"The drums are all either vintage drum machines, or an Akai MPC1000, which is one of the two smallest ones. It has a clean sound, and makes everything really punchy and loud. I’ll sometimes sample, say, a kick from the DrumTraks into it, if I want it to have a more bottom-y, compressed sound."more
"If we're disregarding any computers here just for this Q, I would give the mpc1000 a good exercise with its JJOS now n then. Our RS integrator is a worthy distraction too. DMX has always been there for me too." Rob Brown on [WATTM AAA](http://forum.watmm.com/topic/81109-aaa-ask-autechre-anything-sean-and-rob-on-watmm/?p=2084386)more
«I don’t use the MPC as much as I did, but I still use it quite a lot. It’s always a centrepiece of the studio for me because it just gets stuff done nicely. It’s not nearly as flexible as the OP-1 or the Octatrack in terms of what you can do with samples but for making basic beats and patterns it’s just way more fun than pushing around bars in a computer sequencer»more
This Instagram photo posted by Justin Lockey shows he uses the Akai MPC1000. Some of the pads are labeled "MEAT," which could mean those pads trigger an effect for the Editors song "Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool." Other pads are labeled "Brick Hit" and "Psyco." This photo was posted by Justin in Jan 2014.more
Well the pads must be broken in, make sure you get the newest os update so you can adjust the pad sensitivities to your liking. AWESOME. it has a flashable rom in it, so you can flash your own sounds into the rom, so you can make your own presets that load very fast automatically when you turn the unit on. saves so much time, with samplers its all about load, save.. takes so much time, set this one up once, and its instant gratification over and over again like a drum machine should be. I upgraded mine to 128mb of ram which is plenty, this is a one shot sample playback, drum machine sampler, its not meant to make keyboard maps, buy a emu for that. this is for drums. and drum loops. easy to get files off my pc. i re did all my drum kits from all my old drum machines and samplers in this thing and have them set up as presets. the pads are ultra responsive and very expressive. loads .wav files, usb connect to the pc for file management and import of any .wav drum sounds or fx. Ultra tight envs, and punchy like a drum machine should be! bitchen.... a permanent piece, i will never ever sell this thing. my ultimate industrial drum box. its a portable sampler to boot, not big, perfect size. sampler quality is pretty good too, i like the dacs better on this than the s5000 i had.more
My first sampler was an Akai S2000 which was a budget rack sample player. It didn't impressed me enough since my E-MU 1212m with the Reason NN-XT did the job far-far better. This was around 2004. Then I bought an MPC 1000 in 2011 and the JJOS2XL actual version to replace the annoying Akai OS. So you think, Kontakt or any other software sampler handling things better and more efficient? I bet you will change your mind when you spent a few hour with the MPC1K under JJOS2XL. Far the best and easiest hardware sampler I seen until nowadays. My enthusiasm rooted one hand because the excellent sound engine and another hand because the JJOS2XL operation system. These together makes this beast as a real warrior. It can drive 2 gears outside, and the MPC1K didn't get the terrible MIDI timing problem like the MPC5K, so it can be as precise like any other pro MIDI gear. I tried it in many ways, in the bed at evening, connected my phone's out to the input and sampled some favourite phrase from a science interview with Michio Kaku. On the stage controlling my DAW on the notebook and release some long sample. On my vacation in the hotel room creating the first impressions after an inspirative day. This gear can fit near any situation if you able to plug it. You can expand the memory to 128 MB and add a simple IDE 2.5 HDD. The CF card slot is default. If you don't use the special JJOS2XL format, the basic PGM files can be read by MPC 2500/5000 models. The sequences are compatible except the effects section. For some bad points, it has a terrible workout in physical. If you buy one as second hand, you better to look around for pad set replacement kit, and check the faders if you can!
Awesome for loading samples and slicing loops. Better Days mainly uses it to play live shows with snippits, loops, and random samples we created or ripped off a movie.
If these things hadn't really gone out of date with the new mpd's or even better mpx's I would still be hashing mine up. I love the sounds and the pads ability to be quite sensitive to velocity.
I've only had the unit for about a month, but I'm loving it. The amount of power packed into this thing is incredible. Like just about everyone, I've upgraded the Operating System to JJOS2XL. Wouldn't trade it for anything. This is a piece that will stay in my studio until the end of time. Guaranteed.