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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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Grooveboxes översikt

Dante AVIO Analog Output Adapter 0x2 C.Giant LP-6210C Black Electro Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb Steinberg UR-RT2 Presonus Studio One 4 Pro UG Prof/Prod Vic Firth SIH2 Roland TM-6 Pro Drum Trigger Module TritonAudio FetHead Fender SQ J.Mascis Jazzmaster 2018 Dante AVIO Analog Input Adapter 2x0 Marshall Major III Bluetooth Black Harley Benton TE-7 FanFret FBB 2018 DLX
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Dante AVIO Analog Output Adapter 0x2

Y Adapter Enables the output of analogue audio line signals from a Dante network, RJ45 Metal plug with built-in LEDs, 2 XLR male outputs, 96 KHz / 24 bit, Robust housing for day-to-day tasks while touring, Fully functional Dante...

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169 €
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C.Giant LP-6210C Black

Keyboard 61 Keys with touch dynamics, 162 Sounds, 200 Rhythms, 61 Percussion effects, 50 Demo songs, Fill-in, sync and rhythms variations, Split function, Chord, Recording, Pitch bend wheel, Microphone input, Line out sockets, Headphone output, Sustain pedal connection, USB...

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69 €
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Electro Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb

Electro Harmonix Oceans 11 Reverb, effects pedal, 11 different reverb types: HALL, SPRING, PLATE, REVRS, ECHO, TREM, MOD, DYNA, AUTO-INF, SHIM and POLY, Tails switch: Select whether the reverb fades out naturally or stops immediately when the pedal is switched...

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149 €
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Steinberg UR-RT2

4x 2 USB 2.0 Audio Interface Up to 24-bit/192 kHz, 2 Class-A D-PRE microphone preamps with + 48 V phantom power, Rupert Neve Designs transformer switchable on each front input channel, 2 Analog XLR/jack combo inputs plus 2 line...

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325 €
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Presonus Studio One 4 Pro UG Prof/Prod

Audio MIDI Sequencer (DAW) (download) Upgrade from Presonus Studio One Professional 1-3 / Producer 2 to Studio One 4 Professional Sleek single-window philosophy, Consistent drag-and-drop functionality throughout, Project page allows integrated mastering with DDP export, Redbook...

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146 €
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Vic Firth SIH2

Vic Firth SIH2 isolation headphones, (reduces overall noise levels by 25 dB). successor of the legendary Vic Firth SIH-1 headphones, features redesigned larger driver in the ear cups that deliver a more powerful low end, cleaner mids and clear highs...

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79 €
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Roland TM-6 Pro Drum Trigger Module

Trigger Module For acoustic drummers who want to extend the sound possibilities of their drums with electronic sounds, 500 one-shot sounds, 268 V-Drum sounds, 80 Drum kits, SDHC card slot for importing your own samples, 6x 6.3 mm stereo...

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789 €
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TritonAudio FetHead

TritonAudio FetHead, in-line microphone preamplifier, XLR 3-pole female XLR 3-pole male, ultra low noise Class A JFet amplifier, 27dB amplification (@3 KOhm load), 4 matched JFets, 24-48V Phantom Power required, for Ribbon & Dynamic microphones, shields phantom power from...

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69 €
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Fender SQ J.Mascis Jazzmaster 2018

Electric Guitar J.Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) Artist Model, Body: Basswood, Neck: Maple, Fretboard: Indian Laurel, Neck profile: C, 21 Jumbo frets, Nut width: 42.5 mm, Scale: 648 mm, Pickups: 2 Jazzmaster single coils, Adjusto-Matic bridge with vintage style floating tremolo,...

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498 €
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Dante AVIO Analog Input Adapter 2x0

Dante AVIO Analog Input Adapter 2x0; converts analog audio line signals to feed any Dante-connected system; 96 kHz / 24 Bit; fully-functional Dante interface; adjustable signal levels: +24dBu / +4dBu / 0dBu/ 0dBV /-10dBV (through Dante Controller); frequency Response: 20Hz...

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169 €
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Marshall Major III Bluetooth Black

Marshall Major III Bluetooth Black stereo headphones, on-ear design, closed back, foldable, Bluetooth® aptX Technology, up to 30 h running time, control knob on headphone, 40 mm moving coil dynamic speaker, newly constructed hinges and headband for a better fitting,...

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133 €
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Harley Benton TE-7 FanFret FBB 2018 DLX

Harley Benton"TE-7 FanFret FBB 2018 DLX, 7-string Fanned Fret electric guitar, TE-Style with reversed headstock, body: ash, top: Flame Maple, neck: 5-ply maple/nato neck, neck mount: bolt on, neck form: Modern C-Profil, fingerboard: Roseacer, inlays: offset DOT inlays, 24 fanned...

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304 €
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