AKAI Announce MPC2500SE Groovebox / 617

Akai announce the release of the ‘Special’ Edition’ on the popular MPC2500 Groovebox which is due to hit shops in January 2010. Expecting to weigh in at around £1000 specs include:

- Large graphic LCD display based on the friendly user interface of the MPC series MPC's iconic "feel" and "groove"
- Velocity and pressure sensitive pads allow for expressive programming, with more pad banks
- New Features such as Chopshop, Patched Phrase, Grid Edit, Effect and LFO sync, Mixer Automation, and Input Thru Expanded Linear/Pattern-based 100,000 notes, 64-track sequencer and 64 external MIDI channels
- 32-voice, 16-bit drum sampler equipped with 128MB RAM
- Two MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs
- Built-in USB Slave port for connection to a Windows or Mac OS computer
- Built-in 10 analog outputs
- 2 1/4" stereo analog inputs and outputs with 16-bit/44.1kHz sampling
- Master/Slave synchronization capabilities: MIDI clock
- 2 Assignable Footswitch inputs
- Optional user installable internal hard drive to store custom sound libraries and sequences
- Optional user installable CD-RW/DVD drive

More info: http://www.akaipro.com/en/index.php