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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Blip hop
June 3, 2013 @ 8:58 am

Hi - thanks for your comment! What myself and Mr. Righteous are saying though, is that even when the amp fade in is set to 0 there is *still* a pre-determined fade-in which you have absolutely no control over.

If you follow s. righteous' instructions below, you will see what we are babbling on about. ;op
April 18, 2013 @ 6:22 pm
@bliphop You can easily turn off the fade in on samples when chopping loops. Check your manual.
S. Righteous
December 31, 2012 @ 2:38 pm
After reading Blip Hop's comments about samples fading in, I decided to test this because there are so many settings that could affect it. Import a loop of four 808 kicks from your computer. You have to add 24 samples of silence to the start of your loop to hear the click of the first 808, the MPC fades the sample in by that amount. This is with all filters, effects, envelopes off.

Not a big deal for drum hits, the added silence is not noticeable. But it's annoying when chopping loops from a computer where you know they are dead on the beat, and you don't want to micro edit them.
December 4, 2012 @ 11:25 pm
@ steele: you need to use JJOS for the MPC1000 instead of the old Akai OS. It has all those features, timing is great too. I love it!
October 20, 2012 @ 6:28 pm
It doesntreceive pitchbend or any controllers, not controller#7 for MIDI volume.
And on top of that, the Q-sliders dont send MIDI thats very strange.
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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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