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adruu
30-09-2006, 03:25 PM
Either my dream just came true, or this isn't what i think it is?

anyone who knows their gear better than me should give me reasons not to buy one...

mistersloane
30-09-2006, 04:28 PM
Cos it's only got 12 pads and is about 300 quid more expensive than the 1000? Which is also portable...

Precious Cuts
02-10-2006, 01:11 AM
it might be handy for live shows, but in all other departments your probably better off with a 1000

Precious Cuts
02-10-2006, 01:29 AM
but you know, you could always go for something modest:
http://www.forat.com/allpictures/mpc/Mel-Man%20Egypt3.jpg

more drum machine porn here (http://www.forat.com/pictures/index.htm)

Gabba Flamenco Crossover
02-10-2006, 07:10 PM
it might be handy for live shows, but in all other departments your probably better off with a 1000

I got a 1000 six months ago and it's utterly rinsed my drums. Anyone programming drums in a DAW, you should at the very least try one.

The 500 looks too expensive though, and the screen is a horror.

mistersloane
02-10-2006, 10:44 PM
it might be handy for live shows, but in all other departments your probably better off with a 1000

The 1000 goes for about 400 to 500 quid second hand now, you're well worth getting one of them, the MPC500 looks diddy but I haven't read a good review yet, and yeah, ditto about the screen as well. Check out what musicthing has to say :

http://musicthing.blogspot.com/

It's a bit down the page, I don't know how to do those fancy HTML links yet, sorry!

Freakaholic
03-10-2006, 04:17 PM
more drum machine porn here (http://www.forat.com/pictures/index.htm)

thank you for that website.

call me a geek, but this is one of the coolest things ive seen in about a week.

http://www.forat.com/allpictures/mpc/William%20Martin1.jpg

hint
03-10-2006, 05:34 PM
Either my dream just came true, or this isn't what i think it is?

anyone who knows their gear better than me should give me reasons not to buy one...

- The batteries only last for 4.5 hours, which makes the one unique feature (in the MPC line) pretty limited.

- It's not 300 more than the mpc1000 (that's people being confused by the quoted list price, rather than the street price) - it's actually gonna be 550 in the shops, but that's still too expensive considering how old the technology is. Akai always overprice their stuff at launch.

- The missing column of pads could be annoying if you're chopping breaks etc. Unless you make all your music in 3/4 or something.

- The 2-line display is a real cop out. A great leap backwards.


The MPC1000 is a much better choice. It's not exactly bulky and it looks prettier.

adruu
10-10-2006, 01:36 PM
thanks for the tips...i was thinking it would be worth it when i'm travelling around for work and avoiding the hotel bar. it wasnt for gigs or anything...just need something i can use to sketch out ideas and all...album coming out 2015!!!!

rusty sheriff
27-10-2006, 11:53 PM
I realise I'm a newbee to this site, but last week I bought an MPC 2000XL, no instructions, but with a zip drive. After sourcing the instructions on the interweb, I'm in for quite a learning curve... Damn, I never realised how complex an MPC would be... I'm nowhere near sequencing yet! :eek:

PeteUM
29-10-2006, 03:29 PM
From having samples loaded to sequencing isn't as tough as it looks.

Do a basic beat.
Press open window with yr sequence selected.
Copy sequence.
Add more sounds, undo if it's shit.
Keep copying sequences.
Select song mode (hold shift down click on song)
Choose no. of repeats of each sequence.

I use a 2000, but I guess its the same, and if I can do it, any fool can.

gek-opel
29-10-2006, 09:41 PM
Is it worth using one of these if you've got a shitload of software? I recall attempting to use a hardware sampler back in the day and it was a right arse, not being able to ACTUALLY SEE the wave form.

PeteUM
29-10-2006, 10:20 PM
Well, sometimes limitations free you up and stuff. Some of my favourite music that I've made is when my computer dies on me and I end up using a four track or whatever. It's easy to get bogged down in the limitless tweaking possibilities with powerful software. Having said that, the MPC has a weirdly compulsive operation that seems to make you work to quite a fast rhythm, if that makes sense. I don't do very clever things with mine though, and I had it for ages before I did much with it.