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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Seeking advise on an inexpensive (less than $400) music sequencer.


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Toothless in Kentucky - Posted - 05/03/2021:  14:24:51


Can any artist here recommend an inexpensive music sequencer (new, renewed or used)? Say less than $400? The online reviews, and YouTube videos are all over the map. I have been researching them all day long. But it may take me longer to figure out where the real value is at. I like some of the Roland, BPM, and Yamaha models. I never owned one before, and I think it can help me. ' Appreciate your time!



Cheers,

Terry


Edited by - Toothless in Kentucky on 05/03/2021 14:45:06

Toothless in Kentucky - Posted - 05/03/2021:  14:28:46


Here are some models I'm considering, even tho they have very mixed reviews;

BPM: sweetwater.com/store/detail/BP...u-bpm-1.5

ZOOM: Zoom ARQ Aero Rhythm Trak AR-48 | Sweetwater

Amazon.com: Yamaha QY100 Music Sequencer: Musical Instruments

Amazon.com: YAMAHA QY700 MUSIC SEQUENCER for composing music QY-700: Musical Instruments


Edited by - Toothless in Kentucky on 05/03/2021 14:41:21

Toothless in Kentucky - Posted - 05/03/2021:  14:56:51


And.. amazon.com/Roland-TB-03-Bass-L...8&sr=8-39

Amazon.com: Roland Rhythm Composer, 10 Outputs (TR-08): Musical Instruments


Edited by - Toothless in Kentucky on 05/03/2021 14:58:12

Toothless in Kentucky - Posted - 05/03/2021:  23:42:07


I got it narrowed down now... I really like this one: youtu.be/MGSKPtw0a_Q - I think combining banjo with the bass of this box might be cool.

loonsailor - Posted - 05/05/2021:  12:06:56


I have no experience with any of the units you're considering, but you should know that there are many apps available at a much lower price if you have a smart phone (iPhone or android) or tablet lying around.

Toothless in Kentucky - Posted - 05/05/2021:  15:22:33


Thank you for the response, bro! I had not realized the vast amount of Android apps out there that work the same way. To be honest I'm a p.c. guy that owns multiple desktops and I much prefer p.c. software. I also own a lot of commercial audio production programs for my p.c.s.... Actually, as in this case, I often prefer the old school style of stand a lone units for music production... But I am reviewing some Android apps... ' thanks!

Toothless in Kentucky - Posted - 05/05/2021:  16:27:48


Currently I'm focused on this Roland bass synth: youtu.be/0bREiWxF82M

GrahamHawker - Posted - 05/05/2021:  22:19:40


What are you wanting or expecting from a TB-3? This can do 64 patterns each of up to 32 steps. This is rather different from sequencers that can hold thousands of notes and do full songs.

Toothless in Kentucky - Posted - 05/06/2021:  00:28:21


The YouTube videos sold me. #1 I love the Acid / dance sound, and if one sees a banjo as a percussion instrument it seems natural to try to combine them. This is an improvement over using generic backing tracks like I was finding on YouTube. Also, it appears almost easy to be creative on the fly, and that is very important. The sounds of the 80's acid and trance music is in one of these boxes... ' but it needs a banjo.

GrahamHawker - Posted - 05/06/2021:  03:00:18


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Originally posted by Toothless in Kentucky

The YouTube videos sold me. #1 I love the Acid / dance sound, and if one sees a banjo as a percussion instrument it seems natural to try to combine them. This is an improvement over using generic backing tracks like I was finding on YouTube. Also, it appears almost easy to be creative on the fly, and that is very important. The sounds of the 80's acid and trance music is in one of these boxes... ' but it needs a banjo.






You're not wrong here. The banjo is not so much a percussion instrument as a rhythm instrument and the arpeggios are not that different from the arpeggios played using sequencers.



There's certainly more room for stuff like this.



youtube.com/watch?v=FFvvLuomw0Y



Personally I'd want something with more sounds like a Novation Circuit or Roland MC101.


Edited by - GrahamHawker on 05/06/2021 03:03:41

Toothless in Kentucky - Posted - 05/06/2021:  17:10:42


quote:

Originally posted by GrahamHawker

quote:

Originally posted by Toothless in Kentucky

The YouTube videos sold me. #1 I love the Acid / dance sound, and if one sees a banjo as a percussion instrument it seems natural to try to combine them. This is an improvement over using generic backing tracks like I was finding on YouTube. Also, it appears almost easy to be creative on the fly, and that is very important. The sounds of the 80's acid and trance music is in one of these boxes... ' but it needs a banjo.






You're not wrong here. The banjo is not so much a percussion instrument as a rhythm instrument and the arpeggios are not that different from the arpeggios played using sequencers.



There's certainly more room for stuff like this.



youtube.com/watch?v=FFvvLuomw0Y



Personally I'd want something with more sounds like a Novation Circuit or Roland MC101.






That youtube link is be a great example of what I hope to make. However I want more complex playing and to have more of a bluegrass style/tone to the banjo playing.  I really dig the blues with bluegrass.



I have had my eye on a Novation synth for months now, but another Roland synth may be more likely the next purchase.

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