BeatWilson wrote:damn eh... that sucks. I see above the second row of q kinis the plastic screen seems to be higher than the rest... I haven't checked panning but will do thanks for the heads up. it doesn't seem to be as well put together as my old mpc 2500, but that thing did have alot less screens and such involved.
the one thing I noticed is I tried to convert a song to sequence that had a higher number like about 30 and it wouldn't convert to it but when I went over my first sequence it would overwrite that which is fine since I didnt need that sequence.
the actual headphone problem seems to be slowly going away is just not as present as before. it now kicks in at around 3-4 o'clock on the headphone volume dial instead at 10-11 o'clock. that once again with the dial on the left of set to ad far I can to main.
i haven't had hard drive issues but i am on a regular HD and am wondering if an SSD is a better way to go to drain less power. I have had the unit for 5 days.
I have 25 days to return it and get a direct replacement from like local store so I'm gonna keep an eye on all the parts. cant be spending 3 gs canadian on something that could flop.
if that's the case I'll get a better audio interface and a mpc 2500 or 4000. I just really like the exploding tracks, and converting song to sequence. so convenient for me.
In regards to the headphone crackling - yeah, since you're saying it's improving over time I'm 99% you just had dust inside the potentiometer chamber. It looks like if you wanted to spray contact cleaner in there to completely eliminate it, you would have to disassemble the X, bleh. Sometimes you can remove it by just turning the knob a few dozen times, so I'd start there.
As far as whether or not you should keep the X, I would try and get to know it in standalone as best you can and decide if you like the workflow. The main reason I didn't just return the 2nd replacement (still had the GC return policy then) was because all things considered, I really dig the workflow. I came from maschine and that thing was just god awful for me. I know plenty of people get along with maschine just fine, but it wasn't for me.
You'll probably see people mention what I'm about to say when responding to users upset over MPC Live / X's current functionality - buy it for what it can do now, not what you hope it will do. Akai doesn't take care of bugs quick, so if somethings wrong with the software then you're going to have to wait a few months. Even then, you might get an update that doesn't address the fix at all, but hey, at least you have Splice integration now, right?
I'm hoping things get better over time, but I can make music with the way it is now. My biggest gripe with the X / Live OS is you can't change time signatures easily, at all. It's especially irritating because they obviously put some thought into the ass backwards, convoluted way of it doing it currently. I'm not holding my breath, but who knows. There are a few other gripes, but I can't recall off the top of my head.
Either way, I wish you luck. I'm going to keep the X for now, but I just invested in Ableton Live 10 Suite and a Push 2. Ableton gets the win for me over all, but I'll use both since I don't want to be tethered to my computer all the time.