I'm new to beat making but I can tell you that I have really enjoyed learning how to use this. If you are new as well I would recommend the MPC One. It may not have a lot of the features of the Live or X but you get a lot more of the controls laid out for your use as a stand-alone entry to mid-level groovebox. I think the processor could probably be a lot faster than it is, I say this for loading up your track files. The pads could be a better material as well. They feel a little stiff to me. Would be cool if the screen would tilt in case you don't have a stand to put it on so you're not always craning your neck.