Have been testing out my new MPC Live for a few days now and I really want to like it. it definitely ticks a lot of boxes as far as midi sequencing goes compared to the OT, but I feel that something is wrong with this unit, hope somebody can chime in...
-Midi sync: does not feel as tight as the OT when sequencing external gear. MPC drums don't line up as nicely with my sequenced Prophet 6 as when using the OT. I used the same drum samples (Goldbaby 808 Tape) to compare, no swing or effects applied. I also recorded the midi output from the MPC into Ableton Live and I see quite a lot of midi jitter from the MPC around the grid. Anyone else noticing the same? Or is the MPC just more "loose" than the OT?
-Sample attack: The sharpest attack setting for a drum sample is much softer than with the OT or Ableton, very noticeable on kicks, resulting in a less punchy sound. Is this normal behavior? Haven't found a way to compensate this although I've read that older MPC's used to “eat” the attack of samples, so you would need to leave some room ahead of the sample to fix that?
-Mute issue: During playback, when unmuting samples in a program, especially ones with sharp attacks like kicks, the sound is “muffled” at first. Like the first kick will be very soft, then gradually reaches the expected sound on the third kick (albeit with a softer overall final attack than the OT). Additionally, muting a kick with a long decay (808-ish) results in a clicking sound. Can’t be normal…same sample on OT, no click.
-Overall sound quality: Because of the above attack and mute issues obviously I'm not feeling the sound of the MPC right now. But I hope it’s just my unit or even user error. The quality of the onboard effects is also average at best I find, but I guess that could be improved with an update.
Would be very interested to hear if anybody has the same concerns. I never questioned the timing nor the sound of the OT when I got it, everything was just right. So I really hope that I've received a bad unit and that a replacement is the solution, because there's clearly a lot of potential here and a lot to like.