"My rack and MPC2000 take the clock from Rick's MPC2000, whilst my MPC2000 goes through this little 8-channel Mackie, so I can turn off or boost things. I select my source via the rack at the top left, which is made by Funktion One. It's really just a channel selector, and the red button in the middle is a mute."more
It's located in the far left of the photo, next to the 'Ecko Shoe Box' and on top of some other gear, that's unfortunately unidentifiable.
Used on *The Private Press* and Unkle's *Psyence Fiction*, as mentioned in this October 2017 *Sound on Sound* interview. > Davis’ trusty old MPC60, though, is sadly long gone from his setup. Over successive DJ Shadow albums, however, he has progressed through variations on it: upgrading to an MPC2000 for his production of Unkle’s 1998 album Psyence Fiction, then MIDI’ing two of them together for the second DJ Shadow album The Private Press, released in 2002. > “I basically had nearly unlimited sample power and chop power,” he says. “But after The Private Press, I felt like it was important to switch things up. I had purchased Pro Tools so I was fully up and running on that. There’s probably two or three songs on [2006’s] The Outsider where the initial ideas or sketches were done on an MPC. It’s been I’d say 13, 14 years since I used one. > “I will say though that in I think about 2008, I got whatever was new at that time [the MPC5000], thinking, ‘Oh I kinda miss it, let me see what the new version’s like.’ But I just couldn’t go back. It seemed a bit silly to me, knowing what was possible within stuff like Maschine. Once you go into the software synth world, it’s really hard to legitimise going back into the box.”more
On Genius.com, Eminem talks a bit about the production of his track [Square Dance](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0kjCwOFIXQ). He explains, "I like going on stage to this beat. I don’t even know if people care that much about me producing things. It’s fun for me to make a beat, but it doesn’t give me the same feeling or gratification as rapping. I’m not really tech savvy. I still use an MPC 2000. That’s probably a cardinal sin now in hip hop. Everyone’s onto other things. I just use that because I don’t have time to learn something else. I don’t have the patience." The original link can be found [here](http://genius.com/5136597/Eminem-square-dance/Produced-by-eminem-and-jeff-bass).more
In [this archived version of a December 2000 article from *Sound On Sound*](https://web.archive.org/web/20150606082550/http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/dec00/articles/underworld.asp), Underworld bandmate Rick Smith explains Karl's then-current rig. "Hyde's live rack is very complex, according to Smith, partly because the guitarist/singer has several input sources to choose from: vocal mic, guitar, vocoder, Mesa Boogie Triaxis guitar preamp, CD player, and Akai MPC2000."more
In the 2018 interview he says, > "Lost Wigs was my **MPC2000** days. Before then, between 1998 and 2000, I was rocking the Dr. Sample 202. Eventually I moved on to the SP1200. Lately, I’m in Pro Tools and [using] a few pieces of outboard gear: Space Echo, Distressors, and a Tascam 8 track."more
There's not really much I can say about the MPC that hasn't been said. It's a fantastic workhorse sampler and sequencer. I picked mine up for 250$, and while it's definitely not in amazing shape, it works. Dealing with floppy disks to save is a headache, but I usually track my beats into Ableton to mix anyway, so it's not a huge deal for me.
I rarely use it anymore but I can't bring myself to get rid of it. It served me so well for so many years. Sometimes I run sounds through it just to get the "MPC sound" then track them in. Haven't actually sequenced on it in at least 4 years though :(