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Want to make beats like MF DOOM with a low budget Drum Machines & Samplers
Old 7th August 2014
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Want to make beats like MF DOOM with a low budget

I've recently sold my drumpad and synthesizer and im getting about 171$ soon and i want to get an mpc to make beats. also i was wondering if an mpc was capable of producing stuff besides rap (experimental, pretty much a lot of stuff panda bear and animal collective have done with their music)
Old 7th August 2014
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About $171? That sounds pretty specific to me :D

As for the MPC, of course it's capable - it's just a sequencer and a sampler. You can do whatever you want with it.
Old 8th August 2014
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Like the above reply says, the MPC is capable of doing whatever you want to do with a sequencer/sampler. I've used one for years for everything from quickly composing drum patterns for tracking (instead of a click), as a "drum machine" for rock and folk demos, for more hip-hop style projects, and for weird-ass experimental stuff.

All that said, it should be noted that the MPCs' strength are that they are killer, intuitive sequencers/MIDI tools with a capable sampler built in. As a sampler alone, there are other choices out there, hardware and software, that allow for a great deal more sound manipulation. My MPC2000xl is a studio workhorse for me and usually the first thing I reach for when sampling for rhythmic purposes (e.g., drum breaks)...but whenI really want to mangle something, I use my EMU e6400 ultra, which is much more synth-like when it comes to filter options and modulation. Also, unlike an MPC, it is designed to easily place samples on a keyboard, rather than across 64 drum pads.
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