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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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a professional user writes:
We need to stop all the BS... The MV is a real serious machine.Iam a akai user for over 10 years and once i picked up this jont my whole way of making music changed...The MPCs are dope and i still use mine but the MV has more options Im guessing similar to the 4000.If you're wondering if there is a learning curve? I would say yes especially if you are an MPC user but after you get the basics down you dont even think twice..I like the 8000 because after 10 years of floppys you ned some where to store all those sounds.Time consuming yes but how many floppys have you tossed out?? yes it takes time to load but at least you dont lose your sounds if you turn it off and thats a plus.. 40 gig Hd and the option to replace it is definitely a plus..Just make sure you get the VGA option!!! The price has decreased as some folks are opting for software apps so you should be able to cop one at a good price.. I just try to have the best of both or all worlds..Remember make beats not Excuses...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-06-2010 at 20:07
FMUS a part-time user from Canada writes:
I have been using this machine for 3 years. I don't make hip hop like all you others out there, I make ambient music. I use to make beats, do graph and smoke blunts but all thats changed. The MV is a powerful machine that has been made to cater to a wide variety of hip hop producers, every producer works differently. There are things that I hate on the MV that might not bother you. The drum grid for example is damn weak, this drum grid doesn't even move when the song is being played and you can't enlarge any of the windows to fit the whole screen, the audio phrases have almost no tweaking capabilities as oppose to the midi instruments, you cannot see the specific wave files on the sequencer, all you see are big ugly rectangles and when a midi instrument is play how do you stop it? etc.

Anyway, every function or capability on the MV that seems to be a plus is actually a compromise in order to give room for another function to be available and that function is also compromised. When you look at the spec and capabilities of this machine it becomes obvious that it can do a a lot, BUT the amount of work and time you have to put into it, so it does what you want, is pretty much a waste of your time. When I open an old project on the MV I might as well start the dishes while the MV loads up. The process that you have to go through within the software that the MV carries is inefficient. The sound quality depends on your ear and the type of sound your looking for. The fact that a machine of this price and caliber has a "help site" (mvnation) that Roland has nothing to do with is the first sign that something is not cool here. The MV is good for beginners and people who keep it fairly simple, but if your making beats for a living you probably know this but Roland could do so much better.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-15-2008 at 23:17
Yornav a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
Wel... I am searching for something in this world. And Sh**, Where is that great piece I need? Mv8000 is perfectly for making simpel music... Like R&B or Hip hop... But hey... I make Psychedelic-Trance... Atleast I need full control over effects, LFO's and envelopes on EACH part! And what can I do with 16 parts? Believe it or not... But I use more then just 16 colors on my painting! And what about sidechaining??? And what??? still 16bit??? for 2000euros? How many years do I have to wait more... for that all in one piece...

Really... what can I do with it? Roland... if you here me... Do something about it!!!

No use for me... :-(

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-11-2008 at 18:54
Suicidal Non-Arab a hobbyist user from Non-Arabia writes:
I'll try to make this short. This machine helped me find my groove.

I bought this unit for $1400 hoping It'd be a hardware version of Ableton Live. I hated this machine after I got it cuase it didnt seem to record my sequences timely, I even made many complaints on (most of em are a buncha assholes btw, no different than retarded MPC fans).

After awhile I figured out that it was me and not the machine, and after I started playing shit correctly, it was just a beautiful relationship after that. I replaced my 2000xl with this machine and I'm looking to get a mpc4000 for its much higher resolution and full sampler.

Definitely get this machine, but try not to pay more than 900 dollars on ebay. It shits all over the 2000xl but don't pay more than 900 for it since the mv8800 is out and the prices are dropping on near-mint condition mv-8000's.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-05-2007 at 08:59
Roland MV8000Fire a part-time user from London writes:
Really without doubt the Roland MV8000 is wild. Build quality,Features and Sound are excellent!! I've owned all of the Akai Samplers. Good machines although limited by any standard. The 4000 IS HURT sound is weak sooo bad!! mpc 3000 and s3000, NOT XL, s950 best of akai,2500 sound good too although None is near MV 8000.Funny thing is the MV8000 reads MPC3000 AND IMPROVES ON SOUND, so you have all the Roland and akai in one machine!! takes lil time to learn but mv8000 IS HIP HOP and R&B PERSONIFIED. MV8000 HAS taken over period.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-23-2007 at 06:25
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