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EthanVanGuard EthanVanGuard

«  Top notch! »

Published on 07/15/14 at 08:52
Value For Money : Excellent
- Map 128 MB compact flash: flash memory is accessed through the USB port of the MPC.
- 12 pads x 4 banks: 48 samples at your fingertips
- Sequencer with real-time quantization and overdub
- 32 CHANNELS AND deactivated reactivated -> polyphony top
- Gain input and output
- Correct timing for lees rolls
- Editable samples (pan, volume, filters and many effects for these 2 live environment can be considered but rather long because of sub-menus .... but it is possible anyway)
- Slider (a little fragile, not buggers, but used correctly no problem) with possible automation (usable on a single sample, and not all sound output, but if you have a mixer with effects (BEHRINGER XENYX - --- fx for example) can be remedied)
- OUTPUT: 2xJack Mono, Stereo Jack (phones), USB, MIDI
- INPUT: 2xJack mono, MIDI
- 128MB of RAM as an option (I have not)

A (little) damage for effects, but can be remedied: I put 8.

UTILIZATION

Welcome to MPC is a very different configuration of others!
Understand that this is a sampler with its sequencer that sequencing samples. This is the MPC philosophy. I advise you to watch (before or right after purchase) Elenelmusic tutorials on Youtube (I thank) that explain all this in a rather complete. Mine could come .......
In fact, the samples are not directly accessible. Once transferred via USB or registered, you must find them in the CFcard memory (once you've explored a bit on his computer importing, no worries) or load a program you created, ie a file that indicates which sound is where and with what modifications and the use of the slider if you have indicated.
after you sequence (one or more instruments per track) quantified in real time (génial!) and you save the sequence on the device. It will also recharge.
Then, to use the slider live, you have to put on the track sequencer sound corresponding to the slider! Hallelujah and it will work ;)

Elenel not say a lot of these things, therefore, having watched his first tutorials, I put less than two days to take control of the machine looking ONE times the manual for the EFFECTS section (and on this point there I was pretty blond because it works like the rest ^ ^)
This manual is well explained, and each operation is specified.

For those familiar with FL Studio 10 and 11 corresponds to the MPC sequencer FL without vst.

I have not tried to sequence from a keyboard in the MPC, so I do not know yet if it is possible. I will return to tell you.

Pitch perfect. 9.

SOUNDS

The origin of the compact flash card sounds are very typical hip-hop but also cater to the techno, especially vintage. Past that, this is a sampler in which you put your own sounds and sequenced in the machine. The sampler is pretty transparent, I see still a nice little grain (haha!). The expression is pretty good: you can add nuances piano bourrinant more or less the pads, if you put "everyone at the same level and adjusted the levels in the" program ", and Panoramic Highway 10. .

OVERALL OPINION

Bought it a few days ago. Used for a day and a half, I returned home. Conclusion: this is exactly what I needed.
I do not lose sight that this is only a sampler, which would ideal companion groovebox (rm1x, electribe, depending on your choice .....).
This is my first sampler. OR was one, OR a roland + sp404sx a drum.
I got to 249 € including shipping so 234 without. Some are cheaper on audiofanzine, but already this price / quality ratio is excellent. I do not think I have to redo this choice, the machine is solid except for the slider and perhaps the wheel, but if necessary, I rechoisirai the same.

Here is a piece done on live. Only bass and pads (on which there is a filter) do not come from the beast. https://soundcloud.com/wangaerdt/magie-par-le-chapeau-mpc-track-free-dl

Hoping to help you in your choice
Ethan Van Guard.
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