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Second, AKsys doesn't offer any specialist support for editing sequences, aside from top-level file-management activities. Nor does the Program editor currently support MPCspecific activities such as assigning samples to pads. Once again, Akai say this is coming AKAI AKAI MPC4000 Music Production Centre, and that when it does it will make light work of putting kits together they sent me the screenshot above as proof. Finally, there's no integral sample editor though this goes for AKsys as a whole, not just on the MPC Akai's not-unreasonable take on this is that there are already enough third-party sample-editing packages out there.

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In spite of these restrictions, to my mind MPC owners are not likely to feel too cheated, given that they will probably prefer working directly with their hardware anyway. Even if you just call upon it for basic file-management and transfer duties, AKsys is an excellent utility. Live-ing AKAI AKAI MPC4000 Music Production Centre Large The MPC's pads AKAI AKAI MPC4000 Music Production Centre be used not only to trigger sounds but also to trigger sequences and to determine what the next sequence will be while the sequencer is playing, which is great for DJ-style improvisation.

The MPC's Q-link controls add further real-time tweakability, thanks to their comprehensive parameter mapping options. Knob twiddling and slider, er, sliding can also be programmed within the sequence. This is achievable in one of two ways: This enables you to set up some pretty wild effects which would be impossible to do manually.


In Mixer mode, the Q-link controls again change their identity; the set on the left then becomes a channel strip controlling volume, pan and effects send for each part within a Multi. While all this knobbery is great for putting some real-time pizzazz into samples and sequences, I couldn't help feeling that six controls is still not enough — mdash; give me more and AKAI AKAI MPC4000 Music Production Centre find the extra hands to make use of them! As it happened, they had just posted v1. Support for more sample formats has also been added.

Thanks to these upgrades, the MPC is now compatible with the formats written by the following machines: Emu E4 and Roland formats are to follow. Most significantly, the OS update also fixes a number of bugs that were proving particularly irksome to a number of MPC users, including slow disk save speeds and problems with the Solo, Track Mute and Mute functions.

As explained in the release notes, the new functions added in v1. While on the subject of OS updates, I should point out that although Akai's software team are clearly on a mission to make sure that bugs get fixed as soon as possible, there's evidence that early MPCs were being released to shops with an OS that was not fully up to scratch.

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For example, there are claims on the SOS forums that certain screens automatically caused the machines to crash. While we have all come to accept as a way of life that software is often released before every wrinkle is ironed out, it seems astonishing that Akai in particular would risk compromising their reputation in this way, considering the damage this suffered after the launch of the bug-ridden S and S series.

On the other hand, my AKAI AKAI MPC4000 Music Production Centre machine did behave properly for 99 percent of the time. The copybook was blotted, however, by one system crash which forced me to reboot the machine. Even the most minor glitch is one glitch too many if you're expecting to rely on this machine for live work.

Verdict For anyone who is already an avid fan of the MPC concept, the list of MPC features is likely to set them seriously pondering the practicalities of auctioning off vital organs or selling family members into slavery to make the upgrade. And undoubtedly, there's a lot on offer here.

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Whereas previous machines have always fallen slightly short AKAI AKAI MPC4000 Music Production Centre offering the full capabilities of Akai's rackmount samplers — mdash; for example it wasn't until the arrival of the MPC that the designers saw fit to include looping — mdash; there's nothing significant you can't do with the MPC that you wouldn't be able to do with a Z-series machine. Second, the sequencer is much more powerful than its forebears, and thanks to its graphical interface, it has the ease of use usually associated with software-based sequencers.


A particularly creative function is the aforementioned Phrase facility, which allows you to grab sections of a sequence and turn it into a standalone phrase. Third, there are the six Q-link controls which, like those on Akai's Z-series samples, take live manipulation of sounds AKAI AKAI MPC4000 Music Production Centre samples — mdash; and indeed external devices — mdash; to a new creative level. And last, but in practical terms probably one of the most desirable additions, the presence of an internal hard disk is generally all round much more convenient, particularly if you're using the unit live. The Akai Professional MPC Plus Music Production Center combines a Track MIDI Sequencer and a voice 24bit Stereo Digital Sampler, with Designed for professional audio production, the MPC Plus offers all the advantages of dedicated hardware, features a large LCD plus the computer.


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