Some Beatmakers Outgrow their Initial Setup, while Others Keep Cranking Out Dope Beats from the Same Rig
|By AMIR SAID (SA’ID)|
For this BeatTips Readers Poll™, the aim is to see how many people are still rocking with the same production setup that they began with. Also, it would be interesting to know why everyone is or isn’t using the same setup that they began with, so post your comments and get into the discussion.
Think back to when you first realized that you wanted to make beats. Remember trying to figure out what setup to go with? For some of us, this decision was made quickly, haphazardly even. For others, it was a well-researched, well-thought out process. Still, in both cases, some of us changed setups and some of remained with the setups that got us into the building.
My very setup, which included the E-Mu SP1200 as the brains of the outfit, was not the one I stuck with. Perhaps if I’d done better research early on, I would have never went the route that I initially did. But switching to the Akai MPC from the SP1200 (a move for me that was like going to a Mac from PC) and adding the Akai S950 to my arsenal was a necessary setup change for the style and sound I was going for. And since I switched to the MPC (now using both my MPC 4000 and MPC 60II), I’ve added a Roland Fantom S88 and Pro Tools. Beyond that, my setup has essentially been the same for years…Uncategorized