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Akai Professional MPC1000 Music Production Center

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The Akai MPC1000 Music Production Center is a laptop-sized unit that serves as a portable complement to the MPC2000 and MPC4000 and is a powerful DJ production tool on its own. It has a friendly inter... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Akai MPC1000 Music Production Center is a laptop-sized unit that serves as a portable complement to the MPC2000 and MPC4000 and is a powerful DJ production tool on its own. It has a friendly interface, easy-to-use MIDI sequencer and drum sampler, and velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads for expressive play. Two separate effects processors plus a main-out processor can be used simultaneously. Also has 2x2 pole filters per voice, two Q-link sliders for realtime control, and 16MB capacity expandable to 128MB. It saves and loads data to the included 32MB CompactFlash card and connects to your computer via USB for drag-and-drop convenience. Two MIDI in, two MIDI out ports.


  • 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 levels function: one sound on 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 Files sequences
  • Built”in Analog and Digital I/Os, headphone output and 2 x MIDI In /Out
  • Internal sounds in flash
  • 4”way sample layering and velocity switching per pad
  • 4”pole filters (two 2”pole filters) filtering for each of the 32 voices
  • 2 onboard effects processors plus 1 main out effect processor; all which can be used simultaneously
  • Can resample its own output
Sound Generator:
  • Data format: 16-bit linear WAV
  • Sampling rate: 44.1 kHz
  • Memory: 16MB standard (11.5MB sound memory), expandable to 128MB with EXM128 option
  • Preset sound memory: 5MB Flash
  • Recording time: 136 sec (16MB mono) 24m28sec (128MB mono)
  • Polyphony: 32-voice
  • Filters: 2 x 2-pole filters per voice
  • Filter types: Low pass, band pass, high pass
  • Number of active programs: 24 (with 64 pads per program)
  • 2 general effects: Chorus, Flanger, 4-band EQ, Bit-Grunger, Compressor, Phaser, Tremolo, Auto Pan, Reverb
  • Master effect: 4 band EQ, Compressor
  • Capacity: 100,000 notes
  • Resolution: 96ppq
  • 99 Sequences
  • 64 Tracks per sequence
  • 32 MIDI output channels (16 channels x 2 output ports)
  • Song mode: 20 songs, 250 steps per song
  • MIDI Clock Sync: Master/Slave
  • 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads
  • 4 pad banks
  • 16 Levels: Velocity, Tuning, Filter Cutoff, Attack, Decay
  • Track Mute and Next Sequence features for live performance
  • Record Input (L and R): jack x 2, balanced
  • Digital Input: RCA x 1, SPDIF
  • Stereo Output (L and R): jack x 2, unbalanced
  • Individual Outputs: jack x 4, unbalanced
  • Headphone Output: stereo jack x 1
  • Digital Output: RCA x 1, SPDIF
  • MIDI: 2 x MIDI In and 2 x MIDI Out
  • USB: Device connector x 1 (Mass Storage Class support)
  • Footswitches: jack x 2
  • Display: 240x64 dot graphic LCD w/back light
  • Power: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz
  • Consumption: 19W
  • Dimensions (H x W x D):2.97" x 12.99" x 8.985" [max 9.235"] (75.5mm x 330mm x 228.2mm [max 234.6mm])
  • Weight: 10.5lb.
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Akai ProfessionalMPC1000 Music Production Center

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(48 of 53 customers found this review helpful)


If ur Serious about making ur Music u Need One...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Akai Professional MPC1000 Music Production Center:

The Mpc1000 is probaly the Most easiest peice of equipment to use. i came over from the software world i mostly used reason 3.0 to create some music, and as soon as i got this peice i was on my way. ive only had this lil monster for about a month but ive made my best music with it so far. when it comes to sampling , and programing , and sequence ur samples nothing is easier athan the 1000. i was debatin to get the 2500 or the 1000 and im very happy i purchased the 1000, besides the point i saved 1,000.00, the mpc1000 is def for a serious beat maker...

(27 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


Gotta love that MPC sound

By drips

from San Francisco

Comments about Akai Professional MPC1000 Music Production Center:

Akai's MPC series is pretty much the hip-hop essential. The MPC1000 makes it easy to learn enough to get started but has nice features to keep you learning. It's small and powerful and despite lacking a few features I really like on the 2000 version, it's a great machine. There is some kind of magic hoodoo inside this box that makes your samples sound better than what you put in. I used to use it exclusively for hip-hop but now have managed to make weirdo folktronic rock soundscapes with it. Brilliant product, it'll be around for a long time. My only beef is it saves to memory card and when you connect it to a computer via USB the MPC gets locked into slave mode and is useless. Would've been cooler if you could move back and forth between MPC and computer easier - but whatever, those beats are slammin'.

(25 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


MPC Let Downs and disappointments

By Clmtyne

from Chapel Hill, NC

Comments about Akai Professional MPC1000 Music Production Center:

The Akai MPC-1000 is one of the most powerful little rhythm programmer/production centers on the market,but there are a few let downs and disappointments.The first is big problem- if you install the 80 gig hard drive, you can only save to the drive. It will not allow you to use the USB connection, connect to the computer and move the files to the MPC. THe USB Connection works fine, but it's a malfunction from AKAI. So therefore you must use the Compact flash to move any files that need to be moved. Secondly If you use older MIDI Keyboards, the system has trouble minipulating the signals and allow only one voice at a time. Obcouse that has a lot to do with the Keyboard, but it would be nice that regardless of the board, you were able to split the channels and signals and make the keyboard multi tembral.

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


MPC 1000

By Rafael

from West New York, NJ

Comments about Akai Professional MPC1000 Music Production Center:

I've had the MPC1000 for about a year now and it is still the main thing I use for my music. I start off the drums with the MPC1000,(Kick, Snare, Hats) then I add a bass with a keyboard thru the midi into the MPC1000, and continue from there. I also record from the midi into the MBox 2/ Protools. With the MPC1000 I am able to create beat quickly and with great sound quality. I have 128mb internal memory and a 1G Compact flash which has every sound I need. I would recommend the MPC1000 because it is easy to learn to use and enless when it comes to creating.

(17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


Affordable powerhouse!

By Anthony

from Little Rock, AR

Comments about Akai Professional MPC1000 Music Production Center:

If you're wanting to make beats and tap out the beat rather than just line it up in a software application, this is the machine for you. The Akai MPC1000 is about the size of a laptop but packs a big punch. It's MIDI interoperability comes in handy when used in conjunction with a keyboard and/or MIDI controller and rack mount or VSTs. One of my favorite features is the layering: You can assign up to four samples to one pad to layer them up. This helps make deeper bass, heavier kicks, awesome snares and unique sounds. I suggest you get the RAM expansion. You will pretty much need it when dealing with massive drum programs. The only thing I miss on the MPC1000 is the full-size pads featured on the bigger MPC2500 and others. Overall this is a great machine and very versatile. For beginners and pros!

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


mpc2500? why bother?! MPC100 IS THE GREATEST!

By Hamma

from Boston, MA

Comments about Akai Professional MPC1000 Music Production Center:

The MPC1000 is fantastic! It is truly a compact version of the mpc2500. The new O.S on the mpc 1000 enables new features such as the ability to slice samples, create patched phrases, timestretch, Pitch Shift, and Reverse samples, and tons of other new features. The only downside whcih isnt really that much of a problem is that unlike the other MPC's the 1000's screen can not tilt. Other then that the MPC is a very powerful sampler/seqeuncer and a good addtion to any producers studio!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Akai Or Die

By Dame Mariatchi

from Detroit MI

Comments about Akai Professional MPC1000 Music Production Center:

I'm a Recording Artist (Rapper) if you are too then you are all too familiar with dealing with producers. I felt like I was always on someone elses time always trying to get a beat. One day I decided to try the all too popular Fruti Loops which I thought was the best thing since sliced bread. I was wrong after producing on Fruti I just could'nt get my drums, snares, and kicks sounding full and industry quality like the pros. Thats when I decided to give beat machines a shot. I've been doing the music thing for a while and I've came across MPC's in the past. So I knew that this would be the only way to go. I did a lot of research and decided on the 1000. What a gift this little box was. I was kind of overwhelmed when I looked at the manual, but after a couple of weeks of playing around with it (going to the manual and online blogs when I needed help) I found the treasure that I had added to my studio. And I didn't have to loose all my hard earned sounds from Fruti I just convert them to waves and send them to the heaven that is the MPC. This thing made sound I had in Fruti sound sooooo much better and my samples got so cleaner. If you read enough you'll find that anything you want to do as far as making beats you can do with the MPC1000. The way I'd give it up for anything else is if it actually took the thoughts from my head and made the beat for me lol. Word to the wise "You don't need to keep hooking your MPC to the Comp via USB to load your samples just go to record mode plug your sound cables into your mixer/radio/even Ipod and press record the MPC will wait for your signal just play the song and save your sample. Thats just something it took me a while to figure out. GET IT OR CONTINUE TO WONDER WHY YOUR BEATS DONT BANG.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Akai MPC is the way to go for beginner or profeshional

By Dom Daniel

from Longview WA

Comments about Akai Professional MPC1000 Music Production Center:

well ive owned the mpc 1000 for about two weeks now and im already bangin out some of the best stuff ive done so far. the mpc has the most user friendly operating system i ve used yet and ive used roland, tascam, korg to name a few. one of the many things i like about the 1000 is how the menu is layed out. all you have to do is hit the mode button then one of the labled 16 pads and your there. no bouncing from screen to screen to screen just to change the bpm or another simple setting. as a matter of fact all of your main settings for recording are all on the main page. you dont have to go anywhere just highlight the setting and change it. then as far as something that i would change or improve on the 1000 would be to give it the same pads as the other mpc's, although it doesnt make or break the unit for me. plus akai does offer a pad fix but a little on the spendy side, but i would definitely recommend this product to anyone interested in learning how to produce music/beats

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Big Sound + Small price= Big fun!

By Perfekt1

from Portland, OR

Comments about Akai Professional MPC1000 Music Production Center:

At first I wanted to get the Mpc-4000, but after realizing that it's hefty price tag just wasn't gonna agree with my check book. I decided to purchase the younger brother of the family. I had already used a friends 4000 quite a bit and to my surprise the 1000 had a lot of new features that the 4000 didn't offer like EQ and Compression filters. Also the patched phrase and auto slice funtions. Overall this is the perfect tool for anyone novice to pro who is looking for a quality beat machine thats a little easier on your pockets.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


First MPC (MPC1000)


from Boston, MA

Comments about Akai Professional MPC1000 Music Production Center:

Ive had mine now for about 2 months, i love it. Im still not a pro on it but for the amount of time i spend on it, it isnt too hard to learn. I upgraded it to 128mb of ram and its dope. I reccomend this to any producer.


Went from the software world to the MPC 1000

By Joel Smith

from Ingleside, IL

Comments about Akai Professional MPC1000 Music Production Center:

Decades ago, I was using hardware because that is all there was. I started using software to make music about two years ago and have struggled a bit. I bought an MPC 1000 and made more progress in a week then 6 months with software. The other great thing is that it makes all of my software sounds make sense. It bridged the gap, if you will. I drag sounds from my MAC or PC straight to the memory card, load it up and it's ready to go. I of course have to record some sounds in Ableton Live and convert to WAV but that is no big deal. (Native Instruments KORE sounds drag straight over) I love not being tied to my computer desk with the MPC. Also, after making sounds with the MPC, I do all of the finishing touches on my computer after simply moving my creation. I loved the MPC 1000 so much I also bought an MPC 500 to take advantage of true mobility with battery power. I was hesitant at first because of the price but it is worth it. When I just feel like "jamming", I just use the pads and play. What a great product!!! I have MASCHINE and found the MPC to be more user friendly. Thanks AKAI

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