Akai MPC 2000xl vs. Teenage Engineering OP-1
Recently,I was blessed with the opportunity to procure an Akai MPC2000XL, and test drive a few of the features I’ve read so, so much about. Many artists like Clark, Damu the Fudgemunk, and Klaus Layer, are inspiring a new generation to try the heralded MPC2000XL. The MPC is still the traditional leader in sampling percussion and arranging melodies without the need for a laptop. I would’ve argued the MPC even trumped the clever OLED interface of the Teenage engineering OP-1, until the recent OS update added an essential feature: arpeggio. Now comparing an MPC and an OP-1 just got a little more interesting. There’s no way to compare these easily, but if you’re a producer with limited space and a good ear, either of these samplers, could provide the near endless possibilities touted by modern DAWs like Ableton Live, Logic X, and Cubase. I don’t intend to compare these machines point for point because they’re both very unique samplers, however, I may point out some of my favorite features from each device, to suggest why I feel one may benefit a producer from one production style to another. Additional posts may follow, regarding an upgrade for the MPC to an HxC SD Card. The SD card would place the MPC on par with an Elektron Octatrack, and surpass the OP-1’s current 12 second sample limitation.
Years ago, a friend of mine offered me Mixmaster Mike’s old turntables. They were candy painted blue and purple like a sports car. I borrowed them for a little while even though I could not afford them. They had those rock star modifications (upgraded RCA cables and power supplies) in addition that classic Technics sound.
Years later, I decided to find a pair of my own on Ebay. I was completely ripped off, although the patina on that first 1200 looked like the space metal on a ridley scott film. Cool, but not functional. Fortunately, the forums all said, these were not so bad to repair. Years later, the forums proved to be correct. After years of repairing computers, I picked up a soldering iron and got to work. There were some youtube heroes along the way who helped take the frustration out of the process in advance.
Be strong, but not rude. Be kind, but not weak. Be humble, but not timid. Be proud, but not arrogant.
“For the finale of the show, Shalom walked out in a white dress and these robots that usually paint cars had their way with her. It was an amazing moment in pop culture.” – Shalom Harlow creates an iconic moment during the finale of Alexander McQueen S/S 1999