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Microphone Month 4

AKAI MPC500 Review

With twelve drum pads, four sample banks, a full sequencer, the ability to layer four sounds on a single pad, sampling capability, USB and MIDI connectivity, and a small form factor; the MPC500 is a music production powerhouse that can be slipped into your backpack and run off of six "AA" batteries.

Inspiration can strike anytime and anywhere. In today’s fast paced world, musicians need the ability to capture ideas when they have them, and the MPC500 makes it all possible. For many musicians, carrying a laptop, MIDI controller, microphone and all of the cables is just not feasible. To that end, Akai has introduced the MPC500; the first truly portable version of the famous MPC line. With twelve drum pads, four sample banks, a full sequencer, the ability to layer four sounds on a single pad, sampling capability, USB and MIDI connectivity, and a small form factor; the MPC500 is a music production powerhouse that can be run off of six “AA” batteries. Able to handle files from its larger siblings, producers that already own an MPC finally have a way to get work done on projects while away from the studio. Although there is a learning curve, and (due to the small size) the menus can be difficult to get the hang of, once you get used to working on the MPC500 you will discover an incredible depth of control and power. For those wanting a way to make beats anywhere, the MPC500 is certainly up to the task.

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