When it comes to dropping tight beats there is one machine that stands out as the most popular for many producers, both armature and professional; that’s the Akai MPC. The MPC series has been an essential component of underground hip-hop production ever since Pete Rock became the poster-aficionado for Akai in the 90’s. Back in the 90’s the Floppy Drive was fast new technology allowing us to store beats and sequences on disk. We got real excited when the HD Floppy came out – man 1.44MB can you dig it. Now-a-days 1.44MB seems microscopic compared to the multi Gigabyte storage we have access to today. Now with the advent of the 100MB Zip Drive, the 250MB Zip Drive and the CD Rom we enjoy plenty of storage options. Allow me to introduce you to the latest and greatest flavor – the CF / SD memory card reader by Big Noise.
One of the best ways to upgrade your Akai MPC2000XL is with a CF-2000XL or MC-2000XL Media Reader from Big Noise. This allows you the convenience of moving sounds from PC to MPC and back. Memory card access time is very fast and you can have many SD or CF memory cards to archive projects. Now available are 2 conversion kits for your Akai MPC2000XL. Why keep your 3.5 floppy-drive when you can fit your MPC2000XL with a new SD or CF Media Drive! On a 512MB media card that’s about 355 floppy disks on one fast access removable CF or SD card; archive and save up to 512MB of all of your favorite drums & samples on one media card! These units work with 64MB to 4GB SD or CF cards; for now this kit works with the Akai MPC2000XL ONLY using the ATAPI interface protocol.
The CF-2000XL and MC-2000XL are an alternative to a disc-drive or floppy-drive for storage management. They can be used like a removable hard drive for increased storage capacity. The CF-2000XL or MC-2000XL stores information on a Secure Digital or Compact Flash memory card, just like a floppy disk-drive stores information on a floppy-disk. The CF-2000XL and MC-2000XL gives you the same features of a floppy-drive, hard-drive or CD-ROM but is much faster, compact and easy to use. This is the perfect solution for all your storage needs. One free 512MB CF (CF-2000XL) or 2GB SD (MC-2000XL) card, instructions and cables are included. All CF-2000XL and MC-2000XL units are brand new; CF and SD cards are formatted for the Akai MPC2000XL and include “Basic Seven Vol.01” MPC Drum Kits.
Now included with this kit on 2GB SD card; Big Noise “Basic Seven Vol.01” MPC2000/XL drum kits on CF or SD memory card. We’re offering our Basic Seven set of MPC essentials – everything needed to start producing professional beats on your MPC. Each kit is chalked full of pro sounds including Kicks, 808 Boom, Snares, Percussion, Top End, Sound Efx and Samples. All 4 banks, 64 pads loaded with 44.1khz 16bit sounds. Each kit has an octave of 808-boom for low end support. Sound Efx, hip-hop Orchestra Hits and Samples from vinyl to add extra shine to your beats. Snares, Claps and Rim Shots for building organic slaps. Hi Hats, Cymbals and Tambourines for organic top ends. Toms, Bells and Wood Blocks for melodic percussion. Load one of the program/s into your MPC and drop some dope beats right off the bat. Your MPC must be equipped with the CF-2000XL to load these sounds. Basically everything you need to drop those Pete Rock / DJ Premiere classics… 224 hand selected sounds (12.6MB), 14 banks worth spread out over 28 banks in a consistent format allowing you to switch programs on patterns or arrange your own kits.
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