Akai MPC60

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The MPC60 is the music production studio that has single-handedly taken over the Rap and R&B music genres as the main instrument of HipHop production. Designed by Roger Linn (Linn Drum), the MPC60 is a one-box-does-it-all sequencer-sampler workstation.

The built-in sequencer is very complete and professional. There are 99 tracks per sequence, 99 patterns, and 99 sequences that can be created, edited and stored in the MPC60 with ease. Most artists create their patterns in real-time adding drum parts to a beat-loop spontaneously creating a groove that captures the vibe. These patterns are varied and chained into a sequence. Full MIDI, SMPTE and various other forms of external control prepare the MPC60 for any studio situation.

The Sampler section is lo-fi but highly respectable. Its 12-bit sampling at 40KHz is pretty good. Sample editing, looping and transforming is simple to do. And finally, there's even a built-in drum machine for extra groove! Finally, the 18 voices of polyphony should be plenty of room for anyone who wants to create HipHop on the machine of professional artists worldwide including Apollo 440, BT, Jean-Michel Jarre, Jimmy Edgar, DJ Shadow, Jermaine Dupri, and A Guy Called Gerald.

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In 1991 the MPC60 mkII was unleashed. It wasn't much different, the casing and a head-phone jack were new and either machine is still very useful for today's aspiring musicians.

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28 Visitor comments
November 2, 2013 @ 8:07 pm
Hey guys, anybody knows how many MPC60 were made/produced?
Dusty Treats
January 27, 2012 @ 5:46 am
Made several LPs on the 60 all I can say is its a fantatsic machine with a great sound much cheaper option than the SP1200 and DJ Shadow made Endtroducing on it, no way could of he made that LP with SP1200 on its own!! The 60 is around 3 times cheaper too! For an example of a LP I did on the 60 please listen to http://glad2mecha.bandcamp.com thanks.
January 26, 2012 @ 7:22 pm
@dubchops thanks for the aphex fact, big fan of his stuff and curious to know what he uses.
June 14, 2011 @ 12:13 pm
Thought it was well known that Richard D. James (Aphex Twin) rinses the living hell outta this machine. Maybe its not well known. Well, now you know. Aphex swears by the MPC60. In fact you can even hear some Linn 9000 (proto MPC60) on some of his earlier tracks as Caustic Window.
April 8, 2011 @ 2:52 am
I love how people continue to quote that incorrectly awarded record from Guinness. DJ Mark the 45 King had, by the time Endtroducing came out, already released a large handful of beat records which were entirely made from samples. I believe that Endtroducing is a superior release to any sampling album before it, and is certainly the most cohesive, but its a naive oversight to believe that it took until 1996 for someone to make a completely sampled album.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Sampler - 12-bit, 40kHz, Stereo
  • Memory - 768KB (13.1 seconds) expandable to 1.5MB (26.2 seconds)
  • Filter - No filter
  • Sounds - 32 Drum sounds
  • Keyboard - 16 soft pads (w/ velocity & aftertouch)
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer: 20 songs, 99 sequences, 99 tracks, 60,000 note capacity
  • Control - MIDI, MTC, SMPTE, FSK24, Pulse 96, click in
  • Date Produced - 1988
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