Akai MPC 2000XL
The Akai Professional MPC2000XL MIDI Production Center combines a 64-Track MIDI Sequencer and a 32-voice Stereo Digital Sampler, with 16 velocity and pressure sensitive rubber pads, providing rock ... read more
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The Akai Professional MPC2000XL MIDI Production Center combines a 64-Track MIDI Sequencer and a 32-voice Stereo Digital Sampler, with 16 velocity and pressure sensitive rubber pads, providing rock solid sequencing and drum programming combined with powerful sampling facilities in one convenient and portable desktop unit.
The MPC2000XL inherits many of the major features of the original MPC such as the legendary "feel" and "groove" so that you can be sure that your beats and sequences just swing. It also features the original MPC60's intuitive transport and locate controls, the unique NOTE REPEAT function, plus new additions such as four bank keys to effectively provide 64 pads, multi-program playback, multi-track recording, simultaneous playback of a second sequence, Next Sequence key, Track Mute key, TimeStretch, Slice Sound, Resampling, plus folder file management. Add to these an improved friendly and intuitive user interface thanks to the graphic LCD, two MIDI ins and 32 MIDI channels via the two MIDI outputs, and options for multiple audio outputs, multi-effects, SMPTE Time Code and even Flash Rom memory, and you have a dependable "switch on and work" solution to computer sequencer headaches.
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Regret selling it
Had two of these through the years, and had to sell them both at some point, back when i was a student and strapped for cash :p Now that i actually have the money, they're totally impossible to find. Really would love to get a 2000XL again at some point, its a lovely machine and it just sounds amazing like no other.
Only drawback is having to track the beats into the computer one by one.
Love the workflow
The 2KXL is really an amazing piece of gear on which you can work very quickly once you get the hang of it. The pads are some of the best I've ever tried. I have an external scsi drive to make up for the only downside of this machine to me: the use of floppy disks.
A True Classic
I bought a MPC2000XL because so many of my favorite producers have used it at one point or another in their career (many of which are still using one). The limitations imposed by this hardware pulls something out of you. When you have to find creative ways to get around its limitations, you start to come up with ideas that you wouldn't have come up with in a DAW. I use it to generate a skeleton idea and then flesh that idea out in a DAW, but I'm almost always happy with what comes out of this classic machine. It's rare to find a studio piece that teaches you how to be a better producer, but the MPC2000XL is definitely a piece that has pushed me to become a better producer. Hardware limitation does NOT mean creative limitations. I will NEVER sell mine. Never.
This machine is great if you're just getting into hardware samplers. The control interface is a little strange but you get used to it after a while. Try to get the upgraded or modded version because it adds more storage for sound and increases the load time for samples.