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
November 25, 2010 @ 10:25 am
@SB: Nikes or maybe some casuals :P
October 9, 2010 @ 2:56 am
what do i need to run a mpc 3000. when i say what i mean everything.
June 14, 2010 @ 4:00 am
Just bought mine from a local DJ in NY - its was a backup unit so no scratches @ all, and it still has the fresh out of the box smell..;).. For like $820 i could not go wrong ( added a Vailixi 3.50 for $210 plus 32mb ram for $24 ). You now what - THAT CHANGED MY LIFE! Now I just need a LE for backup :D

June 7, 2010 @ 9:29 am
Jean Michel Jarre used the MPC3000 in Oxygene 7-13.
I have one too; a groovy box I´d say :)
The Beatmarket
May 31, 2010 @ 5:20 am
You know what they say: Garbage in - Garbage out. If you sample straight from an MP3 the sound will be totally different than when you sample straight from vinyl.

I'm a big fan of most Akai products - Love the sound of the Mpc 3000, but dont have one. When i compare my Buddy's MPC3000 with my MPC2000 there is a big difference. The timing or groove of the MPC3000 is much better. I've often heard that the MPC3000 is like a 16 bit version of the MPC60.

I still use my pair of S900/S950s for all my 12 bit needs though.
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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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