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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88 Visitor comments
December 28, 2011 @ 7:32 am
love the xl. the 2000 is a nice machine too.
@ dj hollow: dont blame it on the machine that you were not smart enough to fully check the unit when you bought it. floppys are outdated indeed, but you can replace it with a card reader so whats the problem.
dolg ap
December 26, 2011 @ 4:48 pm
This sampler is legendary. I liked when Linkin Park's DJ Mr. Hahn played 'In The End' piano tunes on that sampler.
December 25, 2011 @ 10:45 am
Dj Hollow take a suggestion
Stop making music now, that's not 4 you
dj hollow
December 24, 2011 @ 11:46 pm
i bought the 2000 original that thing is a bigger piece than my old roland 303 you have to use floppy unless you spend an extra couple hundred on an external drive the pad sensors were out only 3 worked so i bought new ones for a hundred bucks from mpcstuff.com and they didnt even work what a rip off everybody talks so good abot this machine on here unlike the roland 303 they just talk crap this is crap kanye all these legends used it but it uses floppys take forever to boot and even longer to make a proper beat this thing is outdated and a waste of time and patience a waste of 400$ terrible
professor sleaze
October 26, 2011 @ 7:58 pm
love the xl been using it 8 years now. center piece of my studio. as a sequencer/drum machine it cant be beat. as a sampler its simple but effective granted the cpu isnt very fast. if u plan on timestretching something on longer then a drum hit, check your email or read the sports page cuz its gonna take some time. if you get one make sure you update to the lastest os it fixes all kinds of crashing problems. got an old school sun dbl height external hd connected to it. only 2 gigs but the ive only used a few hundred mbs. the native sound format seems very frugal compared to wav or aif.
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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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