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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Julio
June 8, 2009 @ 9:57 am
What up! when sampling. Check you levels carefully. Max out your peak as best you can for more bass. Then use the LP filter. turn it down almost all the way and then crank the resonance up a bit... I do have the fx card though so I gets that helps... Also, if you hit open window will you are in the parameter screen for pad adjustments (the same screen with the lp filter), you CAN set pads up to cut each other off...
Loopwhole
May 20, 2009 @ 12:44 pm
also you might have the peak up too hight...that will kill the bass aswell
Loopwhole
May 20, 2009 @ 12:15 am
Nah colbyg your not doing anything wrong...the mpc is just one of those machines that doesnt have very much character to it. what ever you put into it is what you get out..if you want only the bass try the limited lp filter. otherwise sample better bass.
ColbyG
May 19, 2009 @ 1:14 pm
Ive got one of these and I dont get a lot of bass frequencies when i sample in. Is there something I'm doing wrong? I can get bass from sampling in an 808 sound or a bass from my micro korg, but i prefer the sound of the bass directly from a sample. Is there something I'm doing wrong or could do differently?
loopwhole
May 17, 2009 @ 2:10 pm
my biggest gripe about this machine, (ive had all mpcs except the 3000 and the 5000/) is the fact that when you slice a sample and play it out it doesnt automaticaly cut the pervious pad out, leaving the remaining section of the sample to play under the new one. this is a terrible idea. why would you have a slice function like this. it almost renders the slice function useless to anyone trying to use this machine professionally. its a good hobby machine. i used to make my beats entirely on the mp, but now its just drums and the emax/asr10.
 
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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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