MPCs are cool, used to have a 2000xl, a 1000 and then a 2000xl again (which was sequencing loads of gear, 2 drum machines, 3 synths, sending CCs to several effect units) until, earlier this year, I made the jump in the ITB bandwagon.
I replaced the MPC with maschine since I need pads to play drum beat. Had a 909 and a machinedrum, stepsequencer is cool but the limitation of the “hardware” quantization of drum machines is sometimes too limiting (at least for me) so having both options on board (like maschine does) is very nice feature.
Another big plus of maschine compared to an MPC is the sample library manageability.
Copying samples to and off CF cards…bleah, dealing with RAM limitation of MPCs.. also bleah exp. when preparing livesets.
SO I’d say go for maschine!
True dat! the limitations of the MPC in terms of RAM is a pain in the ass and I haven't used Maschine so I can't compare them but I haven't found a way to sequence beats that is as pleasant and intuitive as the MPC. I also love the fact that I can get away from the computer and crash on the couch or at the kitchen table. I have a laptop so I could (in theory) do that with my laptop but in reality the laptop doesn't feel very nice on my lap or at the kitchen table. And to bang out beats I'd need to take it and the midi controller. Basically, the MPC just feels more mobile (I have the 1k) and I like to get away from the computer screen for a while so I still love it as a way to play. I would be tempted by Octatrack or MachineDrum but they look like I'll need to take a couple of weeks off work to figure them out so I'm holding fire on them.