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Re: Rise of the machines

Right, but in my thinking that's just a sequencer without enough 
features.  Words like "groovebox" or "command station" are from 
marketers.  Granted, they want to distinguish they're products from 
"drum machines" but they all fall into the family of sequencer.

At first I kind of liked the way the Roland devices worked, but I grew 
to hate it.  They lump "percussion" in one track and sometimes I don't 
want all my percussion going.  Also, sometimes I want to filter or 
effect just the snare, but I had to effect the whole drum track.  Too 
limiting.  The Command Stations work this out much better letting you 
have 32 channels that you can put whatever you damn want on, mixing and 
matching as you go.


On Saturday, July 5, 2003, at 03:11 PM, Travis wrote:

> They're actually a bit different.  Your classic drum machine lets you 
> play one pattern at a time, and chain patterns together to form 
> "songs".  A pattern can be comprised of various drum/percussion 
> sounds, but they're all on or all off within the pattern.  You can't 
> mute individual parts of a groove (high hat, snare, etc).
> A lot of groove boxes allow this, which makes them far superior in my 
> book.  It's like each drum is on it's own track, and you can mute or 
> solo tracks while maintaining the overall synchronization.  This helps 
> get rid of that "canned drum machine" feel to some degree.
> TravisH
> On Saturday, July 5, 2003, at 02:22 PM, 
> Loopers-Delight-d-request@loopers-delight.com wrote:
>> Well, a drum machine is just a sequencer with drum sounds.  Companies 
>> are marketing these things as "grooveboxes" or "Command Stations."  
>> Call them what you like, but the end result is the same.  Some have 
>> more features and sounds than others.