Akai MPC 2000 Drum Machines

The Akai Professional MPC2000XL MIDI Production Center is a two in one module. It includes a 64-Track Midi Sequencer and a 32-voice Stereo Digital Sampler. The Sampler has 16 velocity and pressure sensitive rubber pads.

With that, it is possible to make solid rock sequences as you can make complex drum programming using sampled effects. All this is wrapped in a very handy format as a desktop unit. The new MPC2000XL still has the well know functions of the original MPC, for example the "feel" and "groove" mode with that, you can be sure, that your work still swings.

It inherits as well the intuitive transport and controls of the MPC60 as well as the unique note repeat function.

Complete new features are: four blank keys to effectively provide 64 pads, multi-program playback, multi-track recording, simultaneous playback of a second sequence, next sequence key, track mute key, timestraching, slice sound, resampling and folder file management.

The graphic LCD displays a very user friendly and intuitive HMI. It has two MIDI inputs and 32 channels on the two MIDI outputs. Additionally there are further options for multiple audio outputs. But that's not all: it has multi effects, SMPTE time code and flash memory. So you have a plug and play solution to work together with computer sequencers.

The MPC2000XL has 2MB onboard memory, but it can be expanded up to 32MB (SIMM RAM). For portable storage you have either a 3.5" Floppy drive on the MPC2000XL or a multi card drive on the MPC2000XL-MCD (CF, SM, USB or SD). With the SCSI Interface (50 pin) of the MPC2000XL there are no limitations anymore: you can connect a CD-ROM drive, a hard disc or a zip drive.

So with the MPC2000XL you have a powerful sequencer/sampler for home and for the studio - without a pc! Its good for drum 'n' bass, sequencing a lot of MIDI modules, live performances, programming tasks or triggered loops. You will have in every situation the right partner that is always easy to use so that your creativity is not limited.

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