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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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elemynt a part-time user from Canada writes:
Hi, I have recentlty bought and sold a RM1x and SU700. I switched over to the MPC2kxl. The MPC is tight...i havent had a problem yet with the sequencing or sampling. I use a virus for all the synth..so the sampler is just enough for my percussion and fx. My only problems with the MPC are: that the fx board is an add on. there is no live feed through for fx. only 32 megs...should be at least 64 if not 128. it is hard to see in the dark...everything should be backlit. and it needs cc knobs like the RM1x. Most of these things i hope will be addressed in the release of the MPC4000xl in 2001.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-14-2001 at 20:31
Felix Dedman a part-time user from Australia writes:
All in all a very good machine. I love the fact that samples do not use up midi channels. Ease of use (especially for live situations) is fantastic. In the studio, I have experienced some software glitches, causing the MPC to freeze up, but these only occur during very niggly editing, never during playback. AKAI have not been able to rectify these glitches and I know other people who have suffered the same problems. With regular saving (and songs should be saved regularly anyway), I am able to overlook this problem as a major drawback- just a small hassle. I was originally disappointed at the fact that the inbuilt filter would not alter the sound of a sample midway through playing that sample. For instance a drumloop would need to end and begin again before any difference was heard. I have overcome that problem by running the appropriate output through an external filter. Although marked as 4/5, I really give this 4.5/5. A great machine working as the heart of my setup.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-03-2001 at 23:57
ILL STOUT a professional user from Hartford, CT. USA writes:
I've used the MPC60, 2000, 3000, the EMU sp1200, and the Ensoniq ASR 10. All are good, but with the exception of lack of decent filters, the MPC2000XL gets the seal of approval. I can read my old 3000 and MPC60 files, wav, and basically hook it up to my pc via scsi. Forget the PC's midi, the mpc runs it all (once you get past the annoying configurations) my synth, the delta 1010 interface, and all my sound modules. Say what you will, the 2000xl is ALL THAT. And for those whiners who decry this review, I suggest you stick with a cheesy ASR-X. All praises due to Allah, and the day Roger Linn hooked up with AKAI.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-01-2001 at 20:10
OEKilla a part-time user from USA writes:
The MPC is a cool piece to have. Even if you don't have any other gear you can still get away with just the MPC. I use it to sequence an Ensoniq ASR-10 and it works lovely. I keep the standard 2MB on it just because it forces me to get creative with the samples but you can upgrade it. It cannot compete with a Rackmount sampler like an EMU or Yamaha but it still works, especially if you have a computer with Sound Forge or Cool Edit. The Sequencer is the easiest and tightest EVER!. Not as midi controllable like the Yamaha RM1X but it still is tight, tight ,tight. I've made more tracks with the MPC since I bought it. It's as simple as turning it on, loading sounds or sampling and start creating. I make all my songs fit on one disk and thats what I dig about it. It's phat, portable and sounds good.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-20-2000 at 11:15
Mark a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I just got my 2000XL today. And it is a lot better then I though. I don't know what you guys are complaining about. It has all those little options I have dreamed of. It used to take me forever to make drum kits on my Triton. Now this XL has made it all work for me. I really like the Bright display and the buttons on it rock. The pads are rugged. I'm sure glad I didn't get that ASR Pro, because this blows it away.

I wanted a 3000 but do you realized how hard they are to come by? Ebay doesn't even have one up.

Anyway, this thing is really easy to use. My favorite part is editing the sounds on the drum pads, it's so easy. Just what I wanted!!

I would ignore the crap remarks about Akai support, my 2000 came with a seperate sheet a paper with a direct support number on it. Also came with a large list of options for the 2000XL with their retial prices.

And one more thing, it takes regular SIMMs for Ram, so it only costed me $60 bucks for 32megs of ram.

It's a great machine. Now back to the jams!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-21-2000 at 02:38
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