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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roecker
April 20, 2013 @ 4:08 pm
@So you can only sample in stereo and not mono on the 3000?

No, you can sample in mono from either input or in stereo. Very handy the way it is implamented as when sampling from vinyl, some records have vocals only on one channel and the music on the other.
UnderGround
February 27, 2013 @ 3:32 am
Propably, the best mpc ever is the 3000.
The second best mpc is 60!
Great machines.....
Inquiring Mind
February 23, 2013 @ 6:54 pm
So you can only sample in stereo and not mono on the 3000?
alexis
November 8, 2012 @ 9:04 pm
quiero hacer bases y escribir mis propias canciones de rap
Biepang
June 16, 2012 @ 12:39 pm
(continued) The build quality is far superior to anything Akai has produced in recent years. It's built like a tank and its user interface is beautifully laid out. I purchased a 2500 a few months ago for its modern features like USB, WAV compatibility, etc... It's a great machine too, but feels like a toy in comparison with the 3000. All hype aside, the 3000 is well worth the high pricetag, even in modern times. If you can overlook a few minor inconveniences (e.g., shuttling floppy discs or fussing around with SCSI hard drives in the 21st century) you won't regret purchasing this machine!
 
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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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