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Have you tried a different usb port or different usb cable also boot off your laptop and connect then connect the mpc 1000 and boot it up also make sure you have install the correct software for it

Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on Jun 26, 2012

The unit is designed for a CD unit. While a DVD player MIGHT work as a CD read and burner, it would not likely burn DVD's or read them.

Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on May 28, 2011

Check if the Mbox2 has an echo setting that echos the audio from its input. If you want the audio to loop through the PC then it will have to echo there instead. Check that in "Sound and devices" of the PC are all set to transfer via the MBox for voice and playback instead of the internal PC audio system.

Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on Apr 12, 2011

from the akai forums:

to set the os back to factory settings press and hold the erase key till the mpc has booted to the main screen.

to erase the harddisk goto either the load or save screen and then choose utility - there you will find the option to format the hdd.

you can also format the drive (or any inserted compact flash-card) from your computer thru the usb connection, but it is recommended to use the internal format because the mpc can be a little picky when you format it from the outside.

at first i would check if there is any folder or the internal memory is set to autoload and just turn that of or point it to another folder of you choice. that way you can keep the factory delivered sounds. maybe you want to use them later, even if it is just to explore the mpc. the factory sounds can be also downloaded later, but be advised that there are different iterations of the stock sounds, depending on whether your mpc shiped with a 32 or 128mb compact flash card.

also the mpc os is not on the harddrive but in the internal memory. to check the version hit mode-> pad10. latest official version is os 1.24. if your main srceen looks different than in the manual check double and triple before you do anything, because the previous owner might have installed the third party jj os which comes in different versions. some of them cost a lot of money! if you find this check the other forum here for the alternative os.

Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on Mar 05, 2011

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If the shaft/actuator snapped off a part on the board, then you will have to do unsoldering and soldering. Removing solder from the boards without the proper tools may damage the circuit board.

Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on Jan 04, 2011

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Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on Oct 25, 2010

Add the new inout to a different track, then merge the old plus the added track.

Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on Oct 11, 2010

If you flashed a bad OS, the unit MAY have to go to the factory to be reloaded.

Go to VSPlanet.com and see if someone there might be able to help.

Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on Sep 06, 2010

Try holding erase while you turn it on. You may have to turn off autoload also. You'll have to read the manual first ( pages 110 and 114 especially ) available here:http://www.mpcsounds.com/download_akai_mpc_manual.php It depends I think on whether the previous user saved to memory card or the internal HD.

Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on Aug 31, 2010

To get stereo you must record in stereo or "PAN" individual inputs to one side or the other to create seperation. Your device is NOT broke.

Read your manual about panning.

Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on Aug 04, 2010

try letting it sit for a few minutes. That worked most of the time with my xl

Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on May 21, 2010


Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on May 06, 2010

sounds like you have dislodged the memory, you need to get in the bottom and gently remove the ram and reseat it with a slight click.

Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on May 06, 2010

if the mpc has GM soundbank then this should be possible. You might be better off recording the audio from a suitable GM unit first of all before gigging with it, then you can make it sound the way you want and change the key to suit etc.

Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on May 06, 2010

they could be set to 'hi hat' mode. try checking that and un selecting it.

Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on May 06, 2010

You MAY be saturating the circuits and/or the summing section.

There is only so much dynamic range available in both the analog and digital sections.

The kick can have a very high level so one must keep the PEAKS within the input specs for this device.

When mixing, the kick level must be kept from saturating the digital level. This is a problem of the dynamic range of the kick versus the rest of the program.

Akai Mpc2500... | Answered on Apr 21, 2010

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