In the early 1990s, Boston producer Joe Mansfield made hits for rappers Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs. His instrument? The Akai ASQ10 sequencer.
Roland CompuRhythm CR-78
As his discography advanced, he began accumulating machines that manipulated and enhanced his sounds. "I know I've got too many of these things," he says. "I've always loved them so much that I've found more space."
Now, the co-founder of hip-hop distributor Traffic Entertainment and boutique label Get On Down has a coffee-table book, Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession.
Chronicling 50 years of the machines with over 200 glossy photos, it discusses the instrument's impact across genres. We talked with Mansfield about 10 particular machines.More »