Build quality of Akai MPC's

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Build quality of Akai MPC's

Post by clocklife » Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:30 pm

Hello!
I would really benefit from the features of the MPC's, but I keep finding them in various states of disrepair. Often the screen is bad, the pads are worn or the slider is bent/broken. I found an MPC 1000 at my local music go round for 600 and thought, "Great!", but someone had dropped it or taken the face panel off and put it back on carelessly, because the large volume dials at the top rubbed against the faceplate under it.

I need to sequence patterns for my drum machines and synths, use it for a sampling drum machine as well as playback sampled loops. I feel like the MPC 1000 or 2000XL would get me in a position to perform my music on stage.

What is your experience with the workmanship/longevity/glitchiness/overall quality of the various MPC's?

Thanks for your time!
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Post by hageir » Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:34 am

both the MPC's I've had (1000+2000XL) couldn't have been more mintier and rock-solid built (the 2000XL especially)
that thing was a rocket-spaceship-tank-ROCK. :)

The Q-sliders on the 1000 were a little bit vaginy and feeble :)
If you take good care of it it will last a long time..

You should just try to find a "mint" MPC from someone who didn't pound the pads and hopefully, didn't use it a lot ;)

ps. the plate that backs up the pads on the 2000XL is actually a thick steel plate made to be pounded on and the whole case is all metal.
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Post by clocklife » Sat Jan 05, 2008 1:16 am

word.
good to hear.
I bet a lot of people are just trashin' on them.

If you're from Reykjavik, then you probably know an old bandmate of mine, Gylfi Blondal.

I'll just wait for a nice cheap, CLEAN one to poke its head up!

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Post by Stab Frenzy » Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:36 am

Early MPC1000s (all the blue ones and the black ones up til about 6 months ago) had badly designed pads that wore out really quickly. The good news is that you can get a replacement set of the new pads from Akai now, the bad is that it's US$180. If you get a seond hand 1000 you should factor the cost of them in, you'll need them sooner or later. I'd still choose a 1000 over a 2000XL though.

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Post by clocklife » Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:54 am

cool! good to know.
why would you choose the 1000 over the 2000xl?
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Post by fuckrapsputin » Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:44 am

the 1000 is far more portable, has 128 max ram as opposed to 32meg also has 4 outputs as stock (you need to buy the 8 outs card for the 2000xl unless you pick one up with one already installed) also the 1000 has effects as stock (dunno if they are any good) where as the 2000xl has an effects card seperately (dunno if that is any good either.)

I personally have a 2000xl and like it, its nice and big and since it rarely leave the studio i like it because i can kinda sit in front of it and just work with everything spread out nicely. That said I would love to be able to carry my mpc to work in a backpack and make beats at work, the 2000xl is too big for this where as the 1000 would be perfect.
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Post by thestreets » Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:54 am

I've been rocking the 500 for about a week now. Even though the thing is tiny, it's rock solid. Sometimes i have to pound the pads a bit to get the right groove going (with the velocity sensitivity and everything), but the pads feel super solid. Even though it's only been a week the thing seems like its going to be banging for a long time (knock on some wood). If you buy one first hand, new you should be fine. A used MPC seems like a machine that's a real bargain.

Only drum machine I've come across where theres mutual physical workout going.

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Post by hageir » Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:39 am

clocklife wrote:If you're from Reykjavik, then you probably know an old bandmate of mine, Gylfi Blondal.
hmm, I don't remember him exactly now, but the chances are huge that I've met him :)
Iceland is sooo tiny :P
clocklife wrote: why would you choose the 1000 over the 2000xl?
the first thing that's pops in mind: the JJ os, it's the shiiiiit!

also, where do you live?
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Post by clocklife » Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:22 pm

Gylfi plays in a band called Kimono.

What's "the jj's os"?

I live in The US, in Michigan.

I'm really glad to hear that these things are holding up for those who use them. It seems like the 1000 has the midi and features I need.

Thanks!

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Post by wiss » Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:06 pm

I have never owned a 1000, 2000, 3000, or 500......I have owned 2 diffferent mpc 60's....The 1st one had been a road warrior for a live hip-hop group but it ran flawlessy. The other one which I still have has never once been glitchy and is oh so pretty(retarded custom paint job)
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Post by tunedLow » Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:59 pm

JJOS is just an alternate os that some guy in Japan wrote. There's a limited trial version and the full one cost 40 bucks or so. Updates to it are free, but there's supposed to be a completely new version that won't count as a free upgrade from the old version, so you might check the release date for that.

Basically the guy just improved upon the lots of features in the original. Lots of little things here and there. Worth getting for things like the easier chopping setup and options on the metronome.

Also, does the 2000xl have a usb connection? You might find that really handy. And be aware that there are some free software tools for building programs on the computer and then transferring them to the mpc.

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Post by hageir » Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:20 pm

the original 2000XL only has a Zip drive or a floppy, I modded mine to a Mutlicard reader (CF, SD, etc.)
The new re-release has a built-in CF drive

The 1000 has a USB port + Card reader

Also,
one of the best features of the JJ O.S. is: the Step/Grid edit (X0X style!)
also the space invaders game is pretty cool too :lol:
haha

anyways the JJ O.S. is most of the MPC 2500 features + more.
The 1000+JJ = The s**t

ps. an editor for the 1000+2500:
http://www.mybunnyhug.org/software/
you can prearrange the samples you want (very handy+fast) before you dump them to the mpc and something more
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Post by PitchBender » Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:05 pm

if i dropped my mpc on a hippie the hippie would probably suffer internal injuries and the mpc would keep on ticking.

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