vin14 wrote:Analog or not, $2000 is a h**l of a lot of cash for a drum machine!
I don't see many people complaining about $2000 for an MPC-5000.
It all depends on your needs etc. If the basis of the sonic engine is "expanded Evolver / Tetra", for instance, I can see this working quite nicely. Especially for genres that like harsher sounds, such as industrial music. Yeah, it's expensive, but what other hardware solutions give you that type of sound in an individual package? The MPC can't easily, its sample based (with an onboard VA, granted, but I'm not sure if the onboard VA can approach what this machine will do).
$2000 for a pure sampling machine is a little different. You are not only competing with the MPC (strong in sequencing), you are competing with the recently announced Elektron Octatrack (which I suspect is strongest in live sample manipulation).