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MPC studio or MPD32 for live band use

Hello,

I am starting a band and I am trying to figure out which mpc drum machine to purchase. I am eyeing the MPC Studio. My question is if that is good for live use. I have used MPC 2000XL in the past where I can assign drum loops/breaks to each pad and use it has a controller to a sequenced keyboard. However, I was able to control drum samples from the loops from my mixer. Its been awhile since i used the mpc. Can I do all of that with the MPC studio?
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  • I use the force bro and it is one amazing device I honestly can’t say enough about it
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  • Just to make sure you know... both of these are controllers and thus will need some software running on PC, or another device to actually make the noises.

    The MPD32 looks more performance oriented, with the foot switch input and full size MIDI connections.
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  • Heres the thing.. The Studio is an MPC. Yes its software but it will do everything you want it to and then some.

    The MPD is just a controller. Sure you can use it to mimic an MPC but you still need some sort of software on top of that to do anything with it. Like Burner said, its got some performance advantages over it, but the MPC also has about 100 above the MPD too. It probably comes with the MPC Essentials, which is just a one track version of the MPC Software.

    If you're already leaning that way, Id just get the MPC, its an all in one stop for what you want. Compared to the a 2000XL, you're gonna trip out on the new updated OS. Its got its issues at the moment sure, but Akai is on it, and plenty of us are getting work done with the Studio every single day (Im about to go fire mine up and start the day myself).
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  • Hey Allen,

    Thanks for posting!

    As Burner Phone and Monotremata mentioned, software will be necessary to sequence with either the Studio or the MPD. The MPD32 can be used in standalone but it would only allow you to finger drum as it doesn't have an on board sequencer. Both units can control external gear via the MIDI DIN out ports, only difference being the Studio requires an 1/8" adapter.

    When it comes down to it, you get a lot more for your buck with the MPC Studio. It comes with MPC 2.0 Software as well as a host of plugins and sample packs. You can quickly arrange multiple sequences that trigger different MIDI patterns in your external gear. The added benefit of working this way is that you can program MIDI sequences beforehand, perform in real-time or a combination of both. It's very flexible within a performance context!

    Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any questions.

    Thank you for your input, Burner Phone and Monotremata!
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