New Akai MPC2500 Announced

Latest MPC keeps the features coming      13/09/05
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New Akai MPC2500 Announced
Winston demos the New Akai MPC2500

We knew there was something afoot and Numark, the new owners of the Akai brand, unveiled the latest in the MPC range at London's PLASA show this week. The MPC2500 is the successor to the MPC200XL, featuring the formers classic user interface and building from there. It features velocity and pressure sensitive pads, twin onboard effects processors and an additional send for outboard effects, Q-Link controllers, plus 10 outputs and an S/PDIF digital output. On the down side, the unit ships with a mere 16mb RAM and only holds a maximum of 128MB (at time of press). It is compatible with all previous MPC program and sample data, though will only read the sample data from Akai S5/6000 and Z4/8 samplers. Akai Professional CEO Jack O’Donnell commented on the new MPC, “The new MPC2500 Music Production Center elevates Akai Professional’s MPC Series reputation as an indispensable music production tool to a new level and further demonstrates our commitment to the music market. This is an exciting product that music professionals have been eagerly awaiting.� The MPC2500 will be available Q4 of 2005. Pricing is not yet available but we hear it may be in the region of $2000

The MPC2500 close up
KEY FEATURES
1) Improved Akai MPC design
• Large graphic LCD display based on the friendly user interface of the MPC series
• MPC’s iconic “feel� and “groove�
• Velocity and pressure sensitive pads allow for expressive programming, with more pad banks
• New Features such as Chopshop, Patched Phrase, Grid Edit, Effect and LFO sync, Mixer Automation, and Input Thru
• Expanded Pattern-based 100,000 notes, 64-track sequencer and 64 external MIDI channels
• 32-voice full-featured 16bit sampler equipped with up to 128MB RAM (comes with 16MB) 2) Extensive connectivity
• Two MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs
• Built-in USB Slave port for connection to a Windows or Mac OS computer
• Built-in 10 analog outputs
• 2 1/4� stereo analog inputs and outputs with 16bit/44.1kHz sampling
• Master/Slave synchronization capabilities: MIDI clock
• 2 Assignable Footswitch inputs
3) Sample Library Compatibility- Compatible with Akai MPC1000 Sequence, .wav, Program,
MPC2000/2000XL Sequence, .wav, SND, Program, MPC2500 Sequences, .wav, Programs,
MPC3000, Z4/Z8.wav and S5000/6000.wav
4) Extensive sound control
• Extensive sample editing that includes cut and paste, timestretch, slice, resampling etc, with waveform display
• Dynamic resonant multi-mode filters, 2 envelope generators and 1 LFO for each of the 32 voices
• 2 Q-Link sliders and 2 knobs for real-time control over a wide variety of dynamic changes
5) Self-contained • Optional user installable Internal hard drive to store custom sound libraries and sequences
• Optional user installable CD-RW drive to load CD-ROM libraries, sample Audio CDs, and backup personal data
SPECIFICATIONS
SOUND GENERATOR

• Sampling rate 44.1kHz
• Memory capacity 16MB standard (11.5MB for sound memory), expandable to 128MB
• Recording time 136sec. (16MB, MONO), 24m28sec. (128MB, MONO)
• Memory expansion slot 1 x for optional EXM128
• Data format 16-bit linear
• Polyphony 32
• Dynamic filtering 2 x 2-pole filter per voice
• Filter type Low pass, Band pass, High pass
• Preset sound memory 5MB
• Number of programs 24
EFFECTS
• Effects 2 stereo effects and Master effect
Effect type Chorus, Flanger, Bit grunger, 4 band EQ, Compressor, Phase shifter, Tremolo, Flying Pan, Reverb, Delay
• Master effect: 4 band EQ, Compressor
SEQUENCER
• Maximum events 100,000 notes
• Resolution 96 parts per 1/4-note
• Sequences 99
• Tracks per sequence 64
• MIDI output channels 64 (16 channels x 4 outputs)
• Song mode 20 songs, 250 steps per song
• Drum pad 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)
• Drum pad banks 4
• Sync mode MIDI clock
DRUM PADS:
• 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads
• 4 pad banks
• 16 Levels: Velocity, Tuning
• Automated Pad Mixer (Level, Pan and FX send)
• Track Mute and Next Sequence features for live performance
DATA COMPATIBILITY
• MPC1000 SEQ, WAV, PGM
• MPC2000/2000XL SEQ, WAV, SND, PGM (Most parameters of PGM file can be loaded.)
• MPC2500 SEQ, WAV, PGM (DRUM program only. Only note assign and tune are loaded.)
• MPC3000 SND (THRU Computer)
• Z4/Z8 WAV only
• S5000/6000 WAV only (THRU Computer)
• S1000/3000 No compatibility


SPECIFICATIONS
Q-LINK

• 2 sliders and 2 rotary knobs
• Assignable to internal sampler controls: pitch, filter cutoff, resonance, LFO, attack, decay, and Assignable to internal effects parameters
• Assignable to external Midi Controllers
GENERAL
• 240 x 64 dot graphic LCD w/back light
• Compact Flash (up to 2GB)
CONNECTIONS
• Record input (L and R) 1/4-inch stereo phone x 2, balanced -40dBu, input impedance 11k ohms;
• Max. Input level +10dBu
• Digital input RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF
• Stereo output (L and R) 1/4-inch phone x 2 balanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms,
• Max. output level +22dBu
• 4 individual outputs 1/4-inch phone x 4 balanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms,
• Max. output level +22dBu
• Phones output 1/4-inch stereo phone x 1, 200mW / 100 ohms
• Digital output RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF
• MIDI inputs 5-pin DIN x 2
• MIDI outputs 5-pin DIN x 4
• USB Slave connector x 1, USB MASS STORAGE CLASS support
• (You need Windows 2000/Me/XP or later version, or MacOS 9.x/10.x or later version.)
• Footswitches 1/4-inch phone x 2
POWER
• 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz
• Consumption: 70W max (with all options)
STANDARD ACCESSORIES
32MB Compact Flash card, Power cable, Operator's manual
OPTIONS
EXM128 128MB expansion memory card
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