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.

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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
June 16, 2012 @ 12:36 pm
(continued) The thing that makes the 3000 such a legendary and beloved machine is its intuitive workflow and rock-solid sequencer timing. Having the choice of being able to apply quantization to individual notes/pads in a sequence while leaving others unquantized is a really awesome, seldomly mentioned feature as well. The on-board sample editing features are a bit cumbersome (truncating requires multiple operations and there is no Normalize function). But, if you're using it along with a computer wave editor & converting to Akai format with the MPC Editor software, this is easily overlooked.
June 16, 2012 @ 12:34 pm
I've owned mine for almost 2 years now and love it.
Over the years, the sound of this machine seems to have been a bit over-exaggerated, mainly by people who have most likely never even laid hands on one. Consequently, there is a fair amount of urban legendry surrounding it. The truth is, this machine is not going to perform any kind of magic on your drum samples. If you sample a thin-sounding, lifeless kick drum, what you will get in return is...uh...a thin-sounding, lifeless kick drum. EQing & compressing your sounds properly is where the magic really happens...
March 15, 2012 @ 12:29 am
An artifact from the golden days of Akai, before they before they became another Native Instruments. Probably the best MPC all around! DJ Shadow uses 2 of the black limited editions in his live rig.
February 28, 2012 @ 12:00 am
but theres always a picture of 3000's sound in my head everytime when it comes to any article that 3000 involved. Same thing happens to names such as mini Moog, Rhodes, tb303, tr808, & so on which funtionally they are not necessary to buy for you studio if u want to work flow with up to dated way.
February 27, 2012 @ 11:59 pm
Answer Skunk3
IMO sometimes something from some previous day is still being so popular, also the 3000. Although 2500 can perform 100 times better, functionally improved but would it be the strength to make 2500 a forever classic? Just like new iMacs & old apple II.
Don't you think it is possible that mpc3000 does have itsown unique output sound? 2500 may do so but I haven't heard people mentioned 2500 as a sound reference. Personally I never have had a 3000, (but I'll have it in nxt 2 weeks cuz I just bumped on a super good deal in local classified)
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  • 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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