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.

Akai MPC3000 LE Image

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
September 13, 2011 @ 6:44 pm
does anyone know where to get and how to change the powersupply? i bought an american model! 120V/60Hz
August 17, 2011 @ 10:20 am
current UK ebay prices for MPC 3000s

Original £500 - 650
Black £1200 - 1800 (if has option of worldwide postage)

if in a budget get this:
MPC 60 £300-400
s3000 rack sampler £50 - NOT 3000XL, as that sounds like MPC 2000 - the original s3000 sounds like MPC 3000)
August 17, 2011 @ 10:14 am
BTW for those who don't know - the standard grey 3000 can me upgraded to 32MB with 2 x 16 memory sticks in the internal slots- its recommended after you upgrade you should remove the original separate 2MB memory. google this, think MPC forum had diagram on how to do it, thats what I followed when I upgraded to 32MB - its really easy, am guy on ebay sells the 2 x 16MB sticks for about £25 inc postage to UK from US, had to file down the side of the memory slightly to get good fit - but overall was v easy. videos on youtube show you how to open your 3000.
August 17, 2011 @ 9:45 am
im wanting to buy a mpc 3000. please get in touch if you have one to sell or no of one for sale anywhere. ash.j.marke@gmail.com 07538479030
August 17, 2011 @ 7:58 am
Are you looking to sell it still?
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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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