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
December 12, 2011 @ 6:00 am
Also, J Dilla used this monster. There are even videos on YouTube of him in his studio and the LE is on a table in the studio.
December 12, 2011 @ 5:54 am
This thing would be the best sampler ever if it had the MCD2 from 2KXL, a bigger & more high-res screen (for wave form stuff), and some of the new features from the 2KXL and the 2500/1000. Besides that stuff, this thing is the grandmaster.
November 21, 2011 @ 5:50 pm
I wonder if people realise the MPC 3000 has the tightest trigger response of any piece of hardware on the market (even today!). When you trigger an internal sound the deviation between notes is no more than 4 samples. When you consider a new drum machine claimed for its tightness can give errors of up to 160 samples this explains why people like this thing. The MPC 60 has around 12-14 samples of delay, still mega fast.

When people talk of the groove of the MPC 3k 60 what they are really hearing is super accurate clocking. No magic, no mystery. The MPC 4000 is the next fastest.
Peter James
October 17, 2011 @ 9:31 pm
@ andyd

Hi Andy ... Sent ya a couple mails re: your MPC 3000 that you mentioned you're selling, not sure if you received them (maybe they went to spam box by accident or something?). Anyways hoping those mails or this message finds you soon as I am very very interested to purchase your MPC ...

Please get in touch on either:



October 11, 2011 @ 6:27 am
I purchased 2 of the Black LE's when they came out. Awesome machine! I actually have one for sale.... It is brand spanking new! It was only removed from the box to max the memory to 32Meg. I have all the original receipts, manual, disks etc. Pics of it can be seen here....


If interested get in touch.... andy.davies@hayfestival.org
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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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