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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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MPChead a professional user from K.C. USA writes:
Coco, The real "facts" lie in side by side comparisons of the machines...in regards to both the better sound (ie: less background and static/more low end) and better groove of the 3000. Try for yourself and you will see what all the hype is about, and why people who know their shit are quick to criticize the M(major)P(piece of)C(crap) 2000. Sure, Akai wants you all to believe that the 2000 lives up the past MPC standards, but that's just not the case. They released a lemon on us all. I was one of the first owners of a 2000 back in '97 and I had high hopes that it would take the place of my 3000, but it sucked bad. It was unreliable (it would freeze up a coulple times a week) and the converters DO suck ass.(meaning poor, thin sound and more often replacement) not to mention, it's built like a toy. The kicker definitely IS the unhuman feel of the sequencer. Even with the swing set at 67% and higher, the 2000 sounds very rigid in comparison to the 60 and the 3000's fluidity.

posted Tuesday-Sep-19-2000 at 03:07
a part-time user writes:
This machine is amazing. My PC is complete cak compared to the akai for timing and ease of use. It is great for drums and loops and although slow the timestretch is one of the best i've heard. I once made a piano multisample on it for a laugh. It took 2-3 hours and it wasn't very good. Distinctive, but not good. The pads are responsive and consistant and the quantize and groove features are second to none. My next door neighbour wrote the song "to forgive but not forget" (Outside) which is a good example of what is easily achieved by the mahcine. Well the drums anyway.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-30-2000 at 20:54
ROB a professional user from MEL.AUSTRALIA writes:
OK GUYS,IVE RECENTLY PURCHASED THE MPC2000XL AND IN MY OPPINION IT ROCKS! PREVIOUSLY I WAS USING VST WITH THE S2OOO WHICH WAS ALSO A GREAT SYSTEM FOR MY PROJECTS(HIP-HOP), CONSIDERING THE ALL IN ONE SAMPLE/SEQUENCE PACKAGE I COULD'NT RESIST THE 2000XL.IT REALLY IS THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO A COMPUTER BASED SET UP.SO FAR IVE RECORDED SIX TRACKS, EVERYONE A WINNER.

posted Monday-Aug-14-2000 at 23:51
J_M_L writes:
Got the xl yesterday, First impression... Loving it!

Very easy to use. I have heard people talk about a 'learning curve' but all I can say is be resourceful and you will do fine. I am blown away by the sequencer. Step, linear, or loop recording. 99 sequences per track. Record in full or piece bits together. The MPC is changing the way I do music and I still have so much more to learn.

I can finally do build-up machine gun rolls.

_Bad things_

1) It froze on me once. I was changing the time C on a loop and well nothing .....wait......

2) the sampler section. Ugh, I am going to give it more time. Maybe there is something I am not doing that would make it better or maybe it will grow on me.

# 4 out 5 $ don't pay more than $1000 for a basic used one. @ check out shreve audio for a great new price.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-27-2000 at 11:40
Esotera a part-time user from Santa Cruz CA. USA writes:
I have owned this unit for approx. 6 months and I'm delighted with it. I also use Logic Audio Platinum with it's 960ppq timing. I didn't go in on purchasing this machine with the mindset that it would be the end-all be-all workstation. The sampler aspect is a "phrase sampler" and it meets this end quite well. My EMU does all the other cool shit like twisting the hell out of a sound with it's array of filters. I do not have an issue with the timing aspect of the machine. There has been no audible difference with regards to timing noted by associates (Pro drummers and producers) or myself. The sequencer is really what I'm pleased with. It may seem daunting initially but once you dive in it's smooth rollin'! I favor both sequencing environments for different reasons (hardware vs. software). The one shortcoming I can see is the absence of Normalization. All in all a great bit of gear and much preferred for live performances.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-14-2000 at 14:57
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