Saul wrote:It looks to me like manufacturers are looking to "offload" sequencing to mobile devices that can easily be connect to the keyboard. Personally I have never gotten on with on-board sequencers. They are way too clunky and too many things to do before you can actually record anything. All I want or need is to press record and whatever I play goes straight to a track. No faffing about with settings just record and go. Once recorded I can then move things around as I wish. That would be fine for me but unfortunately most keyboard sequencers don't work like that. The closest I have seen is Roland's skipback sampling which is constantly recording everything you play, all be it with a limitation of around 45 seconds before it overwrites stuff already in the buffer. My needs are simply though. I'm not putting together any grand orchestrated film scores here or anything like that.
So for me the move away from on-board sequencers is fine but I do appreciate for many that will not be the case.
I am a bit puzzled as to why the price of the MOXF has actually increased by quite an amount here in the UK. Many people are focused on price these days so perhaps allowing the price to increase plays into Roland's hands with the DS and FA.
I don't know...perhaps it is my long experience with hardware workstations,that affords me the patience to work with them(being that I started out on the Korg M1,which had a display about the size of the MX's screen.)Computer workstations will always have faster workflow,due to the graphical interface...but even still,when it comes down to mixing,mastering and all of the fine tuning,until the song is polished fully...computer DAW's can be tedious as well.
You really have to enjoy the whole process of recording and that's all you need,to get through it(regardless of what platform you use.)
Actually,in the case of the MOXF,laying down ideas directly into the sequencer from the program mode,is wonderfully easy and being able to layer sounds and saturate them with effects without having to worry about snaps,crackles,pops and crashes...is also a welcome way to create,obviously.
The one slight hindrance is the MOXF's screen,but then having Cubase to go to to finish off a tune,will make the MOXF for me,an all around gratifying experience for me.As for the price increase on the MOXF...well...that's an issue for you in your neck of the woods,but not here(can't possible fathom the reasoning behind that....unless it's just retailers capitalizing on the impending rarity of this product(which really,shouldn't be legal??)
The again though(about 12 years ago)....there was a musical instrument store here in my town and the **shole who ran the place,was charging $329 for a pair of $100 Roland studio monitors and to this day,that was the worst case of blatant greed,I had ever seen,from a music store.
Of course though now,online purchases are so commonplace,that local retailers simply cannot afford to pull such evil schemes as those.