Akai MPC LIVE

The Akai MPC LIVE rumors have been spreading over the past months already, but now we have some hard facts on Akai’s new standalone unit! … Read more

Behind The Beat: Marco Polo

Within the past decade or so, Toronto, Canada has proven to be a special breeding ground for a, well, special breed of both the emcee and producer type. Putting aside the obvious circle of T-Dot “celebrities” that includes Drake, the OVO camp and The Weeknd, the capital of Ontario has given us incredible talent such as K’naan, k-os,Kardinal Offishall, Classified and one of the hardest working producers East of the Mississippi, Marco Polo.

Marco, known for his early boom-bap work with the late Pumpkinhead has gone on to stack up production credits for the likes of Block McCloud, Masta Ace, Supernatural, Skyzoo, Pharoahe Monch, Your Old Droog, Rah Digga and more. The list is near endless.

Recently, Alkota (of The Drum Broker) sat down with the authority of the MPC to discuss his come up in the game, the increasing contrast in technology since stepping in the arena, what’s in store for him in the future and more. It’s a lengthy feature, clocking in at almost 20 minutes, but for the up-and-coming beatmaker/producer, it’s loaded with lots of information and small trade secrets that you simply cannot pass up.

MPC Touch

A couple days ago Akai announced the so called “Native Instrument Killer”, the MPC Touch. While I don’t have an actual unit in my hands, … Read more

Voyager Bass Tones

Time for some low end frequencies. Painstakingly sampled Moog bass patches recorded mono with a UA 6176 preamp, then directly into the MPC input.

Pete Rock On The MPC!

Pete Rock tearing up “Love is a battlefield” and showing us why he is one of the legends on the sampler!