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Key Features

  • 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
  • USB port for computer connectivity
  • Built–in Analog and Digital I/Os, headphone output and 2 MIDI In/4 MIDI Out
  • 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
  • Optional available accessories include 128MB Ram Expansion (EXM128), CD ROM Installation Kit (including CD ROM Drive - CD-M25)


Sound Generator Data format: 16-bit linear WAV
Sampling rate: 44.1 kHz
Memory: 16MB standard (11.5MB sound memory), expandable to 128MB with EXM128 option
Preset sound memory: 5MB Flash
Recording time: 136 sec (16MB mono) 24m28sec (128MB mono)
Polyphony: 32-voice
Dynamic filtering 2 x 2-pole filter per voice
Filter types: Low pass, band pass, high pass
Number of active programs: 24 (with 64 pads per program)
Effects Effects 2 stereo effects and Master effect
Effect type Chorus, Flanger, Bit grunger, 4 band EQ, Compressor, Phase shifter, Tremolo, Flying Pan, Reverb, Delay
Master effect: 4 band EQ, Compressor
Sequencer Capacity: 100,000 notes
Resolution: 96ppq
99 Sequences
64 Tracks per sequence
64 MIDI output channels (16 channels x 4 output ports)
Song mode: 20 songs, 250 steps per song
MIDI Clock Sync: Master/Slave
Drumpads 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads
4 pad banks
16 Levels: Velocity, Tuning
Automated Pad Mixer (Level, Pan and FX send)
Track Mute and Next Sequence features for live performance
Q-Link 2 sliders and 2 rotary knobs
Assignable to internal sampler controls: pitch, filter cutoff, resonance, level and pan
Connections Record input (L and R) 1/4-inch stereo phone x 2, balanced -40dBu, input impedance 11k ohms; max. Input level +10dBu
Digital Input: RCA x 1, SPDIF
Stereo output (L and R) 1/4-inch phone x 2 balanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms; max. output level +22dBu
8 individual analog outputs 1/4-inch phone x 4 balanced +11dBu, output impedance 1k Ohms; max. output level +22dBu
Phones output 1/4-inch stereo phone x 1, 200mW / 100 ohms
Digital Output: RCA x 1, SPDIF
MIDI: 2 x MIDI In and 4 x MIDI Out
USB Slave connector x 1, USB MASS STORAGE CLASS support (You need Windows 2000/Me/XP or later version, or MacOS 9.x/10.x or later version.)
Footswitches: jack x 2
General Display: 240 x 64 dot graphic LCD w/back light
Memory card slot:Compact Flash (The size of the compact flash card that MPC500 can handle is from32MB to 2GB)
Standard Accessories:
  • 32MB Compact Flash card
  • Power cable
  • Operator's manual
  • HDM-10
  • Hard Drive Adaptor Kit
  • Power: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz
    Consumption: 70W (with all options)
    Dimensions (W x D x H):
    16.33" x 3.68" x 13.10"
    (415mm x 93.5mm x 332.9mm)
    Weight: 13.5 Lbs [6.15kg] (Excluding drives and options)
    Data Compatibility MPC1000: SEQ, WAV, PGM
    MPC2000/2000XL: SEQ, WAV, SND, PGM (Most parameters of PGM file can be loaded.)
    MPC2500: SEQ, WAV, PGM
    MPC4000: SEQ, WAV, PGM (DRUM program only. 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
    Options EXM128 128MB expansion memory card
    CD-M25 CD Drive

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    The new MPC2500 Music Production Center is the recognized industry standard, a 32–voice drum/phrase sampler with up to 128 MB of RAM and extensive editing control. Designed for professional music production environments and DJs and live club performers, the MPC2500 features a time–tested user interface, responsive velocity– and pressure–sensitive pads, twin onboard effects processors, four Q–Link controllers (two sliders/two knobs) for extensive real–time control, plus 10 outputs and a S/PDIF digital output.

    The ultra-powerful 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. Internal sounds reside in flash memory and can easily be swapped for new sounds via compact flash cards, optional user installable hard drive, or the optional CD–ROM drive. A CF card with preloaded sounds is included to get you started.

    Akai Professional, in its pursuit to remain the leader of digital sampling technology has released the MPC2500. This unit designed for professional audio production, offers drum programming, sequencing, and sampling capabilities. Artists now have the luxury of producing music with a compact music composition center.


  • Sampling and creating beats
  • MIDI sequencing
  • Live Performance

  • The following hard drives have been tested and approved for use in the MPC2500:


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