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
Agrees with LOL
April 26, 2010 @ 10:28 am
I must say that I agree with LOL... He speaks the truth even in jest. What you put in the MPC is what you get out. Your drums should not be weak coming out of the MP. NEVER. For those that don't have a bunch of outboard gear, EQ your drums/samples beforehand. Choose your samples wisely. If you are not willing to learn the instrument, then yes, you should find a new hobby...
Kindly Copperfeel
March 16, 2010 @ 9:19 am
Gotta love people like LOL who take time out to tell other people that they need to put a stop to their passion because of some roadblocks that they may have encountered. It is not as easy as putting some sounds in the MPC and automagically you've got those banging drums you hear on your favorite hip hop release. That would totally be neglecting all of the processing done to said drums after being bounced out of the MPC. So, ya'll, please don't be discouraged, especially not by someone like him.

The 3k is a great piece of gear although there are some limitations if you're moving to it from the 2kxl. But, as others have said, in the MPC line, the sound can't be beat.
January 20, 2010 @ 1:24 pm
This thing is a monster and is the KING of sampler/sequencers... I must say after reading the comments below: LOL @ anyone who's drums/samples sound weak or "thin" out of a classic MPC (60, 3000, 2000, 4000)... If your drums/samples sound thin/weak coming out of a 2kxl you need to stop making beats and find a new hobby!
January 12, 2010 @ 7:11 pm
Still the greatest sampler ive come across... thing just sounds HUGE... i recommand reading the manual before u go and buy one.. that way u can figure out what it can do and what it wont do... (all those stupid stereotypes about mpcs.. anyways)... it takes about 5 hours to really use it like it actually was ur mind... oh and please.. be creative on the pads ;) bless us with some great music

my all time favourite sampler
January 5, 2010 @ 1:03 pm
Insane machine! Love the way you can manipulate they envelopes and the dynamics.
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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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