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Needlz Breaks Down His Workflow With Akai MPC 2000XL, Kurzweil K 2661


Acclaimed Beatmaker Gives Glimpse Of How He Triggers Sounds And Routes His Gear

By Amir Said (Sa’id)

In this video, Needlz illustrates how he uses his Kurzweil K 2661 keyboard to trigger samples from the Akai MPC 2000 XL. Pay very careful attention while watching this video. Of course Needlz drops science, but there’s also a nice glimpse of his routing chains. And notice how he does use the 8 individual out from his MPC 2000 XL. Also, he points out how he’s actually more into vintage gear… hmmm… A post-90s era producer who uses vintage equipment to make contemporary music. That’s dope.

*Editor’s note. Recent reports and videos have surfaced showing Needlz now using the Maschine by Native Instruments as his main production tool.

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About Author

Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual

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