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Akai Professional MPC 500 MIDI Production System Sampler


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  • 32-voice drum/phrase sampler with up to 128MB RAM
  • Pattern-based 48-track sequencer with 16 MIDI channels
  • Velocity and pressure sensitive pads for responsive, accurate programming
  • 4-way sample layering and velocity switching per pad
  • Battery powered (6 AA's) or AC powered (with included power adaptor)
  • On-board effects: two stereo effects and a master effect
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 6.9 x 1.7 inches ; 2.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000KN29YM
  • Item model number: MPC500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,765 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 10, 2007

Product Description

Product Description

The Akai MPC500 is the first truly portable all-in-one Music Production Center. Affording artists the ability to sample and create music on-the-go, the MPC500 offers many of the same features users have grown to love in the MPC line. From rock solid sequencing and programming to expandable memory and storage options, the MPC500 is only small in physical size. Because of its great attributes, the MPC500 is great for applications such as sampling and beat creation, MIDI sequencing, live performance or traveling. Compatible with other MPC products, the MPC500 will fit in perfectly with your mobile lifestyle. The MPC500 combines a 48-Track MIDI Sequencer and a 32-voice Stereo Digital Sampler, with 12 velocity and pressure sensitive rubber pads. 16MB of on-board memory comes standard and can be expanded up to 128 MB of RAM. When connected to a Mac or PC via its built-in USB port, you can simply drag & drop data between the computer and the MPC500's CF card. Check out the in-depth comparison chart for all the MPC's that Akai makes. Use it to find out exactly how much power you need! Features: Battery powered (6 AA's) or AC powered (with included power adaptor), Pattern-based 48-track sequencer with 16 MIDI channels, 32-voice drum/phrase sampler with up to 128MB RAM, Velocity and pressure sensitive pads for responsive, accurate programming, 12 Levels function: one sound on all pads with varied level or tuning per pad, Built-in Compact Flash drive and USB port (Mass Storage Class), Support for standard WAV files and MIDI sequences, Built-in Analog I/O, headphone output, and MIDI In/Out, Internal sounds in Flash, 4-way sample layering and velocity switching per pad, 1 low pass filter with resonance per voice, On-board effects: 2 stereo effects and a Master effect.

Amazon.com

Sample and create music wherever inspiration strikes with the portable Akai MPC500 all-in-one Music Production Center. Whether you travel around the globe or across town, the MPC500 is the ultimate answer to your mobile production needs. It weight just under 3 pounds--a perfect fit for your backpack, messenger bag, or briefcase--and it can be powered for up to 4.5 hours on 6 AA batteries

The MPC500 combines a 48-Track MIDI Sequencer and a 32-voice Stereo Digital Sampler, with 12 velocity and pressure sensitive rubber pads. It comes standard with 16 MB of on-board memory and can be expanded up to 128 MB of RAM. When connected to a Mac or PC via its built-in USB port, you can simply drag and drop data between the computer and the MPC500's CF card.



Roam where you want to with the compact Akai MPC500 (see larger image).


Built-in analog I/O, headphone output, and MIDI in/out (see larger image).


Power with included AC adapter or 6 AA batteries (see larger image).

Key Features

  • Battery powered (6 AAs) or wall powered (AC adapter included)
  • Pattern-based 48-track sequencer with 16 MIDI channels
  • 32-voice drum/phrase sampler with up to 128 MB RAM
  • Velocity and pressure-sensitive pads for responsive, accurate programming
  • 12-level function places one sound on all pads with progressive level or tuning per pad
  • Compact Flash drive and USB port (Mass Storage Class)
  • Support for standard WAV files and MIDI sequences
  • Analog I/O, headphone output, MIDI I/O
  • Sounds included to get started quickly
  • Four-way sample layering and velocity switching per pad
  • Low-pass filter with resonance per voice
  • On-board effects: two stereo effects and a master effect

Specifications

  • Storage: Compact Flash: Type-II, support up to 2 GB card
  • Memory: 16 MB installed (Can be expanded to 128 MB with EXM-128)
  • Analog Input/Output:
    • (2) Balanced 1/4-inch Inputs
    • (2) Unbalanced 1/4-inch Outputs
    • (1) Headphone Output
  • MIDI Input/Output:
    • (1) MIDI Input [5-pin DIN]
    • (1) MIDI Output [5-pin DIN]
  • Other Input/Output:
    • (1) USB [Slave only]
  • Levels:
    • Analog Input = +10dBu
    • Analog Output = +5dBu
  • Sampler Resolution: 16bit/44.1kHz
  • Sampler Recording Time:
    • 136 seconds [16 MB/MONO]
    • 24 minutes 28 seconds [128 MB/MONO]
  • Sequencer Details:
    • 100,000 notes resolving at 96ppq
    • 99 Sequences with total 64 tracks per seq
    • 20 Songs with total 250 steps per song
    • 24 "Active (loaded)" Programs max
  • Pad Details:
    • 12 (velocity and pressure sensitive)
    • 4 Pad Banks [A, B, C, D]
  • Power Options:
    • 12V DC 500mA pin-negative power adapter (included)
    • (6) AA batteries [lasts about 4.5hrs continuous use w/backlight ON]
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.73 x 6.89 inches (WxHxD)
  • Weight (net): 2.93 pounds
  • Data Compatibility:
    • MPC1000 -- SEQ, WAV, PGM
    • MPC2000/2000XL -- SEQ (saved as MID file only), WAV, SND, PGM (Most parameters of PGM file can be loaded.)
    • MPC2500 -- SEQ, WAV, PGM
    • MPC4000 -- SEQ (saved as MID file only), WAV, AKP (DRUM program only...No Keygroups. Only note assign and tune are loaded.)
    • MPC3000 -- SND (THRU Computer)
    • Z4/Z8 -- WAV, PGM (DRUM program only. Only note assign and tune are loaded.)
    • S5000/6000 -- WAV only (THRU Computer)
    • S1000/3000 -- No compatibility

Customer Reviews

It's great for the buy, but you have to take the time to use it to your advantage.
1093 Entertainment
The pads are rather stiff though, and you'll find yourself banging them real hard when you're just starting out on this thing.
MotorMind
Also, I recommend that you buy the 128MB ram upgrade, and a bigger memory card if you plan on getting the MPC 500.
Tomer8191

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tomer8191 on April 7, 2012
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For years I wanted an MPC, because of producers like DJ Premier, J Dilla, Madlib, Hi-Tek, etc. Previously, I had never bought an MPC because it seemed so pricey. I would just play with FL Studio. Finally, I ordered this not even a month ago, and I'm already making beats. I play with this every day. I love it. I'm not completely knowledgeable of all its features and capabilities yet, but I know enough to make beats, and I am sure as I continue to play with it I will learn more. It took a few days of reading the manuals, and watching youtube tutorial videos before I had enough knowledge to make a beat. So, if you buy this and wish to use to its potential, you're going to have to read and/or watch videos online to learn how to use all the capabilities and features. Also, I recommend that you buy the 128MB ram upgrade, and a bigger memory card if you plan on getting the MPC 500. The memory card and ram it comes with is just not sufficient for people that want to put a wide variety of sounds, samples, and drum kits onto their MPC.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MotorMind on October 20, 2011
First and foremost: this is a very capable machine, so don't be fooled by its diminutive size. It's actually possible to make close to full productions on this thing alone (although you'd likely record its output in a DAW and take it from there). Its interface is very arcane though; there's only a tiny LCD screen with two lines of information. While a lot of people might find this restricting, I actually love how it forces you to use your ears to make music. Yes, I love to put limitations on my workflow, since I often find myself most creative when I try to push the boundaries of my equipment.

I like how the screen is actually better viewable from an angle than straight from above. The pads are rather stiff though, and you'll find yourself banging them real hard when you're just starting out on this thing. A good piece of advice is to put more memory in this unit. As another reviewer pointed out, it's best to use ordinary laptop memory for this, since the AKAI memory is basically a rip-off. I did, and I couldn't be happier.

So all in all, this is not a bad buy, especially since they come rather cheap these days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 1093 Entertainment on May 31, 2011
My grandfather bought me the MPC500 christmas of 2009 as an add-on to my studio, so I've had for a little over a year now. As an up and coming producer, I find that this little thing to be quite impressive. What I personally like about it are the natural drum sounds, for some reason, the drums recorded in any mpc just sounds better. One of the biggest problems is having a 16mb memory before getting an EXM or Whatever memory card you so desire, which is nothing to record into. However, if u have a DAW system, like Pro Tools, it poses as no problem. It's great for the buy, but you have to take the time to use it to your advantage.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bernie South on November 20, 2010
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i bought tha mpc500 with no prior knowledge on mpc's & now not even a month later, im pumpin out beatz like whoa! haha aight i still def got pleanty 2learn but im getting better everyday. if ur new2mpc's, u just gotta keep@it and soon enuff ull b makin beatz naturally.im totally loving this machine. its def a powerfull peice of professional equipment yet still easy enuff2learn as long as ur driven. i do already have a long background of creating musik(i can play bass, drums, and guitar) so that working knowledge of how songs are made &how different instruments interact with eachother definately helps. it might b more challenging4sumone who is new to mpc's and has no other experience with creating musik... also, i will say that tha owners manual can b difficult 2stay focused on reading... its stictly informational¬ written to captivate, but why wud they? haha. still i fell asleep a few times trying2read it. & U NEED THA RAM MEMORY UPGRADE!!! tha 16mb of ram it ships with is not enuff 4anything! within tha 1st week ull realize u cant load all tha samples u want("insufficient memory!") DONT BUY THA MANUFACTURERS MEMORY. its a rip off. buy the laptop memory instead. same thing just $100 less.
if my mpc500 got destroyed sumhow, id buy another in a second. great product.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Josh on October 10, 2012
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This is my first Akai product ever, yet an MPC at that... I'm hands down impressed with 2 thumbs up and I even recomend this to anyone who wants to bring their musical producing journey to a firm start. There are so many amazing instant features that I lose count.
From the moment you turn it on, you can instantly start hitting the pads to jam out. Within minutes I learned how to record a sequence, record samples from my microphone while assigning them to individual pads to help create a unique style of my own.
My favorite feature is right after you record your snare in a sequence, you can instantly record your hi-hat without pressing stop, start, record again, because the over-dub button immediately engages which allows you to continue adding multiple sounds as the sequence plays on.
One last thing I must add is that I've produced on a pc for 4 years. It feels like your just working when your clicking on nearly everything you do.
When you hit power on a piece of hardware like the Akai MPC500 you have that live experience in your hands. This is very enjoyable if you want to have a good time while jammin out, and it is also very reliable if you plan on creating a project of your own.
I'm about to hop back on the mpc right now. Peace!
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