Exchange tips and tricks for the Akai MPC4000
By Dan Jose Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:36 pm
Hi Guys,

I'm coming over here from the 2k forum as I am doing my homework to eventually upgrade my mpc. Ideally i'd like a 4k with an ssd, max ram, and 8 analog outs, but prices seem stupid high now for anything close to that. I'm from the bay, but live in london, and from what i see online via local online market places and ebays, people are asking almost as much as a new MPC X. I know peoples' buy it now prices do not reflect market prices but people are asking for 1k for 2500s over here now. It all seems a bit nuts. Have these really hit that vintage niche category in the market where they can fetch prices that compareto much more powerful contemporary equipment?

My initial reasons for looking into a 4k is that i enjoy limitations as i have adhd and am generally easily distracted and all over the place, so for me, often less is more if you know what i'm saying.

So are these just the going prices for 4k's now? If that's how it is should i just get an x next year? I like the older equipment because i feel like having to work around limitations helps me understand the fundamentals of production and teaches me patience which is good for my short attention span.

Thanks for any thoughts on this,

User avatar
By Lampdog Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:57 pm
What 4k limitations?

4k, 2000, 2500 & 1k is vintage.

They cost vintage prices, that’s just the way it is.

I got mine (adat, efx, 8out, 512 ram, 80gb ide), GET YOURS MAN!
User avatar
By JUKE 179r Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:33 pm
As with any older music gear, be aware of the possible issues from previous owners...
-Total neglect.
-Heavy gorilla hands pounding on pads and buttons making for broken tactile switches, variable resistor knobs and slide potentiometers.
-Unit left on for days causing screen burn in.
-Smokers using it as an ash tray.
These are some of things I found bad with my used 4000 but since I can solder and get the electronic parts I’m glad I bought it.
Go for it!
By CharlesRandolph Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:28 pm
In the next two months, you'll see lot of MPC 4000 go up on eBay. 2020 NAMM is two months away, people will start unloading gear. :nod:
User avatar
By renegadebliss Sat Dec 07, 2019 7:34 am
There's a MPC 4000 for sale barely used on Portland's craigslist right now... just dropped from $750 because nobody was grabbing it... not mine , not selling mine :)
By 40Beatz Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:13 pm
Be Patient and keep searching. Dont settle for the 1st one you see.

Prices Fluctuate when you lookin for Vintage Gear!

Not Too many Limitations performance wise. Coming from the 2000(xl), you should be very happy.
Although, when i dust my 4000 off, Working on the X/Live has spoiled me with access to all the features. On the 4000 I find myself touching the Screen alot mistakenly lol. Naming Tracks, setting chop points, setting Keygroups, etc....requires a lot of work on the 4000 lol

Im just spoiled from Newer Technology.