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Re: Ebay (Was Re: Selecting vendors)

The DX200 sequencer is very limited - only 12 or 16 steps. But it's easy 
to use and convenient to set up e.g. percussion parts. It also has a 
"free envelope" which lets you record knob movements into the sequencer 
(up to 8 measures long). 16 voice polyphony.
Personally I don't believe in workstations, I would rather optimize each 
If you want a sequencer for composition, software is the way to go. If 
you want a hardware sequencer for performance, look into the Emu XL-7 or 
Yamaha RM1x.
The motif doesn't look like it has much of an interface for editing or 
manipulating sequences.
If all you want to do is record and play back, it's probably fine.

My philosophy on buying computers is the same as for synths - you are 
much better off with 1-2 yr old technology for half the price, 
especially if you're not sure that you need any of the "bells and 
whistles." Once you've used it for a while and know better exactly what 
you want, by then you can get it for the lower prices (and you won't 
have to pay for things it turns out you didn't need). Plus you can sell 
your old gear for close to what you paid. The latest stuff will 
depreciate much more rapidly. Well, I guess it's a good thing for the 
vendors that not everyone follows this approach! They rely on people 
being enticed by the newest.
Re-read this quote from your last post:
 >> it's often a good idea to buy more than you need at the time of 
purchase, since a year or two down the road it'll be obsolete anyway

I urge you to reconsider this logic!

One other thing. When it comes to synths (and other technologies too I'm 
sure), It's often better to start with something simple and put your 
energy into developing a sense of how you want to use it.
Too many features can be a creative distraction (as has been discussed 
in another thread). As you learn more, you may want to go in a different 
direction, which will be much easier if you haven't already invested in 
an all-in-one solution.

Jeff Shirkey wrote:

>> BTW, if you want DX-7 style FM synthesis, pick up a DX200. For under 
>> $200, it has the DX-7 engine and is even compatible with the existing 
>> DX-7 library. But it also has knobs, an analog style filter, effects, 
>> and a sequencer.
> How good is the sequencer? What is its note capacity? Polyphony on 
> this particular unit is...? I can probably look into those things 
> myself. But it's not just DX7 sounds I'm after. I want a workstation 
> and a pretty advanced machine to do sequences with to use as backing 
> tracks (for practice or composition), and so on. The Motif line has 
> fantastic drum sounds, basses, and on and on and on.
> On the other hand, they probably will be blowing out the regular 
> ("classic") Motif 6s now. Prices have already been cut $300. But I'm 
> of two minds about buying something that is on its way out 
> technologically speaking. On the one hand, you can save some cash. But 
> in the long run, is it worth it? Just like buying computers, it's 
> often a good idea to buy more than you need at the time of purchase, 
> since a year or two down the road it'll be obsolete anyway. That 
> doesn't mean your machine won't still be very good--it will. But it 
> might (?) make sense to spend more for all the extra bells and 
> whistles you may not think you need right away, but perhaps will 
> become part of your repertoire down the road.
> Jeff