The Akai MPC500 Music Production Center can be powered by 6 AA batteries allowing producers to work outside the studio with familiar Akai features and functions. The included AC power adapter along wi... Read More
The Akai MPC500 Music Production Center can be powered by 6 AA batteries allowing producers to work outside the studio with familiar Akai features and functions. The included AC power adapter along with the high-quality construction, sound, and feel will make it a great small sound editing and production unit in the studio. This compact-yet-full-featured music production center features a 48-track, 16-channel MIDI sequencer and 32-voice drum/phrase sampler with 16-bit/44.1kHz fideilty.
The sequencer supports standard MIDI file format and the sampler accepts WAV files. The MPC500 provides 12 velocity-sensitive pads for triggering sounds and has Akai's legendary 12 Levels function which allows one sound to be assigned to all the pads with varied level or tuning per pad. The MPC500 music synth provides numerous onboard effects plus two stereo effects sends and a Master control.
The MPC500 uses up to 128MB RAM via the same EXM128 memory expansion used on the popular MPC1000 and MPC2500. The CF Card slot will allow users to backup their data, which can then be loaded directly into a MPC1000 or 2500 making the family of new MPC's fully compatible. The USB port allows you to transfer .wav files and .mid files or MPC sequence files in and out of the Akai MPC500 or connect an external hard drive.
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Ive had the mpc 500 for about 2 weeks 'im still having problems saving and loading my work .I bought this piece because my mpc 2000xl broke and I needed something immediately.It beats floppy disks and scsi roms but beware when it comes to saving and loading your projects!
I've had the MPC 500 for 24hrs so far and its a struggle ig your a person thats not used to working on a MPC. I'm learning though. The style is great though. Very small. I can slide it in just about any bag or purse. So its a great unit.
Simply an amazing unit with such convenience that can only be offered by akai. This will transform beat making by making the airplane a new recording and sequencing studio. This truly is an exciting and an innovative piece of gear.
For those interested in purchasing the MPC500, it's been available in stores since the begining of the month. No other retailer will have it for another 4-5 weeks. I know this, because I work for the company. It's an awesome piece of gear. If your intended use is complete beat production, i wouldn't recomend this for that kind of studio application. It is, however a great buy, it has many similar features as the 1000, but will not work with files from the 2000 or 2500. The face that it's battery powered makes it amazing for traveling and small setups. It's most def worth it. Look into it, and stop by the store when you can if you want to mess around with it a little. _revolt
You've drempt of yourself portably producing... On the road, In an airplane, even on the toilet! Now with the MPC 500 you can do all that and more. Despite the lack-o-pads consider possibility of sampling at the record store itself. Im litteraly drooling noodles contomplating the endless sequences.
It is definitely MPC1000 little cousin. It has the same controls and button layout all in 12 pads instead on the usual 16. I dont own a MPC and probaly never will but I have played one at a Guitar Center location Roseville, MI. All of the features of past MPCs all rap into one portable and battery powered unit. This is my review on the new MPC 500 available at the Guitar Center 10/19/06. THANKS!!!
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