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
will
October 2, 2012 @ 3:21 am
hello, i am a new user of the mpc 2000. i just wante to know if the machine was compatible with most software /such as FL studios mix craft etc..hope to get an answer soon thanks
Klaus
September 30, 2012 @ 1:08 pm
@bradford: Cheers mate. I eneded up getting a fully maxed 2K dirt cheap. What a beast, still a bit confused, mainly due to the manual I got with it being for the XL and a different OS, but the machines sure is a winner. Will be picking up a S900 shortly looking forward to having the two of them play together
M56p87
September 28, 2012 @ 12:45 pm
@serge
There is no USB port on the mpc2000/xl but you can get an external cf card reader for the 2000 classic or an internal for the XL and transfer stuff that way. Keep mind there is no export/bounce function like the 2500, you will have to manually record your beats when your finished.
Serge Pelletier
September 10, 2012 @ 10:23 pm
Is there a USB port on the 2000? I own a 2500, it does have one on it but i might get a 2000 as well...
bradford
August 15, 2012 @ 9:17 pm
@dj [beep] neck: yeah, definitely. in fact, the 2000 has a lot more features than the 60. the 60 just wins out on tone (the 60 and 3000 both beat the hell out of other mpcs on this, i find. i hear that it's because the sound passes through an analog filter on the way out on those machines).

also, if you're cool with reading a dense-ass manual, the yamaha RX5 is a fantastic machine for making fast hard dark techno drum beats, and can be had pretty cheaply.
 
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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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