Best cheap hardware sequencer?

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Best cheap hardware sequencer?

Post by Concept » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:24 am

Hi folks : ).

I'm looking to get into making some music. Ambient breakzy stuff preferably. I'd prefer to use a hardware sequencer at first due to the tactile nature of the hardware and the ease of use of having something with a synth and a drum machine built in (preferably with a sampler).

What are the options for a beginner in this area, and have things moved on in this area from the days of the MC-303/RMX1?

Advice appreciated. : )

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Post by mcbpete » Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:09 pm

Ross might be able to suggest otherwise (as I believe he's going more and more hardware orientated), but I'd honestly suggest starting with software first for making music and if you want the tactile nature of hardware get a generic midi controller like the Korg Nano range

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It could be that you start making tracks with all that hardware and find out it's not for you, but as you've written the above I'm guessing you have a computer so are ready to go already with no expense to worry about !

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Re: Best cheap hardware sequencer?

Post by Ross » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:15 pm

I don't have a sequencer, just a bunch of synths (with built in sequencers like the Volcas), so I can't help sadly!

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Re: Best cheap hardware sequencer?

Post by Spryte. » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:40 am

Depends on how cheap though.. Wouldn't an MPC1000 with JJOS be a good hardware sequencer choice?

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Re: Best cheap hardware sequencer?

Post by ob8 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:10 pm

I had a Alesis MMT8 ages ago, and also a MPC2000XL sometime after. I would recommend the Akai as its easy to use, i like the pads, good for looping so you don't have to play every second of every track by hand. Lots of drum samples available for it also.

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