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Old 2nd March 2004
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AKAI MPC advice

I have wanted to purchase an MPC for a long time, simply for the sakes of expansion possiblities and having a common thread professional 'drum'machine' to use for sessions.

I have a Boss DR-770, DR-202 and the Drum Sounds in my Trititon LE, but I have no way of sampling, and no genuine way of expanding other than buying drum modules which I don't care for.

Uses: I write record mostly R&B, motown-ish, soul, funk music. I do ALOT of writing on the Drum Machine. I am a proficient programmer but I desire new SOUNDS!

The 4000 series is out of my budget, the 2000xl series in is IN my budget.I have experience with the MPC so I don't know what to look for used. Advice please?
Any better storage options to consider? I see some have ZIP, some use CDR, any Smart Media for the MPC's?

Thank you

Old 2nd March 2004
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the mpc 1000 is about the same price as the second hand 2000. I think it is great (except for the colour ) USB support nice sound aswell , smoother than 2000.

more info below
Old 2nd March 2004
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Go with the 2000 the 1000 doesnt support MTC.
Old 2nd March 2004
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"The main improvements of the MPC 1000 over the 2000XL are as follows:

Smaller, lighter and more portable
Re-sampling of the audio outputs
USB connection to computers - allows easy transfer of sounds from computers
More filters
More memory capacity(128mb)
Effects as standard
More varied array of internal effects
Total of 6 outputs plus digital as standard
Compact Flash storage

On the downside, the following XL features are missing from the MPC 1000.

Sequencer capacity cut from 300,000 to 100,000
No timestretch
No MTC sync
No SCSI port
No way to hook up an external storage device like CDROM or Zip
No sample reverse
Velocity sensitive attack and decay params are gone (as far as I can see)
Using 2000XL programs will only keep basic pad assignment, all other parameters will need to be re-programmed one-by-one.
No support for any audio file type except WAV (MPC2000, MPC3000, S1000/3000 need to be converted to WAV first).
No tilting screen
Can only have 6 outs, not 10 like the XL."
Old 2nd March 2004
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"Worth Buying?

If this is to be your first MPC, then yes, it's great value for money. If you intend using commercial sounds with it (sample CDROMs etc) then you'll really need to have a computer as well, otherwise you'll have difficulty getting those sounds into the MPC 1000 - it doesn't have any way of connecting an external storage device, as the USB port can only be used to connect it to a master USB device such as a computer.

If you are an existing MPC2000Xl user, then it's a hard choice. I really don't see this as a replacement for the XL, it's too similar in features (it's basically got an XL operating system). Linking up to a computer is now nice and easy, so that's a plus, but the fact that all your PGMs will need to be re-programmed pad-by-pad is a complete nightmare! If you use sample CDs, the only way you can load the sounds into an MPC 1000 is to copy them to your computer first (if they are in Akai format, they'll have to be converted to WAV).

If you're trying to decide whether or not to get the MPC 1000 or an MPC 4000, it's not really a fair comparision. The MPC4000 is in a different league - it features a fully fledged sampler, a more robust set of sequencer features, AkSys support, use of external drives, plus dozens of other pro features. Basically these two machines are aimed at very different markets. I think the MPC 1000 will appeal to the live user due to its small size, the MPC 4000 is designed more as a studio workhorse."
Old 2nd March 2004
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Originally posted by A33
[B]"Worth Buying?

If this is to be your first MPC, then yes, it's great value for money.
Thanks for the tip.
The MPC 1000 has never been an option.
Value for the money doesn't fly, that's why I want an MPC. I dont want to have to upgrade in a year. I have purchased too much value for the money gear in my life. May as well call my studio bang-for-buck studios!
No MTC support for a brand new unit is just plain silly.

I am looking more towards a used MPC60 with the upgrade and a scsi drive. Then perhaps I could expand into a 3000. So far that seems like a smart approach. The MPC 60 has some interesting mojo.

Old 2nd March 2004
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thanks for sharing the detailed info and opinion
Old 2nd March 2004
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If you have a Mac there is a great osx app that allows you to assign samples to the pads and upload via usb.
You can have A folder saved with each song and upload accross USB later instead of searching the cupboards for that damn zipdisk you missplaced.

The USB option is a "godsend" No more loosing zipdisks!

The only real negative is lack of MTC.

Don't think of the 1000 as a toy !!
Old 2nd March 2004
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Originally posted by A33

The only real negative is lack of MTC.

Don't think of the 1000 as a toy !!
Thanks again!

I don't use a computer to record with.

That lack of MTC puts into hobbyist realm IMO as I use MTC to record with constantly.
I don't think of it as a toy but I have feeling that in about a year you will see them saturated on EBAY.
Not exactly a gunning for a position amongst the classics.
Maybe it is just me but the MPC 1000 feels like genuine 'compromise'.

Old 2nd March 2004
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The 60 is great !!
Punters will like to see a 3000 or a 60.

Overflowing with MOJO

The 2000 feals very cheap compared to any of the others!!!

bloodsweatfire I think you are on the right track for your needs !!!!!
There is a reason they still demand high money

Old 2nd March 2004
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Get the 2000XL
easy to use and Hi Fi sound
then get the 60 later
then you've got different type of sounds
like the 16 bit hi fi sampling and the 12 bit Lo Fi sound
perfect combi! thumbsup
Old 3rd March 2004
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I'm still using the MPC 60 and digging it.
For other stuff, use a real sampler.
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