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AKAI MPC1000 Review

I was reluctant at first as I unpacked the MPC1000 to do a review. First, I associated it with music styles that don’t interest me. Second, making music on a “groove box” was alien to me, being a guitar player. I figured I’d hate the whole experience… all I can say is I’ll eat my words. It’s an intuitive piece that is easy to get around. The menu system doesn’t take itself seriously with commands like “do it” instead of enter, for example.

Within minutes I was setting it up to record a sample and playing with the drum pads. It sounds great which blew me away and before long that grumbling was replaced by a smile. I had a lot of fun playing it, making sequences, tweaking my samples and essentially stepping out of my creative comfort zone. The MPC1000 took me to creative places that I seriously doubt I’d have ever visited on my own.

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