Freeware / Open Source Software for Akai MPC 500 1000 2500 2000 etc

Hey everyone…
I love open source software and free ware. It is great that people donate or otherwise make free software that they give selflessly to us. I have compiled a list of freeware that is awesome and makes Sampling, or program making easier. Hope this helps someone!

Audacity: Great recording software that can do many things.

* Record live audio.
* Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
* Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
* Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
* Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
* And more! See the complete list of features.

Blue Box: Great program to make .pgm files for your mpc 1000

* load existing MPC1000 PGM files
* save edited PGM file and all associated samples to one location
* import keygroups/zones from AKP-format programs into PGM (also works with Recycle AKPs)
* load single samples using built-in sample browser or drag/drop one or more samples from Windows explorer windows
* edit any program setting
o pad/layer settings (layer samples, tune, volume, play mode, MIDI trigger,
o pad mixer (volume, pan, output, effect setting and send level)
o amp envelope
o filters
o Q-Link sliders
* copy entire pads and layers and sliders in one step
* copy individual pad, layer, mixer, envelope, and filter settings to any number and combination of pads in one step
* playback samples in layers
* assign a sample to a range of pads (tune and MIDI trigger are automatically adjusted)

MPC Maid : Another great program for making 500/1000/2500 Programs

Works on Mac, PC, and other platforms (Java) and makes the edition of MPC programs files easy.

Switch between the MPC 500 12-pads layout or the MPC 1000 16-pads layout (also takes care of the correct number of filters and sliders thanks to the built-in machine profiles).

Simply drag and drop your samples files onto the pads, and it automatically assigns them, one on each pad or one on each sample layer.

Export the full program and every related sample file together to the target location of your choice.
Also features a semi-automatic slicing tool: drop your loop file to have it chopped into slices based on a beat detection mechanism.

Direct export of the chopped slices as multiple .WAV files, one corresponding .PGM program file and one MIDI groove .MID file.

Multiple window, one window for one program, simply drag and drop a .PGM program file will open a new window for this program.


Waveosaur : Great slicing tool, slice per pad, export, etc. Vst ASIO Driver,

Wavosaur is a free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Wavosaur has all the features to edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert.
Wavosaur supports VST plugins, ASIO driver, multichannel wav files, real time effect processing.
The program has no installer and doesn’t write in the registry. Use it as a free mp3 editor, for mastering, sound design. The Wavosaur freeware audio editor works on Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows Vista.
Go to the features page for an overview of the software.


NPC : Have not tried it, looks really cool!

This program is a rough emulation of the software of an akai mpc. It utilizes the open source hardware developed by Below some basic definitions are outlined along with step by step instructions for creating a piece of music with npc.


MPC Pad 187 : looks similar to the other ones, have not tried!

MPC Pad 187 is a program editor for the Akai MPC 1000, MPC 2500, and MPC 500. The application allows for easy editing and creation of MPC program files.

The app can create and edit programs for all values found in the Slider, Mixer, and Program modes of the MPC 1000 OS 1. MPC Pad 187 can edit all program files it creates but may not be able to edit program files that are created or saved by the MPC hardware.

If you prefer to use a command line interface, I’ve put some open source software up on the utilities page. With the command line interface, you can script modifying and exporting MPC 1000 programs.


MPC Editor

Add samples to program by selecting wave or snd files.
Preview sound files in editor
Open and edit existing programs
Import Recycle 2.0 AKP files. (2.1 is not yet compatible, working on it. April 2010) Removed for free version.
Remove/add samples to existing programs
Single interface to set mixer and note settings for a pad
Export function exports program file and necessary samples to any drive/directory
Export function can converts wave files to MPC3000 or MPC2000 .snd files for platform compatibility.
MPC3000 formatter that allows Windows XP write to MPC3000 disks. Removed for free version.
MPC Disk OEM ID repair. Restores OEM ID field of MPC2000 and MPC3000 disks that Windows damages. Read this. Removed for free version.
Backup and restore MPC formatted disks. Removed for free version.
Prevent Windows from tampering with MPC format. Removed for free version.

Totally forgot about this one! This works great with your Akai MPC 3000, 2000 2000XL. I have been using this with a huge folder of drum kits, and it is easy to save your .pgm file to whatever directory you want, very helpful.



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      I don’t think it is that much of a challenge to find decent samples. I see your website sells drum samples, so there is that…

  2. My MPC500 is not detected by my iMac 2010 so I’m trying to use my Windows ME ‘calculator.’ Are there any maids that work for either? I make my own samples. I don’t do it for others because money doesn’t get me my time back, so please don’t ask. <#

    • Hi, not sure what you mean about “money, getting your time back and not asking…”

      What I do know, or try to know is beats and cold killing it.

      Since I don’t know much about your setup, I will try to help.

      1. try another usb cable, usb port, and compact flash cart if you think something is failing.
      2. mounting the mpc 500 to your mac with a usb cable. It should show up like a hard disk, and you should be able to drag and drop files.
      3. Try taking your compact flash card out of your mpc 500 and get a usb compact flash reader. plug the card in, and see if your mac recognizes it.

      Your mac should recognize the disk..

      On the mpc soundforge website:

      Works on Mac, PC, and other platforms (Java) and makes the edition of MPC programs files easy.

      works on all systems……

      try all that out, peace

    • I won’t ask and you won’t tell.

      Try using a different usb cable, power your MPC 500 on, so it can talk to your iMac. The software generally makes a .pgm structure so your mpc can input the sounds to the program.

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