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Akai MPC4000 Plus 24-Bit, 96kHz Music Production Center

24-Bit/96kHz sampler. 300,000 Note Sequencer. All versions include IB4D S/PDIF 2-Channel Digital I/O and an 80GB hard drive. (231) Read 17 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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Akai MPC4000 Plus 24-Bit, 96kHz MIDI Production Center
Akai's Ultimate 24-bit/96kHz MIDI Production Center
This special version of the MPC4K includes the IB-4D digital I/O board.

The MPC4000 utilizes Akai's new Z-96 LSI sampling engine, combined with a high-performance Intel (tm) CPU, to provide ultra-fast processing along with 24-bit audio resolution w/sample rates up to 96kHz. Up to 6 controllers can be assigned to control a wide variety of parameters. Its USB interface and ak.Sys Network and Control Software enhances the hinged 6 in. LCD and Q-Link interface. The MPC4000 features 64-note polyphony (32-note @ 96 kHz), 272MB of on-board memory - expandable up to 512MB using (cheap!) PC100 or PC133 SDRAM. A built-in 80 GB EIDE hard drive is included for storage, and a separate drive bay is provided to accommodate Zip or CD-R. The MPC4000's IntelliSample (tm) capability automates sampling, naming, program creation and sample assignment automatically. New sound munching possibilities are available with Quick FX (tm) resampling using powerful presets from the included EB4JS 4-channel 24-bit/96kHz effects processor. Connections include XLRs inputs with high-quality pre-amps and balanced outputs providing full 24/96 conversion, a dedicated turntable input, 2 MIDI inputs, 4 MIDI outputs, SMPTE I/O, and a high-density SCSI port. The most powerful MPC ever takes its rightful position as a legendary music production tool.

The most powerful MPC ever takes its rightful position in the Akai Professional product line. Along with the MPC2000XL, and the MFC-equipped Ultimate XL the MPC4000 joins the legendary music production tools of our time. Using the new Z-96 sampling engine the MPC4000 boasts the first full feature sampler ever in an MPC product.

New filtering is provided by way of 6-pole digital dynamic filters which allow realtime control of the cut-off frequency and resonance from the Q-Link knobs or via MIDI control change messages. The new filter design not only supports all filter designs available in the powerful S5000/S6000 and Z4/8 samplers but allows new variations such as the triple filter consisting of three independent 2-pole filter blocks.

Filter modulation is part of the APM (assignable program modulation) matrix which has more than 30 modulation items freely assignable as either source or destination. Furthermore one source can be assigned to multiple destinations and likewise multiple sources can be assigned to one destination just like on a vintage synth matrix patch board.

Improved sequencing functions include 960 ppq resolution, a Song can now be played in Second Sequence function, a sequence data clipboard allows you to create phrase libraries and there is no longer any limitation in using the maximum number of events (300,000) in any one song. As on the legendary MPC60, 4 MIDI outs also come as standard on the MPC4000 enabling 64 MIDI channel operation

The large LCD also allows an unprecedented view of sequence data showing data as a piano roll or as a drum machine 'grid'. Continuous MIDI data can also be shown (and edited) graphically

The MPC4000 comes with 272Mb of onboard RAM as standard in the US and can easily be expanded to a massive 512Mb using readily available 168pin PC100 or PC133 DIMM memory. Memory can be expanded using 64Mb, 128Mb or 256Mb upgrades. Internally the MPC can be fitted with an IDE hard drive.

Fitted with SCSI and USB master ports as standard, it can also be connected to external storage media ie CD-R, HD, Zip, MO, etc., and the USB port can also be used to connect an external USB drive or a keyboard for easier file naming.

Benefits of the new MPC4000 include

The new Z-96 sampling engine, combined with a high-performance Intel (tm) CPU provides ultra-fast processing and 24-bit audio resolution with sample rates up to 96kHz 64-voices, or 32 voices at 96kHz sample rate

Massive 272 MB on-board memory, expandable to 512 MB

Balanced stereo XLR-1/4-inch TRS combo inputs with reference-grade preamps, with switchable phono inputs to allow direct connection of turntables

Four MIDI OUT ports control up to 64 independent MIDI channels

Four Q-Link (tm) knobs, and two note variation sliders for real-time modulation control

Real-time control of filter cutoff, resonance, pitch, LFO rate and depth - and more

IntelliSample automates sampling, naming, program creation and sample assignment

Virtual sampling streams sample playback directly from hard disk

Full sampler implementation provides compatibility with Z-Series and S-Series Multi, Program and Sample files. The MPC4000 can create everything from powerful beats, to expressive piano and strings parts

Project (.PRJ) files save all sequences, songs, samples, programs and multi's in a single file

New 4-channel 56-bit effects processor (standard)

USB host port accommodates USB floppy, CD-R, HD, MO, ZIP drives for storage, and an ASCII keyboard for naming

USB slave port provides for ak.Sys Network and Control System software

192 filters/26 filter types with to 3 simultaneous filters per voice

Dual independent LFOs with internal/external modulation control

Internal IDE hard drive (standard in North America Only) plus external SCSI connection

Built-in sample rate converter on the digital input to eliminate rate-matching problems

Large 320 x 240, multi-angle graphic LCD

FAT32 disk format is fully compatible with S5000,S6000, Z4, Z8, DPS24, and most PC's

Native .WAV sample format allows data sharing with anything supporting .WAV files

Built-in CD Recorder ( standard in North America Only) for master archiving or Sample Loading

ak.Sys Control & Networking software enables Mac and PC connection via on-board USB interface

Two assignable footswitch inputs

Wordclock input for sync with external digital devices (optional)

Graphical sequence event editing

Memory meters display remaining free sampler memory, sequence memory and CPU memory

Audition samples directly from hard disk

Graphic editing of sample waveforms

Six pad banks provide quick access to up to 96 different sounds

SMPTE I/O Standard

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Specifications

General
Power supply: 100 - 240V AC 50/60Hz 70W (27W without options)

Dimensions: 526 (W) x 170 (H) x 453 (D) mm (with LCD tilted down)

Weight 10.5kg (without options)

Display: 320 x 240 pixels grey-scale graphical LCD

Sound library compatibility: S1000, S2000, S3000, S5000, S6000, MPC2000 .snd, MPC2000XL .snd, MPC3000 .snd, Emu (tm) EIII (*)

Sound Generator
Sampling rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz

Data format: 16/24-bit linear

Sampling time (unexpanded memory)
44.1kHz Mono: 180/120 (16/24 bit) seconds
48kHz Mono: 166/110 (16/24 bit) seconds
96kHz Mono: 90/55 (16/24 bit) seconds
44.1kHz Stereo: 90/60 (16/24 bit) seconds
48kHz Stereo: 83/55 (16/24 bit) seconds
96kHz Stereo: 41/27 (16/24 bit) seconds

Memory: 16MB standard, expandable to 512MB 168-pin DIMM (PC133/PC100, CL2) slot x 2

Polyphony: 64 voices

Filter Types: 36 resonant filter types (2/4/6-pole LP, BP, HP, notch, etc.)

Triple Filter: 2-pole multi-mode filters x 3 with resonance

Envelope Generators: 3 x Envelope generators (2 multi-stage)

LFO: 2 x Multi-wave with MIDI clock sync

Effects: 4-channel 24-bit/96kHz processor offering over 50 effects types including reverb, delay, chorus, flanging, phaser, pitch shift, rotary speaker, touch and autowah, compressor, noise gate and more.

Sequencer
Maximum events: 300,000 notes (equivalent)

Resolution: 960 pulses per 1/4-note (ppq)

Sequences: 128

Tracks per sequence: 128

MIDI output channels: 64 (16 channels x 4 output ports)

Song mode: 128 songs, 250 steps per song

Drum pads: 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)

Drum pads banks: 6

Sync modes: MTC, MIDI clock, SMPTE

Inputs/Outputs

Rec In LINE/MIC L/R:
1/4-inch stereo phone/XLR Combo jack, balanced
1/4-inch phone: Imp. 18kohm, 24dBu max. XLR, Imp. 6kohm, 22dBu max.

Rec In PHONO L/R: RCA-pin x 2 with RIAA EQ, -24dBu max. (1kHz)

Main Out L/R:
1/4-inch stereo phone/XLR Combo jack, balanced
1/4-inch phone: Imp. 1.7kohm, 24dBu max.XLR: Imp. 200ohm, 18dBu max.

Headphone: 1/4-inch stereo phone, 60mW (32ohm)

Digital Input (IB-4D): RCA-pin x 1, SPDIF

Digital Output (IB-4D): RCA-pin x 1, SPDIF

Word Clock Input (IB-4D): BNC x 1 (w/75ohm terminator On/Off)

SMPTE In: 1/4-inch stereo phone, balanced

SMPTE Out: 1/4-inch stereo phone, balanced

Footswitch: 1/4-inch phone x 2

MIDI Input: 5-pin DIN x 2

MIDI Output: 5-pin DIN x 4

SCSI: 50-pin high-pitch SCSI connector x 1

USB: Host x 1, Slave x 1 (V1.1)

Optional
IB-4ADT ADAT Interface board (2-in/8-out)

IB-48P Assignable 8-channel Output Board

Standard Accessories
AC Cable x 1

CD-ROM disc x 1

Drive Mounting Kit x 1

User's Guide x 1
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Sound: The drums are just inspirational. there are great sounding strings to go along with that, but some of the brass sounds could use a little work. The piano sound so beautiful!! Feature: The features are great. I can play a senquence while sampling my guitar so i can get a more accurate recording. Most Samplers limits samples to only 10 seconds, but you can change the sampling time to what you want it to be. Quality: There are so many tricks that can be used in a sequence let alone a song. It is very reliable, I never have to worry about losing data. Of course this product is not appropriate for the road. It was made for a studio. Traveling with it, for the most part, should not even be an issue. Mixing your work is so easy. The finish product will make you very proud. Value: This product is worth every cent. Manufacturer Support: I never had to deal with the company. The Wow Factor: Once I saw this product, I feel in love with it. It looks so much better than the other products on the market. The best thing about it's beauty is that it has power that comes along with it. This product can shape your music exactly the way you want it. Overall: This product will be my best friend for more than years to come. There is no limit to what a person can do with this product. Whatever you want to do with your music, the MPC 4000 will not restrain you in your creation. It make sure that you are satified!!
Style of Music: Hip-Hop and R&B
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"The Greatest Sampler Ever Made."
Sound: Crisp and clean, The 4000 also ships with a ton of preloaded sounds that can be used off the bat to get the creative juices flowing. At 24bit and 96kHz it's pristine. For all of the Lo-Fi heads it can also do an amazing job of degrading sound, much like the older MPC's 60 and 3000 and even the Emu-SP-1200 machines of the old days. In the end what you put in is what you get out. Feature: The legendary MPC timing swing unrivaled. The Q-Link feature just proves how great sample control and manipulation can be acheived with this MPC. The option to expand the units memory is a great addition. Realtime control of filtering and a total of 192 filters and 26 filter types makes this a standout product. The effects are also pretty good too! Ease of Use: There is a bit of a learning curve compared to the other MPC's but if you invest some time you will be able to really do things to sound that in the past could not be thought possible. What's great is that everything is laid out right in front of you on the front panel. The sequencer is brilliant. Quality: It's the Panzer Tank of sampling workstations. High quality great feeling pads. large LCD display with variable contrast adjustment. Solid metal front panel with a very sleek an colorful body, and the Q-Link knobs make it stand out amaong the rest. Value: Essential Manufacturer Support: Akai has recently undergone new acquisition, so all tech support questions are being handled by Alesis/Numark which is a lot better than what it was two to three years ago. The Wow Factor: Better yet I own it! Overall: Read the item description to get an even better understanding of what this machine can really do in terms of sampling and sequencing.
Style of Music: Various
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