nice mpc. just bought the 500 myself a few months ago.
take it you're more of a hardware guy than software guy?
i gotta be able to hit the drums rather than sequence em with mouse clicks..
been one helluva learning curve though.
i actually used fruity loops for 4 or 5 years prior to buying the mp. while i love it - i'll still occasionally make beats on there if they are multi-layered with lots of long samples - i prefer the tangibility and portability of the mpc. also, the compressor and eq on the MP sound mean, particularly on drums breaks i've chopped.