Equipment Help!

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by kidkaprie, Sep 18, 2008.

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    kidkaprie

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    Philadelphia, PA
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    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
    Akai MPD-24

    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!!!
     
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    #2
    Do you just want to make beats? If not, maybe get a MIDI keyboard controller with pads on it like the M-Audio Axiom.
     
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    kidkaprie

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    #3
    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...
     

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