DJ Toomp Studio Talk: Hardware vs Software

February 8, 2010

BLVDST interviews DJ Toomp to add his thoughts to the never ending hardware/software debate.  Toomp explains his personal preferences for a number of studio items used most frequently and offers insight into his ideal sound.

I still just like to blend the two of them together. It’s hard and software together.  Software got its own thing.  You got Reason, you got Logic, Cubase, a few other programs.  One thing I can say is I love the strings that come off most of the software.

Notable Studio Items:

  • Three Akai MPC3000’s
  • Four ASR-10’s
  • Roland Fantom-S
  • Akai MPC2500
  • Propellerhead Reason & Record
  • Mackie Mixing Board
  • Stanton T.80 Turntable

{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }

P.B. February 8, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Toomp seems like a real cool guy.
He talks a lot of sense, and he is spot on with the software vs hardware debate.
They both have their uses.


ibn yasir February 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm

A lot of good points from him.


Mr. Preacher February 8, 2010 at 5:50 pm

4 ASR-10s??? jesus wtf can u do with ASR 10 ? lol i guesss if one breaks he good for another 3


illskilz February 9, 2010 at 4:13 am

asr 10 are 12-16 bit keyboard samplers,

check out producer nottz or illmind drums those are always made on the asr 10 wich gives your drums a more realistic feel


Myth Buster February 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm

What about the MPC60!!!!!


ClearBlue February 8, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I think he meant 2 MPC60’s


tony traxx February 8, 2010 at 7:36 pm

great post semantic ! im a loyal cratekings cat and yo. this is one of the best interviews i seen up here .word. now the debate on hardwear vs softwear is put to rest . JUST USE BOTH ! don’t turn neither one of them down. i hope it stays like that forever. Dj toomp much props !


Semantik February 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm

It’s one of my favorites too. Definitely a gem.


illskilz February 9, 2010 at 4:14 am

this intervieuw was super dope


Malcolm Maximillion February 8, 2010 at 8:48 pm

He spoke the truth. But does he really need for ASR’s?


illskilz February 9, 2010 at 4:16 am

check out producer nottz his beats or illmind both asr 10 users for the dirty 12-16 bit drums you can get out of it 🙂


Cleeshay. February 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Clearly a Fav for me too, always been thinking a bit like that, taking the best outta everything, i got a 2500, but i would looove to put my hands on an asr-10, or a vintage analog synth with a warm sound, or i don’t know, an SP-1200 too, i do use reason and Logic so i’m not against software at all. I’m not that experienced really, but it made me think that i was doing/thinking the good way.

bottom line : if it’s dope, it’s dope, no matter what u use, i’m not the first to say that but damn, people gotta stop arguing about what is better and just do (good) music.

nice post Semantik


Dj ILL One February 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Toomp is a dope producer. I love his explanations. We need more of that tipe of wisdom in this game. He was right about the MPC,I did sell my 2000 after I really learned Reason,but only because I needed the space.So i went to a MPD because of space. I`ve used Mpc 2000,XL and SP 1200.I also onwed a ASR-10 for a short time so I`ve been through the ranks. I am soo glad he put it out there that both hardware and software can co-exist in harmony. I am getting tired of the debates. Semtantik,you`ve done it again. Keep the good posts comming.


da real bingo February 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Everyone should already know this. No matter what, your going to need some sort of hardware to be completely productive. You’ll need a pad controller (Mpd), maybe a mixer, a turntable if you sample records, a least a midi controller or something. I guess people big debate is software vs. stand alone hardware. The biggest debate seems to be do I need a mpc or not. Thats everyone’s biggest thing, that I’ve seen. Im still debating that. Ive been usin FL Studio since like ’02 and Reason since like ’05. I had an MPC 1000 sold it because I was choppin everything in computer and bringing it over anyway. Now I got an MPD24 but I still crave that MPC2000xl just because thats what most underground producers use. (Heehee)


Schpilkas February 8, 2010 at 9:53 pm

good interview… everything you use and have, has it’s place in production.

Reason & Record (woot-woot!)

I’m proud to be part of the Propellerheads fam.


silas February 8, 2010 at 11:18 pm

how well does record work for you ? i still havent got my hand on it and i have been wondering about it


silas February 8, 2010 at 11:17 pm

i sold my mp a year ago and rock redrum for my drums, drop it in pt and chop it up on the grid, i do all my intstrumentation with soft synths in midi using a contoller and just print it to audio when its right.


Vj kado February 9, 2010 at 12:31 am

Definite Gem, this site delivers as usual.


3 Sons Productions February 9, 2010 at 1:02 am

Great video.


illskilz February 9, 2010 at 4:15 am

this video is dope

for inbstance check out producer nottz dude does everything with his asr 10 (drumwise)and you can hear the 12-16 bit init


hazardouslee February 9, 2010 at 5:32 am

Straight up and down, DJ toomp is that nigga. Out of all down south producers from zaytoven, drumma boy, etc dj toomp hands down. His beat are more impactful to my taste. The man can flip a sample and play his own way. Much respect for knowledge and humbleness from DJ TOOMP.


derz February 9, 2010 at 5:43 am

i love how these producers drop knowledge on these lil videos…

yo Toomp, I’ll take one of those ASR-10s off ya hands!!!


yikes February 9, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Toomp is that dude! Great interview, humble cat.


AWBSKURE/3AM February 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

dj toomp is like the dre of the south no question hes right dont really matter what you use! ive been using this tiny ass sampler i bought from ebay for like 8 years now its called zoomsampletrak, i got reason and logic but for drum programing and pads i preffer the zoom then i incorporate reason for my basses
or logic for strings or synths!!


Schpilkas February 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm

@ silas: I love RECORD. it’s a blessing to be able to track live instruments/vocals alongside Reason’s MIDI sequences now. The gates, filters, eq’s and master bus compression are pretty damn on point. It’s pretty straight forward to just Record… no crazy bells and whistles.

Check out my Propellerheads Artist Patch feature:



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It’s Videos like these that make me want to pursue this production shit to the fullest. Great Post.


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