Dear Matt, Yes, you are quite correct, the early sequencers that were created by both Peter Bauman and Edgar Froese were computers, just as a digital watch, or even an analogue calculator is a computer (we won't mention that the synthesizers themselves are computers, too) in that sense. Now, I will be the first one to agree with you in "click and drag" composing being a wonderful thing, especially since it brings more to bear when trying to create something new, and also for recreating a particuliar phrase or passage by a different instrument. As to the original point of this post, placing all of one's eggs in the same basket can get you into troubles when it goes down on you during a gig. Another issue is that so much of a computer's resources are going to be in just running the OS, let alone any of the software/hardware within the system. Going with separate boxes has always ended up being the better way for me personally, as it leaves more options open should something go wrong. There is also that fact that a separate effect unit usually has more control over a particuliar effect than with a system that has quite a number of different effects in them. All in all, the most important part is to have fun! Tchus, Lee-ohki.