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Akai | MPC60 II
The MPC60 is the music production studio that has single-handedly taken over the Rap and R&B music genres as the main instrument of HipHop production. Designed by Roger Linn (Linn Drum), the MPC60 is a one-box-does-it-all sequencer-sampler workstation.
The built-in sequencer is very complete and professional. There are 99 tracks per sequence, 99 patterns, and 99 sequences that can be created, edited and stored in the MPC60 with ease. You can create patterns in real-time adding drum parts to a beat-loop spontaneously creating a groove that captures the vibe. These patterns are varied and chained into a sequence. Full MIDI, SMPTE and various other forms of external control prepare the MPC60 for any studio situation.
The Sampler section is lo-fi but highly respectable. Its 12-bit sampling at 40KHz is pretty good. Sample editing, looping and transforming is simple to do. There's even a built-in drum machine for extra groove! Finally, the 18 voices of polyphony should be plenty of room for anyone who wants to create HipHop on the machine of professional artists.
Akai released the MPC60 II in 1991 with largely the same features as the original with some differences such as the LCD display was no longer moveable and was set at a fixed angle however there was a contrast adjustment setting. Another difference was the chassis was now plastic and not metal as the original.
One welcome feature was a front panel stereo headphone jack which was absent of the original MPC60. The rest of the unit offered the same over all specs but memory was reduced to only 750 kb which could be doubled to expand the recording time up to 13 seconds.
|Sampler||12-bit, 40kHz, Stereo|
|Memory||768KB (13.1 seconds) expandable to 1.5MB (26.2 seconds) + 32 Drum sounds|
|Recording||Sequencer: 20 songs, 99 sequences, 99 tracks, 60,000 note capacity|
|Extra info||the MKII version only had another casing and phone jack. Contorl:MTC, SMPTE, FSK24, Pulse 96, click in|
|Produced:||1988 - 1991|
|Legend:||Obvious||Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable|
|VCO||Voltage Controlled Oscillator||DCO||Digital Controlled Oscillator|
|LFO||Low Frequency Oscillator||Sub||Sub Oscillator|
|VCF||Voltage Controlled Filter||VCA||Voltage Controlled Amplifier|
|Velocity||As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key.||Aftertouch||Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.|
|Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.|