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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Heavie a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I'm a happy man today. I brought today the MPC4000 for $2,800. $3,000 with tax. I own a MPC2000 also. I love my mpc4000 and the many new features. Lucky I have the mpc2000 and I could figure out the basic of sampling, editing and sequencing. I do have a question for the guys who owns a 4000 and also handle the 2000 or 2000xl. I like to know, does the 4000 support different ways to trigger sound by hitting the pads. Like on the 2000 you can make the sounds overlap, stutter or hold and release, by switching between poly, mono and note release on the program editing page. I read over and over the manual and I can't find those setting for the mpc4000. Help me out, if you found it. The Fx on the 4000 is the best. To who ever read this review, I know $3000 is hard to scrape up for some and a lot to spend on one piece of equipment. But, once you open up that MPC4000 box and unwrap it, you forget you spent $3000. Especially if you get one from america.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-25-2002 at 05:28
Jerome Fuller from Japan writes:
:-) The MPC 4000 is a hardware based system. So I think it would be best to compare it to units in the same category.

Yes, it does have a feature similar to acid and recycle. You can sample a phrase and the MPC 4000 will chop it up and create a sequence that will play it back. I'm not sure if the manuals are very clear on how to do use that function but I was able to do it after tinkering around with it a bit.(I don't like reading manuals). However, I don't use this feature at all. The Korg Triton Studio and Yamaha Motif Workstations have this feature also.

I would like to say this one more time. This site is for user reviews. USER REVIEWS! Why are there people out there giving reviews on this unit when they have obviously never used one? I'll continue to keep enlightening the MPC 4000 "Playa haters".

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-17-2002 at 04:04
Jerome Fuller a part-time user from Japan writes:
MPC 4000 is a complete sampler. "Akai ignored again the phrase/loop concept"....I don't know what this individual is refering to but every MPC is phrase looper. Again, there are way too many people on this site that have no idea of what they are talking about.

The main reason why people are unhappy with the MPC 4000 is because of the price. They wanted this new MPC to cost around $1200 like the MPC 2000. Well, a brand new MPC 2000 xl maxed out with all options is around $2000. The 4000 is just a little more than that with plenty of additional features. I'm Sorry the average çhumps can't afford one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-15-2002 at 23:59
SharkMan a professional user writes:
The pro's of the 4000: you can link it to your computer and do your sound stuff there in the studio. Then take it on the road and have it all in front of you in one package. The alternative would be like a laptop with a midi interface and an audio interface and some kind of midi controller. But you will miss the pads(or should buy the pd16 pads fom akai) and you can't switch sequences in realtime as quickly as on an MPC. A laptop is also much more fragile than an MPC. I played the 4000 for a few days. There are many submenu's but after a while you get quicker and quicker. The thing is: some promised features are not there (yet). That is like: automated sampling and burning to cd.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-15-2002 at 19:50
Jerome Fuller a part-time user from Japan writes:
Akai, Emu, Ensoniq, Roland, Yamaha, and Korg all have some sort of drum machine/sampler/sequencer/grove box type of all in one unit. So I rest my case on that.

Any one who has had experience with any MPC will be able to use the MPC 4000 with ease. I have never read the manuals of any MPC. Hey, I live in Japan and can't read Japanese so I had no choice. I easily set up the 4000 though it is more complicated than the other MPC's due to all the additional functions/features.

It doesn't take any time to set it up. You connect MIDI gear the same way as you do any MPC. Select a track, select the MIDI out port, and record by hitting the pads or an external MIDI controller. The same way you record on the MPC 3000. Take my word for it. I've owned the MPC 2000, 2000xl, 3000, and currently using the 4000.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-13-2002 at 12:21
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