I don’t know what it is about the MPC, but I always have one in my studio. I’ve owned the 2000, 1000, 2500, 5000 and now the Live (never had the 4000…hmm.). In the gaps between when I haven’t had one….I’ve always found myself lusting for one. I even have the MPCPro iOS app on my iPad (for when I need a fix on the train). I guess that makes me an addict.
So here we have the Live, which I’ve had for a good 6 months now. I hate to say that this is the hardest review to write so far because…well….despite having it for 6 months, it hasn’t seen much action. I poked it a bit the first days I had it. Then Reason 10 was released and I became suddenly obsessed with software workflows based around that and Kong. While I’ve been doing that, this lovely box has largely been gathering dust.
And that is a damn shame! By all accounts, it’s the MPC I’ve been waiting for. Battery power, HUGE RAM, better FX, touch screen interface…why haven’t I been using this? Why has it not become the center of my rig as MPC’s have in the past?
Part of it is definitely the UI. I don’t know why, but despite a touch interface, I often find myself getting lost trying to find what I’m looking for. While the touch screen promises a simpler interface, this is one case where the old way was better. I could *fly* around the older MPCs since their operation had changed little since the 80s. The live upsets that rhythm (as I imagine the X does as well).
I feel like I haven’t really given this box enough of a fair shake to pass judgement on it, though…which is making me second guess this entire exercise. I think I need to really force myself to use this deep beast and build something with it. Or maybe I should take the last 6 months of non-use as a sign that I’m never going to use it?
Let me know in the comments what you think I should do.
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