Stuck in a loop going through your scattered MPC expansions? Losing sight of your creativity due to chaos and disorganization? It takes 5 minutes to change the expansion order on your MPC and focus your energy on making music.
Through this article, we would like to show you the process of changing the order on your MPC expansions in the standalone browser of your MPC Live, MPC X, MPC One or Force. With this simple trick, you will finally have a better visual and organized look.
Firstly, you’ll need to connect your MPC or Force to your computer and locate the folder named “Expansions”. This is the place where all of your expansion packs are stored/exported (Installed on external SSD/HDD, SD Card or USB Stick).
Once you’ve located the folder “Expansions” you’ll be able to see all of your installed expansion packs in separate folders.
Finish up with a tweak on only one file and with a simple step, you’re all set.
Here’s what you need to do:
In each expansion folder, you’ll find a file named “Expansion.xml”
– If you are on Windows right-click on the file and open it with “Notepad”
– If you are on Mac OSX right click on the file and open it with “TextEdit”
Under the line where it says “<title>” you’ll need to add a number and close the Notepad or TextEdit by saving the changes that you’ve made.
The stock MPC expansions that come with the unit are prioritized in the browser. Therefore they show up first.
To clarify, this is a model of how the edited line should look like in the file:
Default line: “<title>Boom Bap Hip Hop</title>”
Edited line: “<title> 1 Boom Bap Hip Hop</Title>”
Since you’ve added number “1” in the code line that expansion will be the first in the mpc browser following the stock packs from Akai. For the next expansion, you’ll need to type another number for example “2”, and that expansion will be placed second in the mpc browser. Adding the number “3” will result in placing the expansion as third and so on and so on.
In addition to this article, we made a quick video tutorial on how to change the expansion order on your MPC:
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Enjoy your newly organized expansions in your standalone browser on your MPC Live, MPC X, MPC One or Force and now get to work!
We certainly hope you find this tutorial useful. Also, don’t forget to check out our premium sounding Mpc expansion packs that are highly optimized for standalone usage.