Ive been doing the same since about 1998 or so. Artists I really admired were using them for sequencing them so I figured I should have one but the 'pattern based' thing always turned me off after moving to a DAW ages ago. I bought one of those shady $10 licenses for the software on Ebay to try it out at the beginning of the year, LOVED the workflow and the speed compared to Logic, bought an MPC Studio a few days later, haven't used Logic for anything other than simple playback since. As mentioned, the 'sequences' can be any length you want. You can work the "MPC way" and make a bunch of sequences and chain them together in song mode, or you can just stick with one sequence, make it 20 minutes long and compose away all in that one block. Or do what alot of electronic folks do, make a single sequence full of all your loops, and mute em in and out dub style.The way the sequencer works actually helped me get 'organized' and focus more on the composition itself, my brain is way quicker in it than Logic's wide open linear playing field. And the tools like the sampler and programs are a bit quicker to get to and set up than say using EXS24 or Kontakt. Haven't tried the Live stuff yet because I only have Live Lite, but its also got a network MIDI driver now too. People are controlling AUs and VSTs in other sequencers wirelessly from across the room now haha.hamildad wrote: ↑Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:31 amFighting the urge to get a 2020 present to myself and get an MPC Live, I go through something around every decade where I REALLY want a MPC.
Eventually the fever passes, and I get back to my senses but the new Live interaction got me Shook.
I would be interested in any use cases where its for more synth based melodic music, it seems most examples/video guides are for beat based music like generic Techno/House or that boom Bap.
Does this transcend the usual 8 bar loop limitation of most grooveboxes?
whats the MIDI sequencing like?
any gotchas? or glaring omissions?
The sequencer is well, a typical sequencer really. Its just got a built in sampler. Theres no glide/portamento though if you need that. I don't think its very high on their list to implement either but whatever. The sampler itself could use an update into the modern era, spec-wise its the MPC5000 in software. The modulation options leave ALOT to be desired but I got an EIV for tracks that need to be 'out there'.