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Very interesting that he still uses Cool Edit Pro. It's like we've been saying on here for years - it's not what you use but how you use it!
You can definitely use old beat making machines, or the latest controller on the market. It really doesn't matter, just as long as you MASTER what you're using and make it sound dope, period.
There are plenty of people still using old MPCs, samplers, and drum machines that are making dope beats. Then there are some that have a simple controller with software and are doing the same thing.
But then there are some that have everything you can imagine but their beats are average, if that. I still remember when there was a member on here way back that had an old Pentium computer and was making beats with that. Another member was using Cool Edit Pro as well and his beats were on point.
So just remember to know your setup through and through no matter what. If you can do that, making beats will become effortless.