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Average rating: 3.4 out of 5
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Andy a hobbyist user from UK writes:
My first MPC and so far I'm not regretting it.

Getting a beat up and running is a breeze, whether it be by single shot samples or chopping up a break. The OS, as I guess is the case with all MPCs, is simple and intuitive yet very powerful - the more you dig the more you find out.

You're forced to get hands-on with an MPC and it doesn't disappoint in that respect, it's a very tactile beast. Build quality overall is great, the only let down in that respect is the plastic data wheel, brushed stainless would've been nice. Getting in to install a HD (the bracket is already in there) and extra memory couldn't be simpler.

As for connectivity. USB is a little on the slow side these days but suffices, USB2 would've been nicer. HD shows up on OSX desktop like any other external drive would. The supplied 32Mb Compact Flash card is a little on the small side but again does it's job nicely. Personally I think it's a no brainer to upgrade the HD over the CF card, with a 40g 2.5" drive costing around the same price as a 1g CF card. There's plenty of connectivity options on the back, check the full specs for a complete list. It syncs fine using MTC in Logic Pro/Motu 828, no issues there.

I'll give it 5/5 as despite what are only a couple of minor gripes the 2500 is going serve me well for a good number of years to come.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-17-2005 at 05:02
Jahrome a part-time user writes:
I have been using the MPC 2500 since 1 Oct 05 under OS 1.00. The OS does not have any 'bugs' in the chop shop or patched phrase functions.

The MPC 2500 is going for as low as $1600 (Alto Music) new. There is nothing out there today that can beat its features at that price.

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Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-12-2005 at 21:13
T from US writes:
Sadly the MPC2500 lacks SMPTE, and even MTC sync(WTF!). I guess I'll be sticking with my mpc2000xl.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-10-2005 at 18:56
a part-time user writes:
I had a chance to bang around on the 2500 for a day. I really liked it. Easy to use, and it sounded great. The only bad thing, I did notice, the chop shop and Patched Phrase feature was buggy. The effects added a "popping" sound to the sample. Maybe it was an isolated issue with the machine I was using? Corrupt memory?

Sequencer wise, it sounded like a typical MPC. My only real complaint is the price tag. It's 400 dollars over priced, IMHO.


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-09-2005 at 01:18
Jahrome a hobbyist user writes:
No company can totally satisfy the needs of everyone. But Akai has done the impossible by adding the features that MPCs users have wanted for quite sometime outside of the MPC 2500. The MPCs series have never been an all-in-one solution. They were designed to me that centerpiece of your MIDI studio. Once people understand that, they will realize the full power of an MPC.

The max memory is 128 MBs for 12 minutes of stereo or 24 minutes of mono sample time. This is more the MPC 60, 2000, 2000XL, and the 3000. These units have been the staple of studios across the world with 32 MBs or less memory. The MPC 2500 has 4x the memory of these units.

The MIDI functions of this new MPC is incredible. You can assign seperate programs to each of the 64 tracks. 64 different MIDI channels..MSB/LSB bank assignments per track.

There are alternatives for individuals looking for an all-in-one grovebox kind of machine. But the MPC 2500 has no hardware peer (other than the MPC 4000) that is capable of handling the same MIDI chores with external sound modules.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-18-2005 at 20:40
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