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"Best" overall MPC

So, Im wondering what(in your opinion) is the best "overall" model there is. Now people say that the older versions have a special sound, but others say thats bull and its the person on the Machine. So, what do you think is the best overall MPC, like ease of use or bang for the buck, or sound.

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MPC 3000 with the purple pads...
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You say please dont start any arguments... but this is a loaded question.
Where is the popcorn? There is no way around it....

Its the person not the machine. I assure you wack mofos exist among all formats. Also the 4000 is so different from the rest its not a fair comparison.

i currently own the 60, 2000, 1000 and 2500 LE w jjos
I use the 2500 more often than not. Cats can get slayed with any of them or none of them at all though, if they step wrong.
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As far as bang for buck and functionality the 1000 with JJOS is best in my opinion. A really clean used one can be had for around $500 or less if you're patient.
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Each MPC has its pros and cons ....

MPC3k is a must have (swing and sound) but its getting old now ....
MPC4k is the most professional but is HUGE and weighs a ton ...
MPC2K5 with JJOS is the best compromise in modern MPCs but has no particular "charism"

That's my personnal opinion ....
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best overall is the mpc4k
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3000 has by far the best punch. It`s old, ok. But synced to a daw it`s all you need.
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As far as bang for buck and functionality the 1000 with JJOS is best in my opinion. A really clean used one can be had for around $500 or less if you're patient.
i'd probably say this too.

and it has 6 outs, thats enough to get most of the tracking done in 2 passes every time.

i'd have to say that jjos 2xl is needed though. and thats about 120 dollars.

some can get by with the basic or medium jjos, but i love the xl version.

havent used the medium line version though.
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they all have their strengths.

overall i'd say the maxed out 1000 (jjos xl, full ram, internal HD) is a total winner. cheap, portable and with all the features needed.

i own a 2500 and a 2xl. since i have the 2500, the 2xl hasn't been used very often.

but there are some sounds that can only be made with a 2xl.
LP filter plus distortion (optional fx board) is something that i used to do all the time.


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I had the same type of question when I was starting out. And the truth is there is not a overall best one. You're only going to get people's opinions and they will vary from every mpc. You have to just research on what each one does well or is known for and make your own decision

In MY opinion tho lol the 4k or the 2500 w/jjos at a close second is the answer. The 1000 is cool but was too small for me and didn't have enough dedicated buttons. But that being said you can make ill shit or wack shit on anything.
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1000 timing is shit, 2500 is almost like 3000, but suffers from seldom timing lag overshoots.
So I d say 3000, perhaps 4000 or 5000, but i did not test them and dont believe in mpc sound
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So, I am looking at the 3000 and 4000. Has anyone owned both? What do you like better?
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MPC 3000 and MPC 5000>>>>>The rest
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MPC4K

Love the Z-96 sampling engine and the ability to load 24bit Wavs, EMU, Roland, & Akai libraries.

Not to mention all my ish MIDI'd up externally...
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i need to pick up another mpc 4000 and get rid of the 2000xl some day. My MV 8800 shits on most mpcs feature wise. But my MPC 2000xl just has a quick start up and bang out workflow. Plus sounds different. Swing on both is good. Roland got it right with the MV 8800 no issues at all with it OTHER then the slow loading times.
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Prototypes and unfinished software don't count.

I still love 2000xl but I wouldn't trade my MV for any of them. When I want 2000 grit I just run the sound through the MP.
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imo the mpc ren wouldnt count no way since its a software/controller
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Whichever you can afford. I've personally seen more "quality" production come from the 1000 and the 4000. That's in terms of local producers I have come in contact with. But it all depends on what you are doing.
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You say please dont start any arguments... but this is a loaded question.
Where is the popcorn? There is no way around it....

Its the person not the machine. I assure you wack mofos exist among all formats. Also the 4000 is so different from the rest its not a fair comparison.

i currently own the 60, 2000, 1000 and 2500 LE w jjos
I use the 2500 more often than not. Cats can get slayed with any of them or none of them at all though, if they step wrong.
+1 its all a matter of preference. If I were to buy another mpc it would likely be a 2500 or a 3000 but really am not missing my mpc like that.
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To me, even the 2000XL lacks some major functionality that I am used to. For me, I can't use anything older than a 1000. I mean, for drums, sure, I could use any MPC, for fully arranging a song, I would be pretty tedious on anything less than a 1000.

I would say a 2500. Plenty of people who rave about how nice a sampler sounds don't have beats that sound good. I only know a few people who have picked a certain sampler for sound reasons, then upgraded to something more modern for work flow. All have had great sounding beats on newer machines. The 2500 has everything I need, none of what I don't. I have to say that I am not familiar with the 5000, but not really interested in a new MPC, thus not interested. I will never sacrifice functionality with sound quality as an accurate sampler doesn't sound bad, especially with good samples, more especially after being mixed down well. The people I know who love their SP 12, MPC 60, MPC 3000 combo tend to not like to actually mix their songs and want their sampler to make magical things happen. It usually doesn't.
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I would rock the Mpc5000 over any MPC to date.
Check my Mpc5000 review , in the GS review section for a in debth explanation why.

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I love my MPC60 despite it's limitations so I guess I'd say MPC3000
The recent range has left me a little cold but I am are you could use any of them to write great music (if it's in you)
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The MPC3000 is my favorite but it's the only one I've ever had so how would I know. Maybe the MPC500 is way better.
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I would rock the Mpc5000 over any MPC to date.
Check my Mpc5000 review , in the GS review section for a in debth explanation why.

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Hey, MIDIchlorian,
Can you post a wav of several bars of metronome running on 5000?
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My vote goes to the MPC Ren for sure..............

If I had to choose a second......it would be a toss up between the MPC 5000 and 2500.
Based on what, specs?
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how is the MPC Ren the best when its not even out yet or tested.
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Soooooo, does anyone have an actual reason, not a statement????????????????
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Soooooo, does anyone have an actual reason, not a statement????????????????
There isn't much difference. You have a few bad and good about each machine and they all have weaknesses and strengths. The strengths and weaknesses would be sound quality, load time, sample time, storage type and general functionality.

For every one that is known for being excellent in one category, most people find it to be weak in another. Each one has it's pro's and con's. It's not hard to figure out.
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no weakness in a mpc just weakness in the user..wtf how a mpc have a weakness. A mpc does what the programmer tells it to do. how can a machine with no reasoning or brain be weak.. the user is weak.
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