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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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CrazyD from USA writes:
I've had the mpc1000 for a month or two and without going into an in-depth discussion of it's specs which you can see elsewhere I think this is the perfect box for those looking to break away from the PC and make music using a hands-on approach.

The build of my unit was good, very heavy and solid- the pads have a very responsive feel to them, it takes a bit of practice to hit them perfectly every time but you get used to it. The pads are not unresponsive and the wheels and sliders feel fine to me, contrary to what others on the have been saying. It's probably that people haven't figured out the difference between the 16 levels button and the Full vel on/off switch.

The only time my unit experiences drop-out in playback is when I feed it alot of extraneous midi data but I have found a way to make this not happen (I filter out the extraneous data- duh). As a master clock this has never happened- not once. The timing resolution is exactly what you'd expect from 96parts per quarter note. Compare it to the MPC4000 which has 960ppq!

There are no other glitches or bugs that I experienced, no lag, mistiming or delays. Maybe it's the people who are using cheaper, second party RAM chips who are the ones experiencing problems.

The MPC1000 sequencer is better suited as a sampling beatbox for banging out basic riddims and beats, whereas the MPC4000 was designed to be a complete sampling workstation with the AKAI rubber pads instead of piano keys.

If you want to do pitch mapping, crossfades, sample manipulation via EG's etc in order to build up a library of original playable, pitched instrument sounds you'd be better off getting the 4000. If you want it to automatically slice and dice- it won't do that either, nor will it *ever* do pitch shifting or formant correction. Get over it people!

The MPC1000 excels at making and sequencing one-shot samples, hits and loops- not making pitched, sample accurate instrument sounds. It's an old school beatbox rather than a workstation, however with the right set of samples an entire production could easily be created on it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-23-2004 at 18:08
Frankenstein a part-time user from USA writes:
For the money, if you need solid sampling and sequencing, there is no better machine you can buy.Coming from both an asr-10, and 2000xl setup. the sequencing is just as good as either of those. But with way more flexibility in the sampling arena. Though there are some bugs here and there everything i've found has been fixed with latest Os 1.05. Great machine for those willing to learn and not expecting a machine to create for them.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-22-2004 at 15:19
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i tried one around march this yr in japan and all samples playing crazy randomly and out of control,saleman told me thats the seq bugs.then i tried another at my hometown shop its quite ok and tight timing on seq,mute/unmute on mixer page using the pads is quite easy and quick,the sound is punch and clean tho not so fat.but my trial is not so firm cuz i just tried them only around 30 mins each time,i tried to test all functions if its in normal condition.i played all presets and didn't experience any drop-outs,but i cannot sample it or edit it at shop in a rush.so i cannot prove the bugs many users said on the user forums.but i believe that there'll be different condition of 1k ,just cuz i experienced a buggest 1k in japan.anyway,if drop-outs exist,it cannot be forgiven just cuz its main aim is for live use,can u imagine there's no sounds during the middle of ur songs in ur well-planned gigs???i believe it maybe the truth cuz recent yrs many gear makers such as yamaha aw4416,emu xl-7/mp-7 are all buggy as hell.for me,i'll wait for akai to fix all bugs then i just consider to buy one.its the time to give proper reward to non-responsible gear makers.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-22-2004 at 11:39
safe drown a part-time user from usa writes:
the 1000 is ok if you like using computers with it. by itself it is very limited. chopping up multiple samples from one long sample is mind numbing without a computer.

first off there is no zoning feature like on other mpcs (for chopping up samples quickly). AND THERE IS NO EASY WAY TO MOVE SINGLE EVENTS IN STEP EDIT!!!

example: say you want to move a snare hit forward or backward a little bit. you cannot just select that snare hit and move it. you have to copy it, paste it in the new time you think you want, and then delete the old snare hit. if you did not put it in the right spot you have to start the whole copy/paste scenario all over again.

it is extremely retarded and time consuming to have to edit sequences like this. until they address little things like this i suggest everyone thinking about getting a 1000 to hold off. knowing akai they might wait awhile and just drop another machine (1000xl possibly??) screwing everyone who bought the 1000. or there might not be any plans for this, and they are just gonna leave 1000 users dissapointed and scammed out of their money.

dont get me wrong, in many ways this machine is good, but its seems like they might have crippled this machine for either unveiling a new machine in the future or just not caring about their customers.

ohh, almost forgot. sometimes samples randomly drop out when a sequence is playing. there are many other issues with it as well. just look around on the internet.

the 1000 has its good side, but everyone only talks about that. i just want to let anyone thinking about purchasing it to know the many BAD sides to it. research alot before you buy it!!!!!

oh and i also had to exchange mine 2 or 3 times because half of the pads were extremly unresponsive and i had to punch them as hard as i could to get them to play anything, while the other half were easy to play. if you DO buy one make sure to test out the actuall unit you are going to buy in the store. some 1000's feel ok and some feel horrible.

and BTW, i'm not some crazy oldschool mpc loyalist trying to crap on the 1000 for no reason. i'm just trying to look out for people thinking about buying this.

i wish someone had told me all this before i sunk all the money i had into it. peace.....

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-21-2004 at 22:52
Alec Zander from NYC writes:
Beware of this machine !! It sounds good on paper but in actual use it is far from the praise it is getting. It has been noted on the MPC1k forum (www.mpc-forums.com)that this unit has a nasty bug causing it to randomly drop notes from sequences, corrupts samples, timing goes off and perform other very annoying audio/sequencing glitches. Akai seems very unresponsive towards this, the almost unexisting updates do not fix these issues. Other issues not often mentioned: there is no zone slicing like on the 2000xl, no timestretching either. Overall construction is very cheap, many MPC1K have uneven pad sensitivity.

Don't get me wrong, i love the MPC series, and really wanted this product to succeed cuz its small and has usb, but this one just doesnt live up to the standard set by the rest of the family.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-19-2004 at 22:41
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