CharlesRandolph wrote:Old, outdated SP1200 and TR 808 are going for 3K to 5K. There plenty of room at the top. The low end is would be a cash grab, like the MPC 500. Plus that price range, is packed with low end gear. Maybe they should make, a MPC breakout box for the LIVE/X. That would be nice OEM hack.
The low end IS packed, which is why a "Live MK2" would have to be in that price range - to compete, as their are other options, debatablely better options depending on interest - at a lower cost.
Those old and outdated pieces of equipment are still old outdated pieces of equipment. People want them and want to spend money on it, I'm not going to throw huge shots, but they aren't truly WORTH those obscene prices being paid. The same way there are people like me who chase improvements in workflow and waste money that way, there are people who chase analog gear, to the exact same end. A classic Tr 808 is kind of whatever to me, I've got the cheaper Tr8 and the Tr8s, both of which have emulation good enough that no listener is going to know the difference, especially after a proper mix & master.
They really have no baring on what Akai should be doing, people aren't rushing out to spend 3k+ on gear that isn't a "collectors item" (just call a spade a spade). There are people with the MatrixBrute, but I mean its not enough that Akai could "live" off the profit. Moog One is dumb expensive, I've only seen (2) people with them and I live within a couple hours of the factory haha.
Someone already said - the only way the MPC could *hardware* go up, is to be a laptop with an audio interface (I agree), and laptops age out. Efficiency and power are the name of the game moving forward. I don't even feel the price of the X is justified, I'm not sure what they could throw into an MPC to justify an obscene sticker price. I might bite if the MPC was bled into a high-end Synth, functionally my Roland System-8 with a built in MPC would be worth the price and the possible performance would justify the purchase, but a pure MPC...eh
Just give us the tools to open it up/customize it.