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  • smaller mpc 1000

    Akai Professional MPC500Published on 11/22/11 at 12:27
    Akai Mpc 500

    Specs and Features

    Battery powered/AC powered
    16 midi channels/48 track sequencer
    32 voice sampler
    128 ram max
    velocity sensitive pads (12)
    USB port (storage/transfer usage
    Compact flash storage
    Wav/Midi file support
    Headphone/Analog/Midi I/O
    Low-pass filter
    On-board effects




    UTILIZATION

    Like other mpcs it's best used for 4/4 timing pattern based music. I've used it for other types of music again as most music production applications or hardware units, it all comes down to the units and the needs of that producer. I like to use the little box to get ideas out while I'm traveling on the road, it comes in handy when doing production projects for clients:

    Artists
    TV......
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    Akai Mpc 500

    Specs and Features

    Battery powered/AC powered
    16 midi channels/48 track sequencer
    32 voice sampler
    128 ram max
    velocity sensitive pads (12)
    USB port (storage/transfer usage
    Compact flash storage
    Wav/Midi file support
    Headphone/Analog/Midi I/O
    Low-pass filter
    On-board effects




    UTILIZATION

    Like other mpcs it's best used for 4/4 timing pattern based music. I've used it for other types of music again as most music production applications or hardware units, it all comes down to the units and the needs of that producer. I like to use the little box to get ideas out while I'm traveling on the road, it comes in handy when doing production projects for clients:

    Artists
    TV companies
    Video game companies
    Websites

    That's just a small list but I think you get the what throwing out there.

    SOUNDS

    The akai mpc 500 comes with some pretty good stock sounds, nothing I would throw away but nothing I would use for all of my production. The sounds are good but please do consider getting your sound by purchasing them or creating them yourself. The A/D converters are not bad I would suggest getting a third party sampler such as a Sp303,akas950 or something with a little bit of character in it. This will give you a lot of flexibility when it comes to production as well as your own sound.

    OVERALL OPINION

    The akai mpc 500 comes with some pretty good stock sounds, nothing I would throw away but nothing I would use for all of my production. The sounds are good but please do consider getting your sound by purchasing them or creating them yourself. The A/D converters are not bad I would suggest getting a third party sampler such as a Sp303,akas950 or something with a little bit of character in it. This will give you a lot of flexibility when it comes to production as well as your own sound.


    In my personal opinion If you are after portability then this is a great unit if you are after more features then the mpc 1000 would be a better option. The 500 unit is a really slim cut version of the 1000 and you can't install JJOS on it which means you will have to get use to the OS that Akai supplies which isn't so great but again that's my person opinion. Also, you can't directly record into the 500 (this is a big draw back) but again still a great machine if you are needing to creat music while you travel
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  • Akai Professional MPC500Published on 03/28/07 at 14:09
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    - MIDI IN and OUT, Stereo Output Jack (phone), Double Mono output jack (L + R MASTER), Double Input Jack Mono (can switch to a single microphone). USB2.0 for data transfer (sequences, programs and samples) between the animal and the computer. Compact Flash card reader and memory expandable to 128mb with a barrette AKAI.

    - Factory Sound Bank very average, yet it allows a minimum of fun after a good GPA is, so as everyone knows is the interest of sampler and sampler, and resampler. So a bank's fully customizable. Unless I am mistaken, we can deal with any musical style, just choose the desired time (4 / 4, 3 / 3, 2 / 2 ....). We can rework those samples in a very fast and intuitive.
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    - MIDI IN and OUT, Stereo Output Jack (phone), Double Mono output jack (L + R MASTER), Double Input Jack Mono (can switch to a single microphone). USB2.0 for data transfer (sequences, programs and samples) between the animal and the computer. Compact Flash card reader and memory expandable to 128mb with a barrette AKAI.

    - Factory Sound Bank very average, yet it allows a minimum of fun after a good GPA is, so as everyone knows is the interest of sampler and sampler, and resampler. So a bank's fully customizable. Unless I am mistaken, we can deal with any musical style, just choose the desired time (4 / 4, 3 / 3, 2 / 2 ....). We can rework those samples in a very fast and intuitive.

    - The effects are limited but still present. Decay, attack, standardization, timestrech, heuuu, I know more after but hey not expect miracles from this side.

    - You can sequence your tracks with almost as limited only by the internal memory of the MPC (32mb), which may be a bit tight for large samples, but more than adequate to bring tens of tracks and sequences.

    UTILIZATION

    - The grip is perfect. The system is very intuitive AKAI. Just fly quickly record and MPC will be tamed within hours. For those who do not use Hard sequencer or drum machine, it can easily become more complicated. But I think you will not find any equivalent machine easier to use.

    - It's simple, everything is simple, recording a sample, adjustment scales, through the "sliding" events on the slopes, the distribution of sequences. Everything goes by "modes" available at the touch of a pad. Each mode is reserved to a particular editing work assembly sequence, effect, record, publish samples ....)

    - First flat on the board, the manual is in English only. But hey it's not Shakespeare, either, it should not be a problem too.

    SOUNDS

    - The MPC is therefore suitable for all types of modern music. I compose mostly rap with influences electrofunk. But I also took my foot to the more traditional instruments (violin / piano rap FR), percussion or beeplines dirty westside, or even the brassy New York, dancehall reggae riddims, GNI ..... MPC = no limit.

    - The MPC is not a machine dedicated to the world "HIPHOP" but the sound AKAI, rather hot is found for this kind of music. I think for sure that everything is really possible on this machine, limited only by the imagination of the composer. Samples are in WAV format (CD quality), no problem level sound quality. If you sample the MP3, retouvher would be better to still further that in the MPC, the older version of sample functions are limited side effects and EQ.

    - Looking for the caller MUST touch your batteries? Well look no further, you are in front of the legendary Akai PADS!

    OVERALL OPINION

    - I use it for about two months now. SIR, I am very satisfied.

    - Goodies:

    Portability, power possible with 6 AA batteries.
    The same features as its big sister, a row of pads, the timestreching real-time and had another little effect it seems.
    The touch pads.
    Ease of handling.
    The warm sound comes out (I have not tested a lot of sampler in my life, but considering the price I think it does its job well).
    Her blue backlight (I know, I know, but what class!)
    Its USB connectivity, ideal for drag / drop samples on the Compact Flash card.
    Opportunity to do with Live.

    -Cons:

    Not save the top, because if you turn off the machine without malencontresement save first, you lose EVERYTHING.
    32Mb internal memory, which is sometimes a fair bit to load the sample programs enormous.
    A compact flash card that comes with 128Mb (with falling prices, AKAI provide for at least 1GB).
    Unable to move in certain ways without interrupting the reading.
    The inability to change the tempo in real time loops.
    The section actually quite poor (not annoying for my style of music).
    Screen too small.

    - Users of old MPC will not be confused, and those who use different systems to arrive probably take over within hours. Before I worked on Roland MC and the MPC has changed my life.

    - The value for money is excellent, I wonder even now what justifies such a price difference between the MPC1000 and 500. Without wanting to speculate I think that the MPC500 is the best value in the range MPC. So the choice I would do without hesitation.
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  • Akai Professional MPC500Published on 01/10/08 at 09:29
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    Ras

    UTILIZATION

    The config is simple but too detailed with respect to the pads, the English manual manipulation ... The time-consuming compared to a korg esx example.

    SOUNDS

    For the hip hop C is ideal, clean and precise, the actual dynamics and sampling as well, good warm sound.

    OVERALL OPINION

    It's been a month since I used the, I am disappointed by the ridiculous internal memory and constant back and forth between the memory card and mpc beat in order to create correct, I was working on esx level sound quality that is dirty ( a certain charm), but expression level is much more intuitive, in fact I lose too much time on mpc even if the concept is good. I think that it is......
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    Ras

    UTILIZATION

    The config is simple but too detailed with respect to the pads, the English manual manipulation ... The time-consuming compared to a korg esx example.

    SOUNDS

    For the hip hop C is ideal, clean and precise, the actual dynamics and sampling as well, good warm sound.

    OVERALL OPINION

    It's been a month since I used the, I am disappointed by the ridiculous internal memory and constant back and forth between the memory card and mpc beat in order to create correct, I was working on esx level sound quality that is dirty ( a certain charm), but expression level is much more intuitive, in fact I lose too much time on mpc even if the concept is good. I think that it is absolutely necessary to buy the mpc with a barrette extra RAM (for 128mb of internal memory) or you go you take the lead.
    Peace
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  • Akai Professional MPC500Published on 02/02/08 at 13:56
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    Sampler so its unlimited bank
    Effects good but not great, it's not the goal

    a single output (only regret)

    great pad, to do a lot with the wheel in plastoc (which could have been a bit more manageable) but overall great beast very solid and well finished, it's really one of my best machines and Compact side is very sexy.

    twelve o'clock all the connections obviously

    UTILIZATION

    The real slap to me is my first mpc, the sequencing in the ear.
    It is a pleasure and an exceptional speed of composition. Mpc concept really is more than great.

    Sampling on the fly without worry

    Memory: it must extend it absolutely clear, but it cost only 30 euros to 128 uper

    We can only......
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    Sampler so its unlimited bank
    Effects good but not great, it's not the goal

    a single output (only regret)

    great pad, to do a lot with the wheel in plastoc (which could have been a bit more manageable) but overall great beast very solid and well finished, it's really one of my best machines and Compact side is very sexy.

    twelve o'clock all the connections obviously

    UTILIZATION

    The real slap to me is my first mpc, the sequencing in the ear.
    It is a pleasure and an exceptional speed of composition. Mpc concept really is more than great.

    Sampling on the fly without worry

    Memory: it must extend it absolutely clear, but it cost only 30 euros to 128 uper

    We can only use one effect on the fly thanks to the fader ... but as I said, the side effects / single output is the weak point of the machine.

    SOUNDS

    The sound has a good potato, just typed but not bad. (Ca always sounds a little differently after sampling, especially when you normalize, but ultimately it farts)

    the pads are responding really well and are top comfort (my fingers are enjoying), I admit that not I do not play drums with the velocities.

    The effects are not extra-extra I must admit, and that it have only one output limits the use of external effects ... So here is the smaller less.

    OVERALL OPINION

    It's been a year and overall I think it's a sampler / sequencer exceptional, especially with the composition by ear I think it's really huge! It is a blow to take if you do not know but after the madness MPC is a real breath of fresh air.
    Do not think that only the hip hop with this kind of gear, I may as well electro and jungle, breakcore or even, with disconcerting ease, the foot.

    Only regret: the effects good but not great (well who cares it's not what you asked) but mostly there is only one exit. At least two would have been nice, the top four, but I understood that I would have a more compact and less fat (like the 1000 or something like that)

    Great price right for this machine. You just have to time it's a small sampler / sequencer super tough for the pros who want to really put a bottom in the delirium mpc I would recommend instead a model above.

    Personally I would look to repeat that offer other models, but for now I have and I will not part with it I love it!
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  • Akai Professional MPC500Published on 03/31/08 at 07:20
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    For CHARACTERISTICS, I let you see below.

    Ngatifs points:

    - A single output
    - The MPC 500 can not CONTRL midi

    Memory of Origin: sufficient extension: abuse

    UTILIZATION

    When you have never touch an MPC, may be Drout to beginners. It's just taking a shot

    Personally, I got hold of it, then Chisho with MPC 60. More basic, more simple to use despite his great age that just push us to believe that it is more difficult to use.
    In short, as the technology increases, the fade with intuitiva 10,000 10,000 buttons in menus ... Bullshit ... Especially the effects of this shit it possde 500!

    SOUNDS

    Sound,

    Personal I'm never full. Sample it well, it made its taf.
    I find......
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    For CHARACTERISTICS, I let you see below.

    Ngatifs points:

    - A single output
    - The MPC 500 can not CONTRL midi

    Memory of Origin: sufficient extension: abuse

    UTILIZATION

    When you have never touch an MPC, may be Drout to beginners. It's just taking a shot

    Personally, I got hold of it, then Chisho with MPC 60. More basic, more simple to use despite his great age that just push us to believe that it is more difficult to use.
    In short, as the technology increases, the fade with intuitiva 10,000 10,000 buttons in menus ... Bullshit ... Especially the effects of this shit it possde 500!

    SOUNDS

    Sound,

    Personal I'm never full. Sample it well, it made its taf.
    I find that even dcle a certain warmth in the sound sample. Rve I can be ...

    In any case, nothing wrong level. In addition, I like the filter rsons. This is not the best but I like ...

    You will not see me about the factory sound banks: a killing me the number of pseudo producers who talk about a tab was a sound like a report ... When we talk about noise we are talking about talking converters, rendering ...

    And for those who say that the banks are not terrible, I say, these sound banks is that the bonus for those who know how to use ...

    The effects: it seems to me that I said all dj ... Go not, there may be the delay that I like to use ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    I for one year.

    Personally, I find that a flat ring, with no flavor particulire (I speak of the groove, Character ,...)

    The MPC 60 ct it sounds pro, is an artistic dimension tural MPC in this amazing ...

    But the me that is a gadget again.
    Do not think I snubs or anything, the MBM 60 is less CHRE because I find almost become deprecated ... but it must at least try the 60 or 3000 to realize the dcalage ...

    Although sr, my opinion does that as composing instrumentals ... Live, I think even when it can be INTERESTED in some aspects.
    But even when, as squenage pure MBM, either 60, 300, or 500, there is no such thing! True, it is still the same top squenceur of 500 ... Only the 500 it squence what? there is virtually no possibility noon and its in-house that sounds flat ... You're quick tour!
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  • Akai Professional MPC500Published on 09/05/11 at 21:34
    The MPC 500 is the lower end model of the MPC brands. This 500 is ok but its nothing that I would go crazy for. For the price you are better off just saving up a little more money and getting the 1000. Because the 1000 blows the 500 out of the water. You are extremely limited with what you can and cant do on the MPC 500.

    UTILIZATION

    everything was extremely easy to use.

    SOUNDS

    Everything with the MPC 500 was extremely easy never once had any issues with it except for the fact that it felt cheap. I don’t recommend this to anyone that uses any of the other MPC models on the market. I purchased this thinking that it was going to be for my portable mobile set up which it is very......
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    The MPC 500 is the lower end model of the MPC brands. This 500 is ok but its nothing that I would go crazy for. For the price you are better off just saving up a little more money and getting the 1000. Because the 1000 blows the 500 out of the water. You are extremely limited with what you can and cant do on the MPC 500.

    UTILIZATION

    everything was extremely easy to use.

    SOUNDS

    Everything with the MPC 500 was extremely easy never once had any issues with it except for the fact that it felt cheap. I don’t recommend this to anyone that uses any of the other MPC models on the market. I purchased this thinking that it was going to be for my portable mobile set up which it is very portable and mobile and you can take it anywhere its even smaller than the 1000. But its just not worth it, the screen is horrible and you can edit on board. You have to hook it to your pc or mac to do the chopping and then import that sliced parts into the 500. That’s ridiculous I don’t know why they would even come out with a model like that.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Maybe I am just bias because I have been using the MPC’s for a long time and too see them created one that is sub par like this machine is it just upsets me. But to someone that hasn’t every use the other mpc’s before this might feel special to them. It could be just what they need to take on the road with them and do some drum patterns or sampling. But if you are a MPC fan and have used other modules don’t purchase this one, it feels like a toy and will limit your creativity, leave the mpc 500 to the newbies.
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  • my son too expensive

    Akai Professional MPC500Published on 05/22/11 at 05:23
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    minimum connection 'output and stereo input) MIDI In and Out
    section mean effect but complete (delay, reverb, flanger, phaser, distortion, auto-pan ...)
    good sequencer, stable
    portability
    128 mb of ram and plyPhon 32 votes enough to make the old boom bap

    UTILIZATION

    it is easy to use, suitable for a beginner in my opinion
    the manual is well done and if we want to know more there is a book in English on mpc forum detailing all you can do with
    lacks a built-in function chop chop (I use the slicer on wavesurgeon computer to compensate for that) although chopper to the ear is not impossible and there are 4 pads, which have functions to help them (play all, play loop , to......
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    minimum connection 'output and stereo input) MIDI In and Out
    section mean effect but complete (delay, reverb, flanger, phaser, distortion, auto-pan ...)
    good sequencer, stable
    portability
    128 mb of ram and plyPhon 32 votes enough to make the old boom bap

    UTILIZATION

    it is easy to use, suitable for a beginner in my opinion
    the manual is well done and if we want to know more there is a book in English on mpc forum detailing all you can do with
    lacks a built-in function chop chop (I use the slicer on wavesurgeon computer to compensate for that) although chopper to the ear is not impossible and there are 4 pads, which have functions to help them (play all, play loop , to play, play from)

    SOUNDS

    the sound is fairly neutral, not its strong point but I find it not bad for a small sampler and a sampler mpc done to the vinyl for the grain!
    the pads are velocity sensitive and quality even if there are only 12!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for almost 4 years and it is sturdy, just the cursor that is a little less sensitive than at the beginning
    I used the MPC 2000 (XL), the mpc 1000 and Ensoniq asr x pro is that it is less safe to use kiffa Because the surface is less impressive but has any of a high level feature!
    j'la see € to 370 in some stores now J'lui not really see the competitors in this price range!
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  • Anonymous

    Akai Professional MPC500Published on 01/12/10 at 09:18
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    <ul class="ul">

    What connection (audio, MIDI ...)?

    </ul>

    Not much unfortunately, but good enough!

    <ul>

    He has an effects section?

    </ul>

    Yeah but not really top, anyway I do not use.

    UTILIZATION

    Config ultra simple, I have no manual and I'm doing pretty well.
    All functions are accessible via shortcuts clear and accurate, the only downside is the ridiculously small screen! This is also why I always pass on a PC for editing samples!

    (-1 For the screen)

    SOUNDS

    I do not find him particularly grain, my samples emerge as I did it and it suits me!
    I think the reaction to the velocity of the pads is not too bad ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 2 months, I've never......
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    <ul class="ul">

    What connection (audio, MIDI ...)?

    </ul>

    Not much unfortunately, but good enough!

    <ul>

    He has an effects section?

    </ul>

    Yeah but not really top, anyway I do not use.

    UTILIZATION

    Config ultra simple, I have no manual and I'm doing pretty well.
    All functions are accessible via shortcuts clear and accurate, the only downside is the ridiculously small screen! This is also why I always pass on a PC for editing samples!

    (-1 For the screen)

    SOUNDS

    I do not find him particularly grain, my samples emerge as I did it and it suits me!
    I think the reaction to the velocity of the pads is not too bad ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 2 months, I've never tried another sample and I do not try the other! MPC forever!
    I now buy a 2500 to compensate for the tiny screen.
    The price of new and slightly abused mpc, OCCAZ but it's worth it!
    With experience, I would opt instead for a mpc 2500 but I do not regret my purchase, the little 500 has allowed me to familiarize myself with the workings of the MPC for a fairly modest considering the time I spend on it!
    on the other hand, do not forget to buy the memory expansion, if one is quickly limited ... (Considering the price of nine he could at least provide ... raptor band!)

    -1 For the extension not included
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  • Akai Professional MPC500Published on 02/06/11 at 07:15
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    Few connections but its more than enough. I do not use that USB.
    Effects very average, good for its small size, but bad point for full size screen.

    UTILIZATION

    The manual seems very good, learning a bit long for beginners, you do not get it all live when you see all the buttons and small screen. But after learning it was having fun with this machine!
    Also, a good place for sensitive pads vélocité.x

    SOUNDS

    is we who choose the sounds, so here is but I still put 8 because the biggest problem is that search did not Integrated Micro therefore obliged to plug a headset, a speaker, an amp.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had 1 year and I am happy to have. I would do this choice without......
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    Few connections but its more than enough. I do not use that USB.
    Effects very average, good for its small size, but bad point for full size screen.

    UTILIZATION

    The manual seems very good, learning a bit long for beginners, you do not get it all live when you see all the buttons and small screen. But after learning it was having fun with this machine!
    Also, a good place for sensitive pads vélocité.x

    SOUNDS

    is we who choose the sounds, so here is but I still put 8 because the biggest problem is that search did not Integrated Micro therefore obliged to plug a headset, a speaker, an amp.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had 1 year and I am happy to have. I would do this choice without hesitation, despite a steep learning curve. Very good sampler
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