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
March 7, 2010 @ 5:05 am
The Best sounding drums come out this Machine...Use mine everday! Overall sound is INSANE!
October 14, 2009 @ 11:18 am
People overlook the sequencer and MIDI capabilties on this bad boy. It has the best feel / swing ever. Combined w/ 12 bit grit, 4 midi outs, assignable outs, monitor in and arm rest (on MK1) Its a beast and still very relivenat today. Whoever said you can't make a full track w. this is nuts.
August 26, 2009 @ 10:51 pm
I still use this machine every single day as the main piece in my setup .
May 21, 2009 @ 9:53 am
I didnt even think about the possibility that you had other instruments. That clears a few things up then. I understand completely then, because it would give you those gritty drums, while you use your other stuff. I was just thinking about the people that use only the mpc on their beats.
May 20, 2009 @ 12:52 pm
you are right it is good at doing more than just drums, however the mpc 60 is noted for its grimy crackily bassy drums. its main strength is this. i agree with you that it can do it all, however, not to brag, but i have wAAAAAY to much equiptment to use a single unit on a song, when i can use the +/-'s to my advantage. ie, emax bass, mpc drums, asr10 samples, or any combination. its just way toooo old to do any real work on it, you will get bored and move on to something else before you make any real completed music with this unit...unless(and most people who have this are collectors and not a first peice unit) its your only peice and you rely on it to do everything.
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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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