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
Beth Swain
March 14, 2012 @ 6:09 am
I've got one of these machines and I love it. However when I play certain notes on my synth it plays some of the pads on the mpc which means there's certain notes on my synth I can't play unless I want an out of time drum sample playing randomly within my track.

Is there anything I can do to stop this?

November 10, 2011 @ 12:25 am
I got the 1000 because I wanted to integrate an MPC more effectively with my PC. However, I quickly went back to my MPC2000XL. The 1000 lacks feel... I don't like the fact that it has no keypad, either.

The USB connectivity is limited to nothing more than allowing you to drag and drop samples onto the MPC's CF card. I simply never did this since I do all my chopping in the MPC itself. Also, it's "chop shop" wave editor is clunky and fiddly. Let's not even start on the "Patched Phrase" rubbish...

The only thing I miss about the MPC1000 is the mute grouping...
October 26, 2011 @ 5:10 pm
The MPC 1000 is a powerhouse! The sequencer is about as good as it gets. I upgraded the pads (it was an old blue one) and they felt great. Six outputs is more than enough for me. USB...need I say more? However...the build quality of the 1000 (as well as the 500) is unacceptable. When doing the pad upgrade, I noticed how cheap the buttons were. I bought six new ones, even though I only needed three at the time (I could tell I would need the others soon). The main data-entry wheel scares me too. It reminds me of the often faulty data-entry wheels on the Korg EMX/ESX. Too bad.
animal nation
May 29, 2011 @ 2:08 am
The MPCs are great after $700 worth of mods...
Here's mine with an SP-303, doing a little Nas I Can remix..
May 10, 2011 @ 2:37 am
yes with jjos 2xl the mpc1000 is now multitimbral and that makes it even more useful in a computer studio enviroment , and can even be controlled (automated easily from software like logic) that to me finally makes it the perfect hardware sampler for my workflow i really love this machine , so many posibilities
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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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