Audio-Technica has climbed the ranks when it comes to premium headphones lately, whether it is for gaming, recording music, or merely enjoying your favorite mix on your iPod. As noted to be competitors to the infamous Beats By Dre headphone line, many people steer towards Audio-Technica because of their lower prices yet still higher-end headphone quality. They aren’t necessarily as popular as the leading brands we see on TV or hear about, but Audio-Technica headphones have received critical acclaim around the net. Although they do have their specific lines for music uses, such as noice-cancelling, DJ’ing or gaming, the M-series can apply to all of these audio realms, which is why we have decided to focus on them.
Let’s face it: Your Akai Professional MPC 1000’s pitiful 16MB of on-board memory isn’t going to cut it. One of the reasons I personally bought an MPC 1000 is for the portability and capability of supporting a hard drive. I have a lot of sounds, tracks and sequences and need to back these up as much as I possibly can. I’m not too big of a fan of sliding a card in and out of my MPC either. Always remember that you do have the option to connect your MPC 1000 to a Mac or PC via it’s built-in USB port and simply drag and drop your sounds between your set up and the MPC’s compact flash (CF) card. You want that 80 GB, don’t you? I thought so. Also note, this is to only increase your storage memory. If you are looking to increase your sample time, continue reading for a different device you will need.
Akai Professional has been in the lab working on new music equipment to adapt to the ever-flowing trend of digital and computer rigs. We’ve provided you with a little overview of their famous MPC drum machines and samplers; however, they’re also moving towards the digital movement — it is the year 2014. The MPC Element is a very small in size (only about 2 lbs!) controller for both the Mac and PC that is typically used for MIDI. It gives you the beat and song creation capability of it’s famous and well-known MPC drum machines into your computer. What’s most notable of this is the pads with pressure and velocity, for those who like the natural swing and feel of pressing those buttons for drums or other sounds. I’m a huge fan of these and always will be — both for live performances, recording, as well as just messing around and jamming with a drum kit I like. These sounds are controlled entirely by your computer, depending on the VST or software you’re using. This gives it the ultimate customization, not restricting you to uploading particular sounds into the MPC in order to choose what comes out of it, which many nowadays would consider a hastle. Here is a detailed overview and review of the Akai MPC Element.
The Akai MPC drum machine samplers and sequencers have been dominating the music industry in terms of music production centers for decades (first came out in 1984). Used by most professional music artists for any genre that exists (typically hip hop for sampling, but anything goes), these powerful machines can transform your songs into beautiful movements of sounds and are still very relevant even in this day and age of technological growth. If you’re ready to take your music production to the next level and buy an Akai MPC, we wanted to do the research and see which is best for your specific needs. Do you absolutely need a drum machine to make quality music? Not necessarily, as numerous artists all over the world use their computer and/or keyboards to create their sounds. However, if you like the analog route, or merely want to combine it with your computer with a digital audio workstation and other music production equipment (we know many who have hybrid setups), you’ve chosen the right machine to do so. You might also be performing live and want some pads to pound in front of your audience. Here is a simple guide to help you determine which MPC to buy.