AKAI Professional

Production power to the people.

MPC1000 inherits all of the essential MPC features such as 32-voice stereo sampling, 64-track sequencing, and 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive MPC pads, fitting all the production capability into a compact, affordable package. 16MB of on-board memory comes standard and can be expanded up to 128MB. You can save your work to a Standard Compact Flash Card (up to 2GB). A preloaded CF card with popular Akai Pro samples is included to get you going.

When connected to a Mac or PC via its built-in USB port, you can simply drag and drop data between the computer and MPC1000's CF card. MPC1000 is small, rugged and incredibly portable for an easy fit into a backpack or laptop bag for the traveling producer.


  • Pattern-based and linear 64-track sequencer with 32 MIDI channels
  • 32-voice drum/phrase sampler with up to 128MB RAM
  • Velocity and pressure-sensitive pads for expressive programming
  • 16-level pad function maps one sound to all pads with varied level, tuning, attack, decay or filter per pad
  • Two Q-link sliders for real-time performance control
  • Built-in Compact Flash drive and USB port (Mass Storage Class)
  • Standard WAV files samples and MIDI-file sequences
  • Analog and digital I/Os, headphone output and two MIDI In/Out
  • Internal sounds in flash
  • Four-way sample layering and velocity switching per pad
  • Four-pole filters (two two-pole filters) filtering for each of the 32 voices
  • Two on-board effects processors plus main-output effect processor, all which can be used simultaneously
  • Outputs can be re-sampled


  • Storage: Compact Flash: Type-II, support up to 2GB card
  • Hard Drive (optional - req. HDM-10): any standard IDE 2.5" hard drive
  • Memory: 16MB installed (Can be expanded to 128MB with EXM-128)
  • Analog Input/Output:
  • (2) Balanced 1/4" Inputs
  • (6) Unbalanced 1/4" Outputs [Stereo L/R + 4 Assignable Outs]
  • (1) Headphone Output
  • Digital Input/Output:
  • (1) Coaxial S/PDIF Input [RCA]
  • (1) Coaxial S/PDIF Output [RCA]
  • MIDI Input/Output:
  • (2) MIDI Input [5-pin DIN]
  • (2) MIDI Output [5-pin DIN]
  • Other Input/Output:
  • (2) 1/4" Footswitch
  • (1) USB [Storage Support]
  • Levels:
  • Analog Input = +10dBu
  • Analog Output = +17dBu [Stereo & Assignable Outs]
  • Sampler Resolution: 16bit/44.1kHz
  • Sampler Recording Time:
  • 136sec [16MB/MONO]
  • 24min 28sec [128MB/MONO]
  • Sequencer Details:
  • 100,000 notes resolving at 96ppq
  • 99 Sequences with total 64 tracks per seq
  • 20 Songs with total 250 steps per song
  • Pad Details:
  • 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)
  • 4 Pad Banks [A, B, C, D]
  • Synchronization: MIDI Clock only
  • Power Options:
  • 100v - 240v
  • 50/60Hz
  • 19W
  • Dimensions (W x H x D):
  • 13" x 2.97" x 8.98"
  • 330mm x 75.5mm x 228.2mm
  • Weight (net):
  • 7.6 lbs
  • 3.45 kg
  • Data Compatibility:
  • MPC1000: SEQ, WAV, PGM
  • MPC2000/2000XL: SEQ (saved as MID file only), WAV, SND, PGM (Most parameters of PGM file can be loaded.)
  • MPC2500: SEQ, WAV, PGM
  • MPC4000: SEQ (saved as MID file only), WAV, AKP (DRUM program only...No Keygroups. Only note assign and tune are loaded.)
  • MPC3000: SND (THRU Computer)
  • Z4/Z8: WAV, PGM (DRUM program only. Only note assign and tune are loaded.)
  • S5000/6000: WAV only (THRU Computer)
  • S1000/3000: No compatibility

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What type of hard drive can I put in my MPC2500 or MPC1000?

    MPC2500 and MPC1000 both accept 2.5" IDE Hard Disk Drives (Laptop style)

  • What is the difference between pattern-based sequencing and linear sequencing?

    The MPC1000 can do both. With linear sequencing, the whole song is one long sequence which can be recorded continuously in real-time, much like an audio recorder, or edited by copying/pasting bars (such as verse, chorus, etc). This is good when recording tracks while playing live over the whole song. With pattern-based sequencing, a song is made of multiple short sequences (patterns) that can be re-arranged very quickly in Song mode or even in real-time using the Next Sequence feature. However, unlike limited 'groove-boxes' where patterns are only one or two bars, on the MPC1000, pattern/sequences can be of any length. With the MPC1000, you can work on each pattern in a loop, switch patterns, and in Song mode, simply specify the order the pattern playback and number of repeats to create an arrangement. At any time, you can change the arrangement without tedious copying/pasting. In addition, if you decide to modify a pattern (say, the chorus sequence) after having created the song arrangement, i

  • Are there internal sounds in the MPC1000?

    The MPC1000 comes with 5MB of internal sounds in flash (retained after power-off). Factory sounds can be replaced by user custom sounds. There are also around 10MB of sounds on the included 32MB Compact Flash card.

  • How do I get more sounds in the MPC1000?

    You can load sounds from Compact Flash cards, transfer standard WAV files via USB from a PC/Mac computer, or sample your own sounds via the analog or digital inputs (from a CD, for instance). The MPC1000 supports mono and stereo samples.

  • Can I edit the sounds of my MPC1000 on a computer?

    Yes. Samples are standard WAV files and can be edited and processed in any sample editing software. Programs can also be edited offline on a computer using 3rd party Program editor freeware such as "MPC1000 Program Creator" for Windows XP/2k and "MPC Pad 187" for Mac OS X. Sounds (programs/samples) and sequences can be transferred between the MPC1000 and the computer either via USB or via a Compact Flash card.

  • I have a sample of a bass sound assigned to one pad. How can I play it on all the pads at different pitch?

    Easy. Simply press the "16 LEVELS" button, hit the pad that contains the bass sample and enable the 16-TUNING mode. Now, the bass sample can be played across all the pads with 16 chromatic tunings.

  • I have created a beat on my MPC1000. How do I put it on a CD or send in on internet as an MP3?

    Once you have created a beat on the MPC1000, you can resample its own output as a stereo WAV file. You can then transfer this WAV file to a computer (via USB or Compact Flash) and burn it to CD or encode it to MP3 using any software/shareware/freeware.

  • How do I connect my keyboard/synth to the MPC1000 and how do I control the sounds of my keyboard?

    Connect the MIDI Out of the keyboard to the MIDI In 1 of the MPC1000 and the MIDI Out A of the MPC1000 to the MIDI In of your keyboard. Set your keyboard to LOCAL OFF. On the MPC1000, Mode: MIDI/SYNC, MIDI tab, set "Active Track Receive Channel" to ALL and "Soft Thru" to AS TRACK. After that, your keyboard will play the same sounds as the pads, i.e. whatever is set on the selected Track. The MIDI field of the selected sequence Track, on the Main page, controls where you direct the MIDI output from that Track. You can use this in combination with the Program field, so one Track can control both the MPC1000 sampler and/or an external synth. To automatically select sounds on your synth, you can embed Program Changes in a sequence by recording them or using the Step Edit Insert command. Of course, this only covers the MIDI data, not audio. To hear both the sound from the MPC1000 sampler and from your keyboard, the audio outputs of both units should be connected to a mixing board.

  • What is the benefit of having two sets of MIDI In / Out?

    The two MIDI Inputs allow connecting a MIDI controller (keyboard, drum pads) to one input while the other input is used to receive MIDI Sync from another unit such as a digital recorder. Otherwise, you would need an outboard MIDI Merger. The two Midi Outputs allow the MPC1000 to control 32 external MIDI Channels (16x2), in addition to the 24 internal Programs. This is very useful if you have more than one outboard multi-timbral sound generator (for instance, your keyboard and a sound module).



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