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(At the moment, we're still trying to figure out how to provide fully-programmed volumes that can be configured onto Akai-format disks (for that instant gratification that we all crave) but, while we're working on it, we'll offer MPC2000 and MPC3000 sound disks, which are naturally in PC format. Check back soon for S-Series sounds.)

This month it's the Japanese Percussion sound disk (SL6020).

To create the sound disk, you must have a PC or an Apple Macintosh or PowerBook with a 1.4 MB floppy drive. The archive occupies approximately 1.3 MB of disk space, and the expanded files require 1.4 MB, so make sure you have at least 2.7 MB of storage available before downloading.

Step 1: Download and expand the archive.

If you have a Macintosh, download the BINHEX'd Stuffit archive. If your WWW browser does not automatically launch a "helper" application to expand the archive, expand it with a utility such as Stuffit Expander.

If you have a PC, download the ZIP archive. If your WWW browser does not automatically launch a "helper" application to expand the archive, expand it with a utility such as PKUNZIP.

The archive expands into a folder named "Japanese Percussion."
Step 2: Copy the contents of the Cymbals folder to a PC-format, high-density disk.
Do not copy the folder onto the disk, just the sound files inside the folder.

If you have a Macintosh running System 7.5, you can copy the files from the Finder. If you have an earlier system, you may need a utility such as PC File Exchange to copy the files onto the disk.
Step 3: Load the JAPANEAS.PGM file into the MPC3000.
Start your MPC3000 and insert the sound disk. Choose the Load function (press "Disk," "7," then the "Load" function key). Choose the file JAPANEAS.PGM with the arrow keys, then press the "Do It" function key. (Note: if "sample missing" warning message appears, choose "skip it." Some files may need to be renamed to load properly.)
Step 4: Enjoy!
Want more? There is an extensive library of sounds available for the MPC2000, MPC3000 and MPC60II/MPC60.

Please note: Although these sample files use the ".SND" filename extension, they are in a proprietary Akai format. In order to convert them to other formats (such as .AIFF or .WAV) you will need to use a translation utility such as MPC3000 Convert, which can be found on the Other Akai Resources page.




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