The music production center aka MPC is a drum machine, sampler and sequencer all in one. It was created in 1979 by an engineer/guitarist by the name of Roger Linin. In 1988 Akai partnered with Linin and released the Akai MPC 60. Clyde Stubblefield, the original funky drummer for James Brown (1965-1970), has been sampled by time and time again within the music industry. Songs like “Rebel with a pause”, “Fuck the Police” and “Mortal Combat” all sampled his drum beat pattern. Another noteworthy sampling is Coolio’s Grammy award winner song “Gangsta Paradise” was a spin off from Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise”.
Today, a good MPC is going to cost you $1,300 and up. The MPC really made it easier for non-musicians to create a beat. Shock G says in a documentary entitled Copyright Criminals that, “what the photographer is to the painter, is what the modern producer, DJ, and computer musician are to the instrumentalist.
The MPC has created a new wave of instrumentation. Whether good or bad, I believe musicians are the meat to the industry. The great composer Igor Stravinsky said, “A good composer does not imitate, he steals”.
Eric B and Rakim’s song “Paid in full” has a voice sample from Ofra Haza.
Carl “Drac” Baldwin