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Akai MPC1000 : Psycom's user review
* Pattern-based and linear 64-track sequencer with 32 MIDI channels
* 32-voice drum/phrase sampler with up to 128MB RAM
* Velocity and pressure-sensitive pads for expressive programming
* 16-level pad function maps one sound to all pads with varied level, tuning, attack, decay or filter per pad
* Two Q-link sliders for real-time performance control
* Built-in Compact Flash drive and USB port (Mass Storage Class)
* Standard WAV files samples and MIDI-file sequences
* Analog and digital I/Os, headphone output and two MIDI In/Out
* Internal sounds in flash
* Four-way sample layering and velocity switching per pad
* Four-pole filters (two two-pole filters) filtering for each of the 32 voices
* Two on-board effects processors plus main-output effect processor, all which can be used simultaneously
* Outputs can be re-sampled
I paid 800$.
All the features you would need. You able to sample, edit that sample and EQ that sample in one board. Add your own sounds and make music as a professional. The downside, is the small LCD, it isn't as friendly as a computer monitor. And when chopping a sample you don't have the zoning feature as the MPC 2000XL or do you have the option of time stretching. But other then that, all is good with it. What more can you ask for in a portable music production center?
It is quite simple to use. The manual explains everything so clear, but at times you will have to call upon outside help to navigate through some of the features. I would change the interface, I am so comfortable with it, that I can operate the MPC in the dark, sometimes.
It is durable, My Behringer mixing board felt on top of the MPC from the desk to the floor and the didn\'t scratch it or damage the screen or the board. So that is tough machine for me. No repairs have been done. The pads are tough too, because I been banging on them for a while and still they uphold the pounding.
No complaints about it. Just the quality I need for making professional sounding music.
Good construction and quality.
I love it. Everything you need in a portable machine. The only downside is the missing feature of time stretch and zoning. I carry this lightweight as if it was my own laptop. So small to fit in a backpack without putting a lot of weight or pressure on the shoulders or back.
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