View Full Version : Equipment Help!

Sep 18, 2008, 02:56 PM
I am a novice when it comes to digital audio. I have never used a midi controller before. And my only experience with production has been limited to using Sony Acid on my PC to do some track layouts and minor editing.

I will be buying a Macbook Pro soon, and am looking to get more involved in digital audio/production/creation.

I am a hip-hop/electronica junkie, so I want to be able to make my own beats and whatnot, and emulate my fav. artists. :D (el-p, daft punk, digitalism, etc). I've made a few in the past on Acid, using their loops and such, and they turned out okay. I'm interested in some sort of midi controler that I can use to make my own beats. I've been looking at these two...

Akai MPC-500 (http://www.guitarcenter.com/Akai-MPC500-Portable-Music-Production-Center-104011366-i1168543.gc)
Akai MPD-24 (http://www.guitarcenter.com/Akai-MPD24-USB-MIDI-Pad-Controller-103812038-i1172897.gc)

From my research, the mpc-500 has sounds built into it, and can act as an instrument on its own. plus, it can act as a midi controler when hooked up to a computer. (i think...)

the mpd-24 is a midi controler only, and will only trigger sounds in a program on the computer (i think...)

my question is, which one is recomended for someone starting out? I like the mpc-500 since it can act on its own, but will the mpd-24 suffice for what i am wanting to do?

anyone own any of these and care to comment?? Thanks for the help and input!!!

Sep 18, 2008, 04:13 PM
Do you just want to make beats? If not, maybe get a MIDI keyboard controller with pads on it like the M-Audio Axiom.

Sep 18, 2008, 10:06 PM
im looking to make beats, remix's, and possibly my own full fledged songs.

something as simple as a drum backing for me to play guitar to, or using it to sample my guitar.

im not really sure. i think i need to goto guitar center or something and check them out...