Akai MPC60

Akai MPC60 Image

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.

Akai MPC60 II Image

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.

Lookup Akai MPC60 Prices

The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings with more images, specs and information. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace. Our marketplace gets thousands of visits every week so make sure to check back often if you want to buy or sell a synth.

Related forum topics


Are you looking to buy or sell a Akai MPC60? Post an ad in Gear For Sale or a request in Gear Wanted. For spare parts and repair services check out Gear Services & Other Goods. Our forums also has a Buyer’s Guide section where you can ask for advice on buying synthesizers.

28 Visitor comments
April 7, 2011 @ 10:25 pm
Shadow's first full-length work, Endtroducing....., was released in late 1996 to critical acclaim. Endtroducing would make the Guinness World Records book for "First Completely Sampled Album" in 2001. The only pieces of equipment Shadow used to produce the album are the AKAI MPC60 12-bit sampling drum machine, a pair of turntables and a borrowed-by-visiting Pro Tools setup from an early adopter of the technology, Dan "The Automator" Nakamura. In November 2006 Time magazine named it one of its "All-Time" 100 best albums.(from Wikipedia)
April 7, 2011 @ 10:15 pm
You guys seem to have forgotten something...DJ Shadow's Endtroducing....
nuthin' else but pure MPC60 magic was required to pull out that album
a genial producer and a killer piece of gear know no boundaries...
January 13, 2011 @ 2:11 pm
I'm about to get mine - I've been a 2k classic user but I'm moving to the 60 since I only use it for sequencing and drums and it will do those better. It is the ultimate sequencer (for banging stuff out live) but the sampler is quite limited. The rackmount samplers have way more modulation possibilites and features - these were designed to do drums only so they're limited. they're ok for chopping and loops, but you can do a lot more samplewise with a rackmount. Primos combo with the s950 is a great one. I plan on using mine with an asr10 rack for longer samples, loops, synth stuff.
December 25, 2010 @ 6:50 am
@loopwhole; this is too old for making music? Sorry but you manage to say the stupidest things. A real musician can do wondes with this machine! While others can have a whole studio full of machines and instruments and still cannot make real good music.
October 22, 2010 @ 5:33 pm
one of the best sampling work stations. I have it and i love it and i use it alot, combined with a s900 unbeatable (but the s900 sounds better if you want it dirty). i also have a pack original Drumset disks, and the they sound quite good. i know akai made 35 sets. there is a list on wikipedia.com if anyone has drumsets too and is interested in sharing ... i miss some sets.

this machine has 4 midi out, 2 midi in, an metronome out, stereo outputs, 8 indv. outputs, 2 footstep (funktions can be linked to), sync out, echo in and out to involve FX (simply great)
and other outputs. the sequencer is brilliant and my 60 never ever crashed in 7 years. you can distort samples and it just sound different but you wil never have digital clipping or problems as long as you don't pitch the overdriven samples down... try this with a 2000 impossible.

Think DJ Format used this alot.
Post Comment!
VSE Rating


User Rating

Rated 4.14 (478 Votes)

  • Check Price
  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from

Errors or Corrections? Send them here.