What is your opinion of this product?
The MPC Live is a busy beatmaker's dream (almost) come true. It's portability based on its 7 hour lasting lithium battery has made it so easy for me to hammer down quick ideas in the park, on my college campus, and on my living room couch at home. The sampling capability is superb, as I can sample straight from my record player through the pair of RCA inputs, sample my hardware synths, or even my cell phone through an 1/8 inch to stereo 1/4 inch into one of the two pairs of 1/4 inch inputs on the machine. The touchscreen is a blast and I found myself using it more than the q-link knobs to edit my samples, which is something I didn't expect to prefer!
Don't let any of the videos or comments fool you online, this thing can warp and mangle audio pretty well and is definitely capable of decent sound design. However, I'd love to see more lfo options and effects for the midi tracks.
Of course, the mpc live is not perfect and has some time to grow due to it being a fresh product! I just hope that Akai keeps on killing it with their updates and I hope they continue to listen to their fans! (Still want that sidechain option!) Despite that, I am greatly satisfied with my purchase and will continue to grow alongside it.