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I own an Akai MPC1000, and I think it’s a pretty nice piece of kit, an update of the older MPC models that takes advantage of recent storage technology and the ubiquity of WAV sample files. Like a Palm or iPaq handheld computer, it can be used by itself, but it works best with existing PC/Mac skills and software. The designers have left off some of the more advanced sound-manipulation features of previous models. This makes it a little unfriendly to veteran MPC freaks, but fine for people like me.
Some interesting news on the MPC-Forums, however: P. Diddy was spotted buying about 20 MPC1000s, probably to give away as gifts to his homies, or (I think) to a charity. Hey, so I’m ahead of the curve for once, eh? Let’s see if I get a call from LA, looking for some mad skillz in da studio, bruvas? (Yeah, right.)