Akai MPC 500
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MPC500 is the first portable MPC. You can sample and create music wherever inspiration strikes: on the subway, on the plane, or even at the beach! Whether you're traveling around the globe or just across town, MPC500 is a perfec... read more
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A bit tricky, but it gets the job done.
Got this sampler around mid 2017 to use as a sampler and sequencer, got some use out of it, good for taking around as a portable beatmaking machine. Kinda limited however, there's no resampling function, every sample is at 44.1k, but this made me want to experiment with it more, made me want to try the old techniques of speeding up a record to 78 rpm then slowing the sample back down on the MPC to give it some grittyness. Sequencing works well, you have a menu that allows you to form full songs out of separate sequences, along with a "timing correct" function which can be deactivated if you want. You have plenty of MIDI functions such as setting the MPC's MIDI in Channel, you can also assign each track to a different MIDI out channel if you want. Anyway, if you want to start off with a good portable sampler/sequencer that gets the creative juices flowing, then this is the sampler for you.
Great sampler/sequencer/drum machine
Does everything I need with a small footprint/price and great portability. I'm using MPC Maid on my Mac to arrange the samples and cutting them before upload so I don't care that it has only 2 lines of display. It would be nice to have foot pedals like the 1000 but I think I can live without. Only problem so far is I have yet to figure out how to do program changes on my synths from this. Thinking about getting another 500 as part backup and to let me use them both to always have the next song loaded DJ style. Or maybe get the 1000.
I wish it was a bit more obvious
Bought this instead of a playstation when I was 15 because I saw Chemical Brothers mention it in their webpage for their 'Push the Button' album.
I used it a bit here and there but it never seemed to make sense due to its non obvious menus which you basically need a degree in to understand, or at least 2 weeks of reading manuals.
Also, synchronizing the midi to Ableton took like 3 days.
Its an old piece of kit so its obvious it won't be digitised as well as other newer MPC's but I've only ever used this to make beats on the spot rather than create loops as I know is possible if you are some kind of genius.
It is small but it works :)
I used my MPC 500 to play loops on it , also as a master midi clock. Just export my loops from ableton and use "MPC maid" to transfer nad program . It is 16 bit wav but it has unique sound . Everything you put into MPC it sounds better .
had to switch the pads and the tact switches, but it was worth it! battery time not so good, but what can you expect. does everything it needs to do. I can bang out long triphop tracks on this.. doesn't have to be kick hat snare beats ;)
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MPC500 is the first portable MPC. You can sample and create music wherever inspiration strikes: on the subway, on the plane, or even at the beach! Whether you're traveling around the globe or just across town, MPC500 is a perfect fit for your backpack, messenger bag, or briefcase. Beats and productions created in MPC500 can be dropped into your computer via USB or into your main MPC with the swappable CF card when you get back into the studio.
MPC500 is a 48-track sequencer with a 32-voice stereo sampler. It has 12 velocity and pressure-sensitive rubber MPC pads. 16MB of memory comes standard and can be expanded up to 128MB. When connected to a Mac or PC via USB, you can drag and drop data between the computer and your MPC500's CF card, just like a hard drive. Because MPC500 is compatible with other MPCs, MPC500 is the perfect way to extend your studio into your mobile lifestyle.