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    Hello.
    What is the best dedicated hardware sequencer for programming complex rhythms (jungle, drum and bass, tribal, funk, dub, jazz, etc) and performing live? I don't want to use the computer on stage or even have to turn it on to compose music. I am familiar with software like Studio Vision and Cubase. I'm thinking about selling my MC-303 and MC-50 mkII and getting the Yamaha RM1x instead. I've heard it's pretty good for jungle/house/techno, but the sounds aren't too great. Are they any other good master sequencers out there? Roland MC-505? AKAI MPC-2000? EMU XP-7? I have samplers and synths and don't want a lot of canned sounds, just a trusty sequencer.


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    I have an RM1X, and I love it. Sure, the sounds are cheesy, but you can make them sound original and quite good if you run them through external effects. The main reason I got the RM1X is to run my other hardware, and it does a damn fine job of it. The editing capabilites of this thing are incredible. Plus, it has internal memory, which means no backing up data constantly. I've had mine for about a month and a half, using it for 5-8 hours a day, and I still haven't touched on everything it can do. I can't speak for other hardware sequencers because this is the first one I've had.

    Oh, it has sixteen sections, with sixteen tracks each, which makes for great live pattern-based playing.
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    The RS7000 sequencer is an enhanced RM1X so I'd have to say the RS7000.
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    the rs7000 is similar to the korg triton based on function, not looks, i.e. same number of drum sets, but at about half the price. not bad.

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    The RS7000 can also sample...
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    I'm an RM1X user and just tried out the RS7000. That box is almost perfect.

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    Thanks for the insight. I think the rs7000 is a good tool, but I have yet to read any reviews of it on line or in print. Anybody got any opinions?
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    Hey.. I say go for the RM1X. I just picked up one about a week ago. I scored a mint one off ebay for $400. I already had a nice E-mu sampler, so I couldnt justify spending the extra cash on the new yamaha unit. I was really after a no-frills box just to sequence with. There doesnt really seem to be anything great out there without built in sound modules or sampler functions. The rm1x seemed to have the best features to price ratio.

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    hey, I've been doing research on hardware sequencers too. I've been leaning toward a Yamaha QY-700. It's strictly a sequencer with GM sounds.
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