Spod wrote:Sure, it's Technically limited in comparison to modern sequencers, but there's a bunch of reasons I love using the 3000.
1. It's perfectly designed for its function. Feels great, looks great, the lay out is intuitive and the submenus are to a minimum. You can really fly once you get on a roll.
2. Sounds great! Sampling into this paired with my S900 is so much fun, and drums just sound instantly satisfying. All my work in Logic never FEELS as fun or sounds as good to my ears.
3. History. It's enjoyable to be using something you know that was heavily used by artists you love. It's basically the newest piece of gear I own, so all the music I make could have technically been made in 1994, which while it doesn't actually mean anything, is strangely satisfying. Also, it's a marvel that Roger Linn got it so right, so quick. Even the 60 is amazing today.
4. External sequencer. I run my entire analog synth studio off the back of the 3000, and it's fast & intuitive to dial up whatever synth I want to play and I just have them all patched through a mixer.
5. No computers. There are other options these days to stay away from computers, but most give you options into it. I don't want those options or distractions, I want my computer turned off while i'm making music as i'm too easily distracted.
I love the 3000 and fear the day it checks out of this mortal realm.
Felt. I agree 100%
My main apprehension about getting a 3000 was the work flow but once I got it and started getting into the groove of it, I'd gotten so quick on it, It's incredible. I've been surfing around the other MPC sub forums and have noticed a lot of users are looking for more features, I believe as you get more features a little something has to be sacrificed. The sound of the 3000 has and instant quality that I too couldn't achieve using a DAW ( Studio One ). Knowing I possess a machine with such potential is exciting and has been madly fueling my creativity!
I'm currently using two rack modules. How may are you using? I believe my MIDI Outs C & D are busted so I'm currently restricted to two units.
Using no computer has been awesome! There's definitely something to be said about computer-less creating. I've been eyeing a Tascam Dp-02 to record instruments into. That'll complete my current setup.
Yeah, it's just a hell of a lot more fun. Chopping samples & drums to mix with my linndrum, drumtraks & jomox 09 is a blast. Then bussing them all down to 1 or 2 tracks on tape keeps it simple and takes away the anxiety of mixing 10 drum tracks on computer.
I've got about 22 synths, drum machines & modules nearly all hooked up to it over the 4 midi channels. I assign them to type, so A is my mono synths, B is my polyphonic synths & modules, C is everything else and D is for Drum Machines. I daisy chain them assigned by midi channel. I then have a patch bay for all of those synths going into a mackie mixer, then the 4 sub bus channels going into the first 4 channels of my Tascam 388. The other 4 tracks are open for vocals and adding in more synths or bouncing down tracks.
then when they're all recorded onto the 388, I can then patch them into my RME UCX to get all 8 tracks into Logic Pro for final mixing, or run the double outputs through a hardware limiter (alesis micro limiter) for an analog mixdown. I prefer the stereo mixdown, something about the 388 summing sounds so much cooler than the 8 individual tracks.
The hardest battle is fighting against dodgy leads and having enough leads to get the job done. I could do with about 6 more 8x1/4 inch snakes and 20 cables of every length to finish patching things right.