Technical questions for the MPC2000xl and the MPC2000
By Plasticlegs Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:26 pm
richie wrote:@Plasticlegs well there are a couple of cases that could explain what lead you to believe the 600mb thing.

Most Akai S series rack samplers are only cable format a bit over 500mb, regardless of the drive size. The 2000XL is limited to 1gb when running OS 1.2 as it uses FAT but 1.14 using a SCSI card reader can utilize the full 9gb. Maybe some of that information got cross mingled with the issue you're having?

The S-900/950 is easier for me to work with once I set up my keygroups. After that it was a matter of me sampling my stuff and truncating accordingly. I'm still a novice with doing more intensive functions.

On the MPC 2000, I don't chop on it at all. I work with my samplers by sampling pieces at a time I want to use and truncating, so I never got the hang of zone chopping, etc.

Have a look into this 600mb thing though, I know that it isn't happening to people with other samplers. You're sort of an anomaly as no one before you have really talked about successfully using the scsi2sd on the MPC 2000 at all man.


You are right. This MPC-2000 recognizes the whole drive amounts I designated. I see where I got confused too. When I click to Format the drive, it shows the size as 1073MB and shows the Partition is 536MB. That partition size is probably a user editable field. I must have looked at that and assumed that's all it recognized. I'll just reformat on the MPC and bump that to 1000MB per drive.

I made a Keygroup dummy disk for my S950 also. Makes it a little less tedious. I have more fun using EMAX so I sold my S950. There's software called AkaiSEX designed to up/down convert S950 through S3200 samples. Get your favorite S950 samples over to your MPC-2000XL. But it's for Atari ST. Not sure if there's a stable Atari emulator for newer computers.

Anyway, thanks for bringing me to speed on the size restrictions. I've got much more space than I thought I had! This is really cool!
By richie Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:56 am
Keep in mind that the MPC 2000 will format it based on the Akai partition format, so depending on the size of drive you're formatting you can have up to 26 partitions (A to Z) I forget the maximum format-table size that each partition is capable of handling. One thing I hate about the MPC 2000 is the sh*t file organization. I'm too lazy to rename samples, so all my sh*t shows up at SOUND001 etc.

I can rationalize why you'd sell your S950 for an Emax because I actually like how the Emax sounds better in my opinion. The only thing I like about the S950 is the time stretch. Also you can send samples over to the S950 over MIDI so it would be at 9600 Baud, good enough for drums but would take longer for bigger samples.

There is a great Atari ST alternative right now, google Mister FPGA DE-10 nano. It's an FPGA platform that has many awesome cores and ported cpu platforms readily available. It isn't emulation, I guess you could consider it 'simulation' but the cores are cpu cycle accurate so it's basically the same thing. You can buy the FPGA for about $130-150 usd .. It also runs other platforms like Amiga and several console ones. I mainly use mine for the Sega Megadrive/Genesis right now.
By Plasticlegs Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:25 pm
richie wrote:Keep in mind that the MPC 2000 will format it based on the Akai partition format, so depending on the size of drive you're formatting you can have up to 26 partitions (A to Z) I forget the maximum format-table size that each partition is capable of handling. One thing I hate about the MPC 2000 is the sh*t file organization. I'm too lazy to rename samples, so all my sh*t shows up at SOUND001 etc.

I can rationalize why you'd sell your S950 for an Emax because I actually like how the Emax sounds better in my opinion. The only thing I like about the S950 is the time stretch. Also you can send samples over to the S950 over MIDI so it would be at 9600 Baud, good enough for drums but would take longer for bigger samples.

There is a great Atari ST alternative right now, google Mister FPGA DE-10 nano. It's an FPGA platform that has many awesome cores and ported cpu platforms readily available. It isn't emulation, I guess you could consider it 'simulation' but the cores are cpu cycle accurate so it's basically the same thing. You can buy the FPGA for about $130-150 usd .. It also runs other platforms like Amiga and several console ones. I mainly use mine for the Sega Megadrive/Genesis right now.


It looks like the MPC-2000 doesn't have the apparent size limit I thought it did. Thanks for getting that corrected information out there. It will partition the drive into two parts (A-B) or dice it up into many segments through A-Z. I didn't see a single partition so essentially I've got a gig divided into 2 500MB sections.

I've been reading all the advantages of the MPC-2000XL over the Classic. File management is huge. I kind of like the idea of replacing the floppy with a 100MB Zip Drive myself. Still, I'm loving the MPC-2000 and it's quirks right now. If it had 4 midi outs, I'd swap it with my ASQ-10.

Off topic. I have my old Sega Dreamcast I'll hook up to the TV for a nostalgic trip now and then. I journey back to that pixilated world of Jet Grind Radio or all the THPS's through my speakers on the big screen.
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By tapedeck Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:06 pm
Plasticlegs wrote:I kind of like the idea of replacing the floppy with a 100MB Zip Drive myself.

:WTF:
you'd be way better off installing your scsi2sd in place of the floppy drive. google 'zip click of death' if you want some background, but basically zip is the most unreliable media and will fail on you unrecoverably sooner than later.