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Workstation Arranger Help


MakingMusic

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The arranger workstations have tons of "styles" that basically give you a "canned" rhythm section just by hitting a chord, and typically have several intros, outros, and particularly "main" sections for the song to choose from, so you're not stuck with the same few bars looping endlessly and the song can "build." They also have pretty good or even better voices than workstation keyboards these days, albeit generally with more of a focus on acoustic rather than synth sounds, but the editing ability tends to be pretty limited (you're basically restricted to presets, whereas you can create your "own" sounds as limited by the synth engine of a production workstation), and they often lack the expandability of a production workstation (e.g. expansion cards with new samples/voices on them.)

 

Basically, they're for what they're marketed for... it's not that one can't always do what the other does, but they're optimized for those specific tasks.

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Expanding a bit on what soundscape said.

 

If your focus is writing lyrics and you don't want to write drum parts, bass parts, rhythms, etc... then an arranger is for you.

 

If you want to write all aspects of the song including all instrument parts, then a workstation is better.

 

There is some crossover. Workstations usually come with rhythm patterns and arps to get you started, but nothing close to what you get on an arranger. The arranger may allow programming of individual parts, but that is not the focus as it is with the workstation.

 

So, are you a lyricist looking for automatic parts to help you put together a song or are you a musician wanting a keyboard with a good sequencer and lots of sounds so you can record all of the parts?

 

Robert

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