Akai debuts MPC2500 Music Production Center

At the NAMM show in Anaheim, Akai showed us the new MPC2500 Music Production Center. This powerfull tool combines a 64-Track MIDI Sequencer with a 32-voice 16bit Stereo Digital Sampler. The MPC is a rock solid sequencing and drum programming machine with 16 velocity and pressure sensitive rubber pads. The unit allows you to sample more efficiently. This composition center is contained in one extremely powerful desktop unit.

Key Features:
– Improved Akai MPC design
* Large graphic LCD display based on the friendly user interface of the MPC series
* MPC’s iconic “feel” and “groove”
* Velocity and pressure sensitive pads allow for expressive programming, with more pad banks
* New Features such as Chopshop, Patched Phrase, Grid Edit, Effect and LFO sync, Mixer Automation,
and Input Thru Expanded Linear/Pattern-based 100,000 notes, 64-track sequencer and 64 external MIDI channels
* 32-voice, 16bit drum sampler equipped with 16MB of RAM with ability to hold 128 RAM

– Extensive connectivity
* Two MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs
* Built-in USB Slave port for connection to a Windows or Mac OS computer
* Built-in 10 analog outputs
* 2 1/4” stereo analog inputs and outputs with 16bit/44.1kHz sampling
* Master/Slave synchronization capabilities: MIDI clock
* 2 Assignable Footswitch inputs

– Sample Library Compatibility- Compatible with:
* MPC2000/2000XL: SEQ, WAV, SND, PGM (Most parameters of a PGM file can be loaded.)
* MPC4000: SEQ, WAV, PGM (DRUM program only. Only note assign and tune are loaded.)
* MPC3000: SND (THRU Computer)
* Z4/Z8: WAV only
* S5000/6000: WAV only (THRU Computer)

– Extensive sound control
* Extensive sample editing that includes cut and paste, timestretch, slice, resampling etc, with waveform
Display, discard, extract, delete, silence, normalize, reverse, and pitch-shift
* Dynamic resonant multi-mode filters, 2 envelope generators and 1 LFO for each of the 32 voices
* 2 Q-Link sliders and 2 knobs for real-time control over a wide variety of dynamic changes

– Self-contained
* Optional user installable Internal hard drive to store custom sound libraries and sequences
* Optional user installable CD-RW/DVD drive

With a suggested retail price of $2999 (Euro 2500), Akai Professional’s new MPC2500 Music Production Center further confirms the company’s leadership in versatile products for the creative musician. The MPC2500 is in stock and available now. For more detailed information please visit the AKAI Pro website.

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