Originally Posted by Jahrome
I genuinely hope you find an MPC legacy or otherwise that you like. You like Maschine...go get one. Quite a few of us MPC users own Maschine as well. Join the fam. But don't sit around mad at Akai for something they didn't do to you.
Actually I've just managed to extricate myself from a decade of using NI's software, and the thought of engaging with their take on the MPC form factor chills my blood. In a nutshell my frustration is because I can see the level of sampling that the 4000 reached way back, the connectivity, the nicer form factor of the 5000 (despite it's very basic sound processing) and then the better fx, more ram, piano roll/pattern functions of the MV8800, and I'm left feeling that by now, in 2012, I was expecting to see the machine to end all machines, the one that combined all these mature features without reinventing the wheel, had 'enough' ram, powerful sample manipulation and 'enough' polyphony, the connectivity and ease of plugging in external storage be it SD cards or USB2 drives etc... Frankly it feels as though there's a machine that was never made.
Jumping into a controller for software MPC on a Macbook, yes it might have seemed the inevitable step, but there are a great many people out there for whom the entire point of the MPC is the mental space you are in when it's 'all in the one box' and you are not clicking away at a laptop or detangling usb cables and peripherals or diagnosing software issues or latency. I lift my MPC's up and plonk them on the coffee table in my lounge, it's just the unit & some chunky phones. If it's about carrying the paraphernalia of an expensive Macbook and sundry devices hooked up to the MPC Ren to the coffee table, I probably wouldn't do that, especially with the random factor of small kids running amok and discovering that the laptop hinge does not in fact fold fully backwards.
There was nothing wrong with the MPC form factor as a standalone device, but now no one will ever get to know what it could have been because as you say Roland walked away from MV, the Beat Thang is someones idea of a sick joke and Akai have chosen to chase the Macbook crowd. Even in the world of keyboard workstations it looks as though most of the big names have walked away from their r&d and are now regurgitating bits of their previous models into cheap consumer midi controllers or hobbyist virtual analogs that cost less than an iphone.
Don't get me wrong I understand that for companies like Akai now, their income is no doubt coming 95% from consumers/amateur music makers who want to have some fun making their own tunes and not spending too much to get there, but I can't help the feeling that you could still develop a machine for professional/seasoned musicians that would have all the bells and whistles that are needed, without hindering the basic easy to use appeal that a consumer might buy it for.