« on: January 19, 2009, 04:48:28 pm »
I have used an Akai S2000 sampler for a long time. The akai stuff is real good. Only recently have I switched to Battery 3 and a laptop. I've had no issues with the laptop and it's really the best way to go. However, I've looked into the mpc 500 as a backup myself. It seems like a good machine. I have not had the chance to actually try one so I can't say for sure. I've always liked samplers over drum modules just for the reason you state. You can load your own sounds.
It sounds like this is the direction you want to go.