i know some vs. threads are questionable and I know the MPC was already compared to the OT, but this one is really interesting for me.
After 5 years of using the OT, I somehow like to try another “do most of it in one box” device
They seem to have a lot of things in common:
- both can sequence other gear
- both are sampler
- both have built in synths
- both have built in effects
- both have a song mode
- both have a looper
- both are portable battery powered standalone devices
Although I know that this is highly subjective, I’m asking myself which of the two would be the more immediate sketch pad, song creation machine.
I tried the mpc live in a store, the pads felt very good, the touchpad very responsive (didn’t expect it to work so well, even with the piano roll) and the menues seem easy to understand and navigate.
From what I read, there are many more effetcs (maybe even too many), and they seem to be high quality.
Never tried the deluge, but here are some thoughts I have at the moment.
- Sequencing: MPC pads are cool for fingerdrumming and playing sample slices. But I think I’d prefer the grid layout of the deluge for sequencing melodies. I like grid sequencers with built in scales.
- portability: Deluge is smaller and lighter
- Screen: on the first look the MPC seems easier to navigate cause of the nice touch screen. But maybe the deluge is more immediate due to clever shortcuts. Since I’m looking at the computer screen all day, I like the idea of a grid only system without screen.
- Finishing tracks. I guess the MPC is much better here? You can open your project on the MPC software, finish it there or bounce single tracks to switch to your DAW of choice. The deluge has no multitrack audio over USB yet right? There is hope that they implement it in a future update, they seem to develop this thing constantly further.
Difficult choice Both seem to be very capable standalone machines. I somehow tend to the deluge, because I wouldn’t look at a screen all the time and because it looks more portable/convenient to carry.
pro MPC: Pads, Sound quality, easier transfer to a DAW
Any comments of people who used both, is highly welcome. Thanks
EDIT: . how well do they both handle time stretching? regarding sound quality…