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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:44 pm    Post subject: Recommendations for a sequencer for a crazy setup
Subject description: It would be used live with a mix of MIDI and old analog drum machines
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I'm interested in playing live for the first time, and I was wondering what you all thought would be a good hardware sequencer for this setup:

Equipment being used:
Korg ER-1
Yamaha RX-11 drum machine
7+ analog drum synths
Roland SH-201

How they're being used:
Currently, I am creating patterns on the ER-1. However, I have assigned each voice a MIDI note (there are 10 voices, which include the 2 audio-in channels since you can assign MIDI notes to them as well) instead of using its built-in voices. This MIDI data is sent to the RX-11 drum machine. Why the RX-11? Because there are individual outs for each sample! I've assigned each sample to its respective MIDI note on the ER-1. Thus, the RX-11 drum samples trigger the analog drum machines.

Now, I'm throwing the Roland SH-201 into the mix. The 2 main reasons I bought the synth are the 1) obvious old school analog synth style knob tweaking and 2) the arpeggiator. Controlling this would obviously require more than what the ER-1 could provide, especially if I decide to do some step sequencing.

I'm sure most people would just ask, "just use a laptop, weirdo!" but I'd like to avoid it so I can focus on knob tweaking on the synth, drum machines, and various effects pedals I'd be using. Also - no MPCs. That's just too much for this. Wink

It's been a long while since I've been contributing to the forum. I've just moved out to Arizona and can finally visit regularly again!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:01 am    Post subject: Re: Recommendations for a sequencer for a crazy setup
Subject description: It would be used live with a mix of MIDI and old analog drum machines
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opg wrote:

Why the RX-11? Because there are individual outs for each sample! I've assigned each sample to its respective MIDI note on the ER-1. Thus, the RX-11 drum samples trigger the analog drum machines.


As you referred to your analog drumSynts as Drum Machines it took me a while to grasp what you were doing. That is: using the RX-11 as a MIDI note to trigger converter.

I have a Doepfer Regelwerk I like a lot. It does 8-part MIDI step sequencing and works as a 16 fader MIDI controller. Also it has 8 gate and control voltage outputs.

http://www.doepfer.de/rw_e.htm

I think they're out of production though, you'ld have to find a used one.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

oh right - sorry about that. Embarassed That's exactly what I'm doing.

Wow! That thing is crazy! Probably a bit more than I need, though. I was thinking of something more like the Yamaha QY-700.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I've got an older QY-70 that I'd sell for cheap if you were interested.

http://www.sonicstate.com/synth/_inc/picview.cfm?synthid=488

The clear plastic over the LCD is broken, but the machine works perfectly otherwise. It has great sequencing built-in, and is very tight (480ppqn IIRC). Patterns, songs, and even a variation scheme: 8 parts of a song (defined as "intro" "chorus1" etc, so you can just hit 1 button to change to a new group of sequences. Great little box, but I just don't find myself using it lately.

PM me if you'd like.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

hmm... I wonder why I didn't look into the QY-70 more. I certainly don't need something as huge as the QY-700. Perhaps I saw the design and just thought it was an SU-10 or SU-200 type thing (not that those are out of the question, either).

Anyways, I'll grab a copy of the manual and look into it. Thanks!

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