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Akai Pro MPC5000

MPC (Music Production Center) with USB 2.0 Port for Computer Connectivity

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Akai Pro MPC5000

MPC (Music Production Center) with USB 2.0 Port for Computer Connectivity


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Product Features:
  • Music Production Center with Sequencer and Sampler Workstation
  • 64-voice drum/phrase sampler with 64MB memory built-in
  • Expandable up to 192MB RAM
  • 3-Oscillator virtual analog synth engine with built-in arpeggiator
  • Over 300 Virtual Analog synth presets included
  • 8-Tracks of Direct-to-Hard disk recording
  • Modular 4-bus effects processor provides over 40 new effects
  • Master compressor and equalizer
  • Built-in hard disk drive
  • Resolution: 960 ppq
  • 2GB CF Type-2 card slot
  • Chop-Shop 2.0 software slices a stereo loop into individual samples with automatic pad assignment
  • Patched Phrases creates multiple splits in looped samples to ensure proper tempo sync without changing pitch
  • Continuous Sample Track feature ensures samples play in perfect sync
  • Internal automation, external MIDI control and quick parameter editing with 12 Q-link controllers
  • New powerful multimode filter
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty
Product Specifications:
  • Connectivity:
    • 10 x Built-in analog outputs
    • 8 x ADAT-optical outputs
    • 4 x MIDI outputs
    • 2 x MIDI inputs
    • Turntable phono inputs with RIAA pre-amp
    • L/R 1/4" combo jacks with selectable mic/line levels
  • Display: Hinged backlit LCD (240 x 128)
  • Memory Card Slot: Compact flash
  • Power Supply: Internal, auto switching, 110-240V, 50-60Hz
  • Power Requirement: 50 watts
  • Sampling Rate: 44.1kHz
  • Polyphony: 64
  • Preset Sound Memory: 16 MB
  • Number of programs: 128
  • Weight: 18.2 lbs
  • Dimensions: 16-1/16"D x 18"W x 3-3/8"H

Product History:

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Sampler Specifications

Maximum Polyphony
Polyphony is the property of musical instruments that details how many notes can be played simultaneously.
Sampling Frequency
Sampling frequency is a number of miniscule snapshots (samples) taken of a continuous analog signal per second in order to make an accurate representation of the actual signal upon playback.
Power Supply
The power source for the controller.
Data Format
Data format refers to the type of file that the unit saves onto the internal or external memory. In the case of samplers, you're likely to see file formats such as WAV, AIFF, MP3, etc.
Sampling Mode
Sampling mode refers to the method/quality of the actual sampling. More often than not, you'll find this is about quality in exchange for lower data sizes, which can be useful if you have limited data resources.
Memory Card
Memory cards are external data devices that can be installed to expand the data resources of your unit.
Samples refers to the number of samples that can be stored in the unit, internally and/or externally.
Patterns are sequences of samples that can be looped and recorded onto internal or external memory.
Effects are digital algorithms that affect audio in a vast variety of ways. Some very common effects are Equalization, Compression, Filters (High-Pass, Low-Pass, Band-Pass, Notch, etc.), Reverb & Delay. You'll often find the initialism "DSP," in conjunction with the Effects specification. DSP stands for Digital Signal Processing.

There are several different, but similar types of effects such as dynamic, time-based, modulation and filters. Dynamic effects are for altering the amplitude (the volume of the sound) of audio fed through them. Time-based effects are, well, just that. They alter audio in the time domain by splitting and capturing a selected piece of audio in a buffer and then replaying it slightly out of time with the original to create natural reverberation and/or echoing effects.

Modulation effects combine multiple audio signals to create new sounds with sometimes rather unusual tonal properties, as is the case with Flangers, Tremolo and Phasers. Filters alter the frequency content of any audio going through them by boosting or cutting specific frequencies or frequency regions. In the case of equalizers, you may boost or cut anywhere within the audible frequency spectrum of 20Hz to 20kHz and will notice the difference almost immediately.
Max Loop Capture Time
Max Loop Capture Time is pretty self-explanatory. It simply refers to the maximum length your recorded loops can be.
Signal Processing
Signal Processing refers to AD/DA (Analog-to-Digital/Digital-to-Analog) conversion. Basically, this is important because just as "garbage in, garbage out," is true, "high-quality in, high-quality out," is also true, or at least should be.

This specification is important because it lets users know that what they record and what they playback is going/coming through at high resolutions.
Pads refers to the number of tangible pads that the unit has on it through which users can play samples and patterns.
Controllers can refer to pre-programmed and/or user-programmable controls on the unit. These controllers usually transmit MIDI data back and forth to a computer or other module to achieve the desired effect.
Display: the screen through which the unit transmits information to you, the user.
Onboard Mic
A microphone that's built-in to the unit that may eliminate the need for an external microphone and/or mic preamp.
Details about the quantity and type of inputs and outputs (I/O) on the unit. With samplers and most pro audio gear, for that matter, you'll find initialisms and measurements like XLR, 1/4", 1/8", 3.5mm, TRS, TS, MIDI, RCA and USB among others. Knowing exactly what each of those are isn't terribly important; at least, not as important as making sure your gear matches up with each other.
Current Draw
Current, which is measured in units called "amps," or "amperes," is the volume of electrons flowing through at the operating voltage. Voltage and current do, in fact, differ in that voltage refers to the pressure at which electrons flow, whereas current is the volume.

Anyone who's taken a physics class at some point can most likely tell you that electrical specifications such as these are inter-related more often than not, and there are formulas one can use to determine the relationships such as P=IE. Power (P) is measured in watts, current (I) is measured in amperes and voltage (E) is measured in volts.

Number of Inputs & Outputs

Number of Mono RCA Inputs
Number of Mono RCA Outputs
Number of Mono 1/4" Phone Inputs
Number of Mono 1/4" Phone Outputs
Number of Stereo 1/8" Phone Inputs
Number of Stereo 1/8" Phone Outputs
Number of Mono 1/8" Phone Inputs
Number of Mono 1/8" Phone Outputs
Number of Headphone Jacks

Size & Weight

Weight (Pounds)
This is the weight of the item in pounds (lbs).

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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