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hardware sequencer #2998146 07/11/19 11:55 AM
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wondering if there is any hardware sequencers, that is reasonably priced available for purchase. I want to stay away from sequencing on a DAW on a computer. all I want to do is lay down some tracks from my keyboards. loop the sequence, edit it, etc. and then save it for future recall.

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Re: hardware sequencer [Re: lsj] #2998150 07/11/19 12:32 PM
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For about $150 I'd buy a used Alesis MMT-8. That thing was a monster in its day.

Re: hardware sequencer [Re: lsj] #2998155 07/11/19 01:02 PM
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Old used AKAI MPC ???

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Re: hardware sequencer [Re: lsj] #2998158 07/11/19 01:38 PM
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Roland MC-xxx

They say you can swap out the 3.5” disc drive for a USB port emulator.
http://llamamusic.com/s50s550/S-760_USBFDE.html

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Ah, just buy a Kronos. laugh


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Re: hardware sequencer [Re: ksoper] #2998206 07/11/19 07:28 PM
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researched the mmt-8 and it is impressive and what I could use. the only thing is the tape back-up. what are the other ways of backing up the memory and not using floppy discs.

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I still use a Yamaha QX5

Re: hardware sequencer [Re: lsj] #2998234 07/11/19 11:12 PM
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If you don't want a keyboard workstation like a Korg Kross, Kronos or whatever, then Pyramid might be worth a look.

https://squarp.net/pyramid

On the lower end of production units there's the Novation Circuit.

Then there's the used market.

Re: hardware sequencer [Re: Al Coda] #2998237 07/11/19 11:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Al Coda
Old used AKAI MPC ???
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Good start, but buying old used gear often leads to a trail of woes. An Alesis MMT-8 is a brute force approach whose days are numbered. Same with the Roland MC line; I loved my MC-500, but still, yikes. Cassette storage is like opening your wrists with a butter knife. The Akai Professional MPC Studio retails at $399. It does feature some nice DAW connectivity, but its basically a stand-alone instrument with a 9 GB library. You'd have to read up on its editing capabilities, but if it has the means you need most, that $399 could be a bargain when stacked up against a $200 vintage box that'll need $500 worth of repairs. It'll be hard to find a hardware sequencer that isn't spliced onto a workstation or analog beastie. You will have a very hard time finding decent blank floppies in a USB flash drive/SD card world. The storage media issues can turn old gear into a lovely piece of pop art for your wall.


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Old used AKAI MPC ???
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The Akai Professional MPC Studio retails at $399. It does feature some nice DAW connectivity, but its basically a stand-alone instrument with a 9 GB library. You'd have to read up on its editing capabilities, but if it has the means you need most, that $399 could be a bargain when stacked up against a $200 vintage box that'll need $500 worth of repairs.


This is probably the best modern solution. I watched a guy use one who knew his way around it and it's impressive. I did love my MMT-8/Data Disk, though.

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Maybe get an iPad and run a basic sequencer on that? Pretty simple interface.
OK, not hardware but usually simple to use.


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Originally Posted by David Emm

The Akai Professional MPC Studio retails at $399. It does feature some nice DAW connectivity, but its basically a stand-alone instrument with a 9 GB library. You'd have to read up on its editing capabilities, but if it has the means you need most, that $399 could be a bargain when stacked up against a $200 vintage box that'll need $500 worth of repairs.

Originally Posted by ksoper
This is probably the best modern solution.


agree with Ken here.


A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things
Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
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If you can find a Yamaha QX series, any of them, or the Roland MC500MkII.

I still use a battery powered QX when I play my Accordion gigs.
I wear a pair of Bluetooth monitors the QX and my Accrdion.

Just simple Kick Drum Tuba and Mariachi Horns when I go from Italian, to Polkas to Ranchero.
Right across from the State Capital.
Walk around and take requests and rake in more tips than I make a week hauling my rig around.

It’s only a few times a year but the QX series have made me bank for 35 years now.
The QX-1 was where it all started.
50 bucks used last time I looked.


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Ya. I was saying. You can ditch the floppy drive on the MC-500. There are USB port drive emulators. Save/load your sequences on a thumb drive. They work on Akai samplers too. Awesome.


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Originally Posted by ElmerJFudd
Ya. I was saying. You can ditch the floppy drive on the MC-500. There are USB port drive emulators. Save/load your sequences on a thumb drive. They work on Akai samplers too. Awesome.


THESE work in almost everything,-

even in a old Yammi QX-1 ... (which I still own in original working condition).

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Another solid sequencer to consider is the Kawai Q-80.

Re: hardware sequencer [Re: Al Coda] #2998336 07/12/19 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Al Coda
Originally Posted by ElmerJFudd
Ya. I was saying. You can ditch the floppy drive on the MC-500. There are USB port drive emulators. Save/load your sequences on a thumb drive. They work on Akai samplers too. Awesome.


THESE work in almost everything,-

even in a old Yammi QX-1 ... (which I still own in original working condition).

A.C.



Love these kinds of mods keeping gear useful and relevant and out of the junkyard.


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Originally Posted by analogman1
Maybe get an iPad and run a basic sequencer on that? Pretty simple interface.
OK, not hardware but usually simple to use.


I started learning how to use Xequence 2, one of the few linear sequencers available for IOS. Most IOS sequencers are pattern-oriented, and so don't work well with the "just record whatever I play until I press stop" workflow. UI and workflow looks quite nice so far. It has a resolution of 16384 PPQ.

http://seven.systems/xequence2/en/why/

Re: hardware sequencer [Re: rod76] #2998437 07/13/19 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by rod76
Another solid sequencer to consider is the Kawai Q-80.




Yeah, I still have and use mine that I got in 1991 and haven't even had to change the battery yet!
Quite versatile and powerful editing.

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