Hello Future Producers,
I am an actual MPC 5000 owner/user. This thread was created so I can answer any questions you have about the MPC 5000. I am not here to debate whether it is the best sampler on the market nor will I try to convince you to purchase it (or not purchase it).
There is too much BS in these forums about this unit from people that don't have a clue about this unit. So to start things off, I will address the reported "52 bugs".
Akai just recently released the MPC 5000. Some retailers will only have 1 or 2 units. Others won't receive them for a month or so.
Akai released the first MPC 5000s to beta testers. OS 1.0 was presented 7 March 2008 (nearly two months before the MPC 5000 shipped to stores). The beta testers found approx 52 bugs. OS 1.01released 30 April, corrected these bugs. The MPC 5000 started to ship the first week of May. If you happen to find a retailer that actually have one in stock, it will most likely have OS 1.01 installed. If it doesn't, simply download OS 1.01 at www.akaipro.com. In the MPC 5000s Reference Manual, it clearly states to register your MPC at Akai's Website and to check for the most recent OS.
Now that I got that out of the way, please let me know if you have any questions about the MPC 5000. I will do my best to answer them in a timely manner.
aka MPC Kang!