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thekernel
*Edited 4th March 2017*

New Order: Powertran 1024, Yamaha QX1, Apple Mac & Mastertracks
Depeche Mode: ARP 1601, Roland MC-4b, NED Synclavier, Atari Cubase
Kraftwerk: Roland MC-8 & MC-4, Voyetra
Human League: Roland MC-8 & MC-4
Portishead 1994 - Atari Cubase
Basement Jaxx - Atari Cubase
Beloved: Atari Cubase
Royksopp: Atari ST Cubase, Voyetra
Prodigy: Roland W-30, Atari Cubase
Fluke: MMT8, Atari Cubase
Orbital: MMT8, Atari Cubase
Juno Reactor: Roland MC-202, Akai MPC-60, Atari Cubase
Underworld: Akai MPC 2000XL
Juan Atkins: Korg SQD1
Derrick May: Korg SQD1
Kevin Saunderson: Commodore 128, Dr. T's Sonus
808 State 1990 - Atari st with Hybrid arts SMPTE track
AIR - Atari st (sequencer unknown)
Dr.Dre: MPC3000
Plaid: Roland MC-500
LCD Sound System: Korg SQ-10

Fatboy Slim: MSQ700, MC500, Atari ST Creator
The Orb: Atari ST Notator
KLF: Atari ST Notator
David Arnold: Atari Notator
XPPRESS2 - Atari Notator
Sasha & Digweed - Atari Notator
Primal Scream 1991 - Atari Notator
Future Sound of London 1991 - Atari Notator
Howie B: Atari ST Notator
Goldie: Atari Notator

Ian Levine - Fairlight & Apple Mac, Mark of the Unicorn Performer & Composer
Aswad - MC500
Renegade Soundwave- Atari ST Pro24 III
Adamski - Ensoniq SQ80
Mantronix - Sequential Studio 440
Pascal Gabrial: Commodore 64, Steinberg Pro 16
suitandtieguy
I'm pretty sure the KLF were using Notator or Creator.
Bricks
thekernel wrote:
Boards of Canada (Roland MC-202?)


Ive seen that somewhere else too, so, probably in their arsenal
Just me
I sooo miss my Stacy 4 and Notator. (And aSTronomy and a few other programs that I really loved at the time.) Nothing today is as easy or simplisticly comprehensive as Notator was.
valis
During Eno's DX days and through the 1990s he used mostly PowerMac/Opcode sequencing.

http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/brian_eno/interviews/futmus95.html

And let's not forget his work with tape ; )
JohnLRice
ELP/Keith Emerson: Moog 960
Tangerine Dream: : Moog 960 and?
Larry Fast:
Johnisfaster
This is an odd topic, I mean a lot of the good electronic acts have been around 20 years or more. I'd imagine in that time you could list over 100 sequencers they've used in and out of the studio.

Look at Aphex Twins catelog, he's released something like 1000 songs. Likely it would be pretty hard to list the sequencers he's used.
criticalmonkey
eno uses logic - atleast he did most of the spore soundtrack in logic
dude
i remember reading an article a years ago which discussed basement jaxx early sampler/sequencers/gear were. i still love me a lot of rooty and kish kash. keep hoping their newer stuff was better. anyone heard/liked their most recent? sorry for the ot.
Johnisfaster
Autechre - Max/msp, logic, Alesis mmt-8, Roland MC-202, Yamaha RY-30, MPC-1000, Machinedrum, Monomachine and so on...
Morley
thekernel wrote:

Juan Atkins: Korg SQD-1 (!)


Derrick May too. He remixed a track of mine and did all the parts with an SQD-1


Jean Michel Jarre - MDB Polysequencer
A few of the Techno lot (early 90's) used a TR909 for sequencing
MicroFi
Morley wrote:
A few of the Techno lot (early 90's) used a TR909 for sequencing


How?
Triggering synths' internal sequencers? Or ... ?
Morley
It sends midi out from the patterns... Robert Leiner did it live. TR909, K2000 and Synthi AKS.
Each drum a different note.
Obviously it's single shot stuff but I used my TR505 that way too.
robotfunk
Yeah that's what I ended up doing, muting one bank of sounds on a Yamaha RY30 to send MIDI notes to my Synthex...

Forced to work this way after selling the ST and getting the Falcon and saving up for a year to get Logic Audio on it ... and when I got it .. it couldn't even loop a bar without stuttering .... grrr

programming was fast as hell tho, one of the reasons I'm building a hardware sequencer now is missing that speedy process..
cv slime 800
EDMX (DMX Krew) talks through composing a track in a studio special podcast while using an Akai MPC1000 with a Kenton Pro-Solo controlling his Analogue Systems modular:
http://dmxkrew.blogspot.com/2010/01/fifteen-studio-special.html

He also uses a Roland MC-500 shown in his studio pictures:
http://durftal.com/music/edmx/dmxstudio/
MicroFi
Morley wrote:
It sends midi out from the patterns... Robert Leiner did it live. TR909, K2000 and Synthi AKS.
Each drum a different note.
Obviously it's single shot stuff but I used my TR505 that way too.


Why didn't I think of that earlier?!
I'm going to hook up my TR-909 to my Jupiter-6 tonight.

Thanks for the info, Morley! thumbs up
Morley
It's great fun! Exceptionally good for short blippy sequences.
I am not sure in the 909 but you may need to activate the midi out somehow.. it's in the manual somewhere!
Babaluma
i think "famous artists and their sequences" would be a better topic for discussion.

not the tools but the entity that is using them, etc...
suitandtieguy
JohnLRice wrote:
Tangerine Dream: : Moog 960 and?


Oberheim DS-2
Projekt Elektronik stuff (Voltage Store Unit/Timecontroller/etc)
_possibly_ PPG 100-series and 300-series sequencers
Helmut Groethe sequencers mated to dual PPG 340 Wavecomputers (Logos)
random EEH-built stuff (Le Parc)

i'm sure there was other stuff too. i'll bet the internal sequencers in the Wave keyboards were used as well as the WaveTerm if that had a sequencer as well.
MicroFi
Babaluma wrote:
i think "famous artists and their sequences" would be a better topic for discussion.

not the tools but the entity that is using them, etc...


I don't know, really.
I find this a very interesting topic.

Personally, I compose totally different music/melodies on different sequencers. It can really define/shape someones overall 'sound'.
thekernel
Dunno, I'm fascinated. If i want to write a 'song' i'll use Logic/Reason. But if I want to recreate a sound/feel in the production (or just mess about), I like the challenge of getting the 'old school' vibe (or at least a hybrid). Knowing the original approach/equipment seems to help me.

I like the 'if it ain't broke' attitude too. Dre and his 3000, Liam Howlett and his W30 etc. I find it interesting that computers are becoming reliable/user friendly enough for people to ditch their hardware (or at least combine with contemporary software).

Also, I'm fairly sure that the W-30/ Akai S1000 defines the sound/feel/shape/vibe/flow/ whatever of the early Prodigy stuff. (Likewise Orbital and their MMT-8's/Akai S700/TR909). This 'old-schooling' (sorry) surely helps when composing contemporary music in ableton etc.
SquidInSquidInk
Two ends of the scale here in terms of sequencing complexity:

I believe DAF used a SQ-10 on their classic records.

And Venetian Snares uses Renoise.

baltimoroder
DAFT PUNK

Pre-Homework - Alesis MMT-8
Homework/Discovery - ASRX, SP1200, ?
Pretty sure they currently use Ableton; at least they do when they play live.

From http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_daft_punk/
baltimoroder
Goldie (er,... Rob Playford)

Timeless - Notator

He's also listed as using the Latronic Notron but I'd bet that's from when he was dating Bjork. razz

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun98/articles/goldie.html
thekernel
Some awsome info posted here... thanks.

Always wondered about daft punk. Cool!

LMAO at that Goldie comment : )
polyroy
Aphex twin used an MC4 on his analord stuff, so possibility he used it on his earlier stuff?

Venetian snares - Renoise.
MicroFi
Morley wrote:
It's great fun! Exceptionally good for short blippy sequences.
I am not sure in the 909 but you may need to activate the midi out somehow.. it's in the manual somewhere!


For the people who don't have the 909 manual:
I had a go at this last night and you have to press the "ext instr" button while in pattern write mode.
It's a seperate sequence line, so you can have your 909 drums seperate from what you're sending out the midi-out.

Very fun!
SPUDBOY WILSON
started sequencing with an Atari ST 1040 and Steinberg midi sequencer it was great! rock solid!
mac G-3 Cubase the most crash! unstable piece of crash! pooh coding ever! crash! crash! crash! crash!
PC, Reason 1
currently
PC Windows & Intel: Record1.5 /Reason 5.0

I am considering Ableton , I have read that 7 was stable and 8 is a pain?
no offence is intended to Live 8 fans. I'd like to know your opinions about Liv3 8.

I'm waiting for time to pass, and to become more proficient with Reason Record
Morley
MicroFi wrote:
Morley wrote:
It's great fun! Exceptionally good for short blippy sequences.
I am not sure in the 909 but you may need to activate the midi out somehow.. it's in the manual somewhere!


For the people who don't have the 909 manual:
I had a go at this last night and you have to press the "ext instr" button while in pattern write mode.
It's a seperate sequence line, so you can have your 909 drums seperate from what you're sending out the midi-out.

Very fun!


Yep that was it. Cool feature.
perky
Squarepusher used a QY700 at some point
SPUDBOY WILSON
I forgo
t I did pick up a MMT8 which I use with midi from BR-1200 for bass lines while the "drum-ums are SR-16 and DR670
JohnLRice
On Larry Fast's Synergy album Sequence 14 he used an Oberheim DS-2 digital sequencer.
Morley
I guess we should add Pink Floyd and the Synthi AKS
Morley
Prince used a Fairlight IIx I believe and possibly an Oberheim DSX ?
MindMachine
JohnLRice wrote:
ELP/Keith Emerson: Moog 960
Tangerine Dream: : Moog 960 and?
Larry Fast:


In the old days Synergy/Larry Fast used Oberheim DS-2, Oberheim Minisequencers (x2) & Paia 4700J computer sequencer.
monads
Erasure: MC-4b, now uses Apple Logic I believe.
Licudi
Back in the mid 1980s, Vince Clarke and A-ha used UMI running on the Acorn/BBC computer.
thekernel
Corrections & additions:

Portishead 1994: Atari ST (sequencer unknown)
Prodigy 1990 - 99: Roland W-30, Atari Cubase
Kraftwerk 1980’s: Roland MC4, Voyetra Sequencer
The Orb: Atari ST Notator
KLF: Atari ST Notator
Depeche Mode 1983-87: NED Synclavier (not Fairlight)
Visage 1980: Roland CSQ-600
Trevor Horn 1980’s: Roland CSQ-600, Fairlight CMI
808 state: Atari Cubase
Royksopp: Atari ST Cubase, Voyetra Sequencer
Future Sound of London: Atari Creator
akrylik
aphex twin has been using the cirklon a lot lately it seems.
MATSmile
akrylik wrote:
aphex twin has been using the cirklon a lot lately it seems.

I've heard he sold it on vemia last year.
Noha
MATSmile wrote:
akrylik wrote:
aphex twin has been using the cirklon a lot lately it seems.

I've heard he sold it on vemia last year.


as confirmed by Colin of Sequentix, that was just to trade up for a new model with an improved backlight.
subcutaneous
One of my earliest memories of someone using a sequencer was Jan Hammer on the tune No Fear from his Like Children album. I listened to that one zillions of times with my headphones cranked to the point of pain.....
I believe he used one of the early Oberheim DS-2 sequencers.
tron23
Noha wrote:
MATSmile wrote:
akrylik wrote:
aphex twin has been using the cirklon a lot lately it seems.

I've heard he sold it on vemia last year.


as confirmed by Colin of Sequentix, that was just to trade up for a new model with an improved backlight.


I was sure he was getting a brand new one when I saw this one on Vemia. It is hard to replace it with something better! w00t
Btw someone mentioned MAW, Kenny Dope is a heavy MPC3K user and of course one of the first to get the LE's when they were out! Guinness ftw!
leeski
Orbital: Atari ST Notator then Apple G4 Logic, MMT8 live, & Ableton
Team Doyobi: Amiga 500, Max/MSP
Licudi
The Stranglers used an EDP Spider/Wasp combination on Black & White and The Raven. Used the duo live as well. eek! Not sure what Dave Greenfield used on the Meninblack, but it sounds somewhat more sophisticated.

As far as I can tell, that was The Stranglers only use of sequencers.
justintonation
Amon tobin uses kyma which has sequencing amongst many other things.
tom.bzode
perky wrote:
Squarepusher used a QY700 at some point


Still does. His last album was all Reaktor sequenced by QY700.
MindMachine
subcutaneous wrote:
One of my earliest memories of someone using a sequencer was Jan Hammer on the tune No Fear from his Like Children album. I listened to that one zillions of times with my headphones cranked to the point of pain.....
I believe he used one of the early Oberheim DS-2 sequencers.


Yep DS-2. I love that album.
youkon
Richie Hawtin now also uses a Cirklon (I think, besides lots of other stuff)
jahreed
Rob hood is famous for using Yamaha QY sequencers.

i think the 300 in particular
tron23
youkon wrote:
Richie Hawtin now also uses a Cirklon (I think, besides lots of other stuff)


Right next to Social Entropy's Engine. Guinness ftw!
m0d
suitandtieguy wrote:
JohnLRice wrote:
Tangerine Dream: : Moog 960 and?


Oberheim DS-2
Projekt Elektronik stuff (Voltage Store Unit/Timecontroller/etc)
_possibly_ PPG 100-series and 300-series sequencers
Helmut Groethe sequencers mated to dual PPG 340 Wavecomputers (Logos)
random EEH-built stuff (Le Parc)

i'm sure there was other stuff too. i'll bet the internal sequencers in the Wave keyboards were used as well as the WaveTerm if that had a sequencer as well.


Each member of Tangerine Dream had an Atari ST on stage during the Optical Race tour.
thekernel
Further additions - more Atari love...

PORTISHEAD 1994 - Atari st Cubase
808 STATE 1990 - Atari st with Hybrid arts SMPTE track
PRIMAL SCREAM 1991 - Atari Notator
FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON 1991 - Atari Notator
AIR 1998 - Atari st (sequencer unknown)
BASEMENT JAXX - Atari ST with Cubase
XPPRESS2 - Atari Notator
SASHA AND DIGWEED - Atari Notator

AIR:
http://thequietus.com/articles/07785-air-le-voyage-dans-la-lune-interv iew
We always use analogue and new technology but back in 1998 we only had analogue - like the Moog and Rhodes - and we had the new technology of the day which was an Atari computer...

XPPRESS2
https://www.trackitdown.net/news/show/104934.html
There was us, our bags of vinyl, Danny the engineer, a huge old analogue mixing desk (that took up half the room), Akai S1000 sampler, an Atari computer running Notator software and all manner of keyboards, drum machines and outboard kit and effects

SASHA AND DIGWEED
https://ask.audio/articles/interview-sasha-talks-changing-face-of-musi c-production-djing

BASEMENT JAXX
https://www.facebook.com/AkaiPro/posts/325687417551010
Felix firing up the original Red Alert session on the Atari to get stems for a remix by Analog People in a Digital World (Producers). http://bit.ly/RedAlertAPDW
When we recorded Remedy, we had an Atari sequencer;

http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/basement-jaxxs-simon-ratcliffe-on- their-origins-and-comeback-614253
gchatto
I know Animal Collective use a lot of Elektron gear, especially the Octatrack, and I've seen Geologist using Rene/Pressure Points more recently. Avey Tare also made his solo album Down There almost entirely on a Monomachine.
calaveras
Pretty sure that some of these acts like Kraftwerk, Vince Clarke have pretty much used all of the above.
OTOH there are acts like Devo and a few British 80's synthpop acts that have claimed at various times that NONE of their sequency sounding stuff was sequenced. That is just them playing like robots.
beatcleaver
calaveras wrote:
Pretty sure that some of these acts like Kraftwerk, Vince Clarke have pretty much used all of the above.
OTOH there are acts like Devo and a few British 80's synthpop acts that have claimed at various times that NONE of their sequency sounding stuff was sequenced. That is just them playing like robots.


If I remember rightly in that Synth Britannia documentary Andy McCluskey from OMD said he played all of those early "sequenced" parts by hand.
calaveras
Yeah didn't OMD have some kind of disclaimer on their album 'no sequencers were used'.
m0d
calaveras wrote:
Yeah didn't OMD have some kind of disclaimer on their album 'no sequencers were used'.


Human League had a statement like that in at least one of their albums.
xclark
m0d wrote:
calaveras wrote:
Yeah didn't OMD have some kind of disclaimer on their album 'no sequencers were used'.


Human League had a statement like that in at least one of their albums.


If memory serves, OMD sounds kinda loose and hand-played, but Human League seems tight like it would have been sequenced. We're they lying?
m0d
xclark wrote:
If memory serves, OMD sounds kinda loose and hand-played, but Human League seems tight like it would have been sequenced. We're they lying?

It may have been a different band (Yello?), but I vaguely remember it was an early Human League album. Also, I was young enough that "we don't use sequencers" vs the "oh, ok... then they are legit" frame of mind seemed a little odd. Later recordings tightened up a little bit. smile
thekernel
*Updated 4th March 2017*

New Order: Powertran 1024, Yamaha QX1, Apple Mac & Mastertracks
Depeche Mode: ARP 1601, Roland MC-4b, NED Synclavier, Atari Cubase
Kraftwerk: Roland MC-8 & MC-4, Voyetra
Human League: Roland MC-8 & MC-4
Portishead 1994 - Atari Cubase
Basement Jaxx - Atari Cubase
Beloved: Atari Cubase
Royksopp: Atari ST Cubase, Voyetra
Prodigy: Roland W-30, Atari Cubase
Fluke: MMT8, Atari Cubase
Orbital: MMT8, Atari Cubase
Juno Reactor: Roland MC-202, Akai MPC-60, Atari Cubase
Underworld: Akai MPC 2000XL
Juan Atkins: Korg SQD1
Derrick May: Korg SQD1
Kevin Saunderson: Commodore 128, Dr. T's Sonus
808 State 1990 - Atari st with Hybrid arts SMPTE track
AIR - Atari st (sequencer unknown)
Dr.Dre: MPC3000
Plaid: Roland MC-500
LCD Sound System: Korg SQ-10

Fatboy Slim: MSQ700, MC500, Atari ST Creator
The Orb: Atari ST Notator
KLF: Atari ST Notator
David Arnold: Atari Notator
XPPRESS2 - Atari Notator
Sasha & Digweed - Atari Notator
Primal Scream 1991 - Atari Notator
Future Sound of London 1991 - Atari Notator
Howie B: Atari ST Notator
Goldie: Atari Notator

Ian Levine - Fairlight & Apple Mac, Mark of the Unicorn Performer & Composer
Aswad - MC500
Renegade Soundwave- Atari ST Pro24 III
Adamski - Ensoniq SQ80
Mantronix - Sequential Studio 440
Pascal Gabrial: Commodore 64, Steinberg Pro 16
Petesasqwax
DJ SHADOW - obviously went from 4-track pause-button tapes to an MPC60 but these days seems very much into Ableton

DJ NU-MARK - originally an MPC2000, since then I know he's used 1000s and 500s but for a while he was eulogising about NI Maschine and whilst I'm not aware of him having changed his setup, he is listed on Akai's website as an Akai artist...

CUT CHEMIST - MPC2000 (could be an XL) and Pro Tools

ODD NOSDAM - orginally SP-202 Dr. Sample and a Roland VS-880. Then a PC running Digital Performer, followed by Pro-Tools

JEL - SP-303, SP1200, MPC2000XL, Roland VS-880, Pro-Tools.
thekernel
Plaid:
https://www.attackmagazine.com/features/interview/plaid/

‘Sequencing was initially an Alesis MMT-8 then Dr T’s on Commodore…’
thekernel
[quote="xclark"][quote="m0d"]
calaveras wrote:
Human League seems tight like it would have been sequenced. We're they lying?



'Dare' was sequenced with the Roland MC-8, but the majority of the polyphonic parts were played live. Drums were from the Linn LM-1 and Roland system 700.
thekernel
Karl Bartos on Kraftwerk and the Roland MC-8:

"It was crap! We never used it on any recordings and wasted a hell of a lot of time on it…"

https://web.archive.org/web/20150608005242/http://www.soundonsound.com  /sos/mar98/articles/electric.html
dubonaire
calaveras wrote:
OTOH there are acts like Devo ... have claimed at various times that NONE of their sequency sounding stuff was sequenced. That is just them playing like robots.


Alan Meyers was a human metronome. He was a truly amazing drummer.
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