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    question about a piece of equipment that I don't know what it's called

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    I remember seeing these small boxes that produced backing tracks, rhythm guitar, bass and drum machine. I have a friend who could really use one but I don't even know what to search for, what are these things called?

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    Band In A Box? It's actually software, but you could use it to create what you want, then put it on a digital recorder/player.
    "... I know in the mornin' that it's gonna be good
    when I stick out my elbows and they don't bump wood." - Bill Kirchen

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    no this is not software, but thanks.

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    Something like this..... an arranger?
    Roland BK-7m Arranger Module | Sweetwater
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    Yes like that but hopefully less expensive, thanks.

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    There's a bunch of these things that date back to the late 60s. Became popular in the mid-70s and added sophistication as electronics improved.
    In fact, you're simply paying for sophistication.
    Every old "home organ" out there has something like this built in. I recently saw a Kimball organ on CL for $50 or so. It had a fairly involved auto-accompaniment panel. $50, a saw, and soldering.
    Naturally, later units were tailored to more specific needs including one-man-band shows. The "Guitorgan" was a rig that actually wired the frets and connected with a huge 50 conductor cable to the guitar. The performer played guitar; played bass peds; and sang while the Guitorgan filled in strings, organ, brass, and all kinds of other layers with drums of every stripe. That was over 30 years ago.

    Search for things like "auto-accompaniment" or "rhythm computer" maybe.

    In short, what you ask is WAY too generalized. This stuff numbers in the hundreds over the course of longer than your lifetime.
    On the good side, you got plenty to choose from. On the bad side, there's gonna be a little more homework involved.

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