Akai acknowledged the market needs and demands for a less expensive MPC and released the MPC 2000 for a low price of $1,999.00.  Roger Linn was not involved with the MPC 2000 design.

It ain't hard to tell that Akai took full advantage of inexpensive technology to deliver cutting edge samplers.  They've managed to keep development & hardware cost down to make the MPC 1000 affordable.  Whenever you upgrade technology there's always a trade off. 
IS THE MPC 1000 THE TOOL FOR YOU?
The MPC 1000 invites newbie's and seasoned producers to a new era of making music.  If you're looking for a sampler that's portable, powerful and affordable then maybe the MPC 1000 is the tool for you.

Akai has managed to produce a MPC that is under $1000.00.  It is the most inexpensive MPC ever built. 

The MPC 60 debuted in 1988 as the first MPC series and it shipped for $5,000.  Akai wasted no time filling in the market gaps with its release of the MPC 3000 priced at $3,500. Both MPC 60/60II & MPC 3000 were Roger Linn models.  The development cost made these models
very expensive.   
The MPC 1000 sampling engine is based on the MPC 2000 technology at a sampling rate of 44.1KHZ.  Sampling time is not an issue with the MPC 1000.  It comes standard with 16MB which is equivalent to 136 seconds mono sampling.  You can blow the MPC 1000 out with 128MB which gives you a massive 24 minutes and 28 seconds of sampling time.

Editing samples is easy. You're able to discard the start & end points of the sample (graphic wav image).  Although the sample editing features are limited you can take advantage of software programs like RECYCLE, SOUND FORGE, etc to achieve additional tasks.  Most programs will allow you to save your files in various formats like .WAV.

The sequencer has the same resolution as the other MPC series at 96ppqn.  When you set the quantize feature off you'll achieve that legendary live feel.  You'll also find the next sequence button to be useful when playing live. (Beat Battles, etc...)

There are a lot of mixed reviews about the MPC 1000 and you'll probably enjoy reading them all.  The bottom line is simple.  Akai has 3 sampling workstations that are cutting edge.  They all offer something unique to the user. The MPC 1000 was not designed to replace the MPC 2000XL. 

You need to determine your production needs before you break the bank. Check the specs in more detail at www.akaipro.com and decide if the MPC 1000 is the tool for you. 

PROS:
CONS:
>Portable Lap Top size
>USB connection to PC/MAC drag & drop sounds
(incorporate audio software programs)
>128MB of Memory options
>Internal Effects
>MPC 2000XL & MPC 4000 compatible
>Compact Flash Media
>Free sound library (Def Jef exclusive sound set) on compact flash card

>No SCSI port or options to connect       external storage devices
>No time stretch
>No MTC Sync
>No sample reverse
>Limited sample edit features
>Doesn't run on battery

SUMMARY

More than an entry level machine.  It's a great traveling companion for
MPC 4000 users.   The MPC 1000 has proven to be solid for live gigs like Beat Battles.   Recommended for any serious working producer.    
AKAI could have incorporated a battery for the MPC 1000 but found it to be useless because the battery life would have only lasted 3-5 minutes.

The MPC 1000 USB connection doesn't have host capability.  That means you can't connect external storage devices like USB zip drives.  This was one of the trade offs to keep the cost down. 

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>MPC 2000XL users will miss features like time stretch, sympte, 8 outputs, flip LCD screen, & Zone editing features. HOWEVER,
>MPC 1000 users will enjoy the portability, use of 24 programs at one time, and more memory options.  The compact flash has faster load time.  
MPC1000 V1.07 operating system
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