Akai MPC1000

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The MPC1000 is the latest in a long line of sampling drum machines and sequencers from Akai. It has many of the features of the MPC2000 but adds six outputs as standard, built-in FX and the ability to upgrade the memory from 16MB to 128MB, four times that of the MPC2000. It is also a lot smaller so you can just pop it in your bag and head off to a gig. Another great thing about the MPC1000 is that it stores its data in the form of WAV file samples and MIDI file sequences on Standard Compact Flash Cards (up to 2GB), and samples and sequences can easily be dropped onto the card or backed up to Mac or PC via the USB port on the back of the MPC1000.

Cheaping out a little on some of the build quality - but not the sound quality - Akai have made the MPC more affordable. The MPC1000 combines a 64-Track MIDI Sequencer and a 32-voice Stereo Digital Sampler, with 16 velocity and pressure sensitive rubber pads. It's got built-in multi-effects, filters and can hold up to 99 Sequences and 20 Songs. There are two nifty Q-Link sliders for real-time performance control. There's 4-way sample layering and velocity switching per pad, built-in analog and digital I/Os, internal sounds in flash and it can resample its own output.

Cheaper, but not cheap - the MPC1000 now makes this do-it-all staple of Hip Hop, R&B, Rap and Techno easier to get your hands on!

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41 Visitor comments
Sable Knight
May 29, 2010 @ 2:17 am
I purchased one last year and Could not really imagine life without it. I like its all in one set of features and its portability. I can fit it anywhere and set it on my lap to rock out. I know the pads are smaller and have a different feel than the 2000XL+others but for a studio on the Go this thing has done me right. One more thing Without JJ0s this thing was pretty held back though.
April 23, 2010 @ 12:09 pm
I love my MPC 1000,It allows me to have all of the cool features MPCs are famous for without having to shell out too much $$$. My faves are the note repeat function (just wish it had it's own dedicated button) and the pad cut-off feature.
Test pattern
January 5, 2010 @ 2:54 pm
I stand corrected Sasha. Maybe I was a bit harsh on this machine. The midi is cool. But for my own music static samples just won't compete to the Elektron MD.
Rose Specs
December 14, 2009 @ 9:20 pm
I've gotta shout out the mpc 500 here on its closest siblings bit. I use it heaps by virtue of its portability and often look at it in amazement in lieu of its size and capabilities... awesome unique toy! And you can easily work around its limitations and output colouration if you're pcphilic.
December 7, 2009 @ 4:25 pm
Man.... i love this machine because of what i could do with it, but the quality of its build only lasted me a few years. When you make a machine that's soul purpose is to hit pads to trigger sounds, the pads should last. they should. i find it unacceptable to pay a thousand dollars for a piece of gear that fails after a few years.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices
  • Sampler - 44.1 kHz sample rate; 16-bit linear WAV; 16MB standard (136 sec mono), upgradable to 128MB (24m28sec mono) with EXM128 option.
  • LFO - 2 LFOs
  • Filter - 2 x 2-pole filters per voice (Low pass, band pass, high pass)
  • Effects - 2 general effects: Chorus, Flanger, 4-band EQ, Bit-Grunger, Compressor, Phaser, Tremolo, Auto Pan, Reverb. One Master effect: 4 band EQ, Compressor
  • Keyboard - 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads
  • Sequencer - 64 tracks per sequence, 99 Sequences, 100,000 note capacity, 20 songs, 250 steps per song, 96 ppqn resolution, 32 Midi channels, Supports both linear and pattern-style (looped) recording, Step Edit mode, MIDI Clock Sync: Master/Slave.
  • Control - MIDI (32 channels): 2 x MIDI In and 2 x MIDI Out; USB: Device connector x 1
  • Date Produced - 2003
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