Product Overview
Product Description
The Akai Professional MPC1000 Music Production
Center combines a 64-Track MIDI Sequencer
and a 32-voice Stereo Digital Sampler, with 16
velocity and pressure sensitive rubber pads in a
compact and rugged package that makes it ideal
for carrying around.
The MPC1000 inherits many of the major
features of older MPCs such as the legendary
“feel” and “groove” so that you can be sure that
your beats and sequences just swing. It also
features the original MPC60’s intuitive transport
and locate controls, the unique NOTE REPEAT
function plus new additions such as the two QLink sliders that allow real-time interaction with
tuning, filter cutoff, layer switching, attack and
decay. Add to these a well established, friendly
and intuitive user interface, two separate multieffects processors plus a master output effects
processor, resonant multi-mode filters, 4-way
sample layering and velocity switching per pad,
two MIDI ins and 32 MIDI channels via the two
MIDI outputs, multiple audio outputs as
standard, footswitch inputs for “hands-free”
control, and you have a dependable “switch on
and work” and “out the box” solution to
computer sequencer headaches.
The MPC1000 comes with 16MB of on-board
memory as standard that can be expanded up to
128 MB of RAM. It includes internal preset
sounds in flash memory (factory sounds are
user-replaceable). Standard Compact Flash is
used as the storage medium. Present testing has
verified the use of up to 2GB cards with the
included 32MB Card. Furthermore, the MPC1000
supports the “Mass Storage Class” USB
standard. When connected to a Mac or PC via its
built-in USB port, this implementation allows to
simply drag & drop data between the computer
and the MPC1000's CF card.
A compact dedicated hardware
sequencer/sampler that works well with
computers too. Simply put, a real Akai MPC at
an affordable price.
Hip-Hop, R&B artists or “producers”, as well as
DJ/Live Club performers.
Dimensions & Weight
H x W x D:
2.97” x 12.99” x 8.985”
(max 9.235”)
75.5mm x 330mm x 228.2mm
(Max 234.6mm)
Weight: 7.6lbs / 3.45kg
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Key Features
1) Akai MPC design:
• Established, friendly, and intuitive user
interface of MPC series
• MPC’s legendary “feel” and “groove”:
beats just swing!
• Pattern-based and linear 64-track
sequencer with 32 MIDI channels
• 32-voice drum/phrase sampler with up
to 128MB RAM
• Great-feeling, velocity and pressure
sensitive pads for expressive
• 16 levels function: one sound on all
pads with varied level, tuning, attack,
decay or filter per pad
• Two Q-Link sliders for real-time
performance control
3) Ready-to-go
• Built-in Analog and Digital I/Os,
headphone output and 2 x MIDI In /Out
• Internal sounds in flash
• Portable laptop size and 19W power
(can use car/airplane DC-AC adaptor) –
ideal for taking on the road
4) Extensive sound control
• 4-way sample layering and velocity
switching per pad
• 4-pole filters (two 2-pole filters)
filtering for each of the 32 voices
• 2 onboard effects processors plus 1
main out effect processor; all which can
be used simultaneously
• Can resample its own output
2) Computer friendly
• Built-in Compact Flash drive and USB
port (Mass Storage Class)
• Standard WAV files samples and MIDI
Files sequences
• 3rd party offline Pad/Program editor
software and sample editing/processing
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Data format: 16-bit linear WAV
Sampling rate: 44.1 kHz
Memory: 16MB standard (11.5MB sound
memory), expandable to 128MB with
EXM128 option
Preset sound memory: 5MB Flash
Recording time: 136 sec (16MB mono)
24m28sec (128MB mono)
Polyphony: 32-voice
Filters: 2 x 2-pole filters per voice
Filter types: Low pass, band pass, high
Number of active programs: 24 (with 64
pads per program)
2 general effects: Chorus, Flanger, 4-band
EQ, Bit-Grunger, Compressor, Phaser,
Tremolo, Auto Pan, Reverb
Master effect: 4 band EQ, Compressor
Capacity: 100,000 notes
Resolution: 96ppq
99 Sequences
64 Tracks per sequence
32 MIDI output channels (16 channels x 2
output ports)
Song mode: 20 songs, 250 steps per song
MIDI Clock Sync: Master/Slave
Display: 240x64 dot graphic LCD w/back
Memory Card slot: Compact Flash type 2
(up to 2GB)
Standard accessories: 32MB Compact Flash
Card, Power cable
Record Input (L and R): ¼” jack x 2,
Digital Input: RCA x 1, SPDIF
Stereo Output (L and R): ¼” jack x 2,
Individual Outputs: ¼” jack x 4, unbalanced
Headphone Output: ¼” stereo jack x 1
Digital Output: RCA x 1, SPDIF
MIDI: 2 x MIDI In and 2 x MIDI Out
USB: Device connector x 1 (Mass Storage
Class support)
Footswitches: ¼” jack x 2
100-240V AC, 50/60Hz
Consumption: 19W
16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads
4 pad banks
16 Levels: Velocity, Tuning, Filter Cutoff,
Attack, Decay
Track Mute and Next Sequence features for
live performance
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Q. What is the difference between patternbased sequencing and linear sequencing?
A. The MPC1000 can do both.
With linear sequencing, the whole song is one
long sequence which can be recorded
continuously in real-time, much like an audio
recorder, or edited by copying/pasting bars
(such as verse, chorus, etc). This is good when
recording tracks while playing live over the
whole song. With pattern-based sequencing, a
song is made of multiple short sequences
(patterns) that can be re-arranged very quickly
in Song mode or even in real-time using the
Next Sequence feature.
However, unlike limited “groove-boxes” where
patterns are only one or two bars, on the
MPC1000, pattern/sequences can be of any
With the MPC1000, you can work on each
pattern in a loop, switch patterns, and in Song
mode, simply specify the order the pattern
playback and number of repeats to create an
arrangement. At any time, you can change the
arrangement without tedious copying/pasting.
In addition, if you decide to modify a pattern
(say, the chorus sequence) after having created
the song arrangement, it will automatically be
modified in all the instances of the same pattern
(i.e. all the choruses in this example). With
linear sequencing, you would have to copy/paste
the edited bars again, as many times are there
are instances. Of course, with the MPC1000, you
can also create of a copy a pattern if you want
to modify only one instance.
Q. Are there internal sounds in the
A. The MPC1000 comes with 5MB of internal
sounds in flash (retained after power-off).
Factory sounds can be replaced by user custom
sounds. There are also around 20GB of sounds
on the included 32MB Compact Flash card.
Furthermore, more free sounds including classic
drum machines and real drum kits and
percussions are available for free download from
the Akai Professional website.
Q. How do I get more sounds in the
A. You can load sounds from Compact Flash
cards, transfer standard WAV files via USB from
a PC/Mac computer, or sample your own sounds
via the analog or digital inputs (from a CD, for
instance). The MPC1000 supports mono and
stereo samples.
Q. Can I edit the sounds of my MPC1000 on
a computer?
A. Yes. Samples are standard WAV files and can
be edited and processed in any sample editing
software, such as the ‘Audacity’ freeware for
Windows and Mac OS. Programs can also be
edited offline on a computer using 3rd party
Program editor freeware such as “MPC1000
Program Creator” for Windows XP/2000 and
“MPC Pad 187” for Mac OS X. Sounds
(programs/samples) and sequences can be
transferred between the MPC1000 and the
computer either via USB or via a Compact Flash
Q. I have a sample of a bass sound
assigned to one pad. How can I play it on
all the pads at different pitch?
A. Simply press the ‘16 LEVELS’ button, hit the
pad that contains the bass sample and enable
the 16-TUNING mode. Now, the bass
sample can be played across all the pads with
16 chromatic tunings.
Q. I have created a beat on my MPC1000.
How do I put it on a CD or send in on
internet as an MP3?
A. Once you have created a beat on the
MPC1000, you can resample its own output as a
stereo WAV file.
You can then transfer this WAV file to a
computer (via USB or Compact Flash) and burn
it to CD or encode it to MP3 using any
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Q. How do I connect my keyboard/synth to
the MPC1000 and how do I control the
sounds of my keyboard?
A. Connect the MIDI Out of the keyboard to the
MIDI In 1 of the MPC1000 and the MIDI Out A of
the MPC1000 to the MIDI In of your keyboard.
Set your keyboard to LOCAL OFF.
On the MPC1000, Mode: MIDI/SYNC, MIDI tab,
set "Active Track Receive Channel" to ALL and
"Soft Thru" to AS TRACK. After that, your
keyboard will play the same sounds as the pads,
i.e. whatever is set on the selected Track. The
MIDI field of the selected sequence Track, on
the Main page, controls where you direct the
MIDI output from that Track. You can use this in
combination with the Program field, so one
Track can control both the MPC1000 sampler
and/or an external synth. To automatically
select sounds on your synth, you can embed
Program Changes in a sequence by recording
them or using the Step Edit Insert command.
Of course, this only covers the MIDI data, not
audio. To hear both the sound from the
MPC1000 sampler and from your keyboard, the
audio outputs of both units should be connected
to a mixing board.
Q. What is the benefit of having two sets of
MIDI In / Out?
A. The two MIDI Inputs allow connecting 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 two Midi Outputs allow the MPC1000 to
control 32 external MIDI Channels (16x2), in
addition to 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).
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