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#3417 - 03/24/02 07:04 PM Equipment decision? Sequencer. GrooveBx or Drum Machine??
SuperGlued Offline
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Registered: 03/20/02
Posts: 5
Loc: Portland
Hi, I am butt new to electronic music, but bear with me as I am fairly technically proficient.

First of all, I am using an old Roland U-20 and a cassette tape 4 track. I would really like to get a drum machine, but it seems there are some interesting hybrids out there.

I am trying to decide what "little black box" I should buy (ie. sequencer, groovebox, drum machine.) Can anybody reccomend a good box or combination of boxes that would be appropriate for a newbie? Shoot should I just sell my Roland, save up my dough and get an honest to goodness keyboard workstation such as a Triton or the Karma?

My music interests lie in dark ambient, experimental, techno, industrial, classical.

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#3418 - 03/24/02 09:23 PM Re: Equipment decision? Sequencer. GrooveBx or Drum Machine??
Cloakboy Offline
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Registered: 01/23/99
Posts: 523
Loc: Racine, Wisconsin USA
I'd advise you to get some sort of sampler, or maybe a software sequencer and a softsampler. As for your Roland, it depends on how much you like it. I looked it up and it seemed pretty cheesy, but if you like it and use it, then keep it. With a sampler, you could always sample stuff from your synth and the mess it up real nice.

Personally, I avoid drum machines. I prefer to use sampled drum sounds that I can manipulate to my heart's content.

For experimental, industrial, and dark stuff, out of the box sounds tend to not cut it. DIY is a major part of the industrial and experimental asthetic.

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#3419 - 03/24/02 09:29 PM Re: Equipment decision? Sequencer. GrooveBx or Drum Machine??
Chris Attison Offline
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Registered: 12/08/98
Posts: 819
Loc: Long Island, NY.
Triton is cool, also check out Kurzweil. Stay away from the groove boxes. They are trend synths which only provides a style that is on its way out anyways.
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#3420 - 03/25/02 08:37 AM Re: Equipment decision? Sequencer. GrooveBx or Drum Machine??
optinone Offline
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Registered: 11/06/01
Posts: 109
Loc: St. Cloud, MN USA
Sampler allows the most control over your sound, complete control.
Anything associated with the word "Groove" sucks, they use that word to market to ignorant idiots and DJs.

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#3421 - 03/25/02 08:38 AM Re: Equipment decision? Sequencer. GrooveBx or Drum Machine??
tekminus Offline
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Registered: 04/20/00
Posts: 1287
If you have the kwan, check out the Akai MPC4000. It's a full fledged sampler with drum-machine style pads and built-in sequencer. Also, large screen and the pics I've seen seem to suggest, you can connect it to a monitor.

If I really put my mind to it, there's no limit to what I can't afford.

-tek

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#3422 - 03/25/02 02:12 PM Re: Equipment decision? Sequencer. GrooveBx or Drum Machine??
jedi Offline
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Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 1125
Loc: Merrimack, N.H.
Hi SuperGuled,
Have you looked at the "Korg-Karma" , from what I hear they have some pretty cool drum sounds and I think you can add a sampling card.
Welcome to our corner of the web !!
jedi

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#3423 - 03/25/02 03:00 PM Re: Equipment decision? Sequencer. GrooveBx or Drum Machine??
SuperGlued Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/20/02
Posts: 5
Loc: Portland
Thanks everybody for the great advice. Wow this a responsive board

I think I am going to just save up and buy a workstation. I was eyeing the Karma for a while, but I think maybe the Triton LE or the Standard Triton may be the keyboard I go for. I just need to decide how important sampling is for someone like me...

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#3424 - 03/26/02 10:21 AM Re: Equipment decision? Sequencer. GrooveBx or Drum Machine??
tekminus Offline
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Registered: 04/20/00
Posts: 1287
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..Wow this a responsive board


Sure o innocent blissfully un-aware one, except on those special weeks, when it grinds to a halt for three days. You'll see.

-tek

[This message has been edited by tekminus (edited 03-26-2002).]

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