I'm thinking of flipping my bedroom studio to more hardware and use software less and need some advice on things. So i am a rapper and producer, and would like to start making my beats on an mpc. I really don't like software in the way that i sit in front of the screen for hours, and how my mac runs slow when i use all the plugins i need and things like that in logic. Would really like to be able to sit wiht my mpc, midi keyboard/workstation if i get one(wrote about workstation farther down) and my turntable if im sampling and make beats without needing to look at a big screen for hours. The thought of also sampling straight straight into the mpc, and chopping it in there(read that its kinda...... to chop in the mpc?), or in a workstation as i have seen on youtube(for example that kanye video) and just rock with it.
My current set up:
Steinberg Cl1 soundcard
Krk RP5 monitors
Blue Spark mic
m-audio keyrig midi keyboard
Akai MPD26 (never used it so much because i didn't like the pads so much so used the midi keyboard mostly, been thinking about selling it and putting that money into the mpc if i get one)
Beyer dynamics DT 770 Pro headphones
Numark TTUSB for sampling vinyl
The software i use now is Logic Pro and Recycle for chopping my samples.
So i have been making music for like a year now, not so long but ever since i started i noticed that i really don't like sitting in front of the screen all day making beats. My eyesight has become weaker and my mom is saying i should get some equipment that doesn't make me sit in front of the big screen all day.This doesn't mean i won't use software, will use while recording.
Ever since i started making music i wanted an mpc but at that point i didn't have the money for it. So now i am thinking of getting one and probably some other hardware i would need?
I have been reading alot about the different mpc's, and think maybe the 1k will do the thing? People at the forums i've been reading on are saying the 1k/2kxl are good ones to have and then get the jj os. I really haven't understood whats so good about the jj os, been looking through the comparison thing but don't really know what many of those things on that list is so cannot really understand what makes it so good, tried as well to find posts and whatever on the internet where someone explains it but didn't find so much. So it had been nice if someone could explain that? Also which other mpc's could i look more into?
Will the use of a workstation, the asr-10 or something in the likes of it be something that i would benefit alot from getting? And if i in the end decide to get one i'll probably get one used on ebay.
How is it to mix on a mpc? Or will i be better off transfering the beat to logic and mixing it there? I would like to use logic as little as possible, but will use it to record my raps to the beats i make.
Sorry for the long post, but i believe i need to get as much information i need so that i don't make a decision i would not be satisfied with.
Thanks in advance for all replies,