MPC 4K is Superior
Im gonna say that the better MPC in my honest opinion would have to be the MPC 4k because based on the integration of hardware into a modern studio, nobody is going to want to have to buy a MPC converter program to turn Wavs into .SND files...I mean I owned the 3000, 2500, 5000, and now the 4000...I am totally satisfied with my purchase and will never get rid of my 4K...I might get another 3000 down the line for sporting purposes just to make it a rare artifact but sometimes I miss the 3k...Now as far as the "Legendary Swing" the 3000's sequencer is wide and looser then the 4k but in actuality being that the 4k has a higher Resolution it can swing just as good as the 3000 in my honest opinion, the 4K can **** with the 3000 just based on the fact that the 4k sequencer is tighter and more sharper...its robust presence once you start to drum on the pads is noticeable...I mean it just depends on what sound youre going for with whatever MPC youre using...The 3K it was more looser in terms of human errors correction whereas the 4000 is more wider and cleaner...It feels better then the 3000 because of the resolution and timing that the 4K generates...Id rather be precise and be able to control where I place my notes where as random notes are played and placed not in a specific order or timing in the measure. Now in conclusion to the Swing...the 3000 was Swanky, Im not gonna lie, but the 4000 is SWaNKier, the 3000's lazy push is smooth but the 4000 glides and feels like its ice skating...so to sum up the swing debate...The 4000 is the 3000's bigger brother and is the closest as far the modernized MPCs go in relation to being similiar or having somewhat of the capability to emulate that famous Roger Linn feel...
Now in terms of usability and workflow the 4K is superior in every department...Current or relevant technology...USB port which means compatibility of sound libraries stored on USB drives...RAM 32MB max in the 3K....512MB Ram in the 4K...Keygroups...6 Pad Banks...Effects...24Bit Sampling...48KHz, 96KHz clock source...And then software integration such as tracking into your favorite DAW such as Pro Tools in my case, the 3K was a bitch trying to get Synced and hooked up, I had to call Forat and ask him for help on how to integrate the 3000 into my Pro Tools setup, its easy once you dumb yourself down to the OS in the 3000...Never got to experience Vallixi OS but I can only imagine...The hardware/software link was pretty balanced but sometimes it was off because of the midi translation or midi connection...Now fast forward to the 4k purchase, once I got that ugly ass hoe home, I had that bitch hooked up to the Pro Tools in no time on my own and had it Synced and sequencing on point, not much tweaking needed to be done to get the 4000 on time and without the use of PreRoll and using Midi Beat Clock instead of Time Code or MMC the sync is on point and catches every aspect of the captured performance in which I put through the machine...the MPC 25000 prepared me for the 5000 and the 3000 motivated me to get the 5000 and the shortcomings of the 5000 pushed me to purchase the 4k...I love the 4K personally and I havent even delved into its rich feature set...Im honestly not scared of the 4000 but some aspects I am nervous and excited about the capabilities and the potential of this machine, Im trying to learn the concept of Time Signatures because you can change and alter the Time Signature within each beat and bar of the measure...
Finally, in conclusion to my rant, the 3000 is suited for those groove templates that you input into its sequencer, it is forgiving and loose in terms of human error or pattern based sequencing...The 3000 has that classic feel in terms to sample playback and warmth of the filters and sampling rate...LoFi sound very much capable and achieved with the knowledge of knowing how to apply those parameters...The 4k much more sharper and smoother and feels more precise in terms of the drums dropping where they should be...The Swing on the 4K is nasty and shouldnt be overlooked in similiarity to the 3K, The 4K has that complex drum programming that dirty south type producers utilize in their works...It also has the gritty old school hip hop feel of Boom Bap based tracks, alongside with it being suited for more modernized patterns and build ups the 4K really excels when making R&B type beats because of the High Res sequencer and ability to change the Time Signature at any given point in the measure...Timing Correction is on point and the HiHats and Snares hit nice as hell...Kicks thump and the filters and effects recreate their own signature that the 4K can only reproduce with its HiFi sound characteristics...All in All...I would definitely buy a 3000 again to feel the essence of hiphop creation at its finest and classic moments...But in terms of capturing a moment or feeling, I'll stick to the 4k and be able to setup my patterns that evoke a certain emotion...Oh yeah I forgot, the 4K is better in terms of handling Midi connected devices and instruments such as a Synthesizer Workstation or syncing up to a Interface or DAW...Old School workflow or New School compatibility its entirely up to you.
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