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What Hip Hop Instruments Are Used In Rap Music 2022

What Instruments Are Used In Rap Beats
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Rap music, or Hip-Hop, is a genre of music that might have developed in Bronx, New York, but has expanded all over the world over. While rap artists derive inspiration from many sources, including personal life experiences, using the best rap beats for sale to create hip-hop music traditionally remains the same. That’s why having quality sound is important to any artist’s career in 2022.

Rap beats are created through instruments such as drum machines, the keyboard, pianos, turntables, and samplers. Although technology is not an instrument per se, it plays a vital role in producing today’s hip-hop music.

This post takes a more in-depth look at how these instrumentals are used in producing this popular genre of music.

Maschine Drum Pads (DRUM PADS)

AKAI Professional APC Mini | Portable USB MIDI Controller For Ableton Live With 64-Clip Buttons and MIDI Mixer for Music Production and Performance

Complete Control – Ultra portable USB MIDI Controller for Ableton Live, perfect for mobile music performance and production
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The Ins and Outs - Record audio with (2) XLR / ¼-inch combo inputs with phantom power, switchable to line/instrument level; route your audio to two stereo ¼-inch outputs and the headphone output
Hook up all your Studio Equipment - 4 configurable CV/Gate outputs and MIDI In / Out / Thru with MIDI multi capability seamlessly integrates with your studio and live performance setup

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Roland MC-707 Groovebox Professional Music Production Workstation

Professional music creation and recording workstation
Everything you need to create a song or perform a live set without a computer
Tone, Drum Kit, and Looper (Audio Loop) track types

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Whether you are new or a seasoned broadcast pro, the RODECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio is all you will ever need
4 high-quality mic channels power studio condenser mics and conventional dynamic mics and feature automatic level setting and one-touch recording to a microSD card
8 programmable sound effects pads allow instant triggering of SFX, music, and more; record audio direct to the pads from any input or add files from your computer

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7" color multi-touch Display
16 velocity-sensitive thick, fat MPC pads with RGB backlighting
2-in/2-out audio interface

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Donner Drum Machine Beat Maker for Beginners with 16 Beat Pads, 2 Assignable Fader & Knobs USB MIDI Pad Controller STARRYPAD

【16 Colorful Beat Pad Record 48 Custom Sound Sources】 The MIDI drum pad STARRYPAD's 16 soft silicone backlit pads can trigger drums, samples, effects and more. One convenient key allows you to quickly switch between 3 different pad banks for a total of 48 assignable pads. In addition, the beat maker STARRYPAD can handle polyphony and comes with adjustable velocity sensitivity. Regardless of your mood, the STARRYPAD will fill your rhythm with soul.
【Exclusive Equipment, Stamped with Your Personality】The drum pad machine STARRYPAD has an assignable custom group with 2 fader, 2 knobs, and 3 buttons, and you can customize the controls for a completely personalized instrument with DAW and VST. As a beat maker machine for beginners, the most commonly used semitones and octaves can be adjusted with one key SHIFT, sample and convenient.
【Speed and Compatibility You Can Count on】The beat machine for beginners comes with a standard USB C power supply and data interface for easy plug and play. The additional MIDI in/out allows you to connect to an external synthesizer or other MIDI equipment. So no matter how you use it, the music pad STARRYPAD provides compatibility you can count on. (Comes with USB cable, type c adapter and MIDI cable)

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Akai Professional MPC Studio MIDI Controller Beat Maker with 16 Velocity Sensitive RGB Pads, Full MPC 2 Software, assignable Touch Strip & LCD Display

USB powered MIDI Controller - 8 banks of 16 RGB MPC Velocity & Pressure sensitive pads with Aftertouch ensure maximum expression to capture every detail of your performance
Ribbon Touch Strip – Assign and control parameters like effects and note repeat within MPC Software for real time, tactile performances – an ideal complement to your home studio
Control Your Beats & Engage in Visual Feedback – Tangible controls for hands on experience; transport controls, LCD Color Display, Chords & Scale modes for creating your own signature sounds

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【Karaoke Device】Live Sound Card supports dual channel microphone, and two microphones can be plugged into reverberation to work together.The upgraded version live sound card voice changer supports Bluetooth wireless accompaniment, open the phone Bluetooth and connect,This is a perfect karaoke device.
【Cool lighting and Multiple Effects, Modes and Gameplay】The colorful lights, changing with the music, have the same atmosphere effect as you have a party or a bar. 12 modes, 16 sound effects, let you experience the ultimate happiness of the anchor.
【Cancel the Original Accompaniment】 Even if you need to speak during live broadcast, the monitoring or ordinary accompaniment will stop immediately and quiet down, so that the audience can hear clearly what you want to say. Very smart.

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Alesis SR-16 | Studio-Grade Standalone Drum Machine With On-Board Sound Li-brary, Performance Driven I/O and In-Built Effects 100 patterns

A Studio Icon - Legendary classic drum machine for songwriters, live perform-ers and remix engineers
In Demand Sound - 233 professional sounds included, built-in digital effects for added realism and powered by Alesis exclusive Dynamic Articulation
Seamless MIDI Connectivity - Complete MIDI support for use with keyboards, computers, DAWs and electronic drum kits

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Novation Launchpad X Grid Controller for Ableton Live

64 RGB pads – Large RGB velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads give you a perfect reflection of your Ableton Live session, making it easier than ever to see your clips and play your instruments Expressively
Ableton Live integration – quickly launch clips and scenes, never lose ideas with capture MIDI, and access performance controls like stop, solo, mute, record arm, volume, pan, and sends to dynamically control your music, no mouse needed
Dynamic note and scale modes – enable you to effortlessly play perfectly in-key basslines, melodies, chords and leads. Launchpad x even knows when you’re drumming and shows your drum rack on the grid

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4-Channel Bluetooth Studio Audio Mixer – DJ Sound Controller Interface with USB Drive for PC Recording Input, XLR Microphone Jack, 48V Power, Input/Output for Professional and Beginners – PMXU46BT

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BLUETOOTH: This portable 4-channel DJ sound controller has Bluetooth for wireless streaming and use it as an input to mix signal with other input channels. It works with iPhone, Android, iPad, Tablet and MP3 Player. The wireless range is 15 ft
4-CHANNEL MIXER: The device caters multiple device connectivity because it has 4 channels. It has 2 1/4’’ (L/R) main outputs, 2 XLR/14’’ combo audio line or microphone inputs, 1/4’’ Mono + Stereo Inputs, 1/4’’ Send + Return Inputs and 1/4’’ headphone jack

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Novation Impulse 25 USB Midi Controller Keyboard, 25 Keys

Ultra-responsive semi weighted keyboard with aftertouch
Full DAW/plug-in control surface with 8 knobs, 1 fader and button
Automap 4 control software enables instant hands-on access to your DAW and plug-ins

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Native Instruments Maschine Mk3 Drum Controller

Integrated hardware/software system includes sampler, arranger, mixer, FX, and more
Includes 25 GB KOMPLETE 11 SELECT library featuring 25 pro-quality studio and creative FX
Pro-grade, 96 kHz / 24-bit audio interface with 2 x 1/4” TRS line outputs, 2 x 1/4” TRS line inputs, 1/4” dynamic mic input, stereo headphone output, 1 x MIDI In, 1 x MIDI out; 1 x Footswitch

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PreSonus ATOM MIDI, Audio, Portable Production and Performance Pad Controller w/Professional Studio Recording Headphones

16 full-size velocity- and pressure-sensitive, RGB LED pads
Pressure switchable between MIDI aftertouch, channel pressure, and CC messages
Eight assignable pad banks

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Drums are the most frequently used instrument in the production of rap instrumentals. It would not be incorrect to say that it would be challenging to produce rap music without a standard drum kit or some drum beat.

In the current music scene, synthetic drums dominate the sounds heard in hip hop and most pop music and dance music.

Two of the most common drums, part of almost every Digital Audio Workstation, would be the Roland TR-808 and the Roland TR-909. While the former was one of the first rhythm composers to permit programming rhythms instead of using presets only, the latter was the first drum machine produced by Roland to use sound samples, and MIDI.

Acoustic drums are not as conventional in Hip Hop music production, but some niche artists such as Questlove still use them.

Turntables

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 Mk3 DJ Controller

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Jog mode: Classic spin-to-nudge function, as well as scratch capability
Beat grid adjust mode: Use the jog wheel to manually adjust beat grid in TRAKTOR

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Any music producer worth his salt will tell you how vital a turntable is in producing rap beats. Turntables assist in the manipulation of sound to create various perspectives of music from the same material. The turntable is the only instrument that can produce the familiar scratching sound that is part of almost every other piece of music today.

In many ways, the turntable brought about a revolution in music, long before hip hop and rap became the popular genre that it is today. However, there is no doubt that the turntable played a significant role in popularising hip hop as disc jockeys began to realize how sounds could be manipulated to add more beats and create additional layers of music over one existing sound.

Keyboard/Piano

AKAI Professional MPK Mini MK3 – 25 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With 8 Backlit Drum Pads, 8 Knobs and Music Production Software Included (White)

Music Production and Beat Maker Essential – USB powered MIDI controller with 25 mini MIDI keyboard velocity-sensitive keys for studio production, virtual synthesizer control and beat production
Total Control of your Production - Innovative 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation control, plus a built-in arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and modes
The MPC Experience - 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style MIDI beat pads with Note Repeat and Full Level for programming drums, triggering samples and controlling virtual synthesizer / DAW controls

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Alesis V25 – 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Backlit Pads, 4 Assignable Knobs and Buttons, Professional Software Suite Included

MIDI Keyboard with 25 full-sized, velocity sensitive square-front keys, perfect for playing Virtual Instruments
8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive backlit pads for beat production and clip launching
4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons interface with your music software. Seamless, visual feedback via illuminated buttons and knobs

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Plug and Play : Drive free and hot-plug supported,adaptable to USB 2.0 interface(FULL SPEED). Support Multiple Systems,compatible with Windows 7 and more, Mac and iOS.
Meet Your Needs:25 keys with velocity assignable to controllers, with 3 velocity curve and one constant velocity. 4 assignable control knobs, 4 assignable control sliders and 4 banks for different settings. 8 control buttons: CC Mod, Mod, Bank, Program, Pitch down / Pitch up, Octave down / Octave up.
Bigger Beat Pad :8 RGB backlit pads with high quality velocity & pressure sensitive performance and can be assigned easily as pads, MIDI CC buttons or Program change switches.

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Novation Launchkey Mini [MK3] 25-Mini-Key MIDI Keyboard

Get hands on with Ableton Live - Have a seamless music making experience with Ableton Live and your Launchkey Mini. Have all the tools at your disposal with deep and intuitive Ableton Live control — including device macro control, track select, record, capture MIDI, clip and scene launch, stop/mute/solo, volume, pans and sends.
Get creative easily with arpeggiator - Easy to use but deeply controllable, Launchkey Mini’s creative arpeggiator allows you to change rhythm, beat, pattern, octave, gate and more to add a whole range of diversity to your ideas and melodies.
Play chords with one finger - Lay down chords for your track quick with fixed chord mode. Play a chord with one finger by assigning a fixed shape to the keys and it’ll transpose as you move up and down the keyboard.

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M-Audio Oxygen 25 IV | USB Keyboard and Pad MIDI Controller Featuring Pad/Velocity – Sensitive Keys

Compact, ultra portable performance keyboard controller with 25 full size, synth action velocity sensitive keys and on board pitch bend and modulation wheels for expressive performances
8 velocity sensitive trigger pads for beat production and clip launching, and 8 assignable knobs for manipulating virtual instruments, DAW parameters and plugins on board LCD screen provides instant parameter feedback
Dedicated octave up and down buttons increase the keyboard to the full melodic range and transport buttons let you control your DAW without reaching for the mouse

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Alesis Qmini – Portable 32 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Velocity Sensitive Synth Action Keys and Music Production Software Included

Music Production and Beat Maker Essential – USB powered MIDI controller with 32 mini MIDI keyboard velocity-sensitive keys for studio production, virtual synthesizer control and beat production
Complete Control - Octave / Transpose buttons for access of the full piano range; Pitch bend and modulation buttons; Assignable volume knob for tactile control of any DAW or Synth parameter
Universal Compatibility - Complete compatibility with any music production app that accepts a MIDI controller including Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic, MPC Beats and more

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M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 – Semi Weighted 49 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Assignable Controls, Pitch and Mod Wheels, and Software Included

Ultimate Expression, 49 full size velocity sensitive keys provide a natural feel that captures every subtle nuance of your performance
Total Control: Volume fader, transport and directional buttons for easy control of your software, plus ergonomically designed pitch and modulation wheels, Octave up and down buttons and sustain pedal input for expressive performances
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MIDI Keyboard Essentials - 49 velocity-sensitive, semi weighted keys with aftertouch and assignable zones for playing virtual sampler instruments and virtual synthesizer plugins
Beat Maker Mainstays - 16 RGB backlit MIDI assignable velocity sensitive drum pads with Note Repeat for beat production, clip launching, soundboard triggering and more
Total Command of Your Music Production - 8 assignable knobs & buttons and 9 assignable faders for tactile MIDI control of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAW controls and more

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Novation Impulse 25 USB Midi Controller Keyboard, 25 Keys

Ultra-responsive semi weighted keyboard with aftertouch
Full DAW/plug-in control surface with 8 knobs, 1 fader and button
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Remember Eminem’s iconic song, The Way I am It used a clean piano sound along with other instruments to create the beat of the song. Even before Eminem, the piano has been part of many other rap music producers’ arsenals, including from as far back in the day as Slick Ricks Children Story (1988) to 1994 hit The World is Yours by Nas when he had professional tracks at his finger tips.

With the usage of a Sampler, piano and keyboard sounds can be looped and arranged to create a steady beat to which words can be rapped.

Beat Making Software

AKAI Professional MPK Mini MK3 – 25 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With 8 Backlit Drum Pads, 8 Knobs and Music Production Software Included (White)

Music Production and Beat Maker Essential – USB powered MIDI controller with 25 mini MIDI keyboard velocity-sensitive keys for studio production, virtual synthesizer control and beat production
Total Control of your Production - Innovative 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation control, plus a built-in arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and modes
The MPC Experience - 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style MIDI beat pads with Note Repeat and Full Level for programming drums, triggering samples and controlling virtual synthesizer / DAW controls

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Professional music creation and recording workstation
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Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII – 25 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With 8 Drum Pads, 8 Assignable Q-Link Knobs and Pro Software Suite Included

Compact keyboard controller easily fits backpack and studio production desk (12.4" long, 1.6 lbs)
Powered by USB connection to computer, with free virtual-instrument download packages
Crammed full of all the features you need to play and edit musical ideas

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MIDI Keyboard with 25 full-sized, velocity sensitive square-front keys, perfect for playing Virtual Instruments
8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive backlit pads for beat production and clip launching
4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons interface with your music software. Seamless, visual feedback via illuminated buttons and knobs

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Portable and Compact - MIDI Controller
The most responsive keyboard experience in its category
500 of the V-Collection 8 presets / 21 Keyboard Instruments and Synthesizers / fully mapped right out of the box

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Plug and Play : Drive free and hot-plug supported,adaptable to USB 2.0 interface(FULL SPEED). Support Multiple Systems,compatible with Windows 7 and more, Mac and iOS.
Meet Your Needs:25 keys with velocity assignable to controllers, with 3 velocity curve and one constant velocity. 4 assignable control knobs, 4 assignable control sliders and 4 banks for different settings. 8 control buttons: CC Mod, Mod, Bank, Program, Pitch down / Pitch up, Octave down / Octave up.
Bigger Beat Pad :8 RGB backlit pads with high quality velocity & pressure sensitive performance and can be assigned easily as pads, MIDI CC buttons or Program change switches.

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Novation Launchkey Mini [MK3] 25-Mini-Key MIDI Keyboard

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Get creative easily with arpeggiator - Easy to use but deeply controllable, Launchkey Mini’s creative arpeggiator allows you to change rhythm, beat, pattern, octave, gate and more to add a whole range of diversity to your ideas and melodies.
Play chords with one finger - Lay down chords for your track quick with fixed chord mode. Play a chord with one finger by assigning a fixed shape to the keys and it’ll transpose as you move up and down the keyboard.

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midiplus MIDI Keyboard Controller, (X2 mini),white

X2 mini MIDI keyboards which have 25 velocity sensitive mini keys respectively. X mini MIDI keyboard is hot plug supported. No driver is needed. It is powered by USB and no external power supply is needed.
3 segment backlit LED. Capacitive touch sensors to control PITCH and MODULATION. Featured with SHIFT for customized functions and OCTAVE/TRANSPOSE.
4 customizable knobs; Default setting: T1 (Volume), T2 (Pan), T3 (Expression Controller), T4 (Reverb). ATTACHMENT: Owner's manual, USB cable

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M-Audio Oxygen 25 IV | USB Keyboard and Pad MIDI Controller Featuring Pad/Velocity – Sensitive Keys

Compact, ultra portable performance keyboard controller with 25 full size, synth action velocity sensitive keys and on board pitch bend and modulation wheels for expressive performances
8 velocity sensitive trigger pads for beat production and clip launching, and 8 assignable knobs for manipulating virtual instruments, DAW parameters and plugins on board LCD screen provides instant parameter feedback
Dedicated octave up and down buttons increase the keyboard to the full melodic range and transport buttons let you control your DAW without reaching for the mouse

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Korg, 16-Key Synthesizer (VOLCABEATS),Black

Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the Volca series
Stutter for glitch or delay-like effects

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Voice Changer Sound Card with Multiple Sound Effects,Sound Mixer Board,SKYJUNS K300 Live Sound Card for Live Streaming,Audio Mixer for Music Recording Karaoke Singing Broadcast on Cell Phone Computer

【Karaoke Device】Live Sound Card supports dual channel microphone, and two microphones can be plugged into reverberation to work together.The upgraded version live sound card voice changer supports Bluetooth wireless accompaniment, open the phone Bluetooth and connect,This is a perfect karaoke device.
【Cool lighting and Multiple Effects, Modes and Gameplay】The colorful lights, changing with the music, have the same atmosphere effect as you have a party or a bar. 12 modes, 16 sound effects, let you experience the ultimate happiness of the anchor.
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Alesis Qmini – Portable 32 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Velocity Sensitive Synth Action Keys and Music Production Software Included

Music Production and Beat Maker Essential – USB powered MIDI controller with 32 mini MIDI keyboard velocity-sensitive keys for studio production, virtual synthesizer control and beat production
Complete Control - Octave / Transpose buttons for access of the full piano range; Pitch bend and modulation buttons; Assignable volume knob for tactile control of any DAW or Synth parameter
Universal Compatibility - Complete compatibility with any music production app that accepts a MIDI controller including Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic, MPC Beats and more

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M-Audio Oxygen Pro 49 – 49 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With Beat Pads, MIDI assignable Knobs, Buttons & Faders and Software Suite Included

MIDI Keyboard Essentials - 49 velocity-sensitive, semi weighted keys with aftertouch and assignable zones for playing virtual sampler instruments and virtual synthesizer plugins
Beat Maker Mainstays - 16 RGB backlit MIDI assignable velocity sensitive drum pads with Note Repeat for beat production, clip launching, soundboard triggering and more
Total Command of Your Music Production - 8 assignable knobs & buttons and 9 assignable faders for tactile MIDI control of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAW controls and more

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M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 – Semi Weighted 49 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Assignable Controls, Pitch and Mod Wheels, and Software Included

Ultimate Expression, 49 full size velocity sensitive keys provide a natural feel that captures every subtle nuance of your performance
Total Control: Volume fader, transport and directional buttons for easy control of your software, plus ergonomically designed pitch and modulation wheels, Octave up and down buttons and sustain pedal input for expressive performances
Immediate Creativity, Easy plug and play connection to your Mac or PC no drivers or power supply required; compatible with iOS devices via the Apple to USB Camera Adapter (sold separately)

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32 mini-keys velocity sensitive keyboard
Pitch, modulation, octave, transpose function
Sustain interface (Not include sustain pedal)

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Again, while this isn’t technically an instrument, computer software has changed the game in rap music productions. Softwares such as Ableton Live or Apple’s Logic Pro X allow beats to be mixed and matched, to produce unique tracks. The software can also help replace traditional instruments through their ability to manipulate sounds.

While all it takes today, to produce a rap beat is an ear for music and some useful software, there’s nothing wrong with using traditional instruments to produce a beat. After all, as beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, appreciation of music lies in the ear.

 

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