converter?
A: Both features can be found in the EDIT section of the Trim Mode.
Q: So where’s Pong hidden?
A: Pong was removed from the code because the space reserved for the OS is limited to approx. 890kb. It was removed to make way for more important features. But you can play Pong online here: http://www.guimp.com/pong_flash.html
Q: In GPE, how can I select a specific pad range?
A: after you press whole in GPE, hold down F4 (first Pad in range) and/ or F5 (last pad in range) to select a group of pads other than A1 – D16.
Q: How do I create and set my own Splashscreen?
A: Check this Splashscreen FAQ
To be continued…