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By EntonDelMonte Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:57 am
Hi everyone!
This is my first post here.
Yesterday I finally gave my MPC1000 a proper upgrade with new pads and buttons.

When browsing our favourite MPC part source I also considered a new screen but they seemed overpriced to me – so I did some research with alternative parts from China.

What I found (and ordered) is this:
...which seems to run on the same controller and has the same specs.

The only thing that seems to be different is the amount and order of pins (see attachment of original and replacement).

Pins only present on the replacement are:
#21 — LED_A — Backlight Anode(+5v)
#22 — LED_K — Backlight cathode(0v)
...and pin #9 on the original pinout needs to be switched with pin #20 on the replacement.

Has anyone here tried something similar? How would I handle the two extra pins on the replacement?
I would be happy if anyone could give me a little hint :)


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By Slump Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:01 am
Are you me? I'm literally in the process of doing the same thing with that same screen this same week. Weird... I replaced all the tact switches, both the alps SKHHAKA010 and SKQEABA010 styles. Then I replaced the jog wheel pot with an alps EC12E24204A2. After all that, I switched in a few different colored LEDs for a select few buttons, but left some the same. Anyways, I mentioned all that because I wanted to say that I was easily able to find tutorials and good posts explaining both how to do these upgrades/mods and lists for sourced parts. I found the right tact switches and jog wheel on these forums using the search function and I also found a shaky cam tutorial on youtube showing how to replace the tact switches; which was immensely helpful. But when it comes to replacing the LCDs with these cheap chinese displays I can't find anything really. Looking at the product photos listed on I see that the display unit is identical to the ones we got so it must just be all in the cable...

I also bought a backlight in the same style from the same distributor for my roland pg-10 which wasn't originally back lit. Similarly, there were no real tutorials or posts online explaining the how-to process for that particular unit, but I was still able to glean helpful information reading guides about doing the same thing with other vintage gear not originally backlit. I managed to get that display working and learned a lot in the process, but my knowledge is still spotty. For that install, I had to pull 5v for the backlight anode directly from the power section of the PCB. Although, I found that if I connected the anode pin (LED_A) and logic power pin (VCC) together on the actual display unit, while also connecting the ground (LED_K) to ground, I could get the backlight to light, but it's generally advised against for reasons I'm not sure of. This Is why I ultimately decided to pull a separate 5v for the LED from the power section of the PCB. The problem is the mpc is so much more complex and I don't know if I have the technical know how to find a clean and easily accessible 5v source just to power the backlight's LED. Again, looking at the's product photo I can see that the A and K pins on the board have big globs of hot glue on them. Did they just connect the anode (Pin A) to the logic supply voltage (VCC)? Does it actually matter that much to have a clean independent voltage to power the LED?

Anyways, I bought a 20 pin ribbon cable online. I crimped one side with dupont crimps on all the wires for simple pin swapping if need be and the other side with a normal 10x2 IDC connector. Looking at the two datasheets I made up this chart. I'll experiment and try to figure it out this week. Hopefully I don't blow anything up!

By richie Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:15 am
Thanks for the post. Just so you folks know, this isn't new information.

Basically, do a 240x64 T6963 search and any of the screens that show up will up will work with the MPC 1000 as well as MPC 2500.
By Slump Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:25 am
Yea, the problem is what pins do we switch and how do we power those new pins, aka the LED back light? Maybe you can link us to that or share. I mean pin 9 and 20 is an obvious switch but does the reset pin and FS pin just get grounded? Do I have to put a trim pot on V0 to control contrast or will the mpc still do that through software? That's what were looking for. Were not asking if a standard 240x64 T6963 will work, but rather how do we make it work?
By richie Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:55 am
You do not need to put a trim pot / resistor to anything. The pinout should be identical to the stock displays that Akai used.

All I did was solder a pin header to the common screens and put it back in my MPC 1000. I never had to change any pinouts whatsoever. The contrast is controlled through software as far as I am aware.

The only soldering involved that I can recall is if I wanted to invert the screen. You can even see this evidenced on some install videos on youtube that it was just connecting the default ribbon to the pinheader straight.
By Sense-A Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:19 pm
I'm probably not the first person to think of this...

...but is there any way to tap those pin outs to install a vga/s-video output? Kind of like what the Roland S760 has. Even the Roland MV8800 I think has a video output jack.

Technically, it should be possible.
By JVC Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:01 pm
240x64 T6963 LCD screen is very common screen. The newer screens on the market uses LED as a backlight, therefore you no longer have to deal with inverter.
So you need to get +5V DC from somewhere in MPC1000 (for LED light backlight). You can get 5V from CompactFlash reader area, because it uses 5V also.
I replaced kurzweil K2000 keyboard's LCD screen with the same LCD screen (it uses T6963 type LCD screen as well). The new LCD is significantly better than the old one.
I just wish that Akai used the same LCD screen for MPC-2000!