I really don't think this is about features. It's cool that the MPC can do all these things, but it's a list of the familiar, repackaged into a neat and progressive package. Which, of course, is what the first iPod was. So that's not bad at all. Great, even.
I'm mostly arguing with myself, because I've wanted something like the Live for some time now. And it contains more than I'd imagined I would ever need, in a portable environment such as this. And yet, I can't feel all that excited about it. So I'm sort of trying to figure out why, and throwing out these things to challenge myself, mostly.
I think, perhaps, I'm really coming to terms that to make good music, you just don't need all this stuff. You need an instrument that you're good at, and a way to record your performance with that instrument if you want to play your song to others.
But I can already do that. So now that I have all these options available, I'm realising - my tracks won't get all that much better, or more interesting, even though the Live is around now. It's not that it doesn't offer a great many options or convenience previously unavailable.
It's more that I'm realising, that's not what's missing. For me, that is.
In fact, I'm coming around to the fact that I'm not missing anything at all. I've got an A4 now and enjoying it immensely. If I can't make good stuff with that, I'm just gonna drop this and do something else with my time. And when it's time to record it, I think I'm gonna go with the OT again, like I did last time, just because it takes me to places I couldn't even see on my horizon before.