Akai MPC2500 Beat Production Station




  • 32-voice drum/phrase sampler with 16MB memory built in, expandable up to 128MB RAM
  • Two on-board effects processors and a main output-effects processorTwo assignable Q-link sliders and two Q-link knobs for real-time performance control
  • 240 x 64 hinged, backlit LCD
  • USB port for computer connectivity 
  • Built-in analog and digital I/O, headphone output, and two MIDI ins / four MIDI outs
  • Chop-shop slices a loop into individual samples with automatic pad assignment
  • Patched phrase synchronizes phrase samples to any tempo without changing pitch
  • Continuous sample track records long audio tracks into a sequence
  • Outputs can be re-sampled
  • Audio input can be controlled with Q-links for real-time control
  • Ten analog outputs, stereo digital I/O
  • Optional accessories include 128MB Ram Expansion (EXM128), CD ROM Installation Kit (including CD ROM Drive) (CD-M25)




  • Storage:      Compact Flash: Type-II, support up to 2GB card

    Hard Drive (optional): any standard IDE 2.5" hard drive

    Memory:     16MB installed
    Can be expanded to 128MB with EXM-128

    Analog Input/Output:     
    • (2) Balanced 1/4" Inputs
    • (10) Balanced 1/4" Outputs [Stereo L/R + 8 Assignable Outs]
    • (1) Headphone Output
    Digital Input/Output:   
    • (1) Coaxial S/PDIF Input [RCA]
    • (1) Coaxial S/PDIF Output [RCA]
    MIDI Input/Output:     
    • (2) MIDI Input [5-pin DIN]
    • (4) MIDI Output [5-pin DIN]
    Other Input/Output:
    • (2) 1/4" Footswitch
    • (1) USB [Slave only]
    Levels:     
    • Analog Input = +10dBu
    • Analog Output = +17dBu [Stereo & Assignable Outs]
    Sampler Resolution:     16bit/44.1kHz

    Sampler Recording Time:     
    • 136sec [16MB/MONO]
    • 24min 28sec [128MB/MONO]
    • Sequencer Details:     100,000 notes resolving at 96ppq
    • 99 Sequences with total 64 tracks per seq
    • 20 Songs with total 250 steps per song
    Pad Details:     
    • 16 (velocity and pressure sensitive)
    • 4 Pad Banks [A, B, C, D]
    Synchronization:     MIDI Time Code (MTC), MIDI Clock

    Power Options:     
    • 100v - 240v
    • 50/60Hz
    • 70W
    Dimensions (W x H x D):     
    • 16.33" x 3.68" x 13.10"
      415mm x 93.5mm x 332.9mm

    Weight (net):     13.5 lbs / 6.15 kg (excluding drives and options)

    Data Compatibility:
    • MPC1000     SEQ, WAV, PGM
    • MPC2000/2000XL     SEQ (saved as MID file only), WAV, SND, PGM (Most parameters of PGM file can be loaded.)
    • MPC2500     SEQ, WAV, PGM
    • MPC4000     SEQ (saved as MID file only), WAV, AKP (DRUM program only...No Keygroups. Only note assign and tune are loaded.)
    • MPC3000     SND (THRU Computer)
    • Z4/Z8     WAV, PGM (DRUM program only. Only note assign and tune are loaded.)
    • S5000/6000     WAV only (THRU Computer)
    • S1000/3000     No compatibility


    Live DocumentsType
    Product Overviewhtml
    Manuals & DocumentationSizeType
    MPC2500 - Product Overview258 KBpdf
    MPC2500 - QuickStart Guide483 KBpdf
    MPC2500 - Addendum Manual [v1.1]188 KBpdf
    MPC2500 - Addendum Manual [v1.2]226 KBpdf
    MPC2500 - Reference Manual12 MBzip
    MPC Series Product Comparison Guide [v2.1]805 KBpdf
    Article - MPC Syncronization GuideOnline
    Software & DriversSizeType
    MPC2500 - Release Notes [v1.24]26 KBpdf
    MPC2500 - Operating System [v1.24]
    For instructions on how to update the MPC2500 OS, click here.