In this interview with AKAI, the Alchemist talks about gear and production, including MPC and turntables. "Akai: We noticed you have some turntables here too. Tell us about those. TA: I use the Numark TT500. I love that turntable because the reverse on one button, that’s like my favorite feature. I don’t even take the needle off when I’m going through records. I’ll just reverse that back. If I hear that sample, I’ll hit reverse instead of picking the needle up because sometimes I hear something when it’s playing backwards, and it’s like, ‘woah!’ that little sound is good for something. Making beats for hip-hop, anything goes, so I might take a snare backwards and load it back into the MPC. The backward button is crazy. You know, just on command, go reverse. Oh yeah, plus the pitch range on that is killing all the other turntables. Sometimes I wanted to hear a record extremely slow, but it wouldn’t go that way. I used to have to put my finger on the side of the Technics to try to make it sound slow and it would just be wobbling it just wasn’t it. With the TT500 you can speed it up and slow it down so much you’re almost unlimited when you want to hear something in a different tone or pitch, or whatever it will work."more
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