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
October 19, 2013 @ 7:55 pm
Overated big time, you can only load one drum program at a time
Sounds like an akai s3000 nothing special and most psu's are currently dying...
August 8, 2013 @ 6:42 am
Hey Mark Ha, if ur ever looking to sell ur 3000LE--shoot me an email@ kip312@gmail.com--peace*
Mark Ha
July 23, 2013 @ 8:51 am
I've seldom been using MPC 3000 LE for more than one year now. I'd like to point out that even though the 3K certainly has very nice sounding converters, I don't feel that it is likely to give any crunch to the samples. It's a 44k16bits sampler, designed for a accurate reproduction of drums. As always with the MPC's, it's only when you coarse-detune them, or bring in filters and res, that you may have some nice sounding artefacts.
Also : it is because of it's limitations that it brings you to another level of production.. Words from a "DAW-Integrated-Editors-Hardware" intensive user.
Vinyl Spinner
June 16, 2013 @ 4:31 pm
The only mpc that will withstand the test of time,

truly a master unit the final and greatest akai+Roger inn combo.

Prices are on the rise every year.

try and grab yourself a Limited edition ( only 2000 units ever made ) more desirable/more valuable, nice paint job that does away that classic dirty yellowed grey of original units.

Do not try to use these with step up/down power transformers as they mess with the sound, try buy a native mpc that matches your countries power specs.

The "Best" mpc ever made,punch and low end girth and smooth top end.
June 9, 2013 @ 4:08 pm
dont forget j dilla used this machine. probably the best to do it at the mpc 3000 !!
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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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