Akai MPC500 MIDI Production System
As the device of choice amongst pro hip-hop producers and DJs alike, Akai has made its name and spawned one of the most popular sample formats (.aka) because of their flagship MPC line. Part drum machine, part sequencer, part sampler, the MPC line, of which the MPC500 is the least expensive option, allow the user to load MPC files of 16 MB built-in, and is expandable up to 128 MB using the EXM128 memory expansion slots. There are no built-in sounds, that's true, but there are lots of .akai sound files available for relatively little expense. Also, the 48 tracks are available in the sequencer, plus the USB connection provided to be able to drag-and drop samples and sequences to and from your computer, Mac or PC, make it a killer package. More than anything else, the design and execution of the MPC500 workflow, as well as plethora of great sounding .aka files available, makes it the choice of pros when it comes to groove production, and in turn makes it the best drum machine for your dollar.