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To MPC or not to MPC: That is the question...

Discussion in 'Computer Technology and Setup' started by logic_user99, Jan 18, 2008.

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  1. logic_user99

    logic_user99 Forum Member

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    So, I've been lusting after the illustrious Akai MPC for longer than I'd care to mention, and now I'm moving into a gaff with a decent sized studio space I thought I'd buy one!

    Firstly - who uses one? Which model do you use?

    I've been looking at the MPC500 as it's less than £350 and runs from batteries (great for my commute to work). However, I know that the MPC2000XL is the 'standard' and, according do some die-hard users, it 'feels different' to the new machines.

    Is there any real difference in the groove quantize, or sound of the machines? I think that you can get a decent 2000XL for about £500 from eBay; is the cost difference really worth it?

    NB* I don't need an all-singing-all-dancing production suite, as I use a PowerBook w/ Reaktor & Logic Pro as my main writing tools. It's the hands-on beat creation that I'm really interested in; that, and the ease-of-use in a live environment (I'm a drummer, see).

    Cheers, yo. :)
     
  2. logic_user99

    logic_user99 Forum Member

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    So nobody answers questions on this board then?

    Nice.
     
  3. perversity

    perversity NI Product Owner

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    I would stay away from the 500 unless portability is your main concern. If your planning on using the MPC more as a drum controller than a sequencer, I would highly recommend the 2000xl over the 500 or 1000. The pads on the 2000xl are like butter compared to the 1000, and the 500 feels more like a toy. The 2500 or the 4000 and 5000 have the same feel as the 2000xl, but come with more functionality, and sequencing power.
     
  4. logic_user99

    logic_user99 Forum Member

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    Ah, sick. Cheers dude. I am, however, gonna go with the MPC1000 as it's the fits the portability-vs-power mould!
     
  5. jshell

    jshell New Member

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    Do you need all that the MPC provides, or just want the pads? Akai has a couple of drum-pad Midi controllers. And they have that new full 49 key keyboard + pads controller too.
     
  6. logic_user99

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    See, I've been sitting on it for a couple of days, and now I'm not 101% even though I know that I still want one. I don't want to control the computer, I want it to be my sequencer - Logic is doing my head in and I'm not working effectively. I like hardware! More than likely, I'm going to rig it up to my old Roland VS840EX (just for doing guitars an' junk).

    I've got an ass-load of good software on my Mac (Logic 7, Reaktor 5, Battery 3, Reason, Rebirth, Live) but none of it is working for me anymore! Reaktor is ace, and I use it for random sounds, but there's no sequencer.

    Gonna go to SoundControl tomorrow and, if they give me credit, I'll get one on order. What's the worst that happens? I don't use it fully and sell it? Not gonna be any money down... LOL!
     
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