Hiphop Tech Hall O Fame What’s Good With The MPC? Classic Studio Gear!
In the 80’s Roger Linn formed an alliance with Akai to design products for music production. The first result of that collaboration was the Akai MPC60 MIDI Production Center, a full-featured sampling drum machine and MIDI sequencer released in 1988. Similar in concept to the Linn 9000, it featured a large 8 line LCD display, up to 26 seconds of 12 bit non-linear sampling at 40 kHz sampling rate, 16 simultaneous voices, 2 MIDI inputs and 4 MIDI outputs. In 1991, the MPC60 was succeeded by the MPC60-II, internally the same machine but with a headphone jack and a less expensive case design. Known for its warm sound and exceptional rhythmic feel, the MPC60 and MPC60-II live on today. Pete Rock is one the classic producers that made the MPC sound famous in the early 90’s with the worldwide release of “Mecca and the Soul Brother”.
Released in 1994, the Akai MPC3000 MIDI Production Center improved upon the MPC60 by adding stereo sampling, 16 bit linear 44.1 kHz sampling up to nearly 6 minutes, effects, dynamic digital filters, 32 voices, multiple drum sets in memory, a SCSI port, and more. The MPC3000 is the last product of the Akai/Roger Linn collaboration. In 1997, Akai released the less expensive MPC2000. Although the MPC2000 draws substantially from Roger Linn’s MPC60 and MPC3000 design ideas, Roger Linn was not involved in the design of the MPC2000. Check out the 16pads link below for more on that classic hiphop gear!