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Tips - Akai MPC2000XL

2019-07-15 (Last Update: Mon, 15 Jul 2019) Garth Hjelte 0 Tips

 

There is a MPC2000 (plain) and there is a MPC2000XL. A MPC2000XL OS prior to v1.20 uses the exact same file system as the MPC2000 - a FAT16-based file system with the addition of the Akai partitioning methods and the 16-character methods.

However, with OS 1.20, this has changed. Partiitions are no more, but the 16-char methods are. So anything formatted with a MPC2000XL OS 1.20 has variable cluster sizes, no separate partitions, yet retains the non-computer-compatible 16-char methods.

SamplerZone.com sets the ID's up as 2GB or 4GB apiece just for convenience.

Like the MPC's that came before it, many people in the past have used the MPC-formatted media in a computer without any special-app assistance, because the MPC format is so similar to the regular FAT format that a Mac or Windows may recognize it and "mount" it. With OS 1.20 this is generally OK, as it's format is much more compatible with what the Win/Mac write. And it works perfectly as long as your names stay within 8.3 (name is only 8-char max with no spaces and no special characters).

But if not - and usually people do not keep track of these things - if you attempt to save a file that does not adhere to 8.3 (name is only 8-char max with no spaces), it screws up the name, and if a Program references it, it's going to reference an incorrect name and screw it up. So, use Translator, just like the previous MPC OS's, to read and write these ID's.

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