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AKAI MPC500 Review

The MPC500 is the most cost effective, comprehensive, and user-friendly way to get into professional sampling and sequencing.

When the MPC500 was introduced, my first thought was that it would be a low function, low-power unit that would not be a cost-effective way to work. After I got it out of the box and spent time with it, I realized my first assumption was wrong within minutes.

AKAI has taken the MPC’s main core features and crammed them into this smaller, more portable unit. The idea behind this is to be compatible with other MPC units. The MPC500 can accept patterns, sequences, and samples from its bigger siblings, and process them, edit, re-sequence on the go, then be brought back. This makes it the perfect mobile editing, sequencing, and sampling compliment to the not-so-mobile MPC family.

AKAI has introduced the MPC 500 as their first battery-powered unit using six AA cells. This makes it the first truly portable MPC unit. Not only is the footprint smaller than a compact laptop, but the battery will outlast a laptop battery even while recording your samples. Matched with the same capacity CompactFlash used in the MPC1000 and 2500, the MPC500 can easily handle the same size and quality samples as the larger units.

Even though it makes a perfect match to the existing family of MPCs, this unit is more than capable of standing on its own. Whether you want to sample, sequence, edit samples, manipulate effects, or just create backing drums to play to, the MPC500 is the most cost effective, comprehensive, and user-friendly way to get into professional sampling and sequencing.

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