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
May 7, 2011 @ 4:26 am
I had one few years ago, great machine if it has JJ-OS. USB file transfer is a godsend, few hardware samplers have this. Easy and intuitive user interface.
I did have a few gripes however. I thought the filters and effects in these units were very average. I also like to have the option of sequencing from a computer (call me strange), so the lack of multi-timbral functionality was frustrating... it could only respond to 1 channel externally. But If I have just read this right, JJ OS 2XL v2.19 is now multi-timbral ? I would seriously consider buying another if this was the case!
March 2, 2011 @ 12:52 pm
"the buttons on this are crap." - One word: deoxit.
"however, the DACs are HUGE." - Agree totally, unfortunately the ADCs [beep] . Use SPDIF/USB to get your samples in and the machine sounds great!

Really, with JJ OS, there is no good reason to own any other MPC (or any other HW sequencer or most HW samplers), unless its for the classic sound of the 60 or 3000. Yes its that good.

Not a toy at all, and build quality is conditionally excellent (as long as your 1000 has the new style pads and you have a can of deoxit).
February 10, 2011 @ 6:52 am
I'm more like a description for this site:
January 20, 2011 @ 4:49 pm
the buttons on this are crap. be prepared to either shell out some $$ for repairs, or start learning soldering. But once you learn how to solder the buttons on, it's a very easy fix.

however, the DACs are HUGE. I have an Elektron MD (which some1 mentioned below), and this machine SWALLOWS the MD's sound. The 6 outputs allow for very nice routing and layering options in a live setting. JJ OS 2xL makes the machine much more versatile and accessible. I love mine and will never sell it (even though I have to solder on new buttons every once in awhile).
September 22, 2010 @ 3:43 pm
Finally go rid of my reliance upon KURZWEIL sequencing and sampling in favor of a smaller AKAI MPC1000 -

I love it, coupled with my Alesis Micron, and Korg R3 -

Everything seems to make sense once you get going in the AKAI set up -

Computers are not necessary until the very end if you ask me
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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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