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Sound Source To Pair With MPC Live
Old 2 weeks ago
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Sound Source To Pair With MPC Live

I'm getting back into making beats and it's literally been years. I've got Maschine Studio and Komplete that have been just sitting. I'm looking to move to an MPC Live. I do a lot of sampling but I am looking to add realistic instrument sounds with it. I know I can use VSTs with it but I'm hoping to mainly use it in standalone mode. Brass, strings, bass, pianos, EPs, etc. Years ago I was familiar with the Motif, Fantom, Triton, and before that the JV, XVs, etc. I honestly don't even know what is out or is any good at this point. It seems like everything has moved more towards software. Are there any realistic sounding hardware units left that are new or just older stuff? Any recommendations?

Also, what kinds of instrument sounds does the Live have in standalone mode? I read there was a bass, EP and maybe some other plugin that can run fully in standalone mode. Anything else the MPC comes with? I want a wide range of realistic sounds like software or keyboard workstations but don't have the space for a big keyboard.
Old 2 weeks ago
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All of the most realistic acoustic/electro-acoustic instrument sample libraries exist in Kontakt format. If you're hoping for anything not remotely cheesy and obviously fake, I don't think the MPC route is the best one. Beyond that, the pad interface is genuinely not conducive to the kinds of intricate articulation required to actually play a realistic sample library.

The MPC excels when it comes to chopping and arranging samples from real instruments from real recordings of them, so if that's not your thing, I'd look elsewhere.
Old 1 week ago
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the mpc live has 3 stand alone synths and a ton of standalone effects plugins. you can use all expansions in stand alone. akai’s expansions, from what I heard are pretty electronic. I don’t know too much about them. mpc-samples has realistic the top of my head tons of drums, an electric piano pack, analog piano pack, electric bass (which I have and it sounds great), organs, some orchestral **** and other stuff I’m probably forgetting. plus it records audio directly if you already have real instruments. you’ll be fine for what you want. gotta say tho, having both maschine studio and mpc live is super redundant outside of the totally standalone situation. when I learned my live I ended up giving the maschine studio to my son
Old 1 week ago
Theres all kinds of expansions for it. Akai does have a bunch of electronic ones but they've also got a lot of others as well. Seems theyre all geared towards hip-hop or some sort of dance genres though. Expansions aren't all there is though, Im using my entire sample library with it just fine. Ive got whatever instruments and noises I want available. The only thing holding it back is me and my imagination pretty much. Load up a sample, edit it how you want, takes like 2 minutes and you've got a keygroup or drum program ready to go.
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