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Akai MPCs, why so legendary ?

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:32 pm
by navitus
Ok, so "Starving Student" from these boards got me researching on the Akai MPC series.

From my understanding the box is awesome for sequencing and sampling, has a "classic swing" to it which is very popular in Hip Hop and the sampling engine makes drum sound really fat and crunchy. Compatible with hard drives and ram expansion, samples are loaded really really fast and the machine itself is very user friendly. Sequencer can trigger internal samples and external hard ware, the pads feel awesome. One shot samples and loops can be loaded into the machine and the pads can also work as triggers for loops. Has built in FX but they aren't all that. Real time controllers are minimum except on the top of the line model.

My point ?
All this and more is available in Live, with visual interface, access to more ram and huger hard drive, FX, external plug-ins, bounce and cd burning, and midi controller support for all parameters.

So why are people still buying these machines. Most youtube vids i see, guys are drumming on the MPC's.

The sampling engine and ease of sampling seem like a great selling point and so does the easy sequencer.

But its more geared for studio stuff and less live performance am i right ?
Isn't live with an akai MPD controller the ultimate MPC ?

I'm missing something, please elaborate.
Cheers
F

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:35 pm
by Tone Deft
ZERO latency at all times.

no mouse, no computer, no OS issues, no crashes.

nice feeling drum pads.


there are times when a sucker just wants to use hardware and NOT use a computer, for this I like the mpc.

but you are correct, Live does most or all that the mpc does.

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:41 pm
by beats me
+1 to what Tone Deft just wrote, even though I am just learning mine.

I'd also like to add that you can't check this forum with it or look at porn. Less distraction is certainly worth something.

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:14 pm
by Punky921
Yeah after seeing Saul Williams' DJ doing all the drumming for a show via an MPC, I was really tempted to get one. But I went with Ableton instead and there's been no looking back.

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:42 pm
by Khazul
Tone Deft wrote:there are times when a sucker just wants to use hardware and NOT use a computer, for this I like the mpc.
I think what you meant was:

there are times when a sucker just wants to use hardware and NOT fight with a computer, for this I like the mpc.

Otherwise +1

:)

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:51 pm
by knotkranky
You'd be surprised how many HipHop/Rap producers will not use a computer. And, Linn/Akai cornered that market early.

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:54 pm
by doc holiday
they keep there value really well. i was surprised at what i was able to off load mine for after it was 8 years old.

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:02 pm
by starving student

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:03 pm
by starving student
it's the simplicity, the workflow, and the feature set, that lend the mpc to simple beats or extremely complex composition.

listen to some prefuse 73 for good example

some of the features I find most useful are

step sequencing
pad layering- 4 sounds on one pad
simultaneous pad triggering- I hit pad#1 and it also triggers pads8, 9, 10
track muting, especialy track mute recording
resampling- internal resampling of the mpc's own outputs
templates- i create templates for softsynths and Live that are auto loaded when i turn the mpc on

and there are many others but the great thing is that all of the features combine so that you can be as complex or simple as you want.

in the mpc even the limitations are assets and live and the mpc make a great combo

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:26 pm
by starving student

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:32 pm
by starving student
man and the most important clip i could show you, I can't wait for this, and this is why i have a mpc 1000 in addition to the 500 actualy the 5 came first but i digress.

this is the new jjos 2xl big panties that is on the way shortly, I'm on jjos version 1 and it's so nice, lots of people are going crazy for the version 2 that is out right now but i'm a patient dude so i'm waiting for xl to upgrade

check it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJQhu_mJCOo

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:59 pm
by condra
For every person that posts a reply here about how cool MPCs are, there's ten others who don't give a shit about MPCs.

Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:07 am
by glitchrock-buddha
starving student wrote:this is why


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j42SdmiU0kg

Not to take away from the MPCs coolness, but that can all be done just as easy or easier with something like an akai MPD32 or padkontrol and Live.

Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:08 am
by Crash
starving student wrote:track muting, especialy track mute recording
If you want that with Live look here:

http://www.ableton.com/forum/viewtopic. ... light=mute

Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:12 am
by Tone Deft
glitchrock-buddha wrote:
starving student wrote:this is why


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j42SdmiU0kg

Not to take away from the MPCs coolness, but that can all be done just as easy or easier with something like an akai MPD32 or padkontrol and Live.
not with ZERO latency.


Condra - like everything you post appeals to everyone? ALDJ (Ableton Ladies Dick Jockies) threads FTL. ;)


starving student - I stopped watching your youtubes long ago, start labeling them if you'd like more feedback. I'm done with clicking on a youtube and seeing something I've seen a hundred times before.
just my $0.02, OPMMV.