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Stupid Question... What EXACTLY is a Sequencer?


Zack Pomerleau

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Someone asked me this, and I had this face on: :confused: Is it just like a built in recorder, or is it WAY more than that, which I assume it is, sorry, I NEVER have really worked with Synths all that much. Big storm coming to Maine, that means my Keyboard has been delayed, was supposed to be in Tomorrow, or maybe Tuesday, but now Thursday, BOO.
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In case you feel like you missed out on something with your incoming Alesis QS, it does allow you to import sequences onto flash cards, but that may not be worth the bother. Maybe get yourself a cheap Alesis MMT8 or Yamaha QY series standalone hardware MIDI sequencer... that should satisfy your needs.

 

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In addition to synthizen2's recommendation, also consider a computer-based sequencer which can be picked up inexpensively too. MIDI up the QS8 and have a blast. :cool:

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Its a device for decoding DNA.

 

The term MIDI sequencer really is obsolete these days. MIDI recorder and/or editor would be more accurate for most current systems.

 

Probably the key distinguishing character of a sequencer should be that the MIDI can be generated offline, one event at a time, either by using a matrix of some sort, (an arpeggiator for example) or else using step time.

 

 

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Yeah, and sometimes a secuencer is a thing someones fight with instead of make music... (specially that "friendly" Yamaha P250 Secuencer...) :crazy:

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Yeah, and sometimes a secuencer is a thing someones fight with instead of make music... (specially that "friendly" Yamaha P250 Secuencer...) :crazy:

 

Right.

From the MIDI Musicians's dictionary:

Sequencer: An electronic device that invokes violent profanity by its user.

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In electronic music, a sequencer can be something entirely different from what others here are describing, which is a midi recorder.

 

It can also be a pattern based sequencer, which plays back midi or control voltage patterns (kind of like a drum machine's pattern mode) OR it can be a step sequencer, which engages several rows of knobs one column at a time by advancing the active stage via a clock. This type predates all others and was used on the original Moog modular synthesizer, and was invented even earlier by Raymond Scott.

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