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Akai Professional MPC500 Portable Music Production Center
Overall Rating
Submitted: February 12th, 2008
by russ-oFCEG
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Sound Quality
the sounds are ok. the machine has potential. the pads seem to be independent .. although in the 5days ive owned it .. all ive managed to do is try to fathom out the loading/saving process. its very confusing. most of the things ive had to find out myself. some aspects are not fully explained .. as if u are meant to know how its done. i did find that the slider fx control appears to work only with one pad .. at any time. a bit limited. also i did break away from the organizing tasks for a minute to find when using a fx .. it seems the level applied is fixed! .... !! this is a real can of worms.
Reliability/Durability
no comment
Price/Value
General Comments
ive very mixed feelings. purchasing i flipped a coin. i was only after a sampler .. mainly for drums .. didnt need a sequencer. at this price there wasnt many choices. i went for this mpc500 as the brochure hyped it up .. & im still going to percivere .. as it does what i want once its set up. maybee in time .. huh .. i will be able to skip thru the menus at warp speed .. but ive never found anything ( other than a pc ) quite this complicated. all the button pushing is worrying. how long before those buttons pack up? i would love to rate it a nine .. or even 8 .. but sorry .. 6 .. only because i may grasp the logic behind this later. more later than sooner.
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