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The pad count has been cut to 12 to accommodate the smaller form factor, but the sequencer and sampler still offers 48-tracks, a 16-channel MIDI sequencer combined with a 32-voice 16-bit/44.1 kHz drum/phrase sampler. The unitâ€™s MIDI sequencer supports the SMF (standard MIDI file) format, while the sampler accepts WAV files. Like all Akai MPC units, the MPC500 provides velocity sensitive pads (12) for triggering sounds and the unit includes Akaiâ€™s legendary 12 Levels functionâ€”where one sound can be assigned to all pads with varied level or tuning per pad. The MPC500 provides numerous onboard effects plus two stereo effects sends and a Master control. In addition to operation via six AA batteries, the unit includes an AC power adapter. For transferring work to other Akai MPC models, a Compact Flash storage card is included for use with the internal CF drive. The MPC500 includes a USB port for connecting an external hard drive. Memory expansion is available.
According to Harmony Central, the price is to be $1,299 - yes you read that right - it seems a tad pricey consierding the MPC-1000 list - with larger screen is $1,499 but we've seen it for ads little as $899. Available OctoberMore From: AKAI