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
kage
September 16, 2010 @ 9:20 pm
thank you Danny! there no one better tahan premo on theMPC60!!
Danny
July 5, 2010 @ 12:37 pm
You missed DJ Premier, possibly the best artist to ever touch the MPC60.
deeplodok
June 29, 2010 @ 10:37 am
chek here my mkII unit in funky action with jx-3p and polivoks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9LRod27L6g
-jmj
June 7, 2010 @ 9:27 am
Jarre used MPC60 for Revolutions (1988) and Chronologie
(1993). One of the rare non hip-hop/rap MPC users
Sickboy
March 12, 2010 @ 3:31 pm
It's not bull [beep] what people say. It's sounds really FAT and THICK. especially when sampled and chopped with vinyl lp's only. i dunno how it's possible but sounds huge/deep and very clean at the same time (if you do sampling properly). somehow limited but totally powerful when you'll put inividual outputs as aux send -> digital multirack recorder with effects -> back to effect aux in. so you are able to put delay or reverb or anything on each channel. there is a many other possibilities like this. just use your imagnation. total dopeness.
 
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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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