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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Charles Choc, Jr a hobbyist user from US writes:
I have had this unit for 2 or 3 months now, and I am only beginning to appreciate all that it can do. Sure, I wish that it had a little more advanced sample-editing features (particularly time-strech), and the effects and the amount thereof aren't all that impressive, but for the money, you get a solid all-around sequencer that is just fun as hell to play. The thing is an inspiration to use, and, with USB connection, more memory than the 2000xl, and a good couple of software program editors, it is easier than ever to put together sample programs and get them into your MPC to start pounding away. Where this thing might suffer a little in terms of sample-editing, it more than makes up for as a sequencer for itself and, more importantly, for other gear. This capability and proficiency has really given me that much more appreciation for this red-headed stepchild of the MPC family. I use this bad boy to sequence my Access Indigo 2, and to augment the internal sequencer of my Elektron Machinedrum. The MPC can store all of my knob adjustments on the Indigo. With all of this said, this is not the end-all-be-all sampler. And if this is your only piece of kit, then I think you are bound to be dissapointed. But, with the help of audio-editors, and as a sequencer for other equipment (a sort of central-nervous system for a setup), this thing really shines. If I could give it a 4.5 five I would, simply because of the sampling shortcomings, but I also want to offset some of the more negative revues, as I think this little guy is underrated.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-23-2004 at 02:11
al a part-time user from UK writes:
I have had an MPC2000XL before. The data storage was slow and not big enough which was frustrating enough for me to sell it. Yeah, I know you can get a SCSI zip/jaz on it but saving and loading from them is a pain. I considered buying another one recently and buying the 8MB flash rom and 8 output expansion for it. I'd probably be looking at £450 for the XL for £400 for the flash ROM and output expansion. I was quite happy to discover that there was a new Akai MPC out which addressed all of these shortcomings of the MPC2000XL and was available a lot cheaper.

I had worries that the build quality of the MPC1000 would have been sacrificed for reducing the overall cost of production. My fears were based on the Akai Z4/8 which felt cheap and plastic compared to my S5000 (and the screen was tiny too) - in my opinion the Zs were a step backwards for Akai.

Anyway the MPC1000 that I picked up recently is a reassuringly solid unit with a screen that seems to hold the same amount of information as the 2000xl but is much bigger. As has been said in previous reviews the only thing that feels cheap are the data wheel and rec level and master volume wheel. Maybe I don't know a lot about the financial aspects of producing an electronic instrument but how much would it cost to make sturdier wheels Akai? The pads are just as I remember on the MPC2000XL and for any 'heavy handed' users who like to play their MPC with a hammer you can adjust the sensitivity.

The USB, compact flash drive and 5MB internal flash make this unit a joy to use and it is small enough to sit in bed with it on your lap! In fact that's what I did last night - loaded all of the samples I had been using on my S5000 onto the MPC1000 and sequenced them in bed, then saved it all to internal flash. So next time I turn it on there's no messing about - I'm where I left it, that means a lot to me as I feel messing about with zip disks and floppies kills creativity and spontanaity.

The MPC1000 sounds as I expected it to. If you put a punchy kick in it sounds punchy, if you put a phat kick in it sounds phat. There are no dope filters and no mojo filters but 2 good high/low pass and band pass with resonance, the low pass is particularly good for ultra bass!! The real time tuning and attack/decay controls are very useful for altering drums sounds. The internal mixer is well implemented too with levels, pans and sends for each individual pad, so you can just use the master outs if you wish to mix internally. I upgraded the OS to 1.06 and there have been no problems, if I was a potential buyer I wouldn't worry about all talk of crashes and such it seems stable to me.

I can't find a lot to fault the MPC apart from the flash card and internal preset sounds, they seem to be directed at a specific market and are not very versatile, but people who buy machines for their presets will never get the best out of them. I kept about 3 of them from the card. The plastic buttons as I mentioned before are rubbish. One final gripe is that the outputs seem to distort at a lower level than my S5000, but I won't be able to verify that until I've hooked it up with a mixer.

So to summarise - the features on this are unbeatable at the price. I can only find minor things wrong with it like the cheap buttons. So for £600 new and about £400 second hand you can't go wrong with it, the nearest competition is perhaps the Yamaha RS7000 and I've never used that.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-20-2004 at 07:43
Dreddy Krugger a professional user from U.S.A. writes:
'Sup World? Lets' talk about the Akai MPC1000. I've worked on my "bang box" for about six months and my lieutenant has not malfunctioned a little bit. Knocking out the illness from the pads is simple mathematics compared to most other sampling boxes on the planet. You get for what you pay to the company. Commenting on a previous review, if you want to get sampled later on by another ill producer on the rise, keep your music fresh and independent. Your imagination is the real orchestrator. The Akai MPC1000 is a hip hop producers dream. ~1~ P.S. I forgot to rate my ally.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-02-2004 at 02:29
greg love a hobbyist user from u.s writes:
I've had my mpc for about two months. I am happy to say I approve of this machine. I'm running cakewalk 2004 home studio at 24bit/96k. I normally only record at 44.1k. When I first bought the mpc, I had to return it cause the record mode did'nt record. The Guitar Center was happy to exchange a brand new one to me and gave me a "gotcha".They overcharged me by charging me for an extended warrenty on both machines! That is why I will tell on them! haha.I am achieving great results when i use cakewalk for time stretching, slicing dicing and all that good stuff before i download to the mpc. The mpc has a usb plug in that I use to save my work right on my pc. by the way the sales associate said that he was going to consoladate my echange onto just one reciept and kept my old reciept.The question is is it really worth risking a business relationship over just one hundred dollars? hmmm The mpc does what it claims and Im having a ball experimenting.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-26-2004 at 11:24
Tra a professional user from DC writes:
I use all of the MPC series and its the sound power of the drum kicks that is tha best... You can find similar snares all over the place from trinity's tritons to motif but the kicks is where its at for u new producers. come on we need tighter tracks ya'll...The mp1k is good if u you are prepared to use another sequencer and for its sounds. u will also need other instruments to make your tracks sweet for u producers come on we need tighter tracks in tha game... its worth tha money if u know what u r doing w/ your equipment peace. Tra madnoize muzic

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-27-2004 at 15:10
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