• Live/studio/mobile musicians, producers, engineers
• Live/studio production and recording
• Intuitive user interface
• 32-voice drum/phrase sampler with 16MB memory built in. Expandable
up to 128MB RAM
• 2 onboard effects processors and a main out effects processor
• 2 assignable Q-link sliders and knobs for real-time performance control
• 240 x 64 hinged backlit LCD
• Optional CD drive and hard disk drive
• USB port for computer connectivity
• Built-in Analog and Digital I/Os, headphone output and 2 MIDI In/4 MIDI Out
• Internal sounds in flash
• Chop-shop slices a loop into individual samples with automatic pad assignment
Patched phrase synchronizes phrase samples to any tempo without changing pitch
Continuous sample track records long audio tracks into a sequence
• Can resample its own output
• Audio input thru with Q-link control for real-time control
• 10 built-in analog outputs, plus stereo digital i/o
• New 4-pole filters for all sample voices
An exceptional composition/live performance tool for home recording enthusiasts, music production environments, and DJ/live club performers, the MPC2500 is the successor to the company's highly acclaimed MPC2000XL. Featuring an inviting user interface, great-feeling velocity and pressure sensitive pads, twin onboard effects processors with a send for outboard effects, Q-Link controllers, plus 10 outputs and an S/PDIF digital output, the MPC2500 Music Production Center elevates the MPC Series to an entirely new level.
As a 32-voice drum/phrase sampler with up to 128 MB of RAM and extensive editing controls, the MPC2500 makes ease of operation a priority. Sample recording takes place at the instrument's Main page (eliminating the need to dig through confusing nested menus) and editing provisions are extensive. The instrument's Chop-Shop function can analyze a drum loop, detect the various beats within, and map the various segments to the pads-enabling users to create drum kits. With its Patched Phrase function, sampled phrases can be automatically synchronized to the sequencer's tempo without altering the sample's pitch, and the Continuous Sample Track enables long sampled phrases to be played along with sequenced performance data. Further, samples can be reversed and time stretched.
The MPC2500's control, effects, and interface capabilities excel. The four Q-Link controllers (two sliders/two knobs) facilitate extensive real-time control and, when combined with the Audio Input Thru function, input signals can be manipulated on the spot. The MPC2500 provides 4-pole filters (twin 2-pole filters) for each of the instrument's 32 voices, and the two onboard effects processors make it easy to add reverbs, delays, and other effects. Since internal sounds reside in flash memory, they can easily be swapped for new sounds via compact flash cards (32 MB card included) or the optionally available CD-ROM drive. Similarly, users can also expand their onboard sound palette by adding an optional 2.5-inch hard drive.
The MPC2500 sports a 100,000 note / 64 track MIDI sequencer that can be assigned to four separate MIDI outputs for a total of 64 independently addressable MIDI channels. Song mode supports 20 songs, with 250 steps per song, and the unit's grid editing screen for the drum track makes music creation and editing an intuitive process. With its 240 x 64 dot angled, backlit LCD display, keeping track of one's work is easy. Combined with 10 analog outputs plus an S/PDIF digital output, the MPC2500 facilitates nearly unlimited possibilities for exercising control over the various sound elements the unit produces-making it a "must have tool" for both stage and studio use.
Akai Professional CEO Jack O'Donnell commented on the new MPC, "The new MPC2500 Music Production Center elevates Akai Professional's MPC Series reputation as an indispensable music production tool to a new level and further demonstrates our commitment to the music market. This is an exciting product that music professionals have been eagerly awaiting."
Akai Professional's new MPC2500 Music Production Center further confirms the company's leadership in versatile products for the creative musician. The MPC2500 will be available Q4 of 2005.
Since 1984, Akai Professional products have been a staple of modern music both in the studio and on stage. With intuitive design and cutting edge features, Akai Professional is one of the world's most influential manufacturers of musical electronics. For more information, visit www.akaipro.com.