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3. Is a Groovebox for me?

If you’re looking to get into music production but find computer setups intimidating or lacking immediacy and hands-on control, but still want a powerful, fully-featured compositional tool, then a Groovebox could be just what you’re looking for. As they’re designed purely for music making and are generally quick to get to grips with, ‘ease of use’ is the most telling term often used by reviewers and users. If you’re a musician who is coming to technology for the first time, then a Groovebox can be a great introduction. And solo instrumentalists not wishing to learn how to program other instruments can make use of the hundreds of available preset patterns that cover many different music styles. Other compositional tools such as phrase patterns and arpeggiators can help to initiate ideas and be used as starting points for compositions, along with your own stored ‘user’ patterns.

Even a live performer who already uses technology in their music may not wish to take their desktop computer out on the road, or invest in a new laptop with all the necessary peripherals. A Groovebox can make either a good alternative as a sole writing and performance tool, or something that can be used in conjunction with an existing home computer setup. A Groovebox’s chassis is designed to withstand the rigours of touring, and as they are self-contained, you don’t have to worry about losing your audio interface’s FireWire cable, or the power supply for your laptop. For live dance music, realtime controls enhance spontaneous creativity, allowing you to open up a sound’s filter cut-off, trigger a series of phrases, or make ad-hoc changes to the set structure.

Grooveboxes are also popular with DJs. DJing today consists of much more than just two turntables and a mixer, as decks are being replaced with high-spec laptops, and vinyl with mp3 files. Setups such as these can now be supplemented with additional sequences and sounds synced to your set, and in the case of products like the Roland MC series, specific DJ controls and ‘turntable emulation’ are also on offer.

In a studio or home setup you could be excused for thinking that the Groovebox no longer has a place, having been usurped by the desktop computer system, but here it excels with its dedicated hardware and the ability to tweak step sequence pitches or rhythms on the fly, or to quickly sync up an arpeggiator to your software and record the part across into your computer.

So in many areas of music production, the Groovebox still has its place. Let’s now take a look at a selection of the currently available products, and compare some of their ‘groovemaking’ features.

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Zestawienie Grooveboxes

Alesis Vortex Wireless 2 Alesis Surge Mesh Kit Adam T5V Subpac M2X Roland R-07 black Yamaha Stagepas 600BT Arturia Minibrute 2 Focal Listen Professional Heritage Audio HA-73 EQ Elite Focal Shape Twin Sound Devices MixPre-3 Yamaha Stagepas 400BT
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Alesis Vortex Wireless 2

Alesis Vortex Wireless 2; USB/MIDI Keytar Controller with Accelerometer; Portable Performance Keyboard with Shoulder Strap, 37 touch sensitive keys with aftertouch; Eight touch sensitive RGB illuminated Performance Pads, Eight illuminated faders for volume or parameter control; Programmable tilt sensor with...

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259 €
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Alesis Surge Mesh Kit

E-Drum Set 385 Sounds, 40 kits, 60 songs, Additional input for a fourth tom and a second crash pad, 2 Master outputs 6.3 mm mono jack, Headphone output 3.5 mm stereo jack, Aux input 3.5mm stereo jack, MIDI input...

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599 €
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Adam T5V

Active Nearfield Monitor Equipped with: 5" woofer and 1.9" U-ART ribbon tweeter, 2x Class-D amplifiers: 50W RMS woofer, 20W RMS tweeter, Frequency range: 45 - 25000 Hz, Crossover frequency: 3 kHz, Maximum input level: 106 dB (1m/pair), Rear bass...

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169 €
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Subpac M2X

Subpac M2X, Mobile tactile bass system, SubPac adds real depth, connection and enjoyment to whatever you play through it - your music and media comes to life with the added dimension of physical bass. Frequency Response: 1hz-200hz, Wired Input: 3.5mm...

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389 €
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Roland R-07 black

Portable MP3 / WAV Recorder with Bluetooth Functionality Stereo recordings up to 24 Bit / 96 kHz in WAV format or up to 396 kbps in MP3 format on microSD / SDHC card, Built-in stereo microphone, Integrated hybrid limiter,...

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229 €
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Yamaha Stagepas 600BT

Mini-PA System with Bluetooth Function Consisting of 2x passive 2-way boxes and 10-channel power mixers, Power mixers and speaker cables can be stored in the boxes for transportation, Successor of the Stagepas 600i, Including 2 speaker cables, each 6...

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799 €
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Arturia Minibrute 2

Arturia Minibrute 2; analog semi-modular Synthesizer; Combination of classic and modular Synthesizer; 25 note Keyboard with Aftertouch; Brute-Oscillator; Steiner-Parker-Filter; additional Loop-Envelope; linear FM; Hardsync; two free assignable LFOs; integrated Step Sequencer; Arpeggiator; 48 point Patchbay; Pitch- and Modulation Wheel; Connections:...

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655 €
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Focal Listen Professional

Headphones Closed, Circumaural, Conversion technology for acoustic transparency and dynamics, Impedance: 32 ohms, Sensitivity (@ 1 kHz - / 1 Vrms): 122 dB SPL, THD (THD, @ 1 kHz / 100 dB SPL): 0.3%, Frequency range: 5 Hz to...

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249 €
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Heritage Audio HA-73 EQ Elite

Heritage Audio HA-73 EQ Elite; 1-Channel Mic-Preamp wit EQ; based on the 1073; hand wound Carnhill Transformers; 3 stage fully discrete class A mic preamp; max. Gain: 80 dB Mic and 50 dB Line; -20 dB Pad; LO-Z switches the...

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939 €
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Focal Shape Twin

Active Near Field Monitor Tweeter with low directivity for flexible listening position, Closed design with two passive membranes for easy installation near the wall, 2.5-Way concept for optimal control of the bass and lower mids, Optimal integration through extensive...

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849 €
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Sound Devices MixPre-3

Sound Devices MixPre-3; portable audio recorder with USB audio interface; 5 tracks: stereo mix + 3 isolated tracks; Kashmir microphone preamp with 76db gain; equivalent Input Noise: 128dBu max (A-weighting, gain=76dB, 150 Ohm source impedance); limiter per channel; low cut...

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759 €
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Yamaha Stagepas 400BT

Mini-PA System Bluetooth Function Consisting of 2x passive 2-way boxes and 8-channel power mixers, Power mixers and speaker cables can be stored in the boxes for transportation, Successor of the Stagepas 400i, Including 2 speaker cables, each 6 m...

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555 €
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