Akai MPC3000

Year released: 1994 

Just Blaze: "The MPC3000 changed the way people produced records. It wasn't the first MPC, but I think the 3000 is what made the MPC line legendary. I think it was the concept of phrase-based sample being triggered by drum pads. The MPC3000 wasn't the first to do it, but it was the first to do it well with 16-bit sound. That was a big thing, the fact that it was 16-bit sound, the fact that you had a greater amount of sampling time than the MPC60. And the sound of it. Aside from it being 16-bit, the converters in it sounded nice and heavy."