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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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koolDeezy a part-time user from New York. Staten island writes:
First a little background I've been doing hip hop production for a long while now, since about 93. I have been full circle from using a analog eight track mixer recorder just looping stuff up, to a 2000XL and ADAT and all the way to software, al little bit of Reason (I also love this ditty) as well as Battery, Kontakt, etc with Logic and mastering to Pro Tools.....I recently started making a little money of the game and bought a MPC3000 about 3 months ago, I waited until now to do a proper review....

It is the hype and more!!!! The sound mixes a richness in the lows, a crispness in the snares and a overall clarity and punchy funk that nothing can match. I'm not a technical guy but I now it must relate to the actual build of the sound convertors, it has a sound that the 2000XL and purely computer based stuff just lack (trust me I ran my signals from Logic into outboard compressors to beef the signal up and still couldnt reach the sound quality of the 3000).....So that was my intial impression, the sound is just creamy, it seems like regardless of what you sample, drums, rhodes, bass licks, etc...the 3000 will eat it up and transform into some straight sauce. I cant get enough it, it just creates a relaxed vibe that I can get down to.

Ah, the sequencing, classic pad based style, create your initial sequence, copy it, add variation, repeat lay it out in song mode, cant get much simpler than that. Use the note variation slider, note repeat button, 16 levels all the key features are here, no b.s. features that you wont even end up using. Internal mixer section, excellent filters, easy numeric editing, 8 outs, 4 midi outs, 2 ins....

I really love this machine, it has taken my game to the next level, really all you need is this, a gang of sound material, a zip drive and some sort of tracker to lay it all out on. BTW i do miss the track to pad assignment on the 2000XL but the boost in sound quality was worth the loss.

I paid $1500 used.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-06-2003 at 04:14
a professional user from Oakland (500) writes:
I,ve got a shit load of analog gear, most of the roland X0X boxes an SP1200...too mutch to list.. I prefer to compose beats, er...breaks , er...percussion on my 3000 cause its really reliable, as I have dealines to meet, it's fast(ideas to sound ratio) and the SMPTE timecode and midi is rock solid. I use the MPC for beats only, then sequence the rest of the parts with Logic, edit with Pro Tools. If your reading this cause your thinking about buying one, do it, just don't pay more than $1200-$1300 U.S. for it. The MPC does have its limits, but it does the rythem thing really well. MPC vs. computer? Get both. To stay competetive in the audio industry you'll need them.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-19-2003 at 19:47
Donald a professional user from Los Angeles writes:
1. 8 outs stock. 2. Way above average delay/echo effects, really nice. 3. Sturdy build. Built like a tank in fact. 4. The classic MPC pads. Cant be beat. 5. SCSI connection standard. 6. Easy to use interface, but not graphical, may be a negative to new schoolers. 8. 4 midi outs, control a whole rack from this box with seamless timing. 7. Awesome sampling engine, sample from a digital source like a wav or from cd-rom, the sound is crisp and clean, sample from an analog source, your getting that classic hip hop sound. No problem. Always keeps its punch though.

All in all, this box is was way ahead of its time, it is still viable in ANY studio, personally I'm using it now with Pro Tools 6 and life has never been better.

I give it a 4.5, but will round it up to 5 for the hell of it.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-13-2003 at 00:13
Jef a professional user from usa writes:
This is the legendary MPC3000. If you own one: never sell it!! If everything else fails (pc's, macs, eKo's) this is the piece that will save your day. Use it WITH all the stuff of today (motifs/tritons, logic/protools). I don't understand all the hate among some of you. This is a CLASSIC musical instrument, just like a Stradivarius or something. The big pro about is that it's so easy to use. You can start making beats and music right away. No need for a manual here. I started using the MPC3k after working with two producers who started every song with the MPC. I've also used it on some sample cd's I recently made. peace.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-19-2003 at 16:45
a part-time user writes:
i do four on the floor beats on my 3000 and they sound DOPE!!!!

i always get a good response from Dance heads, and when they find out i used a MPC for all sequencing, they love it even more.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-14-2003 at 17:51
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