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Akai MPC 2000XL Hot Swap ATAPI / IDE to SD Card Reader Kit


  • Fully Assembled & Tested
  • Users Guide Included
  • Pro Audio Equipment

  • Description

    Akai MPC 2000XL ATAPI / IDE Card Reader Kit | SD Hot Swap Flash Drive v2.1

    Brand new media card solution, upgrade to this SD Flash Drive Kit for the Akai MPC 2000XL today. Are you tired of that stack of slow floppy and zip disks? They will only last so long, eventually wearing out. You don’t want to loose all your valuable music. These units are Hot Swappable, media can be inserted and removed with the MPC powered on. All media needs to be formatted to 1GB (977MB) to work with the MPC 2000XL. Super easy to install, comes with MPC installation manual. All MG-2000XL units are brand new, no MPC mods required. Data cable, power cable and mounting screws included. This unit has the bottom mounting holes needed for MPC installation. This kit works with the Akai MPC 2000XL, Roland VP 9000 and Roland VS-840 (hot swap not supported for VS-840).

    The MG-2000XL SD Card Reader allows you to move sounds from PC to MPC and back. Memory card access time is much faster then floppy and zip disk drives. Why keep your 3.5 floppy or zip drive when you can upgrade! Replace your old floppy or zip drive with this card reader kit. That’s about 715 floppy disks on one fast access removable SD card. Archive and save up to 997MB of all of your favorite drums, samples, sequences and songs on one media card! Older 1GB flash cards work best. 2GB, 4GB and 8GB SD cards can be used. Media larger then 1GB will need to be partitioned and formatted. See partition instructions below. Includes drum sample kit “Tactical Drums” v.01 Military Drum Arsenal by Big Noise.

    Custom Big Noise Upgrades: The new Black MG-2000XL has a smooth composite fiber face-plate, adorned with stainless steel socket head blots and stainless steel washers, for a refined subdued look. The branded RF shield plate was added to reduce radio frequency interference, enhance digital ground plane performance and provide structural integrity. Bypass capacitor C2 has been installed to enhance power plane performance.

    PLEASE NOTE: You must install Akai MPC 2000XL OS version 1.20 before installing the drive. You can purchase the 1.20 OS Upgrade on floppy disk, or Download for FREE from our online store. Using OS version 1.20 will allow you to move files between your computer and your MPC (using MAC or Windows platforms), however this Akai OS version will only recognize 1GB (997MB) of memory on your media card. These new card readers no longer support MPC 2000XL OS 1.14 due to internal firmware changes. Some SD cards will not work with this card reader. Legacy media cards that operate at 15MB/S transfer speeds usually work best. You may have to experiment to find cards that work with your unit. (Akai MPC 2000XL Hot Swap ATAPI / IDE to SD Card Reader Kit)

    DJ Mo-B Installed a SD Card Reader and Made a Beat on The Akai MPC 2000XL | Big Noise MPC MG-2000XL

    These are the new ATAPI / IDE SD Card Readers we’ve been using on the modular Akai MPC 2000XL units we fabricated around 2019, the second revision. They are 100% hot swapppable and it’s one of the best units on the market.

    How To Partition and Format SD or Compact Flash Cards to 1GB: Reducing the partition size of a Secure Data (SD) or Compact Flash (CF) card for use with Akai MPC 2000XL:

    01. Open a command Window (Windows-> Start -> cmd). 02. Type “diskpart” A new window will open up with a “diskpart>” prompt. 03. Type “list disk”. 04. Select disk n (where n is the number of your CF card). 05. Type “list volume”. 06. Select volume n (where n is the number of CF card volume). 07. Type “clean all” (this completely re-formats the disk – it will take a while and appear to hang but be patient). 08. Type “create partition primary” (this gives the newly formatted CF card a partition so it can be resized). 09. Type “shrink querymax” This will tell you how much space is currently on available on your CF card. Subtract this from the file-size in MB you want for the final disk than add 1. For a 2GB disk, shrink querymax returns: “The maximum number of reclaimable bytes is: 1954MB” We want a final disk size of 1GB (997MB) so 1954 – 997 + 1= 998. 10. Type “shrink desired” = 998 (This tells diskpart to try and shrink the disk by 998 MB). 11. Now that the disk is the right size, you can format the partition… Type “format fs=fat label=volumelabel” (“volumlabel” can be any name you want i.e. “mpcdisk”). 12. The media is now 1GB (997MB) and ready to use in the MPC 2000XL. Type “exit” to leave the command window.

    IDE to SD Card Reader Kit | Replacement Parts & Accessories | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


    • MG-2000XL v2.1 SD Card Reader Flash Drive Kit | Black Face
    • Compatible | Akai MPC 2000XL, Roland V 9000 & Roland VS-840
    • Includes Formatted SD Card | 1GB Akai MPC 2000XL Compatible
    • Includes | Drum Sample Kit “Tactical Drums” v.01 Military Drum Arsenal
    • Unit Features Bottom Mounting Holes (standard floppy drive spacing)
    • Big Noise Custom Upgrades | RF Cover Plate & Power Bypass Cap
    • Data Cable, Power Cable, Mounting Screws & Manual Included
    • Standard Hot Swap IDE / ATAPI | Akai MPC Media Drive Interface
    • Compatibility: Akai MPC 2000XL | Windows PC | Macintosh PC
    • Data Transfer Rate: 43096 KB/S | Best Media Data Rate: 15 MB/S
    • Removable Storage Capacity: 1GB (997MB) via Akai MPC 2000XL OS 1.20
    • Media Types: Secure Digital (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
    • Product Dimensions (WxDxH): 102mm x 123mm x 25.4mm
    • Product Weight: 15 Ounces

    Handling: 10 to 30 Days During COVID-19
    Shipping: This product is shipped USPS Priority Mail. Other shipping options available upon request.

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  • Shipping Info

    Weight 0.75 lbs
    Dimensions 12 × 9 × 3 in
    Face-plate Color

    Black, Silver

  • Documentation

    Big Noise MG-2000XL Installation Instructions (Floppy Replacement)

    First install the latest Operating System in your Akai MPC2000XL | OS Version 1.20 Download OS upgrades here | Installing the MG-2000XL is relatively straightforward and simple. This ATAPI unit is one of the convenient removable storage kits that work with the MPC2000XL. Also, when an ATAPI card reader is installed, replacing the floppy, the floppy controller gets disabled by the system and the MPC doesn't search for the floppy. As required the ATAPI MG-2000XL unit is shipped configured as MASTER. Remove the floppy drive including the power and the data cable. Replace the floppy with the MC unit. Connect the ATAPI ribbon cable to the unit and the main board; make sure the arrow on the ribbon cable is aligned with the arrow on the MC unit; be very careful to align any connector guides for Pin One. Connect the power-connector to the MG-2000XL unit, make sure the RED wire is facing the outside corner of the card reader board. Then connect the power-connector to the main MPC board, make sure that the RED wire on the power-connector is next to the screw on the corner of the main MPC board. The Yellow, GREY or WHITE wire/s must be on the far side next to the display back-light power connector. The black wires are in the middle. Reversing the drive polarity can result in destroying your components. Be very careful not to over-tighten the screws that hold the MG-2000XL to the MPC they can strip easily. This also goes for the MPC chassis screws check that screws are aligned straight when starting the threads.


    1. Make sure that OS 1.20 is loaded in your MPC, this is needed to recognize the ATAPI Card Reader. Make sure the SD or CF media is formatted in FAT protocol (File Allocation Table), so the MPC will recognize it.
    2. The RED stripe on the ribbon cable indicates Pin ONE of the cable: Make sure the ribbon cable is connected properly. If there is an arrow on your ribbon-cable make sure it is aligned with the arrow on the MG unit; pin ONE of the MG-2000XL unit is on the opposite side of the power connector. Pin ONE of the main MPC board connector is opposite the screw on the corner of the main MPC board. Make sure the ribbon cable is firmly seated in the main MPC board and MG unit connector.
    3. If the MG unit light does not come on, it's usually a sign of a power supply problem. Make sure the power connectors are seated properly. Make sure the MG unit is powered from the MPC’s 5Vconnector and that the RED wire is at the corner of the PCB.
    4. The MPC should automatically detect the ATAPI device and replace FLOPPY with ATAPI in the “Load” and “Save” screens. If not, there is a problem.
    5. If the MG-2000XL unit doesn't appear to be working, please call 510.320.3208 for tech support.
    Note from Akai: This is done at your own risk! Installation of internal drives of any sort is not officially endorsed by Akai EMI. Doing this may void your warranty.
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