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Akai MPC2500 Music Production Center

Intuitive and ergonomic interface. 2 internal effects processors. Real-time control. Assignable Q-Link knobs. (109) Read 7 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The Akai Professional MPC2500 Music Production Center combines a 64-track MIDI sequencer with a 32-voice 16-bit 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.

Features:
Designed for professional audio production, the MPC2500's intuitive and ergonomic interface makes it the ultimate user friendly composition studio.

2 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.

Real-time control is provided by 2 note variation sliders and 2 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.

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.

The MPC2500 comes with 16MB of onboard memory which can be expanded up to 128 MB of RAM via the optional EXM128 memory card.

The MPC2500 has the capability of an optional internal Hard Disk and CD-RW drives.

Improved Akai MPC Design
Large graphic LCD display based on the friendly user interface of the MPC series

MPC's iconic 'feel' and 'groove'

Velocity and pressure sensitive pads allow for expressive programming, with more pad banks

New Features such as Chopshop, Patched Phrase, Grid Edit, Effect and LFO sync, Mixer Automation, and Input Thru Expanded Linear/Pattern-based 100,000 notes, 64-track sequencer and 64 external MIDI channels

32-voice, 16-bit drum sampler equipped with 16MB of RAM with ability to hold 128 RAM

Extensive Connectivity
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 in. stereo analog inputs and outputs with 16bit/44.1kHz sampling

Master/Slave synchronization capabilities: MIDI clock

2 Assignable Footswitch inputs

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)

Extensive Sound Control
Extensive sample editing that includes cut and paste, timestretch, slice, resampling etc, with waveform Display, discard, extract, delete, silence, normalize, reverse, and pitch-shift

Dynamic resonant multi-mode filters, 2 envelope generators and 1 LFO for each of the 32 voices

2 Q-Link sliders and 2 knobs for real-time control over a wide variety of dynamic changes

Self-Contained
Optional user installable Internal hard drive to store custom sound libraries and sequences

Optional user installable CD-RW/DVD drive

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Sound Generator
Data Format: 16-bit linear WAV

Sampling Rate: 44.1 kHz

Memory: 16MB standard (11.5MB for sound memory), expandable to 128MB

Memory Expansion: Slot 1 x for optional EXM128

Recording Time: 136sec. (16MB, MONO), 24m28sec. (128MB, MONO)

Polyphony: 32-voice

Filter Type: Low pass, Band pass, High pass

Dynamic Filtering: 2 x 2-pole filter per voice

Preset Sound Memory: 5MB

Number of Programs: 24

Effects
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
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

Drumpads
16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads

4 pad banks

16 Levels: Velocity, Tuning

Automated Pad Mixer (Level, Pan and FX send)

Track Mute and Next Sequence features for live performance

Data Compatibility
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)

Q-Link
2 sliders and 2 rotary knobs

Assignable to internal sampler controls: pitch, filter cutoff, resonance, level and pan

General
Display: 240 x 64 dot graphic LCD w/back light

Compact Flash: Up to 2GB

Record Input (L and R): 1/4 in. stereo phone x 2, balanced -40dBu, input impedance 11k ohms

Max. Input Level: +10dBu

Digital Input: RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF

Stereo Output (L and R): 1/4 in. phone x 2 balanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms, Max. output level +22dBu

8 Individual Analog Outputs: 1/4 in. phone x 4 balanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms, Max. output level +22dBu

Phones Output: 1/4 in. stereo phone x 1, 200mW / 100 ohms

Digital Output: RCA-pin x 1 S/PDIF

MIDI Inputs: 5-pin DIN x 2

MIDI Outputs: 5-pin DIN x 4

USB: Slave connector x 1, USB MASS STORAGE CLASS support (You need Windows 2000/Me/XP or later version, or MacOS 9.x/10.x or later version.)

Footswitches: 1/4 in. phone x 2

Options: EXM128 128MB expansion memory card, CD-M25 CD Drive

Power: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz

Consumption: 70W max (with all options)

Standard Accessories: 32MB Compact Flash card, Power cable, Operator's manual

Dimensions: 16.33 x 3.68 x 13.10 in. -- 415 x 93.5(MAX 139) x 332.9(Max 334 )

Weight: 13.5 lbs. 6.15 kg (excluding drives and options)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-4032
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (109 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"The Black Beast Unleashed."
Sound: What you put in, is what you get out. With the right drum samples, this thing sounds fat on the bottom and sweet on the top. Its a fairly punchy sound, with a nice thump on kicks. The sound is pretty focused, not muddy or lo fi like the old samplers. Feature: Its everything MPC and some. I like the chop shop and phrase sampling. The different quantize options are amazing, with note shifting, etc. The 'swing' on this machine is superb. Ease of Use: Once you started playing with it, you get the hang of the main feature pretty quickly. Its a small learning curve. Quality: Pretty well built, compact and looks very professional. Its got a nice tilt screen, and i like the clicky wheel. The pads feel great for programming drums. Value: For the money, you get what you pay for. Its solid, tight and delivers. Manufacturer Support: I dont like Akai support, but who needs them. The Wow Factor: looks very slick on my desk next to my laptop. It blends in well with my other gear. Its beautifully designed ground up. The MPC logo on the back screen is a nice touch. The mpc 2500 looks like the mpc 3000le, but slimmer and slicker. Overall: Great machine, excellent feel for drums, perfect for any studio.
Style of Music: Hip Hop / RnB
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This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "The Best 16-Bit Drum Sampler out since the MPC 3000/4000...period..."
Sound: Great sound from such a small box. Its clean as a whistle, and its sounds as good as what you put through. The headphone output is of good quality, very quiet and smooth sounding. Feature: Downloaded OS 1.21. Its seems pretty rock solid so far. I love using Chop Shop and Patch Phrase. Its also nice to use the FX on beats and recorded samples. I dont have the optional cd rw, but its cool without. The 128 ram expansion is a must, to load lots of programs and samples. I love those pads, they feel nice and tight. los of editing tools, and the zone feature of up to 4 samples is great for sound design, etc. Ease of Use: The machine is pretty easy to use once you get past the basic. The rest comes in time, once you explore the programming and editing features. Manual is well written. Quality: To my suprise, the build quality is excellent. The 2500 has a nice weight to it, not a light weight by far. The panels are tightly closed, no rattling. The jacks are solid, and dont feel loose. I like the build over all. The click wheel is also nice over the standard mpc wheels. The click sound actually helps me with accurate dialing, especially with number work. Value: For serious percussion / sequencing, this machine is great. Its worth every penny spent. Manufacturer Support: Not bad, but not the same as the old day Akai. The Wow Factor: Looks are the best part of this drum sampler. It looks very classy in black, and its compact enough to slide away under my desk tray. The screen looks cool, especially the silver 'mpc' logo on rear. The best looking mpc after the mpc 4000. Overall: If anything goes wrong or its stolen, i would replace it in a heart beat without doubt.
Style of Music: Urban Pop, in style of Timbaland / Neptunes
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