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.