MPC 2500
Product Description
The Akai Professional MPC2500 Music
Production Center combines a 64-Track MIDI
Sequencer with a 32-voice 16bit Stereo Digital
Sampler. The MPC is a rock solid sequencing
and drum programming machine with 16
velocity and pressure sensitive rubber pads.
The unit allows you to sample more efficiently.
This composition center is contained in one
extremely powerful desktop unit.
A large LCD screen allows a clear view of
sequence data displaying features such as a
drum machine 'grid'. Continuous MIDI data
can be shown as well as edited graphically.
Designed for professional audio production,
the MPC2500’s intuitive and ergonomic
interface makes it the ultimate user friendly
composition studio
The MPC2500 has the capability of an
optional internal Hard Disk and CD-RW
drives.
Two internal effects processors can be used
simultaneously. This includes a wide range of
effects algorithms, such as reverb, delay, bit
grunger, chorus, phasers, flying pan, 4-band
EQ, compressor, and a phase shifter.
Akai Professional, in its pursuit to remain the
leader of digital sampling technology has
released the MPC 2500. This unit designed for
professional audio production, offers drum
programming, sequencing, and sampling
capabilities. Artists now have the luxury of
producing music with a compact music
composition center.
Real-time control is provided by two note
variation sliders and two Q-Link knobs. Q-link
knobs can be separately assigned to allow
flexible, real-time performance control of a
wide variety of selectable parameters. These
parameters include level, pan, filter cut-off and
resonance, and tuning.
Each assignable Q-Link knob can generate
MIDI data so that parameter information can
be recorded and played back from within a
sequence.
Following the highly acclaimed MPC60 and
MPC3000, 2 MIDI inputs and 4 MIDI outputs
come standard enabling 64 external MIDI
channel operation. In addition, the MPC2500
can individually control its onboard sampler up
to 64 Parts, allowing users to assign a
different program on each track.
The MPC2500 comes with 16MB of onboard
memory which can be expanded up to 128
MB of RAM via the optional EXM128 memory
card.
Positioning
Applications
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Sampling and creating beats
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MIDI sequencing
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Live Performance
Customers
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Hip Hop and R&B Musicians and
Producers
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Electronic Music Musicians
Dimensions & Weight
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Dimensions:
16.33”x 3.68 x 13.10’’- 415 x 93.5(MAX 139) x
332.9(Max 334
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Weight:
13.5 Lbs 6.15kg (Excluding drives and options)
MPC 2500
KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS
1) Improved Akai MPC design
Large graphic LCD display based on the friendly user interface of the MPC series
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MPC’s iconic “feel” and “groove”
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Velocity and pressure sensitive pads allow for expressive programming, with more pad banks
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New Features such as Chopshop, Patched Phrase, Grid Edit, Effect and LFO sync, Mixer Automation,
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and Input Thru
Expanded Linear/Pattern-based 100,000 notes, 64-track sequencer and 64 external MIDI channels
32-voice, 16bit drum sampler equipped with 16MB of RAM with ability to hold 128 RAM
2) Extensive connectivity
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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
2) Sample Library Compatibility - Compatible with:
• MPC1000: SEQ, WAV, PGM, ALL
• MPC2000/2000XL: SEQ, WAV, SND, PGM (Most parameters of a PGM file can be loaded.)
• MPC4000: 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)
4) Extensive sound control
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Extensive sample editing that includes cut and paste, timestretch, slice, resampling etc, with waveform
Display, discard, extract, delete, silence, normalize, reverse, and pitch-shift
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Dynamic resonant multi-mode filters, 2 envelope generators and 1 LFO for each of the 32 voices
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2 Q-Link sliders and 2 knobs for real-time control over a wide variety of dynamic changes
5) Self-contained
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Optional user installable Internal hard drive to store custom sound libraries and sequences
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Optional user installable CD-RW/DVD drive
MPC2500
SPECIFICATIONS
SOUND GENERATOR
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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
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
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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
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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:
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16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads
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4 pad banks
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16 Levels: Velocity, Tuning
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Automated Pad Mixer (Level, Pan and FX send)
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Track Mute and Next Sequence features for live performance
DATA COMPATIBILITY
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MPC1000: SEQ, WAV, PGM, ALL
MPC2000/2000XL: SEQ, WAV, SND, PGM(Most parameters of PGM file can be loaded.)
MPC4000: 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)
SPECIFICATIONS
MPC2500
Q-LINK
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2 sliders and 2 rotary knobs
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Assignable to internal sampler controls: pitch, filter cutoff, resonance, level and pan
GENERAL
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240 x 64 dot graphic LCD w/back light
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Compact Flash (up to 2GB)
CONNECTIONS
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Record input (L and R) 1/4-inch stereo phone x 2, balanced -40dBu, input impedance 11k ohms;
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Max. Input level +10dBu
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Digital input RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF
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Stereo output (L and R) 1/4-inch phone x 2 balanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms,
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Max. output level +22dBu
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8 individual analog outputs 1/4-inch phone x 4 balanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms,
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Max. output level +22dBu
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Phones output 1/4-inch stereo phone x 1, 200mW / 100 ohms
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Digital output RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF
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MIDI inputs 5-pin DIN x 2
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MIDI outputs 5-pin DIN x 4
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USB Slave connector x 1, USB MASS STORAGE CLASS support
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(You need Windows 2000/Me/XP or later version, or MacOS 9.x/10.x or later version.)
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Footswitches 1/4-inch phone x 2
POWER
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100-240V AC, 50/60Hz
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Consumption: 70W max (with all options)
STANDARD ACCESSORIES
32MB Compact Flash card, Power cable, Operator's manual
OPTIONS
EXM128 128MB expansion memory card
CD-M25 CD Drive
FAQs
MPC2500
Q. What are the benefits of having two MIDI INPUTS and four MIDI OUTPUTS?
A. The two MIDI Inputs allow connection of a MIDI controller (keyboard, drum pads) to one input, while the
other input is used to receive MIDI Sync from another unit such as a digital recorder. Otherwise, you would
need an outboard MIDI Merger. The four Midi Outputs allow the MPC2500 to control 64 external MIDI
Channels (16x4), in conjunction with the 24 internal programs. This is very useful if you have more than one
outboard multi-timbral sound generator (for instance, your keyboard and a sound module). This also allows
using a dedicated MIDI output MIDI Sync.
Q. What is Chopshop and Patched Phrase?
A. Chopshop is used for sampled phrases such as a drum beat. This function measures the amplitude on a drum
beat and “chops” the rhythm sections into separate parts onto the pads of the MPC. This is great for making a
drum kit from a sampled beat.
Patched Phrase takes one sample and divides it into several regions which creates sequence data used for
playing these regions. This allows you to move the regions together giving you the effect of time stretching a
sample in real time without changing its pitch.
Q. What is Grid Edit?
A. Grid editing is similar to step entering note values on a drum machine. This allows users to graphically
create beats to a note value grid, rather than play them in real time into the MPC.
Q. What are the Q-Link controls?
A. The MPC2500 has two Q-Link™ knobs, and two Q-Link™ sliders, that can be separately assigned to allow
flexible real-time control parameters including level, pan, pitch, filter cut –off and resonance. Each assignable
Q-Link™ control can be recorded and played back from the MPC2500’s sequencer.
Q. Can I install the optional Hard disk and CD-ROM drives myself? Is this difficult to do?
A. We recommend that you have a qualified Akai service technician install these options for you.
Otherwise you may damage your MPC as well as void your warranty.
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