Akai Professional

MPC 60

Sampler, Sequencer

Main Details
Maker AKAI professional* Company
Function
Form Factor Desktop
Signal Path Digital Hardware (including Analog Connections)
Made In Japan
Date Produced 1988
Notes The MPC60 is the music production studio that has single-handedly taken over the Rap and R&B music genres as the main instrument of HipHop production. Designed by Roger Linn (Linn Drum), the MPC60 is a one-box-does-it-all sequencer-sampler workstation.

The built-in sequencer is very complete. There are 99 tracks per sequence, 99 patterns, and 99 sequences that can be created, edited and stored in the MPC60 with ease. Most artists create their patterns in real-time adding drum parts to a beat-loop spontaneously creating a groove that captures the vibe. These patterns are varied and chained into a sequence. Full MIDI, SMPTE and various other forms of external control prepare the MPC60 for any studio situation.

The Sampler section is lo-fi but highly respectable. In fact, its 12-bit sampling at 40KHz is well known for being the secret weapon for 90's punchy Rap albums. Sample editing, looping and transforming is simple to do. There's even a built-in drum machine for extra groove! Finally, the 16 voices of polyphony should be plenty of room for anyone who wants to create punchy drum loops.
Connections
Balanced 1/4" Input Other
10x Balanced 1/4" Outputs Other
1x Balanced 1/4" Send Output + Stereo Balanced 1/4" Inputs Other
2x MIDI Input [5-pin DIN] Other
4x MIDI Output [5-pin DIN] Other