Originally Posted by XHipHop
What made you pick the 4000 over the older units? I've never used a 4000 myself but I've always been curious.
I didn't get into the MPC "movement" until the first MPC 2000 came out. I wase't into sequencing back then. At that time I used a DR-660, Yamaha CS1x and a 4-Track and had just enrolled in Full Sail. I was against the whole concept of the MPC and misjudged it as a "backpacker" tool.
When I finally bought my first MPC I couldn't see going back and trying the 60 or 3000. As for the 4000, the main reason I bought it was because of the USB connection, internal hard drive and the 512MB of ram. I used to try and achieve this same setup by using the 2000 with the Akai S6000 but what a pain in the ass.
If the new MPC2000XL had come with USB I would have gotten that unit instead. I love being able to transfer samples, drums, whatever, back and forth with out dealing with SCSI. However, now that I've used the 4000 for sometime now, I couldn't see using anything else. It really is a whole different world from the 2000 series.
Sure there are similarities, but the 96k sampling engine, all the extras and the orginal way songs are laid out, there just is no substitution, in my opinion. I think you should definatley give it a try but understand that it's not a bigger 2000. It's really a whole new beast that will open up avenues of creativity you may never have dreamed of on any other model.
Other opinions may vary but these are mine.