I tried an experiment this week,and let my friend borrow my mpc , I wanted to see if I could handle being without it.. I've had nothing but sound forge and recycle to work with + guru (latest versions) Anyhow to make a long story short,I cannot take it! I gotta get my mpc back as working with software only has alot of limitations when it comes to finding/chopping samples in which most cases inspires me to get in the mood to play keys( motif xs + my guitar bass+acoustic).
This is just my thoughts, as I've been wanting to hear something positive in a future release,like maybe if guru had a sampler, it would eliminate the need for a sound forge + recycle in my case ymmv..
There are some benefits to guru in the box though and this is why I can potentially see myself eventually there totally.My fav's are multiple instances,routing of efx inside daw(cubase 4) but the things that keep guru lacking are it's organic limitations.. It can't sample so it doesn't allow one to say fire up some vinyl/OR PLAY A MEDIA PLAYER and str-8 away sample,unless you load up sound forge etc.. This alot of times hinders my creativity as I'm always thinking technically and not as musical,with the mpc I'm alot better and more creative thus far,I do want that to change into the latter with guru being the in the box king.
I really hope fxpansion brings a performers tool next time,and I hope it's soon.. Hey these are just my honest feelings,and I hope no one takes it tOO personal,I really hope this can spark a dev's desire to please the users like I when working with samples.