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Akai MPC1000 Sampling Music Production Station

AKAI MPC1000 MUSIC PRODUCTION CENTER: MPC Power And Flexibility In A Portable Package

.The Akai MPC1000 is small, perfectly formed and not much bigger than an A4 sheet of paper. But Akai has not compromised in the slightest to produce this diminutive MPC. On the contrary - the MPC1000 inherits many of the major features of its older, bigger siblings but in a compact form that makes it ideal for carrying around - to your friends, to a gig, to a session - wherever.

As part of its lineage, the MPC1000 features the 16 characteristic velocity and pressure sensitive pads that have been an established (and essential) component of the MPC series since its inception, arguably, they are the best pads on any drum machine past or present! Also retained is the MPC's legendary feel and groove so that you can be sure that your beats and sequences just swing. It also features the MPC60's intuitive transport and locate controls, the unique NOTE REPEAT function plus new additions such as the two Q-Link sliders that allow realtime interaction with tuning, filter cutoff, layer switching, attack and decay.

Add to these a well established, friendly and intuitive user interface, two separate multi-effects processors (plus a master output effects processor!), resonant multi-mode filters, 4-way sample layering and velocity switching per pad, two MIDI ins and 32 MIDI channels via the two MIDI outputs, multiple audio outputs as standard, footswitch inputs for hands-free control and you have most of what you?d expect to find in a rugged, dependable switch on and work and out the carton solution to computer sequencer headaches.

The use of compact flash as a storage medium, makes for more than enough room to save your sounds and grooves in an extremely compact, portable and readily available format and present testing has verified the use of up to 2GB cards. Furthermore, the MPC1000 supports the MASS STORAGE CLASS USB standard. What this means is that when connected to a Mac or PC via the MPC1000's USB port, the Mac/PC sees the MPC1000 as a Compact Flash card reader without the need for any cumbersome driver installation on your computer. This simple implementation allows you to simply drag-and-drop data between your desktop and the MPC1000's CF card to build up sound library on your CF card or vice versa to back up data on your CF card. With regard to internal memory, you get 16MB of onboard RAM as standard but this can be expanded to a whopping 128MB.

The three Fs are features, functions and facilities. Behind the stunning retro cosmetic styling that pays homage to a halcyon era of dedicated drum machines, the new MPC1000 is a thoroughly modern sampling drum machine and 64-track MIDI sequencer that is more than equipped with features, functions and facilities to let you explore new musical ideas without restriction.

Impressive specs, good looks, loads of features and everything else aside, the best news of all is that this power for musical expression now costs less than ever before. So, if you have ever dreamed of buying into the MPC legend to realise your musical ambitions, now's your chance!


Features:
  • Pattern-based and linear 64-track sequencer with 32 MIDI channels
  • 32-voice drum/phrase sampler with up to 128MB RAM
  • Velocity and pressure-sensitive pads for expressive programming
  • 16-level pad function maps one sound to all pads with varied level, tuning, attack, decay or filter per pad
  • Two Q-link sliders for real-time performance control
  • Built-in Compact Flash drive and USB port (Mass Storage Class)
  • Standard WAV files samples and MIDI-file sequences
  • Analog and digital I/Os, headphone output and two MIDI In/Out
  • Internal sounds in flash
  • Four-way sample layering and velocity switching per pad
  • Four-pole filters (two two-pole filters) filtering for each of the 32 voices
  • Two on-board effects processors plus main-output effect processor, all which can be used simultaneously
  • Outputs can be re-sampled
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 13 inch x 2.97 inch x 8.98inch (330mm x 75.5mm x 228.2mm)
  • Weight (net): 7.6 lbs (3.45 kg)

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Akai MPC1000 Sampling Music Production Station
 
4.0

(based on 5 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Portable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

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      4.0

      fun to play with

      By remote controll

      from nor ca

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Sampler

      Cons

      • No screen
      • No Speakers
      • Pads are kind of hard

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Chamber Music
      • Electronic Music
      • Fun to play
      • Learning
      • MIDI
      • Sampling
      • Travel

      Comments about Akai MPC1000 Sampling Music Production Station:

      my friend brought one to my house and i thought it was fun to play with.great use for sampling and having fun.i wish it came with an lcd screen like the mpc 2500 xl or the mpc 5000 but its still a fun machine to use.you can do sequences and sampling in it.you can also use this as a drum machine.the only problem i had was with the pads being kind of hard to press.i think akai could of made their pads more sensitive.bottom line is if you want to just have fun,drum around, or samples sounds this is the machine for you.

       
      4.0

      a must have item

      By Leo

      from Philly,pa

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Sexy
      • Sleek body
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

      • No Speakers

      Best Uses

        Comments about Akai MPC1000 Sampling Music Production Station:

        works wonders in many ways

         
        5.0

        Most bang for your buck

        By Uncle Pauly

        from Wareham, MA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Great for first sampler
        • Great value
        • Nice Look
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Professional Functions
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • No tilt screen
        • plastic jog wheel
        • Terrible manual

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • For Fun
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Akai MPC1000 Sampling Music Production Station:

        I ordered my MPC1000 through[@]and If you have been reading about MPC's because you are interested I was in that boat a few months ago. No need to worry about the dreaded "Dead Pads" mine has been fully operational with no issues. If you have looked deeper into an MPC im sure you have read that it can be very difficult to get accustomed to. This can be true and the owners manual that is included does not help at all! but there are other unofficial manuals you can find online that explain in detail not just where to find the functions ( as the owners manual does) but how to use all these functions to your benefit which is why i made it a pro that it really is easy to learn! mastering on the other hand will take more time but after you learn all the options you have to edit samples and start making beats even if they are terrible at first, and trust me, They will be, It is still fun for [$]this is the best sampler out and has the legendary akai trademark whick most producers use so if you have any difficulty with your MPC its a quick search away from finding answers. Another part of the mpc1000 that is disappointing is the fact that if you want to sample records, cd's etc. your going to need to upgrade to the 128MB of ram or you wont be able to sample any record for a comfortable amount of time. Also you can buy Compact flash cards (CF cards) to save your programs,sequences,samples etc. on but you can Also buy a internal hard drive for the MPC1k that is capable of storing 80GB (as far as akai has tested so possibly more!) So again, Do not be intimidated if you are dedicated, willing to read and bush buttons with trial and error you will be very surprised how fast you pick up alot of things you thought would take months.

         
        3.0

        BAD PADS ?????

        By JON DOE

        from COACHELLA VALLEY , CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Akai MPC1000 Sampling Music Production Station:

        IVE TALKED TO OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE 1000 & THEY GOT PROBS W/ THE PADS GOING BAD AFTER A COUPLE MONTHS OF SOLID USE !! HONESTLY AKAI SHOULD HAVE A RECALL OF THIS MACHINE !! MPC IS STILL A GOOD MACHINE BUT STICK W/ THE 2000XL OR 2500!! I GOT BURNED

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A MPC on the GO!!

        By Lostpoet

        from Anaheim, CA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Build quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateurs
        • Home
        • Professionals
        • Recording Studio
        • Traveling musician

        Comments about Akai MPC1000 Sampling Music Production Station:

        the mpc series are a great addition to any recording setup. this mpc provides you with some fresh sounds out the box and even some effects processors. 2 in fact! Also you can exchange files with your computer over the usb port- a great feature. The 1000 is a very nice, portable unit that can fit in any backpack and can be easily paired with a laptop.
        Akai makes many MPC's and unfortunately they opted for the hard plastic instead of the metal chassis that was familiar on previous units. Also the jog wheel is rather flimsy in comparison to the one on the 2000XL.
        Other than the build quality I would say its a good buy.

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