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penguin beat edit 2

November 14th, 2012 Comments off

I nove migliori campionatori della storia dell’hip hop

July 17th, 2012 Comments off


The Top 9 Most Influential Digital Samplers In Hip-Hop History

December 10, 2007

Every time I saddle up to bang some beats out of my Akai MPC 2000XL the internal debate arises inside of me about how the greatest pieces of Hip-Hop production equipment would stack up when lined up alongside each other. Obviously, in terms of technical specifications, the latest technology with win out every time; however, what equipment made the most valuable contribution could be debated for years on end. What makes this topic so great is that everyone has a favorite producer, style, and time period that contributes to their view and infallible opinion about which sampler is truly king. So in the name of classic, never ending arguments about top MC’s, DJ’s, and best beefs, we present, in perfect order, the 9 greatest digital samplers in Hip-Hop history.

  1. EMU SP-1200/SP-12.  Considered the godfather of digital samplers and foundation of countless hits from late eighties and early to mid nineties, the SP-1200 was released in 1987 and featured an integrated disk drive and mere 10 seconds of sampling time. (Pete Rock, Clark Kent, Da Beatminerz, DJ Spinna)
  2. Akai MPC 2000/2000XL.   Arguably the most popular hardware sampler, the MPC 2000 was released in 1997. The 2000 XL model was later released in the year 2000 and added features such as zone sample editing, improved sequencing, and the ability to add an internal IDE zip or Compact Flash drive. (Kanye West, Pete Rock, Da Beatminerz, Kev Brown)
  3. Ensoniq ASR-10.   As an update to the EPS 16+, the ASR 10 featured extremely powerful DSP and a unique live recording feature making the keyboard a complete production workstation. (Alchemist, Kanye West, RZA, Minnesota)
  4. Akai S950.   Released in 1988 as an upgrade to the S900, features such as increased memory and the all important time stretch were introduced to a new generation of producers. (DJ Premier, Clark Kent)
  5. FL Studio.   With an unprecedented low price tag, this now infamous software DAW brought Hip-Hop production into the hands of anyone with a reliable computer and soundcard. In essence, FL Studio can be credited with bringing Hip-Hop production into the mainstream. (9th Wonder, Soulja Boy)
  6. Akai MPC 3000.   Released in 1994, the MPC 3000 improved upon the MPC 60 by adding 16 bit stereo sampling and dynamic digital filters along with increased sampling time. This was also the last of the Akai line that was designed by Roger Linn. (J Dilla, Havoc, DJ Shadow, DJ Spinna)
  7. Akai MPC 60/MPC 60 II.  As the first of Roger Linn’s partnership with Akai, the MPC 60 was released in 1988 and featured 12 bit sampling along with an 8 line LCD display. The introduction of the MPC 60 II in 1991 added a headphone jack and cheaper case design. (DJ Premier, D.R. Period) \
  8. Akai MPC 4000.   As the master of all MPC’s, the 4000 was released in 2002 and came standard with memory expandable to 512 megs, internal hard drive, and filter and effects processing. (Madlib, Just Blaze, Heatmakerz, Buckwild)
  9. Ensoniq EPS 16+ – Released in 1991 as an update to the EPS and added 16 bit sampling, DSP effects, and is known for having an early crunchy sound. (El P, True Master)

**Future Additions and Honorable Mentions:

  • Propellerheads Reason.   Arguably a more powerful program than FL Studio, Reason tends to have a substantially longer learning curve.
  • MV- 8800  Could be slated to be the MPC killer if the price tag was lower and software production tools weren’t so prominent.
  • MPC 1000  Could very well turn this into a top ten list very soon if the issues with faulty pads are corrected and development of the JJ OS continues.
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Mixxx v 1.10.0

April 16th, 2012 Comments off

Scopro solo adesso che è stata rilasciata la nuova versione di Mixxx, dj software open source in free download qui:

Mi sembra (IMHO) che nella nuova versione siano stati risolti alcuni problemi di stabilità e di continuità e qualità del flusso audio.

Ho testato la nuova versione con l’MPD24 (le impostazioni della vecchia versione sono rimaste attive e funzionanti) e sembra che il controller midi in coppia con Mixxx 1.10.0 funzioni senza nessun problema.





Mixxx 1.10.0 Released!

Happy holidays from the Mixxx development team. After a smooth beta period, we are happy to present Mixxx 1.10.0!

Download Mixxx 1.10.0 Now

Available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Mixxx 1.10.0 brings several hard-hitting features that are the culmination of a year’s worth of work by the development team.

What we’re packing in Mixxx 1.10.0:

  • Rewritten and Improved Vinyl Control Support
    • Completely rewritten vinyl-style pitch-bending for clean, analog-like sound.
    • Absolute, relative, and constant vinyl modes.
    • Rock-solid support for Serato Vinyl/CD or Traktor Vinyl at 33 or 45 RPM.
    • Single-deck Vinyl Control
    • End-of-record Mode
    • Improved needle skip prevention.
    • Can use different vinyl types on each deck!
    • Improved audio quality when scratching.
    • Support for track selection using the lead-in area of the vinyl and needle-drop hotcues.
    • Track lead-in for scratching before the start of songs.
    • Waveform smoothing to prevent wobbly waveforms.
    • New built-in vinyl signal analyzer.
  • 4 Sampler Decks
  • Beatloops, Loop Halve/Double Buttons
    • Handy beatloop buttons let you quickly throw down an 8-beat loop as you transition from one song to the next.
  • Quantized Loops, Hotcues and Beatloops
    • Turn on quantization mode for a deck and all of your loops, hotcues, and beatloops will snap to the nearest beat when you place them.
  • Phase Synchronization
    • Sync button now synchronizes both the BPM and phase of beats.
  • Beatgrid Adjust Feature
    • Is your beatgrid misaligned? Easily adjust it with one click.
  • Microphone Support
    • Streaming and club DJs alike will love this feature. Plug in your microphone and MC your show, all without the need for an external mixer.
  • Spinning Turntable Widgets and Waveform Scratching
    • Skins now come with juicy spinning turntables that you can scratch to your heart’s delight.
    • If vinyl control is enabled, vinyl signal quality can also be rendered to the spinning widgets.
    • Waveform overviews now act as a progress bar for track analysis.
  • M4A Support for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users.
    • Mixxx previously could not support M4A on Windows due to licensing issues, but that restriction is now lifted with our new Windows Media Foundation M4A plugin. Mixxx on Mac OS X already supports M4A.
  • Library Improvements
    • Traktor Library Support.
    • New and improved Browse Mode.
    • Recording Improvements
      • Integrated with the library.
      • Automatically splits files into pieces to avoid large files.
      • CUE files of tracks played.
    • Much faster iTunes and Rhythmbox support.
    • Import and export of crates and playlists as M3U/PLS playlists.
    • Playlists and crates are lockable and rename-able.
    • Dragging to library sidebar auto-expands closed sections and is easier to aim.
    • Track play count is more accurately measured.
    • Reload track metadata from context menu in library.
    • Auto-scrolling in playlists is fixed.
    • Shuffle AutoDJ Queue feature.
    • Add Playlist to AutoDJ feature.
  • Brand New and Updated Skins
    • Deere
      • 1280×800 WXGA
      • 1280×1024 SXGA
      • 1440×900 WXGA+
      • 1920×1080 FullHD
      • 1920×1200 WUXGA
    • LateNight / LateNightBlues
      • 1280×800 WXGA
      • 1280×1024 SXGA
      • 1366×768 WXGA
    • Shade / ShadeDark
      • 1024×600 Netbook
      • 1024×768 XGA
    • Phoney / PhoneyDark
      • 1600×1200 UXGA
      • 1680×1050 WSXGA
    • Outline
      • 1024×600 Netbook
      • 1024×768 XGA
      • 800×480 WVGA
  • Accessibility Improvements
    • Mixxx should play nicer with screen-readers now. It’s not perfect, but a step in the right direction.
  • Limited Support for Internationalization
    • Beta translations for Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Russian, Finnish, Czech, Dutch, Polish, and Japanese
      • Thanks so much to the awesome Launchpad translators!
    • Alpha translations for many other languages.
    • Better support for UTF-8 filenames.
  • Revamped and Rewritten User Manual
  • Mixing engine improvements
    • Major efficiency and latency improvements.
      • Netbook users report latency improvements of up to 4x.
    • Sound quality is now much improved.
    • Improved support for multiple soundcards. Synchronization problems should now only affect the headphone outputs. See Bug #667651 for more details.
    • Soft-takeover support for MIDI mappings.
    • JACK now recognizes ports as Mixxx instead of PortAudio.
  • Updated MIDI Mappings
    • American Audio RADIUS 2000 (new)
    • American Audio VMS4
    • DJ-Tech i-Mix Reload (new)
    • Hercules DJ Console Mk4
    • Hercules DJ Console RMX
    • Ion Discover DJ
    • Numark Total Control
    • Pioneer CDJ-2000 (new)
    • Pioneer CDJ-850 (new)
    • Reloop Digital Jockey 2
    • Stanton SCS.1m
    • Stanton SCS.3d
    • Vestax Typhoon
    • Wireless DJ (new)
  • Hundreds of bug fixes and improvements!

Mixxx 1.10.0 — LateNightBlues skin

Calling all Turntablists!
We worked hard to make sure that our vinyl control support is the best out there. How does Mixxx 1.10.0 compare to your current software for your scratching and turntablist needs? We want to hear from you! Please send us feedbackfile a bugwrite us an emailpost to the forums, or chat with us.

Bugs and Feedback

You can help improve Mixxx by reporting any bugs you find. Your feedback plays a crucial role in Mixxx’s development cycle, and even filing a quick bug report makes an important contribution to the project.

Join Mixxx!

We’re always looking for new contributors who are interested in working on Mixxx. If you’re a hacker or artist and want to work with a creative, enthusiastic team, hop on our IRC channel (#mixxx on Freenode) or sign up for our developer mailing list.

Categories: deejaying, gear, varie Tags: , ,

sp-303 beat tape

April 5th, 2012 Comments off

my new toy

March 23rd, 2012 Comments off

A used Boss Dr Sample SP-202 (1997 phrase sampler/multieffect unit, fully functional and in nice near mint condition).
I’ll upload some beats made with this machine here in this blog ASAP.

infos here:


SP-202 original advertisements and catalog illustration created by Gogh Koizumi.


December 15th, 2011 Comments off

Sabato scorso ho trovato un Boss Dr. Sample SP-303 (phrase sampler) in ottimo stato (sembra nuovo di pacca) a un prezzo più che ragionevole.
Memory card da 64 mb, manuale in italiano e alimentatore originale.

Questi i risultati (per adesso le uniche cose che ho registrato):

Nick Tha 1da video

Madlib video

Loop Diggin’ 101 —

new loops

November 23rd, 2011 Comments off

Mutated barbarian loop -87bpm- 24bit 96khz


Broken dreams loop -99bpm- 24bit 96khz


loops made by THX with a Boss RC-20XL loopstation

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Scratch perverts tutorial – wiretones, eq drumming, feedback

November 13th, 2011 Comments off

Wire tones, EQ and needle drumming and feedback theory

info —

Prime Cuts, Plus One and Tony Vegas at BUSC, April 2008

mpc3000le / sp1200 comparison

September 12th, 2011 Comments off

Caricato da in data 29/lug/2011

Here is a simple 2 bar test beat made using exact same samples on each groovebox, the beat was originally made on AKAI MPC3000 LE , than i’ve sampled all the sounds from MPC into SP1200 and remade the beat , notice slight difference in swing and sound. MPC is 16bit more “HI-FI” but still warm sound and SP1200 is 12 bit raw , grittier but also warm and punchy sound with a good definition.
Both machines sound and swing great – just a different approach to creative process.

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Mini-documentary on ‘sampling’ circa 1988

July 2nd, 2011 Comments off

Broadcast on Australian television circa 1988 when sampling was new and controversial.
Is it art or stealing?
Debbie Gibson, Tom Petty and Richard Wilkins’ hair know best.