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
smoinync
February 5, 2012 @ 2:55 pm
Bb2000 is getting real cheap nowadays. Bought it 7-8 yrs ago, quite a huge amount but it could bring back cash either. I rarely put a hand on it on theseday cuz DAW sampling has taken the place with no difference in quality, however using 2000xl as a controlller still can make it to achieve the great feel thru the dynamic rubber pad
jo
January 30, 2012 @ 4:24 pm
What is a good price to buy a used 2000xl ?
El_Polacco
January 30, 2012 @ 11:07 am
Akai is a very good brand. MPC2000 is a straight classic in the hip-hop industry.
I own an MPC1000BK but I want to buy an MPC2000XL-MCD to work on both.

Samplers are incredible machines, which can be used not only in making hip-hop music, but in general.

-Jacek-
FunkaHolic
January 28, 2012 @ 9:32 am
This piece of Drumcomputer is for me the best I've ever touched.
In combination with a S950 or other 12Bit-Samplers straight FIRE!
m71
January 27, 2012 @ 4:14 am
There's tons of ways to sample out there from hardware to software, I've tried not all but a lot that's out there. The 2k has a sound that makes everything else I have tried sound dull. I don't know if it's the processors going in or going out but anything that comes out of my 2k cuts through a mix like BAM. The timing is just how I want it. I love getting into the editing to make velocity, timing changes. If all I had was my 2k I would be content because I can do everything I want musically (except vocals) with it without getting stuck in menus and unecessary submenus I don't need.
 
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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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