Does everything I need with a small footprint/price and great portability. I'm using MPC Maid on my Mac to arrange the samples and cutting them before upload so I don't care that it has only 2 lines of display. It would be nice to have foot pedals like the 1000 but I think I can live without. Only problem so far is I have yet to figure out how to do program changes on my synths from this. Thinking about getting another 500 as part backup and to let me use them both to always have the next song loaded DJ style. Or maybe get the 1000.
Bought this instead of a playstation when I was 15 because I saw Chemical Brothers mention it in their webpage for their 'Push the Button' album.
I used it a bit here and there but it never seemed to make sense due to its non obvious menus which you basically need a degree in to understand, or at least 2 weeks of reading manuals.
Also, synchronizing the midi to Ableton took like 3 days.
Its an old piece of kit so its obvious it won't be digitised as well as other newer MPC's but I've only ever used this to make beats on the spot rather than create loops as I know is possible if you are some kind of genius.