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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Yo you all heard about the mpc 4000? It hasn´t been released in Denmark yet, so what´s the price in the states, or anywhere else but most important is that the 4000´s features sure kill the talk about the mpc not being a full fledge sampler, i am actually considering being one, any advice from anyone who´s tried it?

posted Sunday-Jan-20-2002 at 09:44
Citizen Cain from USA writes:
I bought this machine back in '99 and it is THE SHIT!! I would never part with it. Where else can you obtain a sampler, synthesizer, FX processor, and sequencer(which is garbage, but sometimes usuable) in one affordable package. Yes, Tritons ans Motifs are superior instuments, but cost well into the thousands. For a budding music producer or musician whoe wants superior sampling, synths and FX for a steal, the ASR-X is for you. This machine can (and has) been used as a professional insrument rivaling the MPC's and SP1200's in making popular recorded music (especially hip-hop, jazz, and dance).

It is best to understand what the ASR is best at to get the most out of it. It is a user friendly, yet very deep machine. I still have not explored all of its sonic possibilites. Like most other instruments, it is best used in conjunction with other gear, not as a standalone all-in-one. Some features are better than others with this box. The 24bit samplng/resampling and D/A conversion are top notch, professional quality. I'm sorry, but this box sounds cleaner than an Akai S2000. It's sampler is flexible and offers easy editing, and can be loaded with up to 32megs of RAM, which is more than suffecient for storing and sequencing samples. One thing I really like about it is that you can sample a patch from a particular instrument or sound,(or even its own internal sounds) an run it across a full seven octaves, giving you a full fledged sampling synth (like the ASR-10). The pads offer great touch response and can transpose octaves with ease. When hooked up to a conroller keyboard, things will get ugly!!! Emulating basses, synths, keys, horns,-whatever, is no problem. This machine can actually be used as a true instrument (unlike the MPC :).

The FX processor is truly kick-ass. There are 40 totally programmable insert FX that can really create some killer and inspiring sounds. Who said you can't make gritty hip-hop drum loops? Just run the sample through and insert effect like Comp>Gate>Dist and adjust from there. Its filters (resonant and low bandpass), LFO's,and envelopes are no joke-real synth type quality. You can also run other outboard gear through these effects. The internal sounds are very good(not great though), but the FX processors can really tweak the hell out of 'em.

But, like everything else in the world, it is not perfect. I too have experienced some of the common problems mentioned in the other reviews (the sequencer IS garbage, loading and storing from floppys are a pain, and yes, it will crash on you from time to time). But when used with other gear and a PC, it's an outstanding machine. I have mine hooked up to a MIDI conroller keyboard, with sequencing and mixing being conducted through Cubase VST. With this setup, I have made some great hip-hop and neo-soul type music on this machine. People always ask me what gear I use to create it and they are shocked to find out that the backbone insrument was the ASR-X. If you happen to find and idiot who's selling one-buy it!! You can't go wrong!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-05-2002 at 02:56
Simon Temple a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This is the WORST piece of trash EVER!! I had an ASR 10 that burned out. I found the ASR-X pro Thinkin it would be on the level with the ASr -10 NO NEVER EVER !!!! If u want a great sampler for cheap this is the way to good but anything else is false the interal sounds are HMMMmmmmm. Though it can load roland and Akai load time is worst than the web in 95. Garbage it is on sale on Ebay as speak. EMU PLEASE MAKE AN ASR With the Proteus sounds interal !!!!!

posted Thursday-Dec-27-2001 at 16:15
antonio g from usa writes:
I'VE HAD MY >X< FOR ABOUT 3YEARS NOW AND IT STILLS KICKS ASS HANDS DOWN!!! THIS WAS THE FIRST AND LAST MACHINE I BROUGHT. AND FOR BEGINNERS WHO WANT TO MAKE SOME SLICE NECK BEATZ,THIS MACHINE IS THE SHIT. SO,SO,SO EASY TO LEARN THAT ITS RIDICULOUS. GREAT SAMPLER,SEQ IS GOOD AND AS LONG AS YOU KEEP FINDING NEW SOUNDS TO FEED IT,IT WILL BE THE ONLY THING(ALONG WITH A PC) YOU NEED TO GET YOU ON YOUR WAY TO PRODUCING X-ACTLY LIKE A PRO. I DO HIPHOP/RAP AND I ALSO HAVE WORKED WITH THE MPCXL2000. THE ASR HAS A FAR BETTER SAMPLER,AND MUCH MORE USER FRIENDLY. MY MAIN PROBLEM WITH THE MPC IS THAT YOU HAVE LOAD UP TOO MANY SOUND TOO EVEN BEGIN TO MAKE A BEAT. AND WHEN YOU DO IT DOESNT SOUND NEARLY AS ME SHITTING GAS. THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT IT IS THAT THE PLAY PADS FEEL BETTER TO HIT AND THE STEP-BY-TOUCH FEATURE IS KINDA HELPFUL WHEN DOING COMPLEX DRUM BEATZ. BUT NONETHELESS STILL ALL ACHIEVABLE WITH THE ASR X WITH SOME X-PERIENCE.

IF ASK ME TO CHOOSE BETWEEN AND ASR X OR MPC, I SAY RUN OUT NOW TO GET AN ASR X,THEN GET THE MPC LATER FOR ALL YOUR SEQUENCING.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-20-2001 at 20:42
Fred a part-time user from oz writes:
Sold black one, missed the sound and effects bought the red one for 450 $ with 50 meg installed. Not much differance except bit more storage, silly stomper drum emulation, and few more rom sound variations programmed. For the money excellent! Top sound, top effects, nice onboard sounds, nice filters. Slow processor inside so not super stable, crap sequencer timing, and also buggy to save your files. Double save everything and sequence with something else. for the original asking price too many shortcomings that must have fustrated and dissapointed a lot of original buyers but for the current second hand price you will not find a better sounding sampler if you can live with its shortcomings.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-13-2001 at 16:19
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