The Akai MFC 42
can be purchased at a good price at a bunch of different stores that offer music gear so its definitely worth the try. It has 42 analog filters and is a rack able unit. My first incounter with it was when I got a chance to use it when someone had it racked on the MPC. I really had no idea what it was but since I am an MPC lover I knew that I had to get my hands on it and give it a shot. You will love using it, you can filter with mono and stereo sections and it has the ability to modulate as well. You can control the stereo and the mono completely separately .
Getting started with it was fairly easy, I didn’t even have a manual for it and had no problem just mesing around with the knobs and seeing what kinda cool sounds I could get out of it. You have a few different types of channels , Low, High pass, band pass and notch. Also the speed of the LFO is controlled by the “rate” knob. The Aka MFC 42
also syncs up to your MPC’s midi clock too so the timing will be right on. Some times it didn’t seem like the MFC42 had a mind of its own and I was difficult to get it to quite doing some effects. But that could have been something that I did wrong and because I didn’t have a manual for it at the time I had no idea what was going on.
The sound quality is amazing and it provides a very bright colorful sound. The filters really bring out some cool effects in some of the chops and samples that I use. Since I have been using this for a few years now, right around 4 years I have used up all of the filters maybe too many times at this point but I don’t care because it just sounds so darn good.
Overall, if you have an MPC you must have this. Akai MFC 42
was built for the MPC users.