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    MPC's are a huge thing in production right now. Almost every producer i know has one....

    ALL PROPS GO TO ZZounds and Jaylef Jackson. ;)

    MPC 1000 Price: $820.00

    Small but perfectly formed, the MPC1000 is a welcome addition to a now legendary product line which holds a unique position in the evolution of modern electronic music. Inheriting all the features which make the MPC so recognizable, the MPC1000 is not only a perfect compliment to its larger MPC siblings, but a powerful Music Production Center in its own right.

    Established friendly and intuitive user interface of the MPC series

    Easy-to use MIDI sequencer/drum sampler offering a great alternative to complex computer-based products

    Great feeling, velocity and pressure-sensitive pads for expressive programming

    16 levels function giving you one sound on all pads with varies level, tuning, attack, decay, layer, or filter per pad

    2 separate effects processors and 1 main out effect processor: all of which can be used simultaneously

    4-pole filters (two 2-pole filters) filtering for each of the 32 voices

    2 Q-Link sliders for realtime performance control

    2 x MIDI In and 2 x MIDI Out

    16MB standard, expandable to 128MB

    Internal preset sounds in flash

    Save/load your sound and sequence data to/from compact flash

    Connect the MPC1000 to your computer via USB and drag and drop your files on your desktop

    Portable laptop size  ideal for taking your act on the road

    Technical Description

    Display: 240 x 64 dot graphic LCD w/back light

    Memory Card Slot: Compact Flash type 2 (The size of the compact flash card that MPC1000 can handle is from 32MB to 2GB)

    Dimension (W x H x D): 330 x 75.5 x 228.2(Max 234.6)

    Weight: 3.45kg

    Power Requirement: 19W

    Sound Generator
    Sampling Rate: 44.1kHz

    Memory Capacity: 16MB standard (11.5MB for sound memory), expandable to 128MB

    Recording Time: 136sec. (16MB, MONO), 24m28sec. (128MB, MONO)

    Memory Expansion Slot: 1 x for optional EXM128

    Data Format: 16-bit linear

    Polyphony: 32

    Dynamic Filtering: 2 x 2-pole filter per voice

    Filter Type: Low pass, band pass, high pass

    Preset Sound Memory: 5MB

    Effects: 2 stereo effects and Master effect

    Effect Type: Chorus, Flanger, Bit Grunger, 4 band EQ, Compressor, Phase shifter, Tremolo, Flying pan, Reverb

    Master Effect: 4 band EQ, Compressor

    Number of Programs: 24

    Maximum Events: 100000 notes

    Resolution: 96 parts per 1/4-note

    Sequences: 99

    Tracks Per Sequence: 64

    MIDI Output Channels: 32 (16 channels x 2 output ports)

    Song Mode: 20 songs, 250 steps per song

    Drum Pad: 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)

    Drum Pad Banks: 4

    Sync Mode: MIDI clock

    Record Input (L and R): 1/4-in. stereo phone x 2, balanced -40dBu, input impedance 11k ohms; Max. Input level +10dBu

    Digital Input: RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF

    Stereo Output (L and R): 1/4-in. phone x 2 unbalanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms, Max. output level +17dBu

    4 Individual Outputs: 1/4-in. phone x 4 unbalanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms, Max. output level +17dBu

    Phones Output: 1/4-in. stereo phone x 1, 200mW / 100 ohms

    Digital Output: RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF

    MIDI Inputs: 5-pin DIN x 2

    MIDI Outputs: 5-pin DIN x 2

    USB: Slave connector x 1, USB MASS STORAGE CLASS support (You need Windows 2000/Me/XP or later version, or MacOS 9.x/10.x or later version. )

    Footswitches: 1/4-in. phone x 2

    Standard Accessories: 32MB Compact Flash card, Power cable, Operator's manual

    EXM128: 128MB expansion memory card

    File Compatibility
    MPC2000XL SEQ, ALL, PGM, WAV (When PGM file is loaded, only pad assign is loaded. Other edit parameters are ignored.)
    MPC4000: SEQ, ALL, WAV (No compatibility of PGM)
    MPC3000: No compatibility
    Z4/8: WAV only
    S1000/3000: No compatibility

    MPC 2000xl Price: $1600.00

    The MPC2000XL MPC continues Akai Professional's tradition of providing rock solid sequencing and drum programming combined with powerful sampling facilities in one convenient and portable desktop unit.

    New features on the MPC2000XL MCD include Next Sequence key, incredible multiple Memory Card storge, 4 bank keys to effectively provide 64 pads, Track Mute key, hinged LCD, multi-program playback, device naming, MIDI soft thru, multi-track recording, time stretch, resampling, simultaneous playback of a second sequence plus folder file management.

    Best of all, though, is that this power works with you instead of against you -- if you've ever used a computer-based sequencer/sampler, you'll know exactly what we mean!

    Whether you're producing drum 'n' bass, sequencing a rack-full of MIDI modules or performing live; whether you're programming intricate drum parts or triggering loops, you'll love the self-contained convenience and ease of use the MPC2000XL gives you and the MPC2000XL's friendly and intuitive user interface simplifies the expression of your creativity.

    The MPC2000XL's compact and rugged build also means that is equally at home on stage as it is in the studio.

    Sampler, drum machine and multi-track MIDI sequencer in one instrument

    Storage: Multiple Memory Card formats, compatible with: Smart Media, SD card, MMC (multimedia card), Memory Stick, Compact Flash, Micro Drive

    Dedicated buttons for the most commonly used functions

    Informative graphic LCD on a hinged, tiltable panel

    Extremely powerful sampling drum machine/phrase sampler

    Extensive sample editing that includes cut and paste, timestretch, etc., with waveform display

    44.1 kHz, 16-bit stereo sampling with 32-voice polyphony

    Resonant digital filter & envelope per voice

    Large, great-feeling, velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads for expressive programming

    Note Variation slider for programming a wide variety of dynamics

    Stereo Mix outputs & optional eight individual outputs

    S/PDIF digital I/O

    Built-in SCSI interface

    Reads sample data from S1000 and S3000 series samplers, E-mu EIIIx, Roland S750/S760, .WAV

    Powerful and easy-to-use MIDI sequencer offers a great alternative to complex computer-based sequencers

    Supports both linear and pattern-style (looped) recording

    300,000 note sequence capacity

    Step Edit mode for fast recording, viewing or editing of any event in a sequence

    Flexible synchronization capabilities: MIDI clock, MTC, and SMPTE (optional)

    2 MIDI inputs with merge & 2 independent MIDI outputs (32 channels)

    Technical Description

    Display: 248 x 60 dot graphic LCD

    Dimensions: 405(W) x 106(H) x 331(D) mm

    Weight: 5.5 kg

    Power Requirements: 100-240 VAC, 50/60Hz, 23W (13W without option)

    Memory Expansion Slot: 2 / 72-pin SIMM (70ns)

    Sound Generator
    Sampling Rate: 44.1kHz (frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz)

    Sampling Capacity: 2MB standard (21.9 seconds mono or 10.9 seconds stereo), expandable to 32MB.

    Data Format: 16-bit linear

    Dynamic Filtering: 12dB/Octave dynamic resonant lowpass filter per voice

    Maximum Sounds in Memory: 256

    Number of Sound pPograms: 24

    Sound Assignments per Program: 64

    Simultaneous Soices: 32

    Maximum Events: 300,000 notes (maximum 50,000 notes per sequence) (notes equivalent)

    Resolution: 96 parts per 1/4-note (ppq)

    Sequences: 99

    Tracks per Sequence: 64

    MIDI Output Channels: 32 (16 channels x 2 output ports)

    Song Mode: 20 songs, 250 steps per song

    Drum Pads: 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)

    Drum Pad Banks: 4

    Sync Modes: MIDI clock and SMPTE (optional). SMPTE frame rates supported are 24, 25, 29.97 drop and 30

    Rear Panel Inputs/Outputs
    Record Input (both L and R): 1/4-inch stereo phone x 2, balanced -40dBu, input Imp. 39kOhms; Max. input level +10dBu

    Digital Sampling Input: RCA-pin x 1, S/PDIF (optional)

    Digital Master Output: RCA-pin x 1, S/PDIF (optional)

    Stereo Output: 1/4-inch phone x 2, unbalanced +11dBu, output Imp. 100 Ohms; Max. output level +17dBu

    8 Individual Outputs: 1/4-inch phone x 8, unbalanced +11dBu, output Imp. 100 Ohms (optional); Max. output level +17dBu

    Headphone Output: 1/4-inch stereo phone x 1, 200mW/32 Ohms

    MIDI Inputs: 5-pin DIN x 2

    MIDI Outputs: 5-pin DIN x 2 (independent)

    SCSI Port: 50-pin high-pitch SCSI connector x 1

    Standard Accessories
    Power cable

    CD ROM disc - Sound library disc

    Operators manual

    8 analog output and two-channel digital I/O board

    Multi-effects processor board

    8MB Flash ROM board

    SMPTE board

    MPC Sound Library

    *0dBu = 0.775Vrms

    MPC 4000 Price: $2800.00

    Akai MPC4000 Plus 24-Bit, 96kHz MIDI Production Center
    Akai's Ultimate 24-bit/96kHz MIDI Production Center
    This special version of the MPC4K includes the IB-4D digital I/O board.

    The MPC4000 utilizes Akai's new Z-96 LSI sampling engine, combined with a high-performance Intel " CPU, to provide ultra-fast processing along with 24-bit audio resolution w/sample rates up to 96kHz. Up to 6 controllers can be assigned to control a wide variety of parameters. Its USB interface and ak.Sys Network and Control Software enhances the hinged 6 in. LCD and Q-Link interface. The MPC4000 features 64-note polyphony (32-note @ 96 kHz), 272MB of on-board memory - expandable up to 512MB using (cheap!) PC100 or PC133 SDRAM. A built-in 60 GB EIDE hard drive is included for storage, and a separate drive bay is provided to accommodate Zip or CD-R. The MPC4000's IntelliSample " capability automates sampling, naming, program creation and sample assignment automatically. New sound munching possibilities are available with Quick FX " resampling using powerful presets from the included EB4JS 4-channel 24-bit/96kHz effects processor. Connections include XLRs inputs with high-quality pre-amps and balanced outputs providing full 24/96 conversion, a dedicated turntable input, 2 MIDI inputs, 4 MIDI outputs, SMPTE I/O, and a high-density SCSI port. The most powerful MPC ever takes its rightful position as a legendary music production tool.

    The most powerful MPC ever takes its rightful position in the Akai Professional product line. Along with the MPC2000XL, and the MFC-equipped Ultimate XL the MPC4000 joins the legendary music production tools of our time. Using the new Z-96 sampling engine the MPC4000 boasts the first full feature sampler ever in an MPC product.

    New filtering is provided by way of 6-pole digital dynamic filters which allow realtime control of the cut-off frequency and resonance from the Q-Link knobs or via MIDI control change messages. The new filter design not only supports all filter designs available in the powerful S5000/S6000 and Z4/8 samplers but allows new variations such as the triple filter consisting of three independent 2-pole filter blocks.

    Filter modulation is part of the APM (assignable program modulation) matrix which has more than 30 modulation items freely assignable as either source or destination. Furthermore one source can be assigned to multiple destinations and likewise multiple sources can be assigned to one destination just like on a vintage synth matrix patch board.

    Improved sequencing functions include 960 ppq resolution, a Song can now be played in Second Sequence function, a sequence data clipboard allows you to create phrase libraries and there is no longer any limitation in using the maximum number of events (300,000) in any one song. As on the legendary MPC60, 4 MIDI outs also come as standard on the MPC4000 enabling 64 MIDI channel operation

    The large LCD also allows an unprecedented view of sequence data showing data as a piano roll or as a drum machine 'grid'. Continuous MIDI data can also be shown (and edited) graphically

    The MPC4000 comes with 272Mb of onboard RAM as standard in the US and can easily be expanded to a massive 512Mb using readily available 168pin PC100 or PC133 DIMM memory. Memory can be expanded using 64Mb, 128Mb or 256Mb upgrades. Internally the MPC can be fitted with an IDE hard drive.

    Fitted with SCSI and USB master ports as standard, it can also be connected to external storage media ie CD-R, HD, Zip, MO, etc., and the USB port can also be used to connect an external USB drive or a keyboard for easier file naming.

    Benefits of the new MPC4000 include

    The new Z-96 sampling engine, combined with a high-performance Intel " CPU provides ultra-fast processing and 24-bit audio resolution with sample rates up to 96kHz 64-voices, or 32 voices at 96kHz sample rate

    Massive 272 MB on-board memory, expandable to 512 MB

    Balanced stereo XLR-1/4-inch TRS combo inputs with reference-grade preamps, with switchable phono inputs to allow direct connection of turntables

    Four MIDI OUT ports control up to 64 independent MIDI channels

    Four Q-Link " knobs, and two note variation sliders for real-time modulation control

    Real-time control of filter cutoff, resonance, pitch, LFO rate and depth - and more

    IntelliSample automates sampling, naming, program creation and sample assignment

    Virtual sampling streams sample playback directly from hard disk

    Full sampler implementation provides compatibility with Z-Series and S-Series Multi, Program and Sample files. The MPC4000 can create everything from powerful beats, to expressive piano and strings parts

    Project (.PRJ) files save all sequences, songs, samples, programs and multi's in a single file

    New 4-channel 56-bit effects processor (standard)

    USB host port accommodates USB floppy, CD-R, HD, MO, ZIP drives for storage, and an ASCII keyboard for naming

    USB slave port provides for ak.Sys Network and Control System software

    192 filters/26 filter types with to 3 simultaneous filters per voice

    Dual independent LFOs with internal/external modulation control

    Internal IDE hard drive (standard in North America Only) plus external SCSI connection

    Built-in sample rate converter on the digital input to eliminate rate-matching problems

    Large 320 x 240, multi-angle graphic LCD

    FAT32 disk format is fully compatible with S5000,S6000, Z4, Z8, DPS24, and most PC's

    Native .WAV sample format allows data sharing with anything supporting .WAV files

    Built-in CD Recorder ( standard in North America Only) for master archiving or Sample Loading

    ak.Sys Control & Networking software enables Mac and PC connection via on-board USB interface

    Two assignable footswitch inputs

    Wordclock input for sync with external digital devices (optional)

    Graphical sequence event editing

    Memory meters display remaining free sampler memory, sequence memory and CPU memory

    Audition samples directly from hard disk

    Graphic editing of sample waveforms

    Six pad banks provide quick access to up to 96 different sounds

    SMPTE I/O Standard

    And Much, Much more!

    Technical Description


    Power supply: 100 - 240V AC 50/60Hz 70W (27W without options)

    Dimensions: 526 (W) x 170 (H) x 453 (D) mm (with LCD tilted down)

    Weight 10.5kg (without options)

    Display: 320 x 240 pixels grey-scale graphical LCD

    Sound library compatibility: S1000, S2000, S3000, S5000, S6000, MPC2000 .snd, MPC2000XL .snd, MPC3000 .snd, Emu " EIII (*)

    Sound Generator
    Sampling rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz

    Data format: 16/24-bit linear

    Sampling time (unexpanded memory)
    44.1kHz Mono: 180/120 (16/24 bit) seconds
    48kHz Mono: 166/110 (16/24 bit) seconds
    96kHz Mono: 90/55 (16/24 bit) seconds
    44.1kHz Stereo: 90/60 (16/24 bit) seconds
    48kHz Stereo: 83/55 (16/24 bit) seconds
    96kHz Stereo: 41/27 (16/24 bit) seconds

    Memory: 16MB standard, expandable to 512MB 168-pin DIMM (PC133/PC100, CL2) slot x 2

    Polyphony: 64 voices

    Filter Types: 36 resonant filter types (2/4/6-pole LP, BP, HP, notch, etc.)

    Triple Filter: 2-pole multi-mode filters x 3 with resonance

    Envelope Generators: 3 x Envelope generators (2 multi-stage)

    LFO: 2 x Multi-wave with MIDI clock sync

    Effects: 4-channel 24-bit/96kHz processor offering over 50 effects types including reverb, delay, chorus, flanging, phaser, pitch shift, rotary speaker, touch and autowah, compressor, noise gate and more.

    Maximum events: 300,000 notes (equivalent)

    Resolution: 960 pulses per 1/4-note (ppq)

    Sequences: 128

    Tracks per sequence: 128

    MIDI output channels: 64 (16 channels x 4 output ports)

    Song mode: 128 songs, 250 steps per song

    Drum pads: 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)

    Drum pads banks: 6

    Sync modes: MTC, MIDI clock, SMPTE


    Rec In LINE/MIC L/R:
    1/4-inch stereo phone/XLR Combo jack, balanced
    1/4-inch phone: Imp. 18kohm, 24dBu max. XLR, Imp. 6kohm, 22dBu max.

    Rec In PHONO L/R: RCA-pin x 2 with RIAA EQ, -24dBu max. (1kHz)

    Main Out L/R:
    1/4-inch stereo phone/XLR Combo jack, balanced
    1/4-inch phone: Imp. 1.7kohm, 24dBu max.XLR: Imp. 200ohm, 18dBu max.

    Headphone: 1/4-inch stereo phone, 60mW (32ohm)

    Digital Input (IB-4D): RCA-pin x 1, SPDIF

    Digital Output (IB-4D): RCA-pin x 1, SPDIF

    Word Clock Input (IB-4D): BNC x 1 (w/75ohm terminator On/Off)

    SMPTE In: 1/4-inch stereo phone, balanced

    SMPTE Out: 1/4-inch stereo phone, balanced

    Footswitch: 1/4-inch phone x 2

    MIDI Input: 5-pin DIN x 2

    MIDI Output: 5-pin DIN x 4

    SCSI: 50-pin high-pitch SCSI connector x 1

    USB: Host x 1, Slave x 1 (V1.1)

    IB-4D Digital Audio (SPDIF) I/O board

    IB-4ADT ADAT Interface board (2-in/8-out)

    IB-48P Assignable 8-channel Output Board

    Standard Accessories
    AC Cable x 1

    CD-ROM disc x 1

    Drive Mounting Kit x 1

    User's Guide x 1

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    the best shit is the MPC's sound libraries u can buy... theres one that dre uses alot from... has his brass, hits, etc. check online for those sounds & plug 'em in.

    as 2 price, its worth it. i got an MPC 4000 & i had 2 sell my .40 cal & a mossberg 2 get it but its bangin' shyt

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    ^ i think u made a good choice by sellin that 40 cal and mossberg
    dont need to be shootin up ppl

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    I just got in the production game not too long ago but what do think is more important to get: something like the mpc or somethin like a triton/motif? which of the two should i try to get first?

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    ^ Personally I would go with the MPC, I played briefly with the triton and the motif and theyre both nice weapons to have, but i couldn't live without my MP. Its like the Michael Jordan of my studio. All the filtering and timing differences you can do with your drums, and its user friendly. Do u have that same flexibility with the motif or the triton, i dont know, but if i was to start all over with coppin some gear, the MPC 2000, 2000xl,4000, 1000 etc. would be the 1st thing i grab.

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