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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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leo cavallo a professional user writes:
well, OS 1.60 is incredibly rock solid here. I'm amazed by this sampler. I've been using it in my productions for more than one month now. not a single problem. timing is rock solid. loading/saving to internal HD is really fast. the display is a joy to work with. the new file system (integrating the MPC drum programs with the S-style programs) works perfectly. I love this unit... time to sell my beloved S5000? PS The 16 levels function is back in there, with pitch, velocity, etc.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-11-2004 at 14:29
KA a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The MPC 4000 is the Big Bad Beat Box Brother to all the other beat machines out there this is a professional sampler sequencer and to me the best sampler box out right now it does everything the MPC series does and much more and they are upgrading the OS system at the moment to include some new features & probably some you wish you had as I was told by the akai rep....so the features war between the sampler boxes isn't exactly over yet.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-04-2004 at 17:14
220 a professional user from US writes:
Note to editor..I may need to add a little clarity to my last entry. I am experienced on the 4000 and I give it a 4 out of 5 due to its deviation from the typical AKIA format. I feel that they changed the work flow in many ways rather than simply expanding it. Like "Where's 16 Levels of Pitch??", not that it can't be done ultimately. It's a little more work and tediouse than it's predecesors, but Hey you get more features, and it's still an MPC by all other standards. Though I wish it sounded a little more gritty, it still hits HARD. Peace

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-02-2004 at 17:03
220 a professional user from US writes:
Somebody please tell me something important!! We all know that midi port counts etc. are deeply personal preferences and are subject to our personal setups, but there are only two really important issueus here....How Does it Sound & How Tight Is The Sequencer. Roland has NEVER made a "rock solid" sequencing engine, But neither has Korg or Kurz. Few people have, but I have either owned or work with ALL of Akai's sequencers or drum machines and 2 things stand true. Even the earlier machines with low bit rates have always had an "In Your Face, Agressive, Big, Front of the Mix" sound. Even the uncleanliness of the sound has been no less than magical. (gritty&puuunchy!!) Even their lower resolution sequencers are cool, because their clocks are darn near atomic, which puts those aggressive sounds RIGHT ON THE BEAT. They drop like precision bombs. It aint pretty soundin' but it fa-sho ain't small or dull. For these reasons the MPC line has been the "ProTools" of sequencing for 20 or so years.

Now to get off AKAI's jock, I'm impressed with the on-screan capabilities of the MV8000, and I'm excited by the audio tracks....seems like a pre-pro dream come true. I'm sure Roland has better FX, being a keyboard co. and all, but Roland has never been user friendly (not a BIG deal) and some of their products would loose big in sound quality.("what the hell were they thinging" type stuff)But over-all Roland is a MAJOR player.

With that said, Somebody tell me how they match up... Why have a cute machine, with great FX, 10 midi ports, 100 envelopes and filters, a bag of chips, and a herum if it's loose and sounds like sh_t. I can read all the specs in a magazine. How does it sound and feel????

I produce mostly hip-hop and R&B; a little Rock here and there. I'm not new to the business. I won't name drop, but somebody give me some real world insight. I don't want a machine that was a good idea, I need something that sounds like money and gives me back what I give it and sports sufficient editing features.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-02-2004 at 16:26
SXSURFER a professional user from USA writes:
The whole MPC MV war is pretty funny. I'll say it like this...Roland seen a good thing when they saw it. The one helluva compliment to AKAI. IMITATION is the highest compliment that can be paid.

I wish the MPC4K had a video out as I am probably the only one alive that does use a PC or MAC at all in the studio. So AK.SYS doesn't do me any good. The PC/MAC simply is not stable enough for me.

Other than that the MPC is great!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-22-2004 at 14:49
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