The MPC has been a staple in Hip Hop, Rap, and other forms of electronic music for decades. The latest iteration from AKAI, the MPC X, brings the MPC solidly into the 21st century. Read below for details on how we can take yours to the next level!
We felt it important to demonstrate the tonal character of both the D/A and A/D conversion on both stock and modded units, so we used a recording process that involved looping back the MPC’s own outputs back to its inputs.
On both stock and modded units, the tracks were composed in the MPC X SE and routed from Line outputs 3 and 4, and back in to the Line inputs 3 and 4, recorded at 44.1 kHz and normalized. This way, the characteristics of both the D/A and A/D converters are all present in the recordings, and the files are time-aligned for null testing.
Critical listening is a learned skill. We recommend zeroing in on a particular instrument when comparing files. Evaluate each instrument’s tone, texture and transient response. Then, when consuming the tracks as a whole, pay attention to what happens to the space (or lack thereof) in the mix when things get busy. Always listen on the highest quality playback system available to you – not in your car or on your phone.
Start at the high end and work the way down. Listen to one instrument at a time, starting with cymbals and hats, then focus on the mids and the vocals, followed lastly by the bass elements. Listen for texture.
Booking a Mod
A 50% down payment will be collected during checkout for booking a modification. The remaining 50%, plus return shipping, will be due when the modification is complete. You will be prompted to choose a mod date when you add a mod to your cart. After booking, you will receive an email confirming your chosen “mod date” and shipping details.
The interface is not included in the mod price. You must supply us with an interface to be modified.
We often get asked our opinion on how one interface compares to another, so we’ve decided to create a rating system based on subjective A/B listening tests. The scale is from 1-10, with “1” being unimpressive audio quality and “10” being true audio excellence. This is an exponential scale, so going from “1” to “2” isn’t nearly as big of a jump as going from “9” to “10”. Please keep in mind, we only modify an interface if we can make a significant improvement to the sound. All of our ratings are ultimately a matter of opinion. To view how we rate all of our mods, click here.
Antelope Audio’s Orion 32/32+ is no small feat. It’s capable of up to 32 channels of simultaneous I/O at 192kHz via USB in a 1U chassis, making it a great option for anyone needing high A/D/A channel counts. See below for details on how we can take your interface to the next level!
Apogee has given the world of audio production the compact “Duet 2 & 2.5” that’s perfect for writing on the go. Our modification to the Duet 2 & 2.5 turns it into a great tracking and mixing tool too! See below for details on how we can take your interface to the next level!