Unless you have an unlimited budget, it’s important to know where the best deals can be found, and cheaper solutions to the effects you are looking for. Perhaps you can replace an expensive outboard rackmount effects processor with a free VST plugin. Assuming you do have a budget (albeit it limited), there are plenty of options out there for getting the gear you want. Thanks to some great articles on “Recession Gear” posted over at BeatStatus, these options are all explained in detail – including lots of great sources for gear that I was unaware of. Check out some of highlights below:
Any SP-1200, regardless of condition, is hard to find below $1000 and sometimes go upwards of $1500 – $2000. Now that’s simply too out of reach for most of us since it’s primarily going to be just for drums. Not quite affordable in anyway. There are a few options out there that can give you almost the EXACT sound at a fraction of the price.
- Classic Price: E-Mu SP-1200 $1000+
- Budget Option: E-Mu SP-12/Turbo $300 – $600
- Recession Gear: E-mu Emax (I) (SE/HD/Keyboard/Rack) $150 – $250
3 great audio interfaces that can help you get a much better sound than you’re getting from your M-Audio or Edirol piece of sh–I mean interface. The ability to get 8-ins and 8-outs with Midi and SPDIF and 2 xlr inputs w/ quality preamps for $100 – $300.
- Digi 001 (PCI) $100 – $300
- MOTU 828 Firewire $100 – $400
- TC Electronics Konnekt 8 $300 (NEW!)
If you’re looking to get that crunchy 12-bit sound at a fraction of the price, there are a few options available. An MPC-60, even with the stock OS and ram will run you between $400 and $600 if you can find one. So what else is there?
- Classic Sound with a Classic Price: Akai MPC-60 / II $400 – $800
- Budget and functionality: Akai S-950 / S-900 $100 – $300
- Recession Gear: Akai S-700 / Akai S-612 $0 – $100
There is also a great article on 8 places to buy a second-hand Akai MPC, which could apply for all kinds of gear, not just drum machines and samplers like the Akai MPC.