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Akai MPC 3000 MIDI Production Centre (part 10)

You may be surprised to learn that the MPC 3000 doesn’t come with timecode sync as standard.


What about SMPTE?

You may be surprised to learn that the MPC 3000 doesn’t come with timecode sync as standard. It needs another chip fitting before it can read timecode, although this is not necessary to write it. Perhaps Akai reckon that there are plenty of SMPTE to MTC convertors around, or perhaps they relish an extra earning opportunity. I think they should change their mind and provide timecode synchronisation as standard.

Small display?

Not with the video output option. With the IB-CRT you can connect the MPC 3000 to a VGA monitor which will mimic the LCD display exactly.


  • Display 320 character LCD
  • Disk drive 3.5” HD (1.44 Megabyte)
  • Sampling rate 44.1kHz
  • Memory 2 Meg standard (21.9 seconds mono)
  • Expandable to 16 Meg (188.3 seconds mono)
  • Data format 16 bit linear (S1000 and S3000 compatibility)
  • Dynamic filtering 12dB/octave dynamic resonant lowpass filter per voice
  • Maximum sounds in memory 128
  • Number of programs 24
  • Sound assignments per program 64
  • Simultaneous voices 32
  • Maximum notes 75000
  • Resolution 96 pulses per quarter note
  • Sequences 99
  • Tracks per sequence 99
  • MIDI output channels 64
  • Song mode 20 songs, 250 steps per song
  • Drum pads 16
  • Drum pad banks 4
  • Sync MTC, MIDI Clock, FSK 24, quarter note clicks, SMPTE (optional)
  • Inputs Stereo analogue and digital
  • Outputs Stereo
  • 8 individual outputs
By David Mellor Thursday January 1, 2004

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