Akai Professional MPC1000

MPC1000, Sampling Sequencer from Akai Professional in the MPC series.

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theaudioandvideoguy 03/04/2012

Akai Professional MPC1000 : theaudioandvideoguy's user review

« MPC is a classic machine , not just for hip hop either »

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The Mpc 1000 is a midi production beat machine that a lot of producers have become quite fond of over the years. I have been using MPC’s for about 10 years now, all the way back to the original big grey box MPC 2000. But at the end of the day not much has really changed from mpc to mpc , there are a few different ones out now. But the 1000 really changed the game, because its really affordable for producers. Other mpc’s can cost up to 5000 dollars. That’s a little outrageous to me, especially with all the same functions are available in software now. I have used the MPC 1000 black and the original blue one. Only difference to me is the operating system in them. The Black model has the updated version and this one doesn’t.


There is no need for a manual if you are already use to how the mpc works. The 1000 will be a breeze if you are use to them. If its new to you, then you will need the manual, because its nothing like using a software. There are a ton of options and sub menus to navigate through.


Sounds are ok, You will def. have to add your own kits (drums). Because the stock kits just flat out aren't that good! But once you load your own kits you will get a nice gritty sound!


I love the whole MPC brand, the 1000 makes it really affordable for us on a budget. BUT, the 1000 will not compete with the more expensive models for several reasons. One reason is that the screen is so small and basic, you can really get lost going from on menu to the next. Or trying to do your chops on a little barely green lit screen that makes it really hard and strains your eyes. Also, the 1000’s pads arent as nice as the more expensive models. But If you can look past those issues you will LOVE it! Trust me its worth the buy, plus they go for around 800 on eBay now. But don’t expect the prices to drop any less than that. The MPC’s hold their value really well!