Just got an e-mail from JD Wilson formerly of SCSIforSamplers.com, announcing the launch of SCSI Card Readers.com for all your SCSI card reader needs. Check it out if you’re looking for a SCSI device for any of your gear.
Nice detailed pictorial and tutorial on upgrading RAM in a MPC 2000XL posted over at barriomulas.com. This also applies to upgrading RAM in a MPC 2000.
It’s no secret that replacement screens for the MPC 2000 and the MPC 2000XL are difficult to find. Occasionally someone will find an unused screen long forgotten in a service center. But for the most part, users have had to resort to salvaging replacement screens from donor MPCs.
Well, did you know that Akai used the same LCD screen in their DPS 12 Recorder(which sells for much less than a used 2000/XL)?
As DPS-12s surface on eBay, I’ll be adding them to my daily updates.
In the meantime, search for Akai DPS 12 on eBay
manimani posted these photos below over at the Akai MPC Forums showing how he got the screen to work inside his MPC.
Instead of shelling out more than $100 for the Akai branded EXM-128 RAM for the MPC 500, MPC 1000 or MPC 2500, check out this post over at mpc-forums.com to find out how to spec out cheaper 3rd party RAM.
Unless you have a local used PC store, eBay is probably your best bet in finding the RAM for your MPC.
To summarize the forum post, the type of RAM you need is one stick of 256 MB SODIMM 144 Pin CL3.
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Don’t rule out the Roland S-330, or S-550 samplers either.Keep in mind that they don’t have the legendary Akai filter design, but are in that $100 price range.