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    Keyboards for dummies question: for all intents and purposes, what's the (practical) diff? I get that a sequencer is recording the MIDI data, not the sounds themselves, but if I record something with a keyboard's sequencer or with its recorder and play it back, it would be the same...is the only diff that with the sequencer I can capture and edit it because it's MIDI and not recording the actual sounds? If so, what's the advantage to having a recorder?

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    A sequencer can be a recorder, also. But, its either MIDI, or, audio you work with. With a arranger/workstation-type keyboard, you can do about everything with the MIDI sequencer. You've got a song sequencer, as opposed to a couple bars of on/off switches repeating itself

    I don't have anything that will record audio, but its probably out there.

    Working with a DAW, I want tracks for MIDI and the Audio

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    A sequencer only works with midi. As soon as you want to add vocals or other nonmidi instruments, you need a recorder.
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    A sequencer just runs through some ordered programming - like on a LP record. In the synth world, its just switching like on this old Korg;


    With MIDI, they got around to making straight-out recorders. Like with my Korg SQD-1, the REC button is right there : )


    So, that is, basically, a song sequencer vs a pattern sequencer. A recorder is, usually, MIDI

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    I kind of doubt that is the type of sequencer he was talking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farview View Post
    I kind of doubt that is the type of sequencer he was talking about.
    Modern keyboards and old keyboards aren't strangers over here. I just don't have any analog (only) sequencers as I love my MIDI. I will be getting the $100 Korg analog sequencer they introduced for the Volca series as I slowly creep into budget Modular, but no rush on that. Outside of MIDI, one can use the LFO to trigger another OSC as a simple sequencer. On my Kastle, on the lower right, there is patch pin out for LFO square and triangle wave out. That is old school sequencing


    EDIT; In the context, we make the Low Frequency OSC into the Beat generator - sequentially triggering your kick, or, snare, etc..

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    But again, what does any of that have to do with the original post/question?

    We all understand that you have a vast collection of equipment that most people on this board never knew existed, but for this person asking this question in that context, a 40 year old analog sequencer, or its modern cousin is not what he is referring to.
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    I told him in message #2 that a sequencer can be a recorder

    Message #3 says this;
    "A sequencer only works with midi. As soon as you want to add vocals or other nonmidi instruments, you need a recorder."

    Un-informed response

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    You are fighting with a mix of old and new terms. A sequencer used to just record, manipulate and replay MIDI - in from a keyboard, then out to a variety of other keyboards, synths and samplers. Nobody called them digital workstations. Then (using Cubase for me) the latest version recorded MIDI and Audio - audio in from the sound card, then via the sound card, out again. I had 16 channels of digital audio from two 8 channel Soundscape cards - and at first it recorded and played - then did some eq, then sends, using the 16 in and 16 out - so you used your old fashioned analogue interface. Then they started making plug-ins and you could do stuff inside the computer. My cubase system is still a sequencer, it's now a DAW too, and probably a recorder, although I've never called it that. If you buy a modern workstation, you can do it however you like.

    As for keyboards that record - my Korg does it. It has a record button, and apparently I can even plug a mic into it. No idea how it works because Cubase does all these things better. None of my kind of audio recording and editing would be possible on a keyboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garww View Post
    I told him in message #2 that a sequencer can be a recorder

    Message #3 says this;
    "A sequencer only works with midi. As soon as you want to add vocals or other nonmidi instruments, you need a recorder."

    Un-informed response
    I used the terms he used, as he used them, so he could easily understand the response. By the very nature of his question, he doesn't realize that most platforms these days do both, so you rarely have to choose between the two.
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