Right, so now that I’ve spent another day with this thing, a couple of things occur to me -
Being familiar with the Tempest, once I got the practicalities around the MPC Live, I found that just playing this thing and knocking out ideas, is a breeze. It’s like putting a tape on record and not stopping it, just jamming away.
The entire idea of different track lengths is absolutely brilliant. Again, I’m new to the MPC, so for many of you, I’m sure this is familiar since decades back. But not for me. It suits my sheet music / play in one take / rehearse and rehearse again mentality so well. And swapping between the tracks to lay down beats on one, a bass on another, put in a lead or why not a piano, is just so damn easy.
Which brings me to the internal synths. The bass and electric piano engines are just great. Punch, character and color to boost. The tube synth is no Prophet, but it’s on par with any other VA out there. I kind of like that they’re not flooded with options either, helps you get to where you want pretty quickly.
I’ve heard some bad mentions on the FX. I’m only using the AIR effects. I think they’re great. Perhaps this talk of bad fx was prior to these AIR plugs, which I just think get the job done really well.
I really don’t miss anything on this one, so far. I can’t think of a single thing I want to do, that this one can’t. I haven’t sampled yet, no chopping or slicing, only used stock samples and internal synth engines. But I’m assuming the sample and edit sections for that, will be more than enough for me as well.
Remember - I come from Octatrack land, having made a few single tracks on the Model:Samples alone lately, knocked out a few things on my Tempest through my Heat just recently, working with that kind of small setup. But as I sat down and played my Reface CS just recently, I just yearned for doing something with longer takes, longer structures, longer sequences. I don’t mind the drum loop on repeat with just one bar. But I do like my playing to spread out over minutes, if I can. The MPC allows me to do this with no hassle. At all.
And when I run the Live through my Analog Heat, the Heat still works wonders on this machine as well.
I’m not preaching. I’m well aware this thread is old and most users here, are familiar with the Live since long. I’m simply sharing my experience, in the case there’s someone else like me joining the fray late, and reading this thread.