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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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fred falke a professional user from france writes:
this is HOT stuff!! I've got my mpc 60 II for few years and I' ve never find another gear that can compete with it. the 12 bit sample are punchy & warm , while the sequencer is is really the best hardware sequencer around. I also had a studio 440 , a linn 9000 ,an asq-10, but the mpc rules! I use it with a s760, a sp1200, & it's linked to a dm 800. with the latest os this machine is terrific! grab yourself one before it's too late...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-21-2002 at 20:47
KICKBAK"ON A TRACK" a professional user from Los Angeles writes:
Its All about the sound...if you want punchy warm banging drums then 60&60II are perfect....Super star producer jermaine Dupri still uses 1...to be honest its good to have both the 3000 and60,60ii...if your serious..its 2 totally different sounds 12bit vs 16bit...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-14-2002 at 21:47
KICKBACK"ON A TRACK" a professional user from Los Angeles writes:
First Things first,If you own an mpc 60 or 60II you gotta first grab the 3.10e uprade..(this is a must have)Good for mono-ing out 808s so it restarts everytime you hit..The cut and paste editing is Also very usefull in the step edit mode.The sound edit mode is the bomb,you can take anypart of a sample you want in the zone mode without affecting the actual sound(wow)...

Even thought it doesnt have filters...you can use the attack and decay for sounds to make them tighter(thats all you need)..The mpc 60,60II is a must for hip hop,rb,and pop..The drums sound warmer and punchier than the 2000 and 3000... Its all about how you sample your sounds... Always sample kiks and snares as hot as possible until you see!!,and sample hi hats,or anything with alot of high end with less gain for a good sound..Experiment with it,you can make sounds sound very clear or dirty and grimey,,,all depends on how you eq before you sample...with no eq youll definately get a warmer punchy sound...

Ohh you also gotta grab the memory upgrade,the scsi,and the output boost(boosts all the outputs by 4 db..very handy when you go to the studio..dont need any outboard gain).

The sequencer is the same as the 3000..Matter of fact the only differences between the 3000 & 60 sample time(the 60 has 26.2sec,3000 has like 4 or 5 mins fully expaded{way too much}),,Fx & Filter(the 6o has no onboard Fx but it does have an attack and decay,the 3000 has A delay and onboard filters),,,stereo sampling(the 60 wid the upgrade can stereo sample..but not originally..the 3000 comes stock wid stereo sampling).......Oh yeah.. the 60 is 12 bit...the 3ooo is 16..

I Have a friend with a 3000, I have a mpc60ii..He likes the the warmth and punch of the drums on my tracks, He always gives me my props, ands whats tight is the 3000 and the 60 with the the upgrade are compatible..So i can take a zip to the studio load it up in the 3000 save...take it home loadin the 60ii(great for trading sounds). Lets talk about midi..I have an asr10 &4 midi racks all hooked up to my mpc60II. The 4 midi outs and 2 midi ins are perfect for alot of midi gear..while the 2000 only has 2 midi outs..I also have a vs 1880 Lockin up with my mpc via midi clock which is cool.You can also do program changes in step edit mode...But i havnt figured it in my racks yet... Sync....Includes Midi clock,midi time code, smpte,fsk & 1/4 clicks all factory..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-14-2002 at 21:34
JB from UK writes:
Oh yeah, the MPC60 Mk1 has 750kb sample RAM, expandable to a maximum of 1.5Mb using the afore mentioned board, the MkII already has the expansion installed (so I heard).

OS Version 3.1 (by Roger Linn Designs) has a data compression feature that effectively doubles the sample memory i.e. it compresses the sample data to half of the original size.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-20-2002 at 08:26
JB from UK writes:
The MPC60 uses a proprietary memory expansion board, not off the shelf SIMMs.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-20-2002 at 08:21
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