1.Polyphony refers to the number of voices or, in most cases, instrument sounds a sound module, sampler, synth or midi device can play back at any given time. Most modern MIDI sound modules and samplers are capable of playing back at least 32 monophonic tones at once. Higher end modules allow up to 128 voices to be played at once. For example, if you use all of your fingers to press down 10 keys on your keyboard, you are using 10 voices of monophonic polyphony. However, if the instrument sounds (or samples) are in stereo, you are using 20 voices of stereo polyphony.
Originally Posted by CTD
2. If you get a multi card reader, you can transfer sounds between your computer and the MPC without connecting the two. The MPC 1000 uses CF cards not floppies, you can also add the HD feature which inables the MPC user to install a onboard HD (upwards of 80g). With that being said IMHO it is alot easier to just connect your PC and the MPC via USB.
3. I wouldn't say either are better for making music, however the 1000 makes working with samples more streamlined with the USB connectivity feature. Just think, you can edit and tweak your samples, then transfer the edited samples directly to the MPC. You have a HD to store tons of samples and kits onboard. With the shareware OS you have most of the features of the 2500 right in the 1000. 6 outs and efx standard. With these features alone the 1000 blows the 2000/xl out of the box IMO.
Which ever way you go remember, it's not about the tools, it's about the music.
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