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Tell us about J Dilla's Instruments

Timothy Anne Burnside

Discussion about instruments used and owned by one of the most legendary producers of our time, the late J Dilla. Both the MPC and synthesizer are on display in the permanent music exhibition "Musical Crossroads" at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Collection Object: 
Minimoog Voyager synthesizer used by J Dilla
Topic
African American
Hip hop (Music)
Musicians
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Manufactured by
Moog Music Inc., American, founded 1953
Used by
J Dilla, American, 1974 - 2006
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Maureen Yancy
Medium
wood, plastic, metal, glass, canvas
Dimensions
Back panel flat: 4 1/2 × 30 3/4 × 17 7/8 in. (11.4 × 78.1 × 45.4 cm)
Back panel raised: 12 3/8 × 30 3/4 × 17 7/8 in. (31.4 × 78.1 × 45.4 cm)
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Musical Instruments
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Place used
Los Angeles, California, United States, North and Central America
Date
2002-2005
Description
A Minimoog Voyager, a monophonic analog synthesizer, owned by record producer and artist J Dilla. The synthesizer features a small keyboard set into a wooden frame beneath a control panel. The control board consists of black knobs, red and blue switches, and two different sized screens. The control board has hinge and stand that allows it to be propped up to better face the user. A brass plaque appears above piano keys on right side, and reads, [minimoog®/voyager™]. On the back of the control panel is a label in the bottom left corner that reads, [MOOG MUSIC, Inc./ASHEVILLE, NC/minimoog® Voyager/SERIAL NO. 263].
Type
synthesizers
musical instruments
Object number
2014.139.2a
MIDI Production Center 3000 Limited Edition used by J Dilla
Topic
African American
Hip hop (Music)
Musicians
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Manufactured by
Akai Professional, founded 1984
Used by
J Dilla, American, 1974 - 2006
Designed by
Roger Linn, American
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Maureen Yancy
Medium
plastic, rubber, metal
Dimensions
4 7/8 × 17 3/8 × 15 3/4 in. (12.4 × 44.1 × 40 cm)
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Tools and Equipment-Audiovisual
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Place used
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States, North and Central America
Los Angeles, California, United States, North and Central America
Date
2000
Description
An AKAI MPC 3000 Limited Edition integrated rhythm machine, drum sampler, and midi sequencer used by record producer and artist J Dilla. The machine consists of a black plastic box with a small screen in the upper left corner, multiple key pads, and a vertical design of black musical notes along the left, center and right of the box. Grey type at the top of the machine reads, [AKAI/professional/Roger Linn/INTEGRATED RHYTHM MACHINE 16 BIT DRUM SAMPLER/MIDI SEQUENCER]. Gold plaque above the type reads, [Limited Edition/MPC3000/EDITION NO. 0449].
Type
electronic instruments
Object number
2014.139.1