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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Dj Calyx a part-time user from SLO town writes:
The MPC 60/60II is not only a great sampling drum machine, but an excelent midi sequencer as well. You can control all of your other midi synths from many as you want!! There's even a 1/4 inch drum sync out for your analog gear(something those new akai's lack). This machine is the centerpiece of your music arsenal. It's old enough to be cool and new enough to be usefull. However, you would probably be better off doing the actual sampling on your computer and then converting the wav. file to a 12 bit akai .snd file(there's a program called "awave" that does it, there are probably many others). Also, the scsi upgrade is very important. Back in the day it was ment for a scsi hard drive, but it works great with a scsi zip drive:). Akai/RodgerLinn is very good about customer service for this old machine. Parts are readily available and the MPC 60 is easy to work on.(sometimes the pressure-sensitive pads go bad.; maybe I just hit it too hard?) Also there is a operating system upgrade which is a must-have. The beat making is so intuitive, there is no subsitute for expressing your creativity on an MPC. I love this thing, don't settle for anything else but the origonal, the MPC 60!!!! Other instruments come and go....the MPC is here to stay. 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-23-2004 at 20:02
a part-time user writes:
Having used almost every sampling drum machine under the sun, vintage and new. I think the MPC60 w/ OS3, SCSI, and Maxed memory is my favorite. Easy to use and sounds great. It can sound lofi dirty and it can also sound clean and glossy if you have good sampling skills. Get one if you can, with upgrades. All around, the best investment for the money.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-22-2004 at 13:49
Danico a part-time user from Anaheim writes:
I've been making beats for about two years, using the MPC 2000XL its great editing wise and for sample stretching. But I kept hearing things about the MPC 60/2. About its 12 bit crunchiness and what it can do for your kick drums and bass sounds. I just bought one today for $500. What a deal! Its the 60-2 and its unbelievable. I've only had it for a few hours, and I'm so excited about its potential. I'm going to combined the 60 and 2000xl and make some ill patterns.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-16-2004 at 21:52
gammra a part-time user from los angeles writes:
The MPC60 is the best sounding drum machine I've heard yet and I have owned or used the following mpc2000xl,mpc3000,rm1x and the studio 440 though the studio is close its build quality sucks shit.If you see a deal on a clean MPC60 buy it.The sound is crispy and very punchy,also the swing gives hip hop tracks a lot of funk.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-19-2004 at 02:33
K. a professional user from South Jersey. writes:
Here it is for all of the young people that might not know. The End ALL Be ALL of the MPC debates.

#1. The MPC60/60ii is the greatest sampler/sequencer of all time- just like Mike Tyson in his prime..think Tyson 1988 era.

#2. The Mpc3000 is just the better, improved version of the 60- think Tyson in 1989-90 when he was knocking everyone out in minutes

#3. The MPC2000 is Akai's attempt to be better then they already were without the help of Roger Linn- think Tyson in 1990 when he got knocked out by Buster Douglass..He didn't have any of his original team with him.

#4. The MPC2000xl was Akai trying to make a comeback and reprove themselves after the 2000's showing- think Tyson trying to make a comeback against Evander Holyfield.

#5. The MPC4000 was Akai once again trying to recapture some of the magic of a time well passed- think Tyson vs Lennox Lewis- he did his best but I think we all knew then that it was over for him.

#6. Finally the new MPC1000. Akai is trying to show the world that they still got it though reports state otherwise - think Tyson 2003 making a comeback; We'll all watch but do we really even care like we once did.....

But Hey Lets build a perfect drum machine and not fight over which of these is better...

Just think.. The Low End of the 60/60ii - Kick drums The high end of the EMU SP 12/1200's - snares + high hats The sequencer+ solid build of the 3000 - super tight feel The wave editing of the 2000/2000xl and the processing speed + storage space of the 4000... Now that would be something anyone listening......Peace

posted Thursday-Sep-25-2003 at 14:44
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