I'd say, fuck the SP. FL is the way to go. That plus a small midi keyboard and some downloaded VST's. I have an MPD32, haven't used it at all this year and it's just collecting dust. Now I'm just slamming keys in EZdrummer, I prefer this over drum samples.
I haven't really been feeling any of the beats I made for the last month. I got a little experimental, but it's a phase into getting better. I might even go sampleless. That's the direction I'm trying to go. Learning keys will eventually let me get there.
I really really should get back on that. I have so many samples that are begging for drums and chops. I'm really a perfectionist though and everything I've posted so far is just shooting blanks. When I 'release' something I want to say proudly that I did that. I've read up so much new things and I'm upgrading gear soon. I'd hate to listen back and think I could have done this and that better. I think I said Christmas... I think I might make it.