The MPC brand is a well-known drum machine. Over the years, it has become the number one choice for hip-hop and R&B. I used to own a MPC 2000 XL and a MPC 1000. I currently own a MPC 5000 that I use to make my beats.
When the MPC 5000 launched it was a bit out of my budget, so I was forced to purchase the 1000. The MPC 5000 is black, sexy, with a smooth surface and tons of features. I am still discovering features to date. I have watched many tutorials. None of them cover all features available or show you everything in detail. Some of my upcoming videos will cover features step by step. I will also provide more tips and secrets about other equipment in my studio.
The MPC is on a level of its own, for the simple fact that it is a complete production tool. The added features of synth programs, hard disk recording with sixteen vintage mpc pads, 4 q-link sliders and 8 knobs, gives you full control at your finger tips. The note-repeat, function that is notorious on all MPC’s, and the multi –track sequencer is packed with a knockout punch for all my hip-hop instrumentals. Although the MPC 5000 is packed with features, its sampling and editing capabilities are off the charts. It also comes fully loaded with drum, synth, keys, strings, bass sounds and more.
Its connectivity is fabulous with two XLR microphone inputs, eight outputs, midi ins and outs, and USB to computer. The memory is good, but you might want to upgrade to the expansion pack.
The MPC 5000 is the perfect tool for a new producer, because you can wait on getting an expensive keyboard. If you owned a previous version of the MPC, the learning curve is only on the newest features, so just plug and play. Although it is not one of the newest models, it’s my favorite instrument to use in my music production.