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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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SmokeDoggyDog a part-time user from San Francisco writes:
People still use MPCs cause it forces you to create music with your ears rather than visually. I use Pro Tools and an MPC,the MPC is my band, and in Pro Tools I can how you say, update its sound, by recording at 24bits, adding pro effects, rearranging the beat in grid mode, compressing the beat, giving it that "future" sound, no problem....if i used Logic w/Plug Ins, Reason, etc to create beats i dont think my music would have the same umph.

I would be forced to think my music out instead of going by feel.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-13-2003 at 15:05
Dallas a professional user from Los angeles writes:
I am a well known old skool (old fool) r'n'b producer here in LA I have worked with some pretty big cats over the years & I would have too agree with what you say about the mpc 3000 being "played out" but I disagree with you on the sound of a cd in a laptop being any betta' than the mpc or sp1200. There is some truth in what you say, but if anything the mpc is more useful than ever, as you can use it for making up a wicked drum groove with that fat mpc 3000 sound then print it to your laptop in audio going thru fat eq's etc which sound far betta' than any cd - this is how we do - here in LA...holla to all the mpc loving cats who kno... yo!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-03-2003 at 22:18
nancarrow a professional user from christchurch writes:
i love to create high speed rhythms 500bpm plus. the mpc is so good at this. my music making sessions always end in tears of joy and sprintimg down the drive at 3 in the morning.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-02-2003 at 00:54
mac super user a professional user from new york writes:
I have just got rid of mine after 5 years of use I just find it slighty dated now & even though its got a tuff groove & feel - the whole sound is just getting too familiar & tired in this day & age - we are in the computer age & you can get griity fat funky whatever out of a mac logic /reason /cubase whatever else mad software apps outhere & have it all on one mac & mix the whole thang down in there with pro results. I know for a fact that busta /nelly /neptunes have used cubase & logic on a good few of thier tracks & mixed the whole backing track in a mac cause at the end of day its all 0s &1s & the sound ends up as 0s & 1s in the end anyways hell even the mpc 3000 is run by an old mac processor - did ya think it was some special machine created by roger linn - well no he just designed the software & akai designed the pads & outer case & its all powered from a motorola processor which is the exact same used in an lc 475 mac from early 90s - I know this because my uncle worked for akai as a tech between 89 & 98. This machine is no different from todays macs running an app like logic or cubase ,only difference was in the old days macs had to run other shit like the os which threw the midi timing way off but todays macs have everything sorted out with audio to midi & latency etc which gives you pin point accuracy which means rock solid timing & rock solid groove if you bother to swing a beat in logic using the mpc groove templates with an mpc pad controller you'll see that its much much more tighter which makes it funkier & layering beats on top of each other has no slop whic im afraid the mpc 3k is guilty of not that thats a problem but it can be a bit annoying in todays music. It was a great machine for its time but Im afraid we are turning a page finally in hip hop & dance where macs & pc's are finally taking over as the new all in one solution that the mpc was. I use my titanium powerbook like I did the mpc 3k for everything now & I can generate synths samplers galore & even take around with to record vocals on the fly at different places & now I can even download an mpc 3k libary set - load it straight into exs all mapped out & bring it up on the mpd 16 pad controller & use an mpc groove template which imho sounds far better than the real thing.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-31-2003 at 19:48
jonskee a part-time user from san bruno CA<------------------------------------ writes:
i'm sorry to all the 2000XL owners, it is a good machine, but the 3000 just owns. that is really all there is to it.

ive owned the 2000XL,60,3000, and have played with a 4000...the 3000 is the best, sounds the best, does indeed groove the hardest and is super easy to use despite the lack of a graphic editing screen, which is not really a necessity....

i am currently using a MPC3000, a triton LE, and a ProTools Digi 001 running on a G4, with these three tools I can do anything, from g-funk to layed back downtempo, to gritty early 90s hip hop....get with it.

The 3000 controls the whole setup. It cant be fucked with, straight up.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-30-2003 at 02:39
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