I produce house tracks and I am using a MPC 2000 currently and MC303 recording it all into a laptop! Pretty bare bones huh? Well I dunno about swing and all that techno jibberish. But, It is higly possible to at least construct excellent house 4 on the floor beats. I have read that Kenny "Dope" Gonzales from MASTERS AT WORK has created many classic cuts using the AKAI MPC, he is said to have 2 MPC 3000's an XL and various analog gear. Dont despair get out that MPC and make so floor fillers!!!
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