*Nodfactor* [re-publishes an article](http://www.nodfactor.com/2010/02/07/still-lives-through-j-dillas-last-interview/) from a February 2006 edition of *Scratch* magazine where Alvin “Aqua Boogie” Blanco interviews J-Dilla. Aqua Boogie asks what equipment did J-Dilla start with, to which he replies “I started with the [SP-12](http://equipboard.com/items/e-mu-sp-12-classic-drum-machine-and-sampler) then moved to the [SP-1200](http://equipboard.com/items/e-mu-sp-1200) and then shortly after that the [MPC-60](http://equipboard.com/items/akai-mpc60), then the MPC-62, then the [MPC3000](http://equipboard.com/items/akai-mpc-3000) and I’ve been on the MPC 3000 ever since then. I’ve tried other samplers but the 3000 is best for me for what I like to do.”more
At 0:11 in the video Dj Quik talks about favorite drum machines and his feelings on some of them "Battlecat actually introduced me to the MPC 60 when it first came out...and i wasn't ready for it 'cuz i wasn't ready for all of the Midi implementation because i was a SP-1200 man. But when i saw the MPC 60II it changed my life when it came to equipment..."more
I prefer the ii because i feel it is aesthetically closer to the era from which it came. I got mine looking crusty for $200. Another $100 in parts and a little soldering later, i have that crispy lofi punch I was after. Love this thing. I would only sell it if I got an SP1200.
The second iteration of the legendary MPC 60, the fruit of the collaboration between Akai Professional & Roger Linn (founder of Linn Electronics, considered the father of the machines).
This Sampler/Sequencer/Drum Machine came with 12-bit sampling at 40KHz and 18 voices polyphony.
The new features compared to the previous MPC 60 model are mostly the new casing and the headphone jack.