Akai MPC3000

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The MPC3000 is a new and improved version of the classic MPC60. It is a sequencer-sampler powerhouse that functions as the heart of any studio that produces HipHop, Rap, R&B, and even techno. It is usually used as the main percussion groove instrument. Sample your beats, sequence your beats, and edit your beats all on the MPC3000.

It's a great Sampler: 16-bit stereo 44.1Khz sampling with 2 to 32 MB of memory and full editing capability. In fact, its sampling specs are equivalent to most rack-mount type samplers, proving that the MPC3000 is a professional instrument.

It's an excellent Synthesizer: Sixteen dynamic pads with velocity and aftertouch, great drum sets, analog-like filter sweeping with resonance, analog envelope control and 32 notes of polyphony. Except for the drum sounds, it does not feature a built in oscillator or synthesizer engine. But your samples can be shaped and colored by the analog-style edit functions for creating lo-fi sounds, filter swept pads and drum loops, and other strangely modulated effects. This effectively makes the MPC3000 as powerful and editable as any synthesizer.

It's also a great Sequencer: 20 Songs, 99 sequences, 99 tracks, and up to 75,000 notes. It has total MIDI implementation, very sophisticated sequence editing, and SCSI + disk drive storage. The MPC can be the Master or just another sampler in your current MIDI studio. Professional MIDI, Sync and Time Code features are also onboard.

Akai MPC3000 LE Image

The cool lookin' new Limited Edition adds a fancy new paint job.

The MPC3000 is not just an instrument, it's an entire Music Production Studio! With seemingly limitless features it is vastly expandable. SCSI storage provides limitless sample storage. The sound quality and sequencer quality is superb. These are expensive machines and with good reason. It's used by many famous artists including Puff Daddy, BT, The Crystal Method, Jean-Michel Jarre, Dr. Dre, DJ Quick, Battlecat, Jermaine Dupri and The Chemical Brothers.

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62 Visitor comments
February 1, 2012 @ 6:30 pm
link was too long

google ' MPC 3000 card reader' on gearslutz.com
February 1, 2012 @ 6:25 pm
just another reminder - you CAN fit 32MB of ram in a standard MPC 3000


check this info (mainly read my posts) regarding installation of Compact Flash drive in your 3000 to make more 'functional'.
http://www.gearslutz.com/board/rap-hip-hop-engineering-pr oduction/480731-mpc-3000-card-reader.html
Stephen Karas
January 24, 2012 @ 6:45 pm
Hi folks I am selling a mpc3000 due to a lack of much needed funds. If anyone is interested in purchasing one I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the original 3000 not the LE. it is in perfect condition, maxed out with 16MB ram and all the outputs, it comes with 8 250mb zip discs and 2 card readers, all cords, the cd with 3GBs of Akai samples. All the buttons and knobs work it is clean and it has been no problems. I am badly in need of $1100 and I live with someone who also owns an mpc so I feel I have been left with no choice but to part with mine.
Anyone interested drop me an email
January 24, 2012 @ 3:01 am
Im looking to buy an MPC3000LE. Does anyone have one for sale??

if so hit me up ASAP, i got the quids ready to go!!

January 19, 2012 @ 8:16 pm
Can anyone explain to me exactly why the 3000 is so popular? I get the fact that it's a classic machine used by big names, but is there anything truly special about the hardware that makes it better than newer stuff like the 2500? Aside from the analog filter I don't really see what's better. Is the swing really THAT much different? Seems to me that the 2500 is superior in basically every way. If anyone knows what's up, feel free to email me: skunk3@gmail.com
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 notes
  • Sampler - 16-bit, 44.1kHz, Stereo
  • Memory - 2MB RAM (22 seconds) to 32 MB
  • Filter - Lowpass filter with resonance and envelope
  • Sounds - 24 Drum sets and 4 Pad Banks
  • Keyboard - 16 soft pads (w/ velocity & aftertouch)
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer: 20 songs, 99 sequences, 99 tracks, 75,000 note capacity
  • Control - MIDI, MTC, SMPTE
  • Date Produced - 1994
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