In this Vine, RJD2's MPC can be seen when the camera pans to the right. Two years later, Ramble was interviewed by [Reverb.com](https://reverb.com/news/reverb-interview-rjd2-on-his-favorite-gear-and-artists-hed-kill-to-work-with). He had this to say about what gear he used in the recording process: "Pretty much everything was recorded in Pro Tools. There was an assortment of mics. For the most part, the signal path would be either microphone, preamp right into the machine, and then the MPC somewhat extensively, the MPC2000XL, the Akai."more
"We also used an Akai MPC2000XL sampler to incorporate a ‘Speak and Spell'' toy in the pre-choruses and made use of a Korg microKorg synthesizer vocoder in the outro of the song to give the song a Led Zeppelin ‘Immigrant Song''-meets-Deliverance-banjo sound.” - Pat Spurgeon (Rogue Wave)more
> Contrary to No ID, Kanye likes to use all the equipment in the room — stomp boxes, classic samplers, and so on. He mainly uses the [Ensoniq] ASR10 and sequences that with an [Akai] MPC 2000XL. When he's done with a track, he sends it to us as an MP3, and I upload these onto two tracks in Pro Tools. In this case Jay wanted Rihanna's vocals to be edited down, so I asked for them separately, and worked with two tracks of music, two tracks of Rihanna, and then Jay cut his vocals to that. The song was originally intended to feature just Jay and Rihanna, but he also wanted Kanye on it, because he felt that it would fit the texture of the song. So one day when Kanye was in New York, he came in at 10am and in two takes he was done. Young Guru, Sound on Sound interview, 2009.more
"After that, I actually bought a sampler, an Akai MPC-2000. I've been using that ever since. I put all the songs together on that and sample the keyboard lines. I can make demos on it, sample guitar riffs and things like that. So that's my main tool for putting songs together, and it's pretty old school technology! It's very intuitive for me and I don't have to think about it. People are always like, Why don't you upgrade in ProTools? I'm like, I don't know. I'm trying to make a record here. When I'm writing songs, I'm just trying to get my ideas down as fast as I can without having technology get in the way."more
Jessy Lanza: “I bought that because I wanted to make music that sounded like DJ Rashad [laughs]. I found out that they primarily use an MPC to make their tracks and it kind of appealed to me. I talked to Spinn about making tracks, and they would make them in a night or a few hours. The MPC is cool because you can just load the samples up and work really fast. It has a really great sequencer on it and the effects are cool. It sounds really good, so I wanted to try it. The song it was used on primarily is Oh No.”more
FJ: In terms of time efficiency, I feel software is better. Well, faster anyway. Analog instruments definitely have characteristic sounds, a punchiness, and a warmness, which I feel software is very difficult in duplicating. I used to own a few samplers, mainly an MPC 2000xl, but never really utilized it because I found recording and editing on it was too slow for me. Sometimes working that slow can produce a great sound. Ultimately, I learned software was the best choice for the types of music I wanted to create.more
The 2KXL is really an amazing piece of gear on which you can work very quickly once you get the hang of it. The pads are some of the best I've ever tried. I have an external scsi drive to make up for the only downside of this machine to me: the use of floppy disks.
Oldie but a goodie give me the fundamentals of sampling from gear and making music without a computer in this day and age it's nice to get away from the screen and press the buttons
I bought a MPC2000XL because so many of my favorite producers have used it at one point or another in their career (many of which are still using one). The limitations imposed by this hardware pulls something out of you. When you have to find creative ways to get around its limitations, you start to come up with ideas that you wouldn't have come up with in a DAW. I use it to generate a skeleton idea and then flesh that idea out in a DAW, but I'm almost always happy with what comes out of this classic machine. It's rare to find a studio piece that teaches you how to be a better producer, but the MPC2000XL is definitely a piece that has pushed me to become a better producer. Hardware limitation does NOT mean creative limitations. I will NEVER sell mine. Never.
This machine is great if you're just getting into hardware samplers. The control interface is a little strange but you get used to it after a while. Try to get the upgraded or modded version because it adds more storage for sound and increases the load time for samples.
always wanted a mpc but i thought it was too expensive, had a lot of other samplers and drum machines but now that i also have a 2000xl everything changed. i also like it`s made by akai, not nAKAI :D
I've got nothing new to say but I've gotta preach my love for this instrument. It was so influential in my life & in so many of my friends/inspirational peoples. Can't be underated. 2000XL. Fuckin' wicked.
I love this sampler. This is what is the "ground point" for me when doing music. I know it's 2017 and you're "probably supposed" to have Ableton or Pro Tools at your main disposal, but I have this as the midpoint in my studio. I get a lot of work done on this machine - perfect sequencer, really easy to chop - and the way you have to really focus on what sounds you are going to use because of the memory and later, the save process - it really makes the stuff you make on it worth the long save times and the limitations. The design of the machine also is very smoothly done, the buttons are exactly where you need them.
If you want to get into sampling and making hiphop / house / breakbeat - whatever fits your style, I would suggest starting with this machine. You'll be learning a lot just by trialing and erroring this machine for a month and then you'll start making stuff that'll be good to your earhole.