Im no expert, but im pretty sure the mpc studio is just a midi controller, that comes with the software that comes with the renaisence and its probably been specificly designed for use with that softwars, and thats why its so expensive, So with an mpc studio yor not going to get the classic 'mpc sound' you get on old hip hop records, i would go with the mpc 1000, its cheaper and probably better for someone who hasnt used one before
Personally I'm biting on the Ableton (Akai) Push. I'm rationalizing the hell out of it by telling myself I'm getting a drum machine, a pad controller, and an Ableton LIVE control surface all wrapped up into one.
The Studio has more sounds no question.
Cool, the push seemed like it was suited much more towards live performance to me, but then again so did the APC 40, which I've been using for mixing and arrangement and I love it. An MPC is inevitable as I am producing hip hop, and I don't think my MPD will keep me happy forever, but I haven't figured out a way to rationalize $600 for an MPC sample pack essentially...
I'm not a musician, only an enabler for my musically inclined children, and among the issues that I'm fighting as I flesh out the studio are to avoid (a) paying for redundancy, and (b) getting immersed in 'sample madness'.
I view the Push as a superset of an APC40 (albeit without sliders); a pad controller/drum machine cum control surface. On the upside I like the combined functionality as it requires less real estate and keeps keeps everything close at hand. The 'problem' with the Push is that (insofar as I'm aware) it has virtually no samples, being wholly dependent on the Ableton application for sounds.
The reason I don't really see this as a problem is that with the Push I'm avoiding 'sample madness'. Sample madness is that marketing precept that you need 500 different drum kits, 185 different types of acoustic piano sounds, etc., available. One of the glaring 'features' of the Maschine is it's massive library. I appreciate why manufactures provide such functionality, but I don't want to pay for it... 10 different drum kits are plenty as far as I'm concerned.