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Akai MPC 500
1.) Download Option & Unzipping.

After downloading the zip files, unzip each downloaded file and then copy the contents to the Compact-flash disk. Do not copy the folder...... just the folder/contents inside the 'CD_Zip' folder.

If you're unsure how to unzip the files. First make sure you have winzip installed. If not, download and install the evaluation version provided. Once installed, right click the file you want to unzip (trstr1_d1.zip for example) and choose the option 'extract to folder trstr1_d1.zip'. When it is finished unzipping, select all the contents of the 'trstr1_d1' folder (CTRL-A to select all), right click the selections, then choose the 'send to' Compact-flash drive.

2.) Using the USB option with the MPC 500

Windows 2000/Me/Xp

1. In the 'Type' field of either the Save or Load page, choose USB. This brings up the USB page, which you use to connect the MPC500 to the PC.

2. Connect the MPC500’s USB slave jack to the PC’s USB host jack via USB cable. The screen on the MPC500 will
change as follows:

3. When you connect the MPC500 to the PC for the first time, the message, "Found New Hardware" will be displayed.
Follow the instruction on the display. Once the PC recognizes the MPC500, its "Removal" icon will be displayed in the task bar. In the Device Manager, the MPC500 will be displayed as a USB Mass Storage Device. In My computer, the MPC500 is displayed as a removable disk.

4. To save the data to a PC, select the data and drag and drop it from the removable disk to the hard disk. To load the data, select the data and drag and drop it from the hard disk to the removal media.

5. When you finish the data transfer, click the "Removal" icon on the PC’s task bar and select the "Stop USB Mass Storage Device - Drive (:)". Note: In the "(:)", a drive letter is displayed, which indicates the drive in the PC. When you select to stop the device, the "'USB Mass Storage Device is ready to remove safely" dialog box will be displayed.

6. Remove the USB cable from the USB jacks of the MPC500 and the PC. Note: Make sure that you do Step #5 "Remove the device" before disconnecting the USB cable.
Note: You can transfer the data between the MPC500 and the PC only when the USB page is displayed. You can not move to another page or mode from USB page unless you disconnect the USB cable.

Macintosh
Insert the memory card to the MPC500’s card slot.

1. In the 'Type' field of either the Save or Load page, choose USB. This brings up the USB page, which you use to connect the MPC500 to the PC.
104Chapter 15 Connecting the MPC500 to your computer
MPC500 Operator's Manual rev 1.0

2. Connect the MPC500’s USB slave jack to your computer’s USB host jack via USB cable.
Removable media will be displayed on the desktop.

3. To save the data in the computer, select the data and drag and drop it from the removable disk to the hard disk. To load the data from the computer, select the data and drag and drop it from the hard disk to the removal media.

4. After you finish the data transfer, select the removable media and drag and drop to the trash can. When you drag the removal media to the Dock’s recycle bin under Mac OS 10.x, the icon will change to the eject icon.

5. Remove the USB cable from the USB jacks of the MPC500 and the computer. Note: Make sure that you do Step #4 before disconnecting the USB page. Note: You can transfer the data between the MPC500 and the computer only when the USB page is displayed. You can not move to another page or mode from USB page unless you disconnect the USB cable.

3.) How to unzip and transfer files to the mpc500 from a media reader to the compact flash card

Unzip the Downloaded file(s) using winzip and open to desktop. This will give you a system folder on the desktop with your sounds in it.

Step 1 - Insert Compact-flash disk into MPC 500,

Step 2 - You must format all compact-flash disks using the mpc 500. Select the mode button and pad 2 for load. The load screen will appear, hit F3 which says (UTILITY) A format screens appears (Device: MEMORY CARD) should be the only option. Select f6 (DO IT) now your Compact-flash is formatted. Remove your Compact-flash card from the MPC 500 and place it into the media reader & Writer. An icon should appear on your desktop, this is your Compact-flash disk.

Select that folder we unzipped earlier on the desktop, open the folder, go to the ‘CD_Zip' folder and select "select all" (select all the contents/folder) from the edit menu in the header, then under the edit menu select "copy", then select the compact-flash icon on your desktop and select "paste" from the edit menu in the header. This will copy all the files you've previously selected to the compact-flash disk. You can also use the drag and drop system (select all and drag to the compact-flash disk. Now your sounds are on your newly formatted Compact-flash disk.

4.) LOADING THE MPC 500 .PGM AND .SND FILES
1. Select a program file and load it. The Load a Program window will be displayed.

2. In the 'Load' field, select if you wish to load the samples as well. You can also choose to clear the current memory in this page. The following choices are available:
With Sample - The MPC500 will load the samples used for the program as well. Normally select this option. Prog Only - The MPC500 will load only the program file. It does not load the samples. Select this option when you wish to create a new program by assigning different samples to the saved program. Clear Memory - Selecting this option will clear all programs and sample from memory. This field is always No by default. When Yes is selected, the following window will appear. Press the [DO IT] button to clear all programs and samples from memory. Press [CANCEL] to cancel and return to the load page.

3. Press the [DO IT] button. This will display the following screen. You can set how to handle files when a sample with the same name is already loaded. NO - The MPC500 will not save the file with the same name. If you loaded the data from the memory card and edited only the program, select NO.
YES - The MPC500 will overwrite the data with the new data, which you are about to save. If you have loaded the data from the memory card and edited the sample data, select YES.

4. Press the [DO IT] button. The program will begin loading.

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