This review came into us from Rocky, who recently got our MPC Live II mod:

    So I’ve been making hip hop music for quite awhile, comparatively, since 1996. You se,e a good friend of
    mine had gotten his hands on an MPC 3000 and I was fortunate enough to be let into this inner sanctum
    to see this beast in action. No one, and I mean no one, had an MPC back in them days, and my mind
    was blown. I had to have one, but I couldn’t afford one.

    Luckily the MPC 2000 came out, and from what I can tell, most (if not all) of the features were there, but it
    was a bit closer to my price point. I finally got it home and hooked up, invited my friend over to see my
    version of the MPC in action. His look of bemusement eventually changed into one of borderline
    confusion as if he couldn’t quite put his finger on it only to then say to me… it just don’t sound the same
    as the 3000. This is when I started chasing the dragon, the one that sounded “right.”

    I never did get a 3000, but I had an ASR10, an SP1200, an EPS, everything I deemed iconic in my quest
    for “that sound.” Even with twenty years of engineering experience under my belt, I never was able to
    shake the importance of a thick, present starting point despite the argument that a good engineer can
    make anything sound like anything (within reason).

    These days the Isla S2400 has “that sound” and so does my Black Lion-modded MPC Live II. I knew I wanted an MPC
    with the Black Lion mod when it was first introduced to the X. Problem is, I couldn’t afford the X with the
    mod. When the Live 2 was announced in the Black Lion catalog I had to have it, and I needed it right
    away. I bought it and had it modded before I got my hands on it. I have an MPC One, which I never
    warmed up to as I never could get the sound I wanted so I know what they are capable of. The difference
    is night and day, I finally have the MPC I have always wanted with the tonality I find not only acceptable,
    but desirable, and that’s before I decide to put my hands on the board.

    Black Lion has knocked it out of the park, which I knew they would, that is what they do best. I have your
    power conditioner, your interface, and now your insignia on the MPC Live 2 and every dollar was a steal.

    Excellent work y’all!

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  • “The first time I used the Black Lion Auteur Mic Pre was recording Peter Asher (Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor) playing his mid-sixties Gibson J200 acoustic. The tone was incredible, with crystal clear highs, and a nice defined bottom end that wasn’t muddy at all. The mid-range was smooth, and we didn’t need a bit of compression. I love my Auteur Mic Pre.”

    Jay Ruston
    Producer // Mixer
    (The Donnas, Leonard Cohen, Steel Panther, Diana Ross, Brian Wilson, Anthrax, Jars of Clay, Morrissey, American Idol)

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