MPC Live 2 fun factor

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KVRist
359 posts since 25 Aug, 2019

Post Sat Jun 12, 2021 11:11 am

Hi

Have anyone tried this machine and can give a review how fun it is (or not)?

KVRAF
7935 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

Post Sat Jun 12, 2021 11:32 am

I have one, I like it a lot- but try the free MPC Beats software first and see if you like the workflow...tons of videos and reviews on YT.

Decent screen, storage, battery and the rather good built in speaker make it 'fun' for me to move around the house or garden and play without headphones...properly standalone- not many other things like that, but I do also recommend Novation Circuit Tracks for 'fun' and just plug a little speaker in the headphone socket, I use this one- plenty load enough! https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Portable-Spe ... r=8-3&th=1
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KVRAF
19901 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Sun Jun 13, 2021 5:23 am

I had MPC Live 1

I found the pads disappointing. I was unable to play a melody on them cause they took too much force. I like a light touch so they might be okay for someone else. I had to plugin a midi controller to get use of it.

After a few months, I sold the MPC Live... didn't find it fun or inspiring, but that really doesn't indicate whether you would. By comparison, my iPad Pro with Garageband and some iOS apps is lots of fun!

My suggestion is, find a way to demo one in person. Watching videos doesn't communicate what it feels like actually using it.

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KVRist
168 posts since 29 Sep, 2012 from Minneapolis, MN

Post Sun Jun 13, 2021 9:42 am

SLiC wrote:
Sat Jun 12, 2021 11:32 am
I have one, I like it a lot- but try the free MPC Beats software first and see if you like the workflow...tons of videos and reviews on YT.

Decent screen, storage, battery and the rather good built in speaker make it 'fun' for me to move around the house or garden and play without headphones...properly standalone- not many other things like that, but I do also recommend Novation Circuit Tracks for 'fun' and just plug a little speaker in the headphone socket, I use this one- plenty load enough! https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Portable-Spe ... r=8-3&th=1
Agree about the Circuit Tracks, already returned one so don't know about the build quality, but damn if it isn't pretty.

KVRAF
7935 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

Post Sun Jun 13, 2021 9:59 am

'Fun' is a pretty hard thing top define...I had an OP-1 for about 5 years, that was definitely 'fun' but ultimately I stopped reaching for it... OP-Z didn't work for me at all, seemed to be the worst of both worlds needed to use a phone/ipad with it (or having a great memory!). I also had a go withy the 'Deluge' but sold that after about av year for similar reasons to the OP-Z...just couldn't remember all the things you needed to remember to use it...it was very powerful, but almost too complicated to be 'fun'.

So, after a lot of toys came and went, I am left with:

The MPC Live II - can be portable fun with the speaker at al, but I use it as a main mid/cv sequencer around my hardware synths.

Novation Circuit Tracks is probably about as much fun as you can have for £300 - easy to use/learn and battery powered, surprisingly powerful midi sequencing as well and audio with fx in makes it great for using with another portable fun little boxes (I use mine with an UNO and a Skulpt)

I also have a Polyend tracker that plays games (apparently it can also sample and sequence ;-))...I defy anyone to say that's not 'fun'!

https://youtu.be/y1rFHOXP57U
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KVRist

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359 posts since 25 Aug, 2019

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:57 am

By fun I mean engaging, a device that has a fast workflow, sounds good but limiting in a good way. So after a hour or two I’ll have a result.
Honestly, I’m bit afraid that MPC LIVE is kind of computer because of the touch screen. I have Ableton as a full featured daw, don’t need another daw.
I need a centerpiece for my external gear. I have Neutron, Model D and Keystep. Maybe Oktatrack/Digitakt also an option.

KVRAF
7935 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 3:06 am

roman.i wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:57 am
By fun I mean engaging, a device that has a fast workflow, sounds good but limiting in a good way. So after a hour or two I’ll have a result.
Honestly, I’m bit afraid that MPC LIVE is kind of computer because of the touch screen. I have Ableton as a full featured daw, don’t need another daw.
I need a centerpiece for my external gear. I have Neutron, Model D and Keystep. Maybe Oktatrack/Digitakt also an option.
MPC Live is a computer with a touch screen, no doubt!

Seriously- Novation Circuit Tracks! It has 2 synths, drum machine, load your own samples, midi sequencer (with probability, ratchet, p-lock) and audio in with FX- ideal, battery powered, limiting in a good way and fun! Cheap for what you get as well...

https://youtu.be/0To9D9RhlXs
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KVRAF
19901 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:10 am

roman.i wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:57 am
By fun I mean engaging, a device that has a fast workflow, sounds good but limiting in a good way. So after a hour or two I’ll have a result.
Honestly, I’m bit afraid that MPC LIVE is kind of computer because of the touch screen. I have Ableton as a full featured daw, don’t need another daw.
I need a centerpiece for my external gear. I have Neutron, Model D and Keystep. Maybe Oktatrack/Digitakt also an option.
The MPC felt like a computer to me, but with a clumsier interface (didn't like the touchscreen). If I am going to use a computer, I would rather just use my laptop and main DAW.

I want a dedicated box to feel like an instrument and be fluid and creative. Towards that end, I have an Isla S2400 on order. It isn't trying to do everything, just be a creative groovebox.

KVRAF
7935 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:59 am

pdxindy wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:10 am
roman.i wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:57 am
By fun I mean engaging, a device that has a fast workflow, sounds good but limiting in a good way. So after a hour or two I’ll have a result.
Honestly, I’m bit afraid that MPC LIVE is kind of computer because of the touch screen. I have Ableton as a full featured daw, don’t need another daw.
I need a centerpiece for my external gear. I have Neutron, Model D and Keystep. Maybe Oktatrack/Digitakt also an option.
The MPC felt like a computer to me, but with a clumsier interface (didn't like the touchscreen). If I am going to use a computer, I would rather just use my laptop and main DAW.

I want a dedicated box to feel like an instrument and be fluid and creative. Towards that end, I have an Isla S2400 on order. It isn't trying to do everything, just be a creative groovebox.
Isla S2400 is a bit like a 12 bit computer from 1987 :lol: Ultimate retro! It's a lot of money (2 grand in the UK), but I have read nothing but good things about it...I think if I was spending that sort of money on an isosteric drum machine I would go for the PULSAR 23 - something about patching with crocodile clips! That said, I paid £800 for my Analog RYTM MK1, still happy with it!

https://youtu.be/VK05sNGESIY

https://somasynths.com/pulsar-23/
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KVRAF
19901 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:02 pm

SLiC wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:59 am
Isla S2400 is a bit like a 12 bit computer from 1987 :lol: Ultimate retro! It's a lot of money (2 grand in the UK), but I have read nothing but good things about it...I think if I was spending that sort of money on an isosteric drum machine I would go for the PULSAR 23 - something about patching with crocodile clips! That said, I paid £800 for my Analog RYTM MK1, still happy with it!
I had a pre-order for the Pulsar-23... Wonderful looking machine! I ended up canceling cause I had I had enough things on pre-order.

Yeah, the S2400 is retro, but in other ways modern like easy drag-n-drop samples, projects etc. Having watched the online manual videos, I felt like I knew how to use it. And even though it has been a couple months since watching the videos, I still remember. The UI immediately makes sense to me.

I think the S2400 is going to compliment my Rytm(s) very well :tu:

KVRian
1425 posts since 19 Aug, 2009

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:23 pm

Usually I have much more fun with my Akai Force, than I usually have with just a PC+DAW.

KVRAF
7935 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:41 pm

pdxindy wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:02 pm
I had a pre-order for the Pulsar-23... Wonderful looking machine! I ended up canceling cause I had I had enough things on pre-order.
I am sure you will enjoy the S … I think it’s a very long wait for the pulsar anyway!

I know what you mean about preorders…I have an Osmose, XFM and OXI sequencer all on order…the XLN was a bit of an impulse purchase…fits the fun toy category and was 199 USD inc case!

Sonicware LIVEN XFM, 4-Track Groovebox With Fusing FM Synthesis for consideration as a Fun Device…certainly a fun video :hihi:

https://youtu.be/SzgpcRqxy_8
PC, Studio One, BWS, Live (+PUSH2), FL Studio, Renoise, Reason, X32 Desk, Hardware Synths (Summit, Hydrasynth, DM12, P8), A4 + RYTM, MPC Live, Poly Tracker, Eurorack, TD27 V Drums, Guitars, Basses, Amps and Pedals

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KVRAF
19901 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:18 pm

SLiC wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:41 pm

I am sure you will enjoy the S … I think it’s a very long wait for the pulsar anyway!

I know what you mean about preorders…I have an Osmose, XFM and OXI sequencer all on order…the XLN was a bit of an impulse purchase…fits the fun toy category and was 199 USD inc case!

Sonicware LIVEN XFM, 4-Track Groovebox With Fusing FM Synthesis for consideration as a Fun Device…certainly a fun video :hihi:
Good price! Like an inexpensive Digitone... If I didn't already have the Digitone... I've reached the point where I now have a '1 in' then '1 out' policy!

KVRist

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359 posts since 25 Aug, 2019

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 4:02 am

Thanks, and what do you think about the Octatrack mk2? Looks like fun to use, even that It doesn’t support overbridge and cv outputs…

KVRAF
7935 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

Post Tue Jun 15, 2021 4:58 am

I sold my Octotrack (used to have the dark trinity, still have RYTM and A4)

I found the OT far from fun, cryptic, weird file system...there are much more fun samplers IMHO - The OT is very capable and if you just play back and mess with the installed content its great...start importing your own or trying to loop takes a lot more work if you are used to drag and drop and large visual displays.

PUSH 2 with Live 11 on a laptop is far more fun and easier to use in my opinion for 'that type of thing', but if you must go hardware only in one unit, AKAI Force is probably more fun and does the same type of stuff.
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