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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Adrenopulse a part-time user from Holland writes:
If you know how to handle this masterpiece you can sound it like a MPC3000. Got it for 1,5 year, still grooving and expirimenting. I use it in combination with ReCycle. For the extra funk just lower the bit (12 bit). I bought this thing for the timing and interface and I'm still happy...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-04-2003 at 06:49
Jnegative a professional user from North East writes:
You know why I love the MPC2KXL..cause it is so transparent in the studio. It really is a tool and becomes part of your writing stlye. And it is not just for making beats(though I have done some for friends) This machine is for anything industrial,ambient,hiphop,break,trance,house,funk,folk,alt-tronica,electro,downbeat,hardcore.... what ever you want to do the MPC2000xl will do for you. As long as you are willing to WRITE it. Tight sequencer, excellent drum pads, decent sampler. I just love it!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-21-2003 at 11:42
Mostawaited a professional user writes:
The mpc2000xl and all mpcs are hiphop designed devices.They were made with hiphop producers in mind,which at the time was primaraly made up of sampling.Its features though basic in comparison to more sophisaticated devices,gives you the basic essentials to create great sequences.Now the beautie in all mpcs is the ability to create music entirely of samples in a drummachine pattern based styl.The beautie in the fact that it samples is nobodies mp will sound like anothers...make them all unique unlike synths which are all shiped with the same presets.I have a mpc2000xl,mpc4000,roland vp9000,yamaha a4000,korg triton,roland td8 drum module,emu mo phatt and a 1gighz computer running soundforge with a 30gig hard drive.All my samplers have 100mb zip drives installed and all have been blown out in sample time.With this setup I am a sample "GOD" I can do virtually anything with a sample.I do all my sampling into soundforge on my computer this allows me to cut,chop,and effect all my samples with the precision of a world renowned surgeon.I then save all my samples to the zipdrive and load them into my mpcs.Once in my Mps I just get to making music,this is the ultimate way to work with and sequence samples.I also Copied all the drumsamples from my triton in program mode(caused there already effected up)and song mode(to get them dry) into soundforge and saved them to zip so I'd have the entire sound library of the triton for my mps.Sounds so ill cause i can mix and match dry kicks and snares.Thats whats so great about these devices,your sound library could go into the thousands and be entirely different from everybody elses.The undo Feature is one of its greatest features...I love it.Ps a Great sample artist Knows that its not the sampler,its the sample food that you put in the sampler.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-15-2003 at 19:22
deepasoul a professional user from Krazy Kalifas USA writes:
Simple Machine, simple to use. This unit runs my entire setup with it being the centerpiece. I don not use a computer save to manipulate samples in Kontakt and loops in acid then dump them into the MPC for composition. The beauty of this unit is it has zero learning curve. If you can't figure it out, you shouldn't be making electronic music. It uses the awesome Pattern based sequencing, which you hardly see anymore in any kind of sequencing equipment, since everything has become computer/linear based where your composition scrolls along from left to right and you build your compositions as you go. The MPC is a building blcok sequencing type of environment which does to things to aid in the compositional process. Firstly, it forces you to listen, not watch your music (like computer based DAWs)and this is important. It is paramount in that it allows you to arrange parts of a composition separately then to preview your sequences and arrange them in any configuration you please to create your composition. Each sequence has 32 tracks, and the sampler allows 64 seperate samples to be played anywhere in any sequence on any midi channel all while driving your external synths as well. The unit aids in and actually shortens song composing time by allowing you to chain finally chain your sequences together into songs. Lastly, the unit allows you to 'mix down' your sequences and actually automate efx and volume/pan levels within the sequence while recording. If you screw up, hit the undo button and you are back to where you started. I challenge anyone out there to show me a computer based setup with a more rock solid sequencer and midi implementation along with the ability to sample....yeah there are systems with more bells and whistles in them, more memory, but I ask you, has it every crashed, frozen on you or you somehow, somewhere you can't find the files for your project?...thats a computer based setup for you....unstable...the mpc has never crashed on me, and saves to SCSI HD with ultraspeed. I know that my material will be there when I turn the unit on, and it won't get infected with a virus.... The machine is beautiful in its simplicity, which is why I think many dislike it. They want to tweak with the bells and whistles rather than write music....that is great if you are using a computer based setup and many tweak to kingdom come and never get anything accomplished save for creating a few sounds and arranging them into redundancy between downloads of samples and bootleg software on the internet....don't tell me different cause I have done the same thing and spent more time re-learning new pieces of software and never getting anything done. Turn on the MPC and reality hits you squarely in the face. You are forced to compose on this machine. Either you start sampling and arranging tracks on it, or you don't turn it on at all...end of story. If you want to surf the internet, do word processing and tweak sounds till you are blue in the faceuse a computer, if you want to sample and compose, use an MPC.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-12-2003 at 13:06
pleasuretribe a professional user from club med writes:
This is an important tool for any contemporary composer. Nothing feels like it. The 2000xl is just awesome.

The folks who put it down (can't understand it) either don't know how to use it or simply prefer presets. I stay away from them as it makes my music sound like that.

Akai rules. Accept no substitutes.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-22-2002 at 12:57
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