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At 2:24 in this interview with RZA, the producer talks about his Roland MV-8000 and what makes him so fond of the drum machine "...the MV is one of the most user friendly drum machine type of samplers out there, because unlike the MPC the access to your sounds and how your gonna edit your sounds and all those things is at the snap of a button. So far i've probably made over a hundred and fifty beats with this thing..."more
"We're talking 2004 when Omishore obtained his first studio, and while he continued his course at the Polytechnic (he graduated in 2008), his studio activities gradually expanded. He met Kid Cudi in 2006, and the two immediately hit it off. In the same year, Da Genius upgraded to the gear on which 'Day 'n Nite' was programmed, recorded and mixed, this time without help from his parents ("I maxed out the credit cards!”). Head Banga Studios, as it is now named, includes a Roland MV8000 sequencer, Yamaha Motif ES7 and Novation X?Station keyboards, a PC with a Didigesign M Box interface and Pro Tools LE recording software, Neumann TML103 mic, Presonus Eureka preamp, Event ASP8 and Yamaha HS80 monitors, and a Mackie Universal control surface."more
I like this machine all around for being a monster for production... My only dislike is the limited sampling storage (512 MB RAM) as opposed to hard drive streaming or a larger capacity RAM chip... Aside from that the VGA mouse expansion is good... allowing for wider capabilities in editing and sequencing.
But its huge. 20 pounds.. Not for the wanderlusting producer.