My set up currently consist of Pro Tools LE 6.1, MAC G4, guitar, bass, Yamaha synth, and DR 770 drum machine. I'm considering the MPC 1000. I know it's new and maybe no one has used it yet, but I figure its drum programming features are similar to the 2000 or 4000.
First, let me say that my music is based around my instruments. I haven't sampled to this point.
I was happy with my set-up until I realized how much more labor intensive it is to create drum patterns with the DR 770. Anyone that has used it knows there is only 1 set of stereo outs, so I'm not able to program drum patterns in the machine and get them to separate tracks in Pro Tools. So I've been recording one drum track at a time and manually adjusting for any desired swing, syncopation, timing issues, ect. I think the MPC would do wonders for my drum programming being that I could take advantage of the 6 line outs, assigning a drum sound to each.
Maybe, down the line, I'll try incorporating samples into my music, but as of right now my need for the MPC is strictly for programming/sequencing drums. Is there anyone with a similar method? Even those of you that use the MPC for sample purposes;
do you think the MPC 1000 has value as just a drum programming/sequencing machine?
Secondly, those that use the MPC in conjuction with software that has sequencing capabilities, but sequence with he MPC, why do you sequence non-percussion instruments with the MPC instead of Pro Tools, Logic, ect?