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. 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.