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Akai Professional MPC1000 Sequencer Sampler
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Submitted: January 16th, 2006
by jeff8689
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Sound Quality
The sounds, as stated before, are horrible, but this is a sampler so get your own sounds. I am happy with the sound quality for the 900$ that I paid. Overall very clear. The pads can be set to a velocity curve and sensitivity that fits how hard you play. This is very good, as the preset curve is not optimal. Don't use this machine expecting to produce anything besides rap, or at a stretch drum n bass or dance music. The effects are good with 2 assignable fx, and master compressor and eq, but the assiagnable effects are hendered by the complex mixer but not as much as the mix outs are. The assignable fx are still usable.
Reliability/Durability
It is simply an entry level sequencer. It freezes if used too long; I think the freeze glitch occurs usually when recording one track of a sequence, not stoping playback, and then recording the next track. When you press stop, there is a 3-5% chance the MPC will lock up like a Linn 9000 (Old schoolers know). And this glitch combined with the long-sample dropout problem, is not very reliable. Sure you can sequence on it, and it is portable, but own a MPC 2500 or 4000 also. This is like your iPod and your larger MPC is a Desktop. Cosmetically, you should get a case or the red side panels WILL fall off. Mine are held on by duct tape right now.
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General Comments
If it were lost or stolen, I would get the MPC 2500 which was not out when I bought my MPC. If you travel, you might want a 1000, and if you are just starting out it will be good enough. Just take the video game strategy and save often, as freezing after recording 8 tracks of custom samples can be dangerous for any people who may be around you at that time. If your beats are centered around vinyl samples you might be frustrated with the lack of timestretching. Personally as a keyboard player I should have saved a little longer for a Triton or Fantom X, but if your beats are less melody oriented and more about ryhthms and simple bass, this should be enough for you. I suggest a small midi controller with the MPC1000 for trying to do chords of any kind.
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