Finally Year End has come ! Take some rest, spend more time with my beloved and build some beat with my most preferred gear, the AKAI Pro MPC.
I bought my first MPC1000 in 2003. It was the blue and red model. I decided to sell it for a black model in 2006, and then again for a black model with pad upgrade back in 2012.
I own a few other AKAI Pro cool gears (MPC2500, MFC42, MPC Element, LPD8) , but the 1000 remains my favorite toy. Maybe because it was the first machine I bought without knowing anything about how to operate it. I just kept hearing about the legend of the MPC60 and all the artists who built awesome tracks with it : DJ Shadow, DJ Premier, De La Soul, Cut Chemist, etc. So one day during lunch time, I decided to go get one. And I was not disappointed !
The nice thing about the 1000 is the size. You still can carry it in a bag. The pads are smaller than its big brothers, but not too small. And the functions are just enough to have a lot of fun : 4 MIDI (2 IN / 2 OUT), 4 assignable mix OUT, Digital IN and OUT, USB connection, CF Card slot.
AKAI OS 2.13 was good to start, but everything changed when I discovered JJ OS. What an improvement !! Updates come almost every month for both OS2XL and more recently OS128XL. Look here for a comparison between different OS. Just mind blowing !
Then I discovered mpcstuff, the best online shop for MPC lovers. You can replace or customise parts of your MPC and they really have good stuff there !
Over the years, I customised my MPC1000 as it was so fun and so cool to make it as I wanted it to be. Customisation includes :
- XLCD Large LCD White Screen Kit
- Red Q Link Slider Knob
- Big Black Record / Gain Volume Knob Set
- Extra Sensitive Thick Fat Red Pad Set
- Black Replacement Button Set Kit
- Right Side PCB Board w/ Volume and Jog – Blue Led
- Red Memory Card Slot Surround
- Polished Walnut Wood Side Panels