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Akai MPC-60

info infoCountry: USA / JAPAN
Weight: 10,5 Kg
Dimensions: 495 (w) x 127 (h) x 471 (d) mm
audio demo trend price : 1000€
manual schematics demo video comments

Akai MPC-60
MIDI PRODUCTION CENTER (1988)

 

Cult sampler designed by Roger Linn, famous producer of the drum machine Linn drum. After decades and new technologies, the MP60 is still considered of one of the best designed and sounding desktop beatmaker ver made.

NOTE: this review is mainly based on lasted OS 3.10, previous versions may have different characteristics.

mpc60 display
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info DESKTOP SAMPLER main panel features a 240 x 64 pixels LCD backlit display (with contrast trimmer) which can be tilt, 16 velocity sensitive pads, a volume knob, a data encoder, a slider, 56 buttons and a 720 kB DD disk drive.

Rear
panel terminal connectors:
- stereo main outs
- 8 separate outs + 2 send returns
- balanced signal input (switch between HI/MED/LOW gain)
- 2 Midi inputs (with merge option)
- 4 Midi ouputs
- Metronome out
- 2 assignable foot switches
- Sync I/O with level trimmer.
- RS-232C connector (factory not activated, can it be removed to install optional Marion SCSI board) .

 

 

edit TECH the main core based is an Intel 8-bits 80186 which manages 16 channels polyphony; DAC is a Burr Brown PCM54HP.

STRUCTURE Basically the machine records a sample and assign it to a pad with no special synthesis elements e.g filter, LFO. Internal sampling engine is based on a 12 bits which recording frequency range is fixed to 40 kHz.
Sound edit system includes some sample edit functions:
- volume gain set
- sample tuning range from -12 to +6 semitones
- a mini EG for amplitude with Attack + Decay segments
- mono / poly / gated sample play modes
- sample trim process (PIC)
- assign 2 or 3 samples to a single pad with possible velocity switch threshold.

 

Akai MPC-60



edit PERFORMANCE some handy functions:
- FULL LEVEL: plays all pads at full gain velocity
- NOTE VARIATION slider: a real-time controller changes the decay, tuning, attack of a sample
- 16 LEVELS: assign a sound to all pads with 16 variation of a single parameter (volume / tuning for chromatic play / decay / attack)
- NOTE REPEAT synched rolls or fills for recording
- TRIGGER set allows to play a single set from external source
- DRUM MIX special screen with overview mix, analog ouputs assigned as well as management of send/return to hook external FX unit.



drum mix


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SEQUENCER each track can be assigned to internal sounds or external Midi channel (it also handles exclusive systems).
The MPC60 sequencer is famous to be quite easy to use with great swing mode from 50 to 75% and a precise quantsization (1/8, 1/8T, 1/16, 1/16T,1/32 , 1/32T). MPC Patterns can be recorded either in real-time or step-by-step with some edit functions including: change signature, loopmode, solo mode, overdub, punch IN, shift offset, tempo change, erase and copy.


sequencer
A special TOOL (FREE) for 3.1 allows to convert MPC sequences to standard SMF Midi files.



editSYNC
internal tempo range from 30 to 300 BPM can slave-synched to: external Midi clock, SMPTE, external trigger and FSK24.



editMIDI
each pad can be assigned to a different MIDI note for external triggering and some basic Control changes... nothing too fancy.



edit OS Originally early OS cannot handle samples longer than 5 seconds, but this limit has been removed with latest OS 3.10, as well as mono sampling adding a special "pseudo stereo mode" albeit the MPC hardware is of course still monophonic.
ALTERNATIVE OS the VIMANA 3.15 is a special OS developped by third-part with different functions. It can be changed swapping 4 EPROMS. We do not tested it, so we have NO INFORMATION about this one.


design
- Click above - for boot screen picture




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MEMORY:
- 750kB sampling memory, doubled if optional memory board EXM003 is fitted (or clones)
- special companded mod" doubles sample time with quality loss (only for 3.10)
- 8 programs (each contains 16 sounds per bank / up to 4 banks)
- 128 sounds (only 34 for OS lower than 3.1)
- 20 songs
- 99 sequences
- 99 tracks
- max 60000 events.

memory board EXM003
UPPER memory board EXM003






editSTORAGE
data can be saved to floppy 720Kb drive or special 793 Kb format (unrealiable effects on PC). Optional SCSI is available, typical is Iomega zip.


mpc3000




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RELATED FAMILY:

AKAI MP60- II

MPC-60 II a new relook from 1991 with plastic case and extra headphones out. Quite the same.

akai asq10 ASQ-10 a sidekick sequencer with same design.
mpc3000

MPC-3000 The MPC3000 is the spiritual son but sounds different with 16 bits / 44kHz.

This machine was the last cooperation between LINN and AKAI, which dropped him after this one. After 3000 model Akai made out some other models: MPC2000 / 2000XL (2000) - MPC4000 (2002) - MPC1000 (2005) - MPC2500 (2005) - MPC500 (2006) - MPC5000 (2008) - MPC renaissance (2012)
FULL MPC FAMILY SUMUP HERE


 

effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION there are some free and commercial samples set:

  name price demo
mpc60 library

-BOXED EAR

-GOLDBABY

-FREE
sample pack of SCI dave smith tempest analog drum machine (WAV)

- FREE sample pack of Korg VOLCA BEAT (WAV)
n/a



 

demo AUDIO DEMO

demo Original Akai library "steve set" acoustic  
demo Original Akai library "synth set" simmons  
demo LINN design sampling Roland Tr808 INFO
demo Custom drums from commodore 64 SID INFO
demo samples the analog Drum MFB 522 f INFO
demo samples kick generator from Jomox Mbase 11 INFO
demo Midimark production DEMO 1.rap / 2.techno / 3.funky  
demo Custom SAMPLES from analog drum machine EKO RITMO 20 BUY / INFO



video VIDEO SELECTION

demo1 demo2 demo3 beatmaking
Demo demo2 Original MPC60 traing video

 

 

cat mpc60
Marcel the cat using the Mpc60 Akai

 



Company: Akai
Model: MPC60
Class: sampler
Pads: 16 dynamic
Dates: 1988
Price: 1000€
Display: 240 x 64
Resolution: 12 bits
Sampling rate: 40 kHz
Polyphony: 16 voices
Filter: none
LFO: none
Envelope: 1 EG A-D
Sequencer: 16 tracks
Sync: Midi, SMPTE, trigger
Swing: 50-75%
Memory: 750 Kb
Storage: 720Kb FD
Latest OS: 3.10
CPU: intel 80186
DAC: PCM54HP
Demo: 10

 

 

akai mpc60 hiresolution

manual
MANUAL (V 3.10)


manual
SCHEMATICS / SERVICE MANUAL



FACTORY RESET PROCEDURE N/A

Special TEST DISK is AVAILABLE somewhere to check out:
1. DAC Trim
2. ADC Monitor
3. CPU RAM test
4. Battery CDAM test
5. Sound Memory test

 

 

edit- MPC60 TEST DISK IMAGE
- SEND your MPC60 beat demo.

 

 

 

mcp60 scan
edit gigbag model SC-X614

 

mcp60 scan
edit MPC 60 AD along with S-900 and S-950

 

mcp60 scan
edit MPC 60 AD along withX7000

 

midi production
edit original advert

 

mpc60 italian
edit italian brochure


mcp60 custom
editcustom
(pic from Net)

 


Akai MPC-60 FOR SALE
Akai MPC-60 FOR SALE
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comment

REVIEW : "Wow! that's a very very funny machine! loops, beats, idea on the fly with classy powerful sound. Love this beast - a must buy! "

manual manual
-sound - expensive
- classic
- No filter
-intuitive - No LFO
- new OS - limited memory

roger linn



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AKAI MPC-60 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. price €1000