Akai MPC2000 / MPC2000 XL

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The MPC2000 (1997) is a professional and user-expandable 64-track sampler-sequencer workstation. Its sampler is like the S-2000 which comes with 2MB sample memory which can be expanded to 32MB. Sampling specs include a cd-quality 16-bit, 44.1 kHz sample rate in stereo or mono. All the necessary edit tools are here: tune, pitch shift, truncate, looping, key placement, velocity effects and more. Up to 32 voices of polyphony, complete MIDI implementation, a built-in disk drive and a SCSI interface prepare this sampler for any situation.

The sequencer is intuitive and fun to use. It will do notes as fast as 32nd notes and can record in real- or step-time. There are several sequence edit functions. Swing and quantizing functions also available. The MPC2000 is designed to be the centerpiece of your music production studio. It will transmit sync and MIDI information too. Individual tracks can be muted for building and changing your music live! The MPC series of sequencer samplers have long been the standard means of HipHop and TripHop music creation.

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The MPC2000 XL (1999) adds several new features which include a Next Sequence key, four bank keys, Track Mute key, a hinged LCD, multi-program playback, device naming, MIDI soft thru, multi-track recording, time stretch, resampling (can down-convert samples to 22 kHz or 8-bit), simultaneous playback of a second sequence, and folder file management. The MPC2000 XL Studio Sampler version also adds an 8-out board and SMPTE board, and S/PDIF digital I/O built in. A standard MPC2000 XL can be upgraded to the Studio Sampler using the optional IB-M20T SMPTE board and Multi-8/DM Digital In/Out Board. There is also an MPC2000 XL Studio Plus model, which comes with all the expansion boards found in the Studio Sampler version as well as the EB16 SampleVerb Multi-Effects Processor Board option built-in. Each expansion board is about $250 ($350 for the SampleVerb board).

The MPC2000 and MPC2000 XL can be upgraded to include up to 8 outputs, digital I/O, 4 multi-effects processors, expanded filters, 8MB Flash ROM board, SMPTE board, MPC Sound Library, and alternate internal disk storage mediums can be added. The MPC2000 is a classic, and still perfect, entry level, studio quality sampler-sequencer that you can use to start making killer HipHop tracks just like the pros do! It has been used by Cirrus, Todd Terry, Underworld, Roni Size, A Guy Called Gerald, Freddy Fresh, Linkin Park, DJ Premier, Primo, Kanye West, DJ Shadow, Dr. Dre and Apollo 440.

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90 Visitor comments
mc cold krush
October 20, 2010 @ 9:40 am
I have be a work staion man ever since the first Ensoniq EPS. Currently, I use the MPC 2000 for drums / samples and Ensoniq Eps 16 plus for keyboarded sounds and sequencing applications. The Tascam 2488 mk2 records everything by audio and midi time clock sync. Godzilla Gamera and King Kong goes tripple threat raggamuffin! ...either unit can work independently programed together by midi or i can feed all information directly into the MPC 2000. Tracks recorded with the EPS on the 2488 MK2 can be jacked up later by adding stronger beats or extra samples from the Mpc by midi: if any limitations exist..then it is attributed to the man behind the machine. as far as sampling goes: i'm in hog heaven. max memory gives me 6 minutes of pain to deal out plus whatever samples i load off floppy.
August 14, 2010 @ 10:29 pm
After 2 years of owning a mv8k, I had to let it go for the 2kxl.

The mv8k is a monster of a "complete" production piece (loads MPC2k/XL programs, a fully blown sampler, that copy/paste button, the sound engine is [beep] ing PHAT, and you dont have to program a midi keyboard to get to work....you just plug it in and that's all you gotta do with the midi keyboard).

But all that doesnt mean [beep] if you have to go through 12 different steps just to add a midi track or to copy and paste a track.

Native Instrument's Maschine is where it's at.
Angry James
July 27, 2010 @ 2:52 pm
I was a diehard MPC user for a long time, but I switched to the Roland MV-8800. If you are an MPC user, at least give the MV-8800 a look before you buy another piece of gear...nothing can touch it at the moment. It is called "The Beast" for a reason.
June 25, 2010 @ 9:11 pm
Theres no arguing it, the MPC series should be at the heart of every hardware studio. TO HELL with workstation keyboards. IDK WHICH dang motif, XP, or triton you gotzes, the mpc is STUPID PROOF and the work flowz iz maaaad fast.

seriously though. before i screwed up n went macintoch, the mpc was a die hard indespencable center of my studio. i dont know how but the interface makes you more productive through ease of use. its inspiring to work with. i really want one back. :(

OH and [beep] AKAI!? you went from 24/96 on the 4000 DOWN back to 16/44.1 on the later models!?!?! Way to loose the professional market, dix...
That guy
June 20, 2010 @ 3:57 pm
@ BRowN -

'Penultimate' means second to last

SMPTE has nothing to do with DOS, it's time code.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices
  • Sampler - 44.1 kHz sample rates; 16-Bit; 2 MB expandable to 32 MB; Built-in floppy disk and SCSI interface; Supports sample data from S1000 and S3000 series samplers, the E-mu EIIIx library, Roland S750/S760 libraries, .WAV files samples.
  • LFO - 2 LFOs
  • Filter - 12 dB resonant filtering
  • Effects - Up to 4 effects
  • Keyboard - 16 soft pads with velocity
  • Sequencer - 300,000 note sequence capacity; Supports both linear and pattern-style (looped) recording; Step Edit mode; MIDI clock, MTC, and SMPTE (optional)
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - MPC2000: 1997
    MPC2000 XL: 1999
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