zanpakto (zanpakto) wrote in audioeng,

Hard Disk Recorder or Sampler / Sequencer / Workstation??

I am not sure what my next purchase should be. I need something to create full songs on. I had a QY100 for sequencing my keyboards and extra sounds, but it didn't cut it...the sounds were weak, but the buttons were too small for my fingers and the interface is too old (too repetitive for editing)

1. Plug my guitar and synths in (audio track recording, at least 8)
2. Midi Sync (I have an electribe)
3. programmable drums?
4. insert and mastering effects
5. Easy to edit & compose full songs on it

I make mostly electronic music but do play guitar. So I'm not sure if I should get an MV-8000 series, or just say screw it to midi and get a BR or other recorder, which has cosm FX for my guitar. I like the korg m3 / triton, but I'm not sure if they record like a hard disk. I think the fantom is cool, but some of its sounds are whack.

I think I just want something thats FUN and not too technical. The reason I had trouble with the QY100 is because I'm getting sick of midi / logic pro. I want to lay a bunch of tracks down and not get caught up switching patches / nudging midi notes, and have them right there on boot up.

What are your experiences? Whats your favourite gear to make full tracks on.

I have even looked at the Roland SP-808ex, but I'm not sure if its too old.

P.S. I loved the Alesis fusion when I had it, but it was too buggy and also don't recommend me anything that is even a little bit glitchy.
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sp-808ex is awesome if you upgrade the Zip drive to the faster newer one.
But then you'll have a hard time finding Zip cartridges, because those things are deprecated.

Yamaha Motif XS is totally sweet.

Have you tried using the computer with an Audio interface?

If you wanna try the free stuff, check this Live CD:
If you don't need simultaneous 8 inputs, i recommend getting a fairly simple external soundcard with at least 1 input of the type you need and low latency, and acquire a nice DAW (ableton live is highly recommended, with a low, not-very-technical learning curve and tons of FUN). Then you can record, mix and tweak as many tracks as you want, with lots of power and potential. To hear an example of music created solely in Ableton live and including both programmed and raw recorded instrumentation (i'm using a m-audio firewire 410 for recording input, it's good for low latency and recording quality but a tad buggy, so i would not recommend it), check out some of the stuff here