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
Blip hop
August 30, 2012 @ 7:34 am
I got one of these to 'upgrade' from my Korg ESX-1 after swallowing all the hype about the 'punch' and 'groove' etc. I couldn't hear it, TBH. I COULD hear that it cuts off/fades in the beginning of every sample, which is particularly noticeable on kick drums and clicky percussion. Also the more processing you add to a sound seems to add *slight* latency when it is triggered externally via MIDI, which was unacceptable for my uses.

I prefer the ESX in pretty much every respect - build, sound, function, ease of use. USB sample loading was nice though. Oh, pads were awful too (BK model).
June 13, 2012 @ 7:12 am
Beth: if you play the internal sounds of the mpc with the pads, you need to turn the midi channel off, likewise, if you play the pads to trigger sounds from a synth via midi, you need to turn the program off, and switch the track type from drum to midi.
"Unfortunately I have to have the MPC set to incoming MIDI channels to receive the sounds from my synth." Yes, but you can have an individual TRACK responding to that midi channel, another track with midi off and a program with internal sounds on:)
June 1, 2012 @ 1:51 am
Still 'The Business' after ALL these years. Intuitive enough for a muso and techi enough for an engineer. JJOS2XL is a must unless you like programming in Hex! I really couldn't understand the Akai interface at all. FX are pants but the sequencer is mega and 64 tracks is plenty. You'll be sample editing on a computer anyways but the built in one if fine. Get a black one that someone got new and didn't bother to get JJ put on as will be cheap. I have 16 ch Midi hardware with 16 ch VSTi's and 32 ch of samples available, more than enough

Stretchy, Bristol, UK
Where else?!
March 18, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

Hey thanks for that. Unfortunately I have to have the MPC set to incoming MIDI channels to receive the sounds from my synth. There's obviously something I'm not doing right.
March 16, 2012 @ 3:18 pm
@Beth Swain

you probably just need to make sure your MPC isn't listening for MIDI on the channel the synth is broadcasting on. Shouldn't be an issue. This beast is seriously powerful and will do almost anything you tell it to..of course there are somethings its does better than others but as a sequencing sampler, its pretty amazing and the sound is both unique and hi-fi.
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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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