2022-03-10 (Th) PrandomBeats KIT files

Akai's software for the MPX8 sample pad doesn't talk directly to the device, but rather it edits SD cards which can contain KIT files that describe which sounds the buttons trigger. My first plan was to swap out sound files while playing to transition between one sample set and another. I might still be able to do this, but I could also add or modify configuration files that point toward different sounds.

I set to work adding new files. Akai provided a bulk converter that would make all sound files compatible with the device, but roughly ten percent of sounds I tried turned into unusable one-kilobyte files. Half of them didn't appear when I loaded them into the sample pad, and many of them had corruption errors. I may have added too many at once.

I looked at one of the KIT files and saw the file names assigned to the keys next to the relevant parameters, like the MIDI number and triggering style. Instead of going through Akai's software, which is cumbersome and click-heavy, I can update the entries manually with a text editor and upload them wirelessly.
Drum machine configuration file

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