MPC5000 Gets 2.0 OS; Does it Stack Up to JJOS Alternative Firmware?

Akai has announced 2.0 OS for their flagship MPC5000 drum machine workstation, a free download for MPC owners. Now, the MPC itself has long been a bit minimalist in what it does – I think that’s part of its appeal, that it has resisted complexity. But users of the MPC1000 and 2000/2500 have as a result turned in some cases to an alternative firmware, JJOS, to get all the features they want. And Akai has generously looked the other way. Akai says the 2.0 OS responds to user requests. Here’s what’s baked in: Keygroup programs for chromatic, key-mapped samples (that …

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