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Arpeggiators and Sequencers

Sun Nov 28, 2021 10:40 pm

I feel like nobody uses these. They build them into almost every midi keyboard and synth but honestly when was the last time you heard a hit record that featured an arpeggiator?

Not hating but geez they were popular for like 3 years in the 80's. The technology is no longer groundbreaking.
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Re: Arpeggiators and Sequencers

Tue Nov 30, 2021 12:32 pm

That is probably due to the new features and whatnot guizmos appearing every now and then which drags creators attention. Then when an fx features in a hit song, that creates a fad for same; until the next new fx shine in a new hit song…

Since vinyl records came back on the market, I’m pretty sure that sequencer and arpeggiator will eventually come back too…
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Re: Arpeggiators and Sequencers

Thu Dec 02, 2021 11:59 am

I've now written several songs which needed "a simple arpeggiated musical line," say plucked by a guitar, in which I took advantage of a software crutch. I don't apologize for that. It produced "the sound that I wanted" in the least amount of time and effort, and that was my only goal.

"Sequencers" were a mainstay of 1980's and 1990's musical performances. For instance, I once bought a strategic seat at an A-Ha concert so that I could watch how they did it. As they played their iconic song, Take On Me, I was astounded to witness the number of intricate musical parts that their keyboardist didn't(!) play. He simply mashed a button, thus treating the audience to a perfect rendition of the part which they knew from the records they had bought. "Perfect," no doubt, because they had once done exactly the same thing in the studio.

I don't fault them for that ...

"Drum Machines," another mainstay of the time, were never anything more than "percussion sequencers." They became a defining signature of the sound.

Hey – you did whatever you needed to do to produce product more easily, given the technology of the day.
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Re: Arpeggiators and Sequencers

Thu Dec 02, 2021 1:58 pm

I didn’t know that about “Take On Me” that’s pretty cool :) I guess I was wrong about Arpeggiators and Sequencers there are actually hit songs that have used them. Another one that I just thought of was the intro to “Hungry Like the Wolf”
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Re: Arpeggiators and Sequencers

Thu Dec 02, 2021 3:38 pm

I am today quite sure that these artists took full advantage of available technology, each and every time that they could.

After all, in those days (which I remember quite well ...), no other musical technology existed.

Musicians did spend $100,000+ for tools like "Fairlights" and "Synclaviers" in order to gain a musical edge, but free software like Audacity and GarageBand today has far greater capabilities.
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Re: Arpeggiators and Sequencers

Sat Jan 08, 2022 10:57 pm

Trance. A whole genre that was built on the use of arpeggiators.
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Re: Arpeggiators and Sequencers

Wed Jan 12, 2022 8:20 am

When I listen to "Hip Hop" and in fact a lot of music that you hear getting cranked out today, I know that the sequencer and the drum-machine didn't go far away. You know that no person and no drummer is playing those parts. Heck, I just the other day heard yet another song where they'd sampled the singer's voice into a keyboard and probably-arpeggiated that. It was hackneyed back then and it's hackneyed now, but, there it was.
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