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
May 19, 2009 @ 1:09 pm
I disagree with loopwhole, these are good for much more than just running drums through. While I agree that these machines are great for doing that, you can ultimately tackle any sampling task on the 60. Just saying its more than only good at drums.
May 17, 2009 @ 2:18 pm
i want one of these badly..i really dont care who used it.. [beep] all them dudes. i want one for running drums and thats it. thats about all its good for. the 12bit drums are straight dirt.
Nick Esposito
March 27, 2009 @ 8:33 pm
Now I see why they call the Future Sound of London "trip-hop" music. Some of their beats sound just like the hip-hop beats from an MPC-60. But of course, they have a lot more trance and techno in their music than they have hip-hop, hence the name "trip-hop."
February 19, 2009 @ 3:10 am
Sorry, to clarify your statement...Dj Premier DOES use this, Not only as a midi sequencer...Ive actually witnessed it with my own eyes...although he does know how to bang out the beats with the S950
February 4, 2009 @ 10:40 pm
To clarify your statement... dj Premier generally uses the MPC-60 machine as a midi controller... he samples damn near everything into the Akai S950 -- another fantastic rack sampler! How you think he gets his bass lines so fat?
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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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