AKAI MPC4000-PLUS: The Most Powerful MPC Ever - Now With Digital Outputs And A Bigger Hard Drive
The AKAI MPC4000-PLUS combines a powerful sampler with a serious music production workstation. This latest incarnation features digital outputs and expanded storage in the form of a larger 80GB hard drive.
The MPC4000-PLUS utilizes Akai's new Z-96 LSI sampling engine, combined with a high-performance Intel CPU, to provide ultra-fast processing along with 24-bit audio resolution w/sample rates up to 96kHz. Up to 6 controllers can be assigned to control a wide variety of parameters. Its USB interface and ak.Sys Network and Control Software enhances the hinged 6 in. LCD and Q-Link interface. The MPC4000-PLUS features 64-note polyphony (32-note @ 96 kHz), 272MB of onboard memory - expandable up to 512MB using (cheap!) PC100 or PC133 SDRAM. A built-in 20GB EIDE hard drive is included for storage and a separate drive bay is provided to accommodate Zip or CDR. The MPC4000-PLUS' IntelliSample capability automates sampling, naming, program creation and sample assignment automatically. New sound munching possibilities are available with Quick FX resampling using powerful presets from the included EB4JS 4-channel 24-bit/96kHz effects processor. Connections include XLRs inputs with high-quality pre-amps and balanced outputs providing full 24-bit/96kHz conversion, a dedicated turntable input, 2 MIDI inputs, 4 MIDI outputs, SMPTE I/O and a high-density SCSI port. The most powerful MPC ever takes its rightful position as a legendary music production tool.
New filtering is provided by way of 6-pole digital dynamic filters which allow realtime control of the cut-off frequency and resonance from the Q-Link knobs or via MIDI control change messages. The new filter design not only supports all filter designs available in the powerful S5000/S6000 and Z4/8 samplers but allows new variations such as the triple filter consisting of three independent 2-pole filter blocks. Filter modulation is part of the APM (assignable program modulation) matrix which has more than 30 modulation items freely assignable as either source or destination. Furthermore one source can be assigned to multiple destinations and likewise multiple sources can be assigned to one destination just like on a vintage synth matrix patch board.
Improved sequencing functions include 960 ppq resolution, a Song can now be played in Second Sequence function, a sequence data clipboard allows you to create phrase libraries and there is no longer any limitation in using the maximum number of events (300,000) in any one song. As on the legendary MPC60, 4 MIDI outs also come as standard on the MPC4000 enabling 64 MIDI channel operation
The large LCD also allows an unprecedented view of sequence data showing data as a piano roll or as a drum machine 'grid'. Continuous MIDI data can also be shown (and edited) graphically
The MPC4000-PLUS comes with 272Mb of onboard RAM as standard in the US and can easily be expanded to a massive 512MB using readily available 168 pin PC100 or PC133 DIMM memory. Memory can be expanded using 64MB, 128MB or 256MB upgrades. Internally the MPC can be fitted with an IDE hard drive. Fitted with SCSI and USB master ports as standard, it can also be connected to external storage media ie CD-R, HD, Zip, MO, etc. and the USB port can also be used to connect an external USB drive or a keyboard for easier file naming.Features:
- Z-96 sampling engine with a high-performance Intel CPU, provides ultra-fast processing, 24-bit audio resolution, sample rates to 96kHz
- 64 voices (32 voices at 96kHz sample rate)
- 272MB onboard (expandable to 512MB)
- Internal 80GB IDE hard drive plus external SCSI connection
- Built-in sample rate converter
- Balanced stereo XLR-1/4" TRS combo inputs with studio-grade preamps
- Switchable phono inputs
- 4 MIDI outs, up to 64 MIDI channels
- Realtime control of filter cutoff, reso